Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Exhibition!

249 works were selected for the Festival 2021 Regional Arts Exhibition. Over 40 awards across 4 different categories were awarded, totaling over $12,000.

2021 Regional Arts Award Winners

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.

This years recipient is awarded to Rita Shields.  You can view her work at

To view the award, click on the photo.

Satellite Galleries

This year extended live exhibitions are taking place from July 9 thru August 15 at the satellite galleries below.  Click the “+” sign to see the art located in each location.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St NW GR MI 49503

Open: Tuesday 12 noon – 6:00 (No admission fee)
Thursday 12 noon – 9:00pm
Saturday 12 noon – 6:00pm


727 Leonard Ave NW GR MI 49504


Monday: 12-3pm
Tuesday: 4-7pm
Wednesday: 12-3pm
Thursday: 4-7pm
Friday: 12-3pm


PaLatte Coffee & Art
50 Fulton St E, GR MI 49503

Open: 8:00am – 3:00pm


Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives

87 Monroe Center St NW GR MI 49503

Open: Tuesday thru Saturday 12 noon -5:00pm


Frames Unlimited South

2964 28th St SE Kentwood MI 49512

Open: Monday thru Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 12 noon – 5:00pm


Frames Unlimited  North

4045 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids MI 49525

Open: Monday thru Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday closed


106 Gallery and Studio

106 Division Ave S GR MI 49503

Open: 12 noon – 8:00pm


Join the Regional Arts Scavenger Hunt!

Visit all our Satellite Galleries now through August 15th and share your photos to win special Festival of the Arts prizes!

Upload your photos to the Festival of the Arts Scavenger Hunt Facebook event page and add them in the discussion.

Regional Arts Exhibition Artwork

The entire collection can be viewed using the Shop Festival link.

Grand Rapids Ballet – Off the Canvas

Coming Soon! Our seven in-person satellite shows are now over but you’ve got one last chance to view many award winning entries in person at a special showing at the Grand Rapids Ballet from September 1st through their first production of the season, “Off the Canvas.” Off the Canvas features three contemporary ballets exploring art in motion, taking inspiration from the world of visual arts. Dancers rebound in Off the Canvas, choreographed by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, music by Adrian Lim-Klumpes, bringing to life Cy Twombly’s “Bacchus” paintings, encompassing their ecstatic looping movement. In-Frame, choreographed by Resident Choreographer Penny Saunders, music by Max Richter, explores the creative process cycle and coincides with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, beginning in spring and coming full circle back to spring. The final ballet features the return of Adam Hougland’s hit, Cold Virtues, scored by Philip Glass, which follows a story, loosely based on “Dangerous Liaisons,” of a power couple, moved to manipulate society for their own entertainment.

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.