ArtPrize 2017 is Upon Us!

Tomorrow, ArtPrize 9 opens in Grand Rapids, MI and it's my 4th time participating (!!). I spent the greater part of the last year working on my piece and I'm really excited to show it to everyone who visits The B.O.B. (the same venue who had me in 2015!). It was created with a pencil drawing, a watercolor underpainting, and then a final layer of carbon dust, ink & white chalk. 

Round one voting starts tomorrow and ends on the 30th - it's the most essential time for you to visit, if you want to vote for me. To that end, my voter ID is 64700 (you have to be in GR to vote... or at least to register)

Here are some images from the installation of my piece - Honey Gum Moss & Denim (click the title to view the project's webpage):

Two New Online Exhibitions Contain My Work!

Gallery 25N "Faces of Humanity" Exhibition
Opens Feb. 6, 2017

Huzzah! 5 of my Derby Portraits were chosen for an online "Faces of Humanity" exhibition that opens later this week at!

Thank you to my roller derby teammates from the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes for their faces!

See all of them (there are 14) here on my website, if you're curious (and haven't heard me talk about this a million times): - Watercolor Quarterly Group Exhibition
January 15, 2017 - April 14, 2017

It's also an honor to be chosen for a small group of 8 watercolorists for this Fusion Art exhibition.

They say, "Eight artists were chosen to participate in Fusion Art's first quarterly group exhibition. All the artists who participated in the competition have uniquely creative talents but the winners chosen exemplify a mastery in the use of the watercolor medium."

As someone who was never a natural painter, this is so gratifying. Perseverance pays off, friends. A big thank you to Peggy Macnamara without whom I would've never thought this medium was within my reach. Onward!

I'm in the Running & ARTPRIZE VOTING ENDS TOMORROW @ 11:59PM!

Thank you all for getting me onto the leaderboard in Art Prize's public vote! Round one voting ends TOMORROW NIGHT at 11:59pm; that determines who makes it to the next round and I'd love to be a part of that! I'm asking for one final push for votes, so, if you like my entry, please share this with your friends & head off to Grand Rapids!

Learn how to vote, here:
My artist's page:
You can see the leaderboard, here:

A Perfect Pair: A Detroit Free Press Article & The Top Time-Based 25!!

See my entry at Women's City Club from now until Oct. 9th in Grand Rapids. Voting for the finalists ends on Oct. 1st, this Saturday. You don't have to be IN FRONT OF my piece to vote for it (see a how-to here), but you DO have to be in GR. My voter ID is 62588. I really appreciate your support - you have no idea!

The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article  HERE .

The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article HERE.

This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard  HERE !

This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard HERE!

Whatta Difference a Year Makes! (aka. I have an Art Prize venue)

Art Prize does things a little differently. After you register as an artist for the big show, you must connect with a venue so you can show your piece. There is a chance that, despite your best efforts, you might not connect with one. This means that you don't participate and it happened to me the first time I entered AP in 2009.

Last year, I entered the "venue connection" phase of Art Prize by sending out ~12 inquiries to different potential art-showing locations around Grand Rapids. As May wore on, I had about 8 rejections and was wondering if my project (which I thought was great!) would see the light of day in this setting. Maybe this wasn't the sort of event my work was made for? 

Well, as you might know if you've been following along, I DID connect with the amazing Mitten Brewing Company at the very end of May and all went well from there. 

So, coming into this year, I figured things would proceed in a similar fashion. I had a list of venues that interested me, and, when April 20th rolled around, I was ready to start sending my requests anew.

Welp. That is NOT how this year went down. 

At 12:08am on the 20th (yes, 8 minutes into the connection phase... which runs until early June, by the by), I received the first of (what would be) 7 requests to show FROM THE VENUES THEMSELVES. The venues were pursuing ME.

I could not wrap my brain around this change of events! Wow. They must REALLY like my piece... they must see some merit/potential in it. This is so humbling!

I ended up signing with the first one and can now announce that "Rob" will be on display at The B.O.B., right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. I could not be more thrilled and figured that I could NOT look a gift horse in the mouth and wait around to see how many more requests I got (even though, that would have been fun in a vane way). The B.O.B. is an established venue; they must know what they are doing.

So, consider yourself updated! :)

Now, I need to frame this giant thing in preparation for September... practicality was not a concern when I created this piece, so, wish me luck. Oof!

One More Day to Vote for my Self-Portrait!

If you haven't seen it before, this roller derby self-portrait was created with carbon dust/pencil on paper that I had my derby teammates skate over. So, dirt & rink crud is definitely part of thee piece. This was the first attempt at what would be my series for last year's Art Prize. So, if you like it, could you give me a vote? Voting closes tomorrow:

Thank you!

Voting Open for my Self-Portrait!

My roller derby self-portrait, 2014, carbon dust & roller skate dirt.

My roller derby self-portrait, 2014, carbon dust & roller skate dirt.

I almost totally forgot that I entered a self-portrait competition in February... voting opened on April 6th <facepalm>  and closes on the 21st (next week! gah!).

I would love it, if you'd give me a vote:  


Hanging Art Prize - In Pictures (and Info About Voting)

My pieces will be hanging from now until October 12th at The Mitten Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI. If you like this project, I would sure appreciate your vote - that can be done IN (and only in) the greater Grand Rapids area from Sept. 24th - Oct. 4th (info here about voting). My artist number for voting is 56760

It's Game Time.

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

As silly as it might seem, I get nervous over everything where my work is on public display. Yes, "even" an employee art exhibition. There were 200 entrants vying for awards and lookit me! I got one! I'm very honored! Perhaps this will lead to more partnerships with U of Mich to display my work - the ladies talked to me about it - so, stay tuned for that.

Next on to ArtPrize...

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

All eight derby portraits are ready for framing in preparation for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids! The official hanging of the show is Sept 17th - I cannot fathom how time got me here already! I'll post some pictures documenting all of this. 

Now I'm going to go try not to fantasize too much about winning ArtPrize. That, ladies and gentlemen and everyone, would (and I'm not even remotely kidding) change my life.

Elsevier's Bone Reports Image Competition - Vote, if you Please!

Human os coxae. 2001. Carbon dust.

Human os coxae. 2001. Carbon dust.

This piece was entered and accepted (!) in Elsevier's Bone Reports Image Competition. It's won with votes from the public, so, if you like this drawing, could you vote? 

I might win some fancy anatomy books! Thank you!