Michiana Annual Art Competition Prize Winners Announced

Michiana Annual Art Competition Prize Winners Announced

The artwork of more than 130 regional artists has been accepted in the Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC in the Box) and will be on exhibit in the Box Factory for the Arts galleries, 1101 Broad St., beginning on May 13 and continuing through July 3rd. The galleries are open Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.

Awards will be presented to artists during a reception on May 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. Music will be provided by Matt Lenny and the Breakdown band. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
Thea Grigsby, who served as the MAAC judge, will offer comments about this year’s exhibit. She has managed museums and galleries, including the South Haven Center for the Arts, the Holland Museum and the Hearst Art Gallery in California. Prior to her non-profit work, she had a 20-year career in graphic design developing creative graphic software in Silicon Valley

The Best of Show award of $1,000 is sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. It goes to Miranda Heward of Bridgman for her drawing “Life is Strange.”

Providing the $200 category awards are: Foster Swift Collins and Smith, Krasl Art Center, DeVries Insurance Agency, MailMax, Cooper and Associates, CPAS, Gast Family Farm, The Aware Lab for Movement and Creativity, and Bryan Lubeck.

The category winners are:
Laurel Kuehl, Kalamazoo – Drawing – “Winter Blooms”
David Baker, St. Joseph – Water Media – “Storm”
Marcy Mitchell, Dowagiac – Oil – “Making Sense of Time”
Yehudit Newman, Berrien Springs – Fiber Arts – “Hope and Fury”
Andy Sawyer, St. Joseph – Black and White Photography – “Resiliency 1”
Carly Norris – Niles – Color Photography – “Equilibrium of Decay – Triptych”
Douglas LaFerle – St. Joseph – 3-D/Sculpture, Ceramics/Glass – “Earth, Wind, Rain, Fire”
Kathleen Thometz – St. Joseph – Pop-Up-Assemblage/Collage – “Gray Room”

Honorable mention awards also go to:
Mary Firtl, South Bend – Drawing – “Nature Entwined”
Robert Briggs, St, Joseph, – Water Media – “The Befallen”
Rebecca Hungerford, St. Joseph – Oil – “A Night Out”
Laurel Izard, Michigan City – Fiber Arts – “5 of Wands”
Nathan Harrmann, St. Joseph – Black and White Photography -“Braids”
John Gatto, Stevensville – Color Photography – “Relics of Michigan Avenue, Benton Harbor”
Becky Rotter, Sodus – 3-D/Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass – “Garden Passage”
Teri Starosta, St. Joseph – Pop-Up/Assemblage/Collage – “Love and Lies”

For more on this and other Box Factory events, visit the Box online at https://boxfactoryforthearts.org or on Facebook at https://facebook.com/boxfactoryarts.

Mural created by Matt Payovich now showing at Box Factory

Mural created by Matt Payovich now showing at Box Factory

 A limited showing of a mural created by local artist Matt Payovich will be at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St. from April 10 through April 24. The mural depicts a kindergarten room of the 1960s and includes visual reminders of the objects that would have been in the classroom. The Box Factory is open to the public on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Commissioned by Bob and Joan Judd the approximately 8-foot x 8-foot mural has been painted on plywood panels. When the mural leaves the Box Factory, it will find a permanent home in a hallway at the Jefferson Loft Condominiums. The Judd’s home at Jefferson Lofts is actually in the space once occupied by the classroom. Once installed, it will no longer be available for view by the public.

“Lynn Andreen Bowen was the kindergarten teacher for several years during the 60’s,” said Joan. “When we moved into Jefferson Lofts, she gave us photos which have been very valuable resources for Matt. Lynn and Dennis Bowen shared many memories and a few objects that as a teacher Lynn would have used every day.”

In the creative process, Matt sought other historically accurate objects for reference as he painted them into the scene.  Noah and Ellison, the son and daughter of Box Factory office coordinator Amy Kuchan, were the models for the two kindergarten students portrayed.

The Judd’s own daughters attended kindergarten at Jefferson as did so many other St. Joseph residents. Matt remembers playing basketball at the school and has a love of St. Joseph history so “he was the perfect fit” to paint the mural, said Joan.

