Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Competition & Exhibition


2023 Regional Arts Exhibition

Original artwork from west Michigan’s finest artists. 

Over 200 original pieces in four categories, 2D, 3D,  Illustration, and Photography were displayed at six galleries in the greater Grand Rapids area during the month of June.



Frames Unlimited South
2964 28th St SE
Kentwood, MI 49512

Frames Unlimited North
2964 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Grand Valley Artists Gallery
2661 29th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Muse GR
727 Leonard St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archive
87 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

PaLatté Coffee and Art
150 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Entries will be accepted through 2:00 PM on April 29. The selected works will be displayed from May 31 through June 30. A show of award winners will be held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and LowellArts from July 8 through August 13.

The exhibition will be staged at these gallery locations:
• PaLatté Coffee and Art
• Frames Unlimited North and Frames Unlimited South
• The Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archive
• Grand Valley Artists Gallery

  We thank them all for their participation.

Check back after May 7 for a list of artists who have been accepted into the Regional Arts Competition for Festival 2023.

Thank you for checking out our exhibition information.

For a complete list of all artists or if you are interested in viewing the pieces from the Festival 2023 exhibition visit our online gallery.

Festival of the Arts thanks LowellArts for hosting the 2023 Regional Arts Exhibition Awards Show at the LowellArts Gallery.

2023 Award Winners

NameRAE #TitleAward
Derrick Hollowell$1000 Christina Bivins Memorial Award
Teresa Gaudino8Spring At The Pond$150 Varineau Family Award
Teresa Gaudino9A Field of Color$625 City of Grand Rapids Purchase Award Sponsored by LaFontsee Galleries
Richard Aardsma12Typewriter Still Life$500 Grand Valley State University Art Gallery Purchase Award
Cari Povenz17In the Park$200 Grand River Award
Darrell DeRuiter23Wing Jug with Decoy cover$200 Warner Grand River Award
David Vail27The Day Dream$100 2D Juror Award
DeLaine Klar39Gillett Bridge$200 Warner Grand River Award
Tim Foley50How not to hike the John Muir trail.$50 Comic Book Award Sponsored by Crop Marks
Lee Ann Frame59Crossing Private Property$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Ken Vidro73“Square Pear Adventures: Riddling in Grand Rapids!”$150 Jim Zinn Memorial Award
John Leben76The Strong Survive$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Sue Lockwood81Language of Love$100 Illustration Juror Award
David Kerley86Separation Anxiety$125 Miller Johnson Purchase Award
David Kerley87Warp Drive Overload$100 Vinecroft Studios Award
Scott Kacos90Circle Of Friends$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Scott Kacos92Deepening Shadows$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Lisa Dionne96Glorious Day On Lake Michigan$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
James Johnson101Artist on Pearl Street Bridge$200 Warner Grand River Award
Kathy Mohl114Dynamic Harmony$200 Warner Grand River Award
Mary Lamson-Burke115Transfiguration 3$500 Educator Award sponsored by GR Pottery Forms Jeff Rottman
John Smith118Exotic Argyle$100 3D Juror Award
Diane Charvat121Chicago Alley$100 John S. Hyatt Image Award
Tammy Tran132Bloom-N-Wonder$300 Illustration Juror Award
Tammy Tran132Bloom-N-Wonder$200 The Brower Family Memorial Award
Ronald Campbell134Riverside Finds$200 Warner Grand River Award
Joanne Swann145The Lone Free Ranger 2$200 WD8KPR Memorial Award
Mary Reusch168Grand Rapids, Grand River Overlook$200 Warner Grand River Award
Tim Powers185untitled$150 The Richard D. Thelen Memorial Award
Mike Taylor187/188Wood fired bottle with double godseye and Squat bottle$250 West Michigan Potters Guild Award for Ceramics
Deborah Hoover189Falls$725 Kent County Purchase Award
Christi Dreese201Object$200 The O'Rourke Family Award
Tom Sampson202Generations$300 3D Juror Award
Dale Kenel208Rainy City$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Mary Kuilema212Forest Reliquary$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
James Bleeker213Guitar Mike Feeling the Blues$150 Jim Zinn Memorial Award
Alex Klanke220Kade Chan's Fiery Dragon$250 Little Kathy Memorial Award
Dennis O'Mara225Morning at a Montana Hay Yard$200 Van Maarseveen/Timermanis
Michael Mitchell230Light Switch$250 J. Russell Photography Award
Bill Chardon232White House - Canyon de Chelly$100 Photography Juror Award
Colleen O'Rourke234Laoise and Ciara$100 John S. Hyatt Image Award
Colleen O'Rourke236Elmear$250 Warner Miniature Award
Tatsuki Hakoyama237As If the World Wasn't Ending$200 2D Juror Award
Harminder Boparai245Birds$200 Gordy Siggins Memorial Award
Dianne Carroll Burdick261North Light$100 Photography Juror Award
Susan Luce265Blue Door$100 Edgar and Wendy Marty Photography Award
Rebecca Luce267A Secret Discovered$100 Illustration Juror Award
Kathleen Bechtel271Cacophony Of Fluttering Wings$250 William John Heule Memorial Award
Jim Starkey272Grand River Nocturne$100 Louis and Margaret Vander Have Memorial
Edd Kloote275Riverside Park$200 Warner Grand River Award
Gina Bivins278Michigan Farm$150 Elmer and Rita Zinn Memorial Award
Annemarie Biernacki281Footbridge over the Grand River at the Grand River Riverfront Park$200 Grand River Award
Richard Deming Jr289Sunrise over the 6th Street Bridge$200 Grand River Award
Richard Deming Jr289Sunrise over the 6th Street Bridge$500 Grand Valley State University Art Gallery Purchase Award
Richard Deming Jr290Sunrise over the Grand$200 Photography Juror Award
Diane Zoellmer292Partial Thaw$200 Grand River Award
Bryce Sarber309Look at that ant,man…$250 Warner Miniature Award
Matthew Schenk312Twin Apocalypse - Latoya Whispers to the Old Masters$300 2D Juror Award
Claire Gill317Banded Vase$250 Lafontsee Galleries 3-D Award
Claire Gill318Green Lace$350 Miller Johnson Purchase Award
Monica Stegeman324Peace Dream$100 Vinecroft Studios Award
Kristie Houseman325Divergent Perspective$250 Miller Johnson Purchase Award
Brian Newton335Path to Happiness$200 Michael B. Handlin/Party Down Music Memorial Award
Rita Shields338Twilight Time$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Rita Shields339Pond Life$200 Warner Grand River Award
Rita Shields339Pond Life$100 John S. Hyatt Image Award
Rine Wakeman348Refugia Frog #11$200 Grand River Award
Rine Wakeman349Refugia Trio$150 Elmer and Rita Zinn Memorial Award
Ann G Rusky356Stillness and Subtlety$200 Warner Grand River Award
Chris LaPorte358Wonder Us$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Chris LaPorte359Homage$200 Grand Valley Artists Award
Jake Serra365Shoreline$300 West Michigan Photography Collective: Photographic Acheivement Award
Aidan Gardner369Creature of Evolution$200 Martha Despres Memorial Award
Aidan Gardner369Creature of Evolution$4500 Grand Valley State University Art Gallery Purchase Award
Kathleen Ford373Up Until Now, All His Life Choices Have Been Questionable$250 Shazam Award Presented by Teddy Summers
Anthony Bockheim380Urban Dandelions$200 Photography Juror Award
Stephen Smith392Tree Hugger$100 Bob Goudzwaard Memorial Award
Stephen Smith393Steam boat Willy$200 Warner Grand River Award
John Katerberg399Bridge to a Beautiful Day$100 Lowell Arts Partnership Award
Rusmel Mora407Torso #1$200 3D Juror Award


