BBAC announces 2019 Michigan fine arts competition winners

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), a regional nonprofit art center, has announced the winners of its 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC).

The annual juried regional art contest is now in its 38th year, and is open to artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The accompanying free exhibition, open through Aug. 22, includes 80 works by 66 artists, selected from nearly 650 entries across the five states.

Juried by Jerald Melberg, the 2019 MFAC honored 13 winning submissions with cash and materials prizes totaling $6,500. Among the winners is Philip Ruehle, of Owosso, with his work, “Ulrich,” for which he received a $2,000 award.

“The Michigan Fine Arts Competition always reflects truly contemporary work because it has to have been created in the last 18 months,” said Annie VanGelderen, BBAC president and CEO. “This year’s juror took a thoughtful and broad approach, including a wide variety of media, from abstract to sculpture to representational. I am again impressed by the high quality of the art, regardless of medium or theme. This exhibition puts an exclamation point for talent in the Great Lakes region.”

The BBAC gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All BBAC exhibits are free.

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