Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Exhibition and Sales!

We are finalizing all of the details to showcase the Regional Arts Exhibition and prepare them for sales. We are hoping this will be ready by June 2nd, 2021. 

In the meantime, learn about the Regional Arts Exhibition below!

2021 Regional Arts Award Winners

2021 Regional Arts Competition Jurors

Photography Juror

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is a commercial photographer and director based in Grand Rapids. He started his career over 20 years ago with a background in fine art photography and operated a gallery called The Photography Room for 7 years in downtown Grand Rapids. Brian currently focuses on collaborating with ad agencies and corporations to create branding campaigns encompassing both photography and film to meet each client’s unique objectives. In 2019, Brian started the fast-growing multimedia podcast called “Full Exposure With Brian Kelly.” Each conversation begins with Brian taking a portrait of that person and then they sit down and talk about whatever they want. Find out more at and

Illustration, Comic Book Art, Graphic Novels, and Anime

Durwin S. Talon

Durwin S. Talon is an illustrator, comic book creator, educator, graphic designer, and computer artist. He has done work for DC Comics, Oni Comics, White Wolf Publishing and Wizards of the Coast. He created Bonds for Image comics and is co-creator on Beautiful Scars for Archaia Comics. He is an Associate Professor of Illustration and Foundations and the Area Coordinator for Illustration at Grand Valley State University.

2-d including Prints and Multimedia Juror

Janet Teunis

Janet Teunis is the Project Director at LowellArts, a visual and performing arts center in Lowell, Michigan. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art in 1998. She has since worked in the artistic community for the past 20 years. In 1999, she held a position at LaFontsee Galleries. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), where she held various roles in artistic leadership, program management, and operations. In 2013, she joined the staff at LowellArts where she manages the gallery program and marketing. Janet is also a practicing visual artist and her paintings are included in many private and public collections including the Spectrum Heart Center and Mercantile Bank.

3-D Juror

Lee. S. Brown

Lee S. Brown graduated from Kendall School of Design, majoring in Illustration. He is a native of West Michigan and has worked in Product Styling, Industrial design, Graphic design and Illustration. He is currently the Preparator at Muskegon Museum of Art.

River Arts Awards Juror

Jason Quigno

Jason Quigno Anishinaabe stone sculptor is known for his works in stone. Carving quartz granite, marble, Limestone, alabaster. Through stone he tells the stories of his Anishinaabek heritage.

Quigno has received numerous awards well as monumental commissions, his works included in many private and public collections.

Quigno was recently guest curator for the Art of the People Exhibition at the Muskegon museum of art and Grand Valley state university. Also is guest curating for SiteLab highlands exhibition set for the fall of 2021.

Currently, Jason is working on two monumental commissions one is for a private collection and the other is for the Gerald R Ford International Airport.