The Carnegie Center for the Arts 2021 Regional Juried Show Awards Are…


Best of Show 2D: Michael Pendola, “The Sun Returns”, Armstrong Gallery

Best of Show 3D: Connie Kuilema, “Into the Woods”, Fireplace Gallery

First Place: Paula Groenhof-Novess, “2020”, Mezzanine Gallery

Second Place: Randy Bronkema, “Peaceful Refuge”, Fireplace Gallery

Third Place: Martha Rosenfeld, “Little Kern Golden Trout, California: Endangered”, Mezzanine Gallery

Juror’s Award: Bobbe A. Luce, “Interflow”, Armstrong Gallery

Juror’s Award: Jodie Burke, “Cancer Sucks (Hannah)”, Mezzanine Gallery

Juror’s Award: Linda Valentino Walker, “Angels and Demons”, Mezzanine Gallery

Honorable Mention: Jerry Bowman, “Animals from Mexico”, Museum Gallery

Honorable Mention: Kelly Vander Kley, “Kicked to the Curb”, Alcove Gallery

Honorable Mention: Sandra Pype, “Missy”, Armstrong Gallery

Honorable Mention: Frank Bylo, “John Lennon”, Museum Gallery


The Carnegie Center for the Arts would like to thank all of the artists in the 2021 Regional Juried Show for this beautiful exhibit and congratulate the artists who received an award. It’s truly a joy to be surrounded by your amazing artwork!

More information on the exhibit:

1.The galleries will feature this amazing exhibit Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2021, Tuesday-Thursday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

2. Please enter/exit via the Portage door.

3. Masks are required as well as social distancing and if you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not enter.

4. We hope you enjoy the virtual tour of this exhibit. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the CCA for information; we would love to have you be… ” A Friend of the Carnegie Center for the Arts!”

5. Thank you to our 2021 Jurors: Ali, Jeff and Theresa; you were a wonderful team and we were delighted to have you here!

6. A special thank you to: Bobbe, Bruce, Chad, David, Denny, Tad and Tatum for all of your talents with this exhibit; you are ALL simply the best!

7. The Juror’s statement is…

Juror’s Statement

We would like to thank the artists of Southwest Michigan for their support of the 2021 Regional Juried Arts Competition. There were #78 artists who entered a total of #170 pieces. Considering the challenges of the past year, inclusivity was important to us. Therefore, the final show represents all #78 artists and a total of #154 pieces of art.

We are pleased with the quality of the show which includes a variety of media and is especially strong in hooked rugs, beaded necklaces, