KCC adjunct a finalist in KIA’s 2012 Billboard Art Contest

An adjunct faculty member in the Arts and Communications department at Kellogg Community College has been named one of 20 finalists for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ 2012 Billboard Art Contest.

Vicki VanAmeyden was among those selected by a jury panel to compete for one of the Top 10 spots in the contest, which will be decided through public voting from April 3 through 17. According to the KIA website:

“Once selected by public vote, each Top 10 artist will receive a billboard that will display and rotate among 1,300 regional spots in Southwest Michigan for one year. The billboards will be erected at the end of May. The winners will also receive a landing page on our website and be feted at a celebration in September where they may sell their work to the public in a mini gallery showing.”

To cast your vote, visit the KIA site at www.kiarts.org/page.php?page_id=365# starting tomorrow and choose your favorite artist. You can vote once per day, according to the KIA.

VanAmeyden — whose artist website is located at www.vickivanameyden.com — is listed as a finalist for her drawings. In a statement on the KIA website, she says, “My diverse and interdisciplinary approach to art making often includes the use of text and nontraditional materials. Using image as metaphor for the human condition, I navigate through the empathy required in deciphering what it means to be a person in the singular and in the collective sense — from the cultural, political and psychological to the metaphysical and physiological.”

Congratulations Vicki!