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Local Artists Named Michigan Fine Arts Competition Winners, Exhibit Through Aug. 19

Local Artists Named Michigan Fine Arts Competition Winners, Exhibit Through Aug. 19

(BBAC, July 11, 2021)

Birmingham, MI – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences for all, has announced the winners of its 2021 Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC).  The annual juried regional art contest, celebrating its 40th year, is open to artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The free MFAC exhibition is open now at the BBAC through August 19, 2021.  The entire exhibit also is available for virtual viewing at BBArtCenter.org.

The show includes all the winners’ pieces, as part of 88 total works by 79 artists.  Those on display were selected to be juried into the exhibition from more than 450 entries across the five states.  Because last year’s exhibit was virtual-only, six 2020 MFAC awardees also are included in this year’s show.

Juried by David Lusk of the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., the 2021 MFAC awarded ten winning submissions with cash and art materials prizes totaling $5,250.

This year’s MFAC honorees are:

Candice Grieve (Oak Park); The Artist; $2,000 MFAC Award

Joshua Rainer (Detroit); Home Good No. 1; $1,000 MFAC Award

Jay Constantine (Grand Rapids); The Quakers of New Rochelle Refuse the Body of Thomas Paine; $500 MFAC Award

Peter Doroh (Richmond); Uninterested and Not Buying it; $500 MFAC Award

Michelle Bennett (Detroit); Cheryl; $300 Blick Art Materials Award

Susan Aaron-Taylor (Pleasant Ridge); Endangered: Black Footed Ferret; $250 Corinne Maillard Robinson Award

Boyd Quinn (Grand Rapids); Situation; $250 BBAC President’s Award

Justine Zachara (Ferndale); Alki; $250 MFAC Award

Patty Eisenbraun (Bloomfield Hills); Pear Chair; $100 Blick Art Materials Award

Taylor Mazer (Grand Rapids); More Construction?; $100 Blick Art Materials Award

Additional details on the winning works, as well as thumbnail images of all the art, are available HERE.

“We’re thrilled to be able to have art-lovers join us in-person once again for this year’s MFAC exhibition, following last year’s virtual show,” said Annie VanGelderen, BBAC President & CEO.  “Now in its 40th year, the Michigan Fine Arts Competition never disappoints in the variety and quality of contemporary art.  This is an extraordinary opportunity to view fine art in a variety of mediums that has been created since the start of 2020.”

BBAC exhibitions are free and open to the public.  Located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd. in Birmingham, the BBAC galleries are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More information is available at BBArtCenter.org.

Artwork pictured:

Eyde, Deborah (Ann Arbor); The Embrace; Oil paint on canvas/raised panel

Eisenbraun, Patty (Bloomfield Hills); Pear Chair; Oil on canvas

McGuire, Gail Borgman (Royal Oak); San Francisco Bay Marina;

Grieve, Candice (Oak Park); The Artist; Pastel; 32 x 16

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