WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE RECYCLED ART IN THE PARK CONTEST!
Prize awards in six categories have been announced for the 2016 Recycled Art in the Park Sculpture Contest held in Celery Flats Park from May 7-14 which are:
There were eleven entries this year, and the first place winning art will be displayed in the Portage Public Library throughout the summer for visitors to enjoy a sample of the amazing work created this year. The first, second and third place prizes were selected through a panel judging process by Beth McCann, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo; Mary Whalen, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Dr. Oliver Evans, past president of Kendall College of Art and Design; and Mike Pixley, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The Public Choice Award was selected through a combination of on-site voting during the opening ceremony on May 7, and online voting that ended on Friday, May 13. The event was sponsored this year by Eaton, The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Portage Friends of the Parks, and the City of Portage.
The Recycled Art in the Park event was a non-juried art show created as a venue for artists to express their creativity and create public awareness on recycling. The works-of-art were judged based on adhering to the 100% recycled content requirement, with 60% on creative use of materials as they were not originally intended, and 40% on overall artistry and originality. Entry is open to anyone, including artists and schools to express their creativity in giving unused items a new life in art.
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