Despite the small number of categories, Arts had no shortage of nominations this year, with 268 nominations for Photographer alone, and 145 nominations for Visual Artist. Thousands of votes poured in, even with only six categories to choose from.
On the other hand, even with all those votes, we somehow ended up with the craziest tie of the entire survey in Visual Arts, with seven people placing in the Top 3. And the only repeat offender from last year is Woosah’s Erica Lang, who previously took first place thanks to her unique brand of woodcarving and printmaking. This year, tied for first are Hannah Berry, founder of art gallery Lions & Rabbits — which powered into the lead for Alternative Art Gallery this year — and Jeff Kraus, who landed on the cover of Revue’s very own Arts Issue last year.
As for the ever-popular Photographer category, Grand Rapids family and wedding photographers Heather Dixon and Devin Hendrick took the lead, bumping Katy Batdorff (with whom Revue works regularly) to third place.
Aside from that, not much changed from last year, and honestly, that’s OK!