The City of Portage 5th Annual Portage Community Art Award (PCAA) exhibition opens Friday, September 16 in Portage City Hall (7900 South Westnedge Avenue). The exhibition features over 20 works-of-art from the 2022 PCAA winner, Nancy VandenBerg, and will be open to the public for viewing Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, through November 18.
The PCCA is a part of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) annual West Michigan Area Show (WMAS), a juried exhibition of the visual arts from community talent spanning a 14-county region. The art ranges from paintings, prints, and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed media. This year, submissions were judged by artist Ed Fraga, recipient of many distinguished awards and fellowships including the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship, Kresge Artist Fellowship, Bellagio Center Rockefeller Foundation Residency, and Arts Midwest National Endowment of the Arts.
The Portage Community Art Award offers a $1,000 prize to the winning artist whose submission best reflects the city’s theme, “A Natural Place to Move”. The 2022 winning work of art is titled, "British Birds" a mixed media of 35mm black and white darkroom print and encaustic collage by artist Nancy VandenBerg, a multi-talented artist, entrepreneur, inventor, retired occupational therapist, and self-made businesswoman.
For more information about the Portage Community Art Award Exhibition, call Portage Parks & Recreation at (269) 329-4522.