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The Box Factory Kicks off their 2022 Gallery Exhibition Series

The Box Factory Kicks off their 2022 Gallery Exhibition Series

Local artist Robert R. Williams and Michigan City artist Edwin P. Shelton will kick off the 2022 series of gallery exhibits at the Box Factory for the Arts on Friday, January 21 with an opening reception scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Williams, who has a studio at the Box Factory and teaches portrait classes there, will have an exhibit in the Whitlow Gallery. He said he will have a variety of art that many may not have seen and of course many portrait and figure paintings.

Bob is a self-taught artist; however, he has taken numerous studio art classes and workshops. He has won awards at the Midwest Museum Juried Regional Show in Elkhart, IN and in the Michiana Annual Arts Competition at the Box Factory for the Awards. He has also won awards at the Art Barn in Valparaiso, IN and at the Chesteron Art Center. He had a piece accepted into a national show of the Pastel Society of America.

Shelton, who teaches at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, will exhibit sculptures from discarded objects in the Williams Gallery. In his artist statement, he says, “I work to provoke the blend of joy with mysteries.” The non-representational sculptures range from smaller objects to large assemblages. He was an exchange teacher in Zibo, China, which he says still influences his artwork.

Shelton majored in sculpture and earned his BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. He achieved his MFA in sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his final credits at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. 

The exhibits are free and open to the public through February 27.  The Box Factory’s winter gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays-Sundays. For more on this and other Box Factory events visit the website at https://www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or on Facebook at the Box Factory for the Arts.

WNIT Documentary Preview at the Box

WNIT Documentary Preview at the Box

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Then, Now and Always… The St. Joseph River Story, a new documentary by WNIT (PBS Michiana), will be previewed at the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, at a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, August 29. The documentary will premiere on WNIT on Thursday, September 9, at 8 p.m. The Box Factory screening is free and open to the public.

The new documentary is part of a collaborative effort this summer by communities along the River to “Celebrate the St. Joe.” The Box Factory has been participating since July 23rd with a River-themed exhibit “At the River’s End” in the Sky View Gallery on the third floor The exhibit will continue through September 12.

WNIT tells the story of the St. Joseph River, including the people, history and life along this storied river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. The documentary celebrates how the River has shaped the region and continues to be an integral part of the communities along its banks. The river runs through the history and tradition of the Box Factory from its beginning up to the present. From it’s start in 1903 on the St. Joseph riverfront, the Box Factory Paper Manufacturing Co.(now the Box Factory for the Arts) has enjoyed a river view. 

More information on Celebrate the St. Joe events and public screenings of the documentary is available at www.wnit.org/celebratethestjoe. For more on Box Factory events visit our website at https://www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or follow us on Facebook.

Calling all Shooters

Calling all Shooters

Photographers of all ages are invited to enter “ReShoot,” the Box Factory for the Arts photo show to be on exhibit July 23 through September 12. An opening reception will be held on July 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Photographers are limited to two entries for which a $5 per photo entry fee will be charged. Photos must fit into the categories of still life, people, animals or landscape. All images must start in the camera and be taken by the photographer entering the show. Manipulation or enhancements made to the photo are acceptable. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st place and runner up photographs for each category.

Photos will be accepted at the Box Factory, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI on July 16 and 17 from noon to 4 p.m. They must be wired for hanging. No saw-tooth hangers, hanging loops or easel-back frames will be accepted.

Susan Johnston of Stevensville will judge the show. Susan began her photographic career 40 years ago; and worked to develop her style by attending the Santa Fe Workshops and the Brooks Institute. She has exhibited her work at the Buchanan Art Center, Fernwood, the Box Factory for the Arts, Lakeland Hospital, and the Gilmore Car Museum. In 2018 she was awarded Best Photograph at the Midwest Museum of American Art.

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2021 Gallery Exhibition Series Announces Upcoming Shows

2021 Gallery Exhibition Series Announces Upcoming Shows

With only a few weeks left to view the MAAC show at the Box Factory for the Arts, the Gallery Committee is gearing up for four upcoming exhibitions which will appear in the galleries July 23rd through September 12th. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Williams and Whitlow galleries will feature the works of two local artists David Baker and Matt Payovich. While in the Riverwalk gallery the public will be able to view the return of the RESHOOT: The Box Factory Photo Show. And our newest gallery on the 3rd floor or Sky level will host a Pop-Up Show “At The River’s End” which will coincide with the release of a new documentary titled, Then, Now and Always…The St. Joseph River Story produced by WNIT.

For more information please contact the Gallery Committee at gallery@boxfactoryforthearts.org