LowellArts Announces Award Winners of WordView: Art Inspiring Art Exhibition

We received the following press release from LowellArts.


LOWELL, MI, January 14, 2022 | WordView: Art Inspiring Art is a juried competition of visual and literary artwork. Artists 14 yrs. old or older were invited to submit original works consisting of both visual and textual components. Artwork could be created by an individual artist or by artists and writers in collaboration. The exhibition was juried by Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge, who also selected six awards, $400 each, totaling $2400. The exhibition is on display in the LowellArts Gallery January 8 to February 19. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 12-5pm. LowellArts is located at 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. More information can be found at lowellartsmi.org/wordview.

WordView is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities, and in partnership with the Poetry Society of Michigan and the International Society of Experimental Artists.

Award winners listed in no particular order:

  • The Market West of Town, Visual and Text by Frances Hull
  • Pins & Needles, Visual and Text by Kim Kleinhardt
  • Japanese Garden: Four Seasons, Visual by Nola Nielsen and Text by Nellie deVries
  • Paper Garden Trilogy, Visual by Sharon & Charles B. Oleniczak and Text by Emily Stoddard
  • Nature Revealed, Visual and Text by Sandy Meyer
  • Slips, Visual and Text by Mary Jane Pories

From the Jurors:

“We have selected works by individual artists and writers—or artist/writers, or writers and artists in collaboration—in which text and image serve each other in unique, original ways, providing the viewer an integrated, multi-sensual aesthetic experience. Six works that we think are particularly effective—for their subtly, nuance, drama, wit, or whimsy—have each received in recognition a Juror’s Award.” —Phillip Sterling and Gary Eldridge

About the WordView Series

Throughout the months of August through December 2021, there were opportunities for artists, both visual and literary, to attend a series of workshops and/or discussions exploring the practice of collaboration between the visual and literary arts. The culmination of the series is the juried exhibition, WordView: Art Inspiring Art. The goal of the WordView series is to connect artists and audiences through visual and performing arts, promote artist collaboration across genres, inspire collaborative artistic and literary projects, and showcase artists and writers. All WordView events, discussions, and workshops were offered free to the public.​ More information about the past WordView events can be found at lowellartsmi.org/wordview.

Upcoming WordView Events

Exploring Collage: Finding Your Intuitive Storyteller | Sunday, February 6, 12:00–4:00pm

Come explore the joy of intuitive, storytelling through collage! Experiment and explore with WordView artist, Monica Stegeman, as she reveals her inner workings and process. This exploration will help you start two different collages, one on paper and one on a wood board. Collage subjects could be either personal story based or just a creative exercise. Bring personal, paper pieces to add to your collage that will spark your own story. Come with an open mind and let’s start the journey of visual storytelling! Ages 14 to Adult | Instructor: Monica Stegeman. Class Fee: $15 ($13 for LowellArts Members). Fee includes materials.

WordView Exhibition Closing Reception | Sunday, February 20, 2:00-4:00pm

Join us for a Meet-the-Artists Reception. Short introductions will be made of the artists and writers represented in the exhibition.

For more information, visit the LowellArts website.

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