Kim Nguyen: Virtual and Versatile

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:35 |

Kim Nguyen moved back from Colorado just because she missed Grand Rapids, and she’s been diving deeper into the local art scene ever since, from First Fridays to ArtPrize and Grand Rapids Zine Fest. Nguyen loves to experiment, describing her style as versatile thanks to her many interests. She’s garnered attention with both her ArtPrize entry, Quest Phasing, and her Mom Zine, a delightful collection of conversations with her mother. Nguyen will have her first solo show next year at MadCap Coffee.

JoLee Kirkikis: Choosing Forgiveness, Valuing Vulnerability

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:26 |

JoLee Kirkikis wants you to understand that there’s strength in softness. The 23-year-old Kendall College of Art and Design alumnus works her own photography into collages, also bringing in words and other materials. There’s a delicateness to both the photos themselves and the resulting collages that reverberates through her work. We talked with Kirkikis about her art and its exploration of voluntary susceptibility.

Hannah Berry: Crafting Community in Creston

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:21 |

Hannah Berry has loved art as far back as she can remember. The artist, 27, always saw herself having a career in art, except for a very brief time when she tried something else. “But then I was like, ‘What are you doing? You hate this,’” she said. So back to the literal drawing board it was. Now the Kendall College of Art and Design alumna has a gallery of her own, Lions & Rabbits, which is much more complex than just a place for people to hang their pieces. She also recently tied for first place in the Visual Artist category of our 2017 Best of the West Readers Poll. This is her story.

Visual Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:05 |

Visual Arts 2017-2018 Season Preview

After French impressionist painters like Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir made the technique famous more than a century and a half ago, plein air painting has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years.

Object Permanence: How art museums shape their permanent collection displays

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:15 |

In an epic example of creating a unique exhibit from the permanent collection, Muskegon Museum of Art’s "Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian" encompasses more than 80 percent of its gallery space.

American Artistry: Kay WalkingStick's art at the KIA

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 01 June 2017 09:00 |

Kay WalkingStick honors her Native American roots each time she strokes paint across a canvas.

Many artists experience a turning point — a personal crisis or epiphany, learning a new technique or taking a class, or reflecting on a negative critique or rejection — that propels them in a new direction.

Capturing the Magnitude of a People

Written by Marla Miller | Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00 |

Many people recognize and collect Edward S. Curtis’ portraits of Native Americans and canyon and desert landscapes in America’s west, but his real intent was to document the lives of the indigenous tribes he spent nearly 30 years studying.

Defining Rube Goldberg

Written by Dana Casadei | Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00 |

Rube Goldberg is more than just a man — he’s also an adjective. Defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply,” the iconic American cartoonist and illustrator’s work — including his famous invention drawings — will be on display this month at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in its latest exhibit.

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