Festival Regional Arts Awards will be back this year.  We have commitments from the majority of the award sponsors from last year and will publish the list here soon.

WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW SPONSORS. You to can be a sponsor as well by following this link to the sponsor application.

Joshua Risner

Christina Marie Bivins Memorial Award

Each year the Christina Marie Bivins Memorial Award is given to an artist who has shown dedication to their art and to the Festival Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition. It is not given for a piece that was entered, but to the artist.

The Festival 2020 recipient was to Joshua Risner. You can view his work at

Festival 2023 Jurors

Milt Klingensmith

Illustration, Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Anime
Milt Klingensmith has been a painter, illustrator, graphic novel artist and animator, working both in-house and freelance since ’92. His illustrations have appeared in American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators L.A. and Communication Arts. He has also taught illustration and animation at Grand Valley State University and Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Mi.

Jerry Berta

3D and Multi-media

Jerry Berta has been a studio artist since 1975, working in ceramics, sculpture,  paintings and 2D mixed media. Known for creating sculptures of neon diners as well as restoring Rosie’s Diner.

Mary Sundstrom

2-D including Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Mary Sundstrom is a West Michigan artist, metalsmith, and art instructor.  Mary is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of her region.  As a naturalist, she is influenced by the creatures, botanicals, and minerals residing among the bayous and shorelines that surround the Great Lakes where she lives.  Her usually playful artwork represents what she sees in nature.  When Mary is not painting or mushroom hunting in the woods she is the Exhibitions Director at the Holland Area Arts Council.  Here she designs exhibits and manages public art projects.  Mary has been at the Arts Council for sixteen years and is married with a 23 year old daughter who is also an artist.

Henry Droski


Henry is a West Michigan photographer native to Grand Rapids, who has been re-energized to the Art of Photography since 2008.  His portfolio includes life and social events and commercial work. He has been accepted and awarded in juried art exhibits both regionally and internationally. A lifelong connection to Northern Michigan and the Canadian Shield has fine tuned his focus on the artistic representation of landscapes and life’s experiences.   

“I find inspiration in the serenity and simplicity of Oriental art, integrating line and balance of space. I am relishing each day with meditation; experiencing an ever changing world and finding the visual interplay of Light in the most interesting places.”
The path I have chosen is best described by Marcel Proust:

The real voyage of discovery
Consists not in seeking new landscapes
But in having new eyes