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"Art is an Experience" - 2023 Juried & Youth Exhibitions

The high winds and snowy conditions on Saturday, March 18 did not deter the approximately 90 people who braved the weather to attend the ACWL-Nuveen’s reception and award presentation for the 2023 adult Juried and Youth Exhibitions. We were pleased that so many friends, family and community members came to view both exhibits and celebrate the artists as they received their awards.

Traverse City-based artist and this year’s juror, Carolyn Swift,

visited the ACWL-Nuveen on Friday, March 17 to view both of the shows in person and determine the award winners. Her initial decisions for the adult artwork selected for the show was via the artists online digital entries in late February. Viewing the actual artwork installed in both galleries gave Ms. Swift an up-close and personal view of how each of the artisans’ blended their skill with materials, concept, and presentation. She had this to say about the 2023 Juried Exhibition:

“Art is an experience: things observed and imagined; rich qualities of materials chosen by the artist. This exhibit is wide-ranging in media, size, style, and ideas. The artists use their materials skillfully. Equally, through the materials, the artists ingeniously illuminate and intensify connections within themselves, with other people and human-made spaces, and with the natural world.

The biggest challenge was paring down choices so that the pieces could “breathe” within the gallery space. Another challenge was trying to visualize the actual pieces from uniform digital images on my laptop.

It has been an honor to participate in this year's juried exhibit.”

The ACWL-Nuveen congratulates ALL of the artist participants and this year’s award winners:

Adult Division

First Place Award

Matt Schellenberg – Farmington Hills, MI

Her Beauty Gained her Everything she had ever Dreamt of…and Much More

Second Place Award

Alexander Fekete – Marquette, MI

atlantique – very unique

Third Place Award

Cody Jonaitis – Muskegon, MI


ACWL-Nuveen Award

Adam Hopwood – Portage, MI


Founding Artists Award

Ann Kraus – Whitehall, MI

Ghost of Whitehall Leather

Honorable Mention

Timothy Norris – Muskegon, MI - Dig Site

Nicole Szymanski – Westland, MI – Forward

Julie Westmaas – Norton Shores, MI – Watchful Eye

Juried Exhibit Award Winners

1st: Matt Schellenberg 2nd: Alexander Fekete 3rd: Cody Jonaitis

Youth Division

ACWL-Nuveen Award

Aili Casano – Internal Beauty –

Tenth Grade - Muskegon

Kindergarten – Second Grade

First Place – Annabelle Luzadder – Monster Cuties – First Grade - Whitehall

Second Place – Nova Parrott –

The Pokemon Canvas – Second Grade – Montague

Third – Fifth Grade

First Place – Lennon Dykman – It’s Okay to be Different – Fifth Grade – Whitehall

Second Place – Krystianna Llano –

Movement of Love –

Fourth Grade – New Era

Third Place – Amelia Liskey – Natalie – Fifth Grade – Montague

Honorable Mention – Oliver Olson – Too Much Fun – Fifth Grade – Muskegon

Charlie Olson – Where the Sun and the Moon Meet

Third Grade – Muskegon

Sixth – Eighth Grade

First Place – Christiana Franzon – Contest – Eighth Grade – Whitehall

Second Place – Lainey Jacobson – Championship – Seventh Grade – Norton Shores

Third Place – Axel Franzon – Early Evening – Eighth Grade – Whitehall

Honorable Mention – Juliet Koegel – Sunset Mountain – Sixth Grade – Whitehall

Aby Pezet – Art Looks Better in a Frame – Seventh Grade - Twin Lake

William Welke – The Warrior – Sixth Grade – Whitehall

Ninth – Twelfth Grade

First Place – Lauren Burkett – Alyssa – Tenth Grade – Muskegon

Second Place – Tatum Dykstra – Blue Coil Pot – Eleventh Grade – Fruitport

Third Place – Tresa Dykstra – Pen and Ink Still Life – Eleventh Grade – Fruitport

Honorable Mention – Eliana Davidson – Winter Cascade – Ninth Grade – Muskegon

Kennedy Hynde – Walking on Eggshells – Twelfth Grade – Muskegon

Lukas Kraley – Winter Rain – Ninth Grade – Whitehall

Madalyn Simpson – Polka – Twelfth Grade – Muskegon

Youth Exhibit Award Winner

1st, K-2: Annabelle Luzadder 1st, 3-5: Lennon Dykman 1st, 6-8: Ana Franzon 1st, 9-12: Lauren Burkett

The 2023 Juried and Youth Exhibitions will be on display until April 22 and can be viewed during our regular hours – Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday 11:00am – 3:00pm. For questions, please call 231-893-2524.


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