Regional Arts Exhibition Announces Jurors

Regional Arts Exhibition Announces Jurors

Festival is pleased to announce the  2018 Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition Jurors.


Olivia Timmons will be the juror for Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Olivia Timmons lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she is a printmaker and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Her work has been exhibited in national and international exhibitions such as the Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii (2011), American Dream at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona (2013) and 31st Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana (2018).

Timmons studied printmaking at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking in 2002. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts in 2009. 


Richard Demings, Jr.  will be the juror for Photography

A Professional photographer in the West Michigan area since 1978, Richard has owned 4 studios with work covering commercial, weddings, families, and events. A self-taught photographer and winner of many local and statewide awards, Richard has proven time and again that his work is some of the most diverse around. Richard now specializes in the more artistic views of the world. Photography is not only about seeing things in different ways; see things others don't to create a lasting moment in time.

Currently he is working on producing a collection of his automotive work for publication and is involved in vintage auto racing photography. Richard was just selected Head Photographer by The Vintage Indy Registry to cover historic racing events around the country. Always find the unusual and unexpected, find a deep more pronounced angle and view. Show the viewer something from a viewpoint they hadn't imagined.


Jeff Grill will be the Juror for 3-Dimensional and Multi Media works.

Jeff Grill is a retired architect and an active and award-winning wood turner. He began his artistic journey turning bowls on a homemade lathe in 2002. His love of turning wood was established in those early years although limited to bowls and platters. The lathe freed him from making premeditated wood boxes to creating intuitive curved wooden objects. 

In about 2006 he discovered that his architectural education provided him with an intuitive sense of design and proportions and the ability to sketch and envision his works in 3D. For the last few years some of his wood turnings have become composed of more than wood and more complex creations. 

Jeff received both his BA and MA in Architecture from the University of Michigan and since becoming an avid woodturner has furthered his education by attending many immersion classes with world-class turners at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. He is also the founder and former President of the Grand River Woodturners Guild. He has had may works accepted into the Festival Regional Arts Exhibition, ArtPrize, and many other shows throughout Michigan.

Jeff retired in 2015 and has focused on artistic turned wood and sharing with others the joy and unlimited potential of woodturning. 

Grill said, “I appreciate and strive to create works that are visually pleasing, thoughtful, while dynamic and intriguing.”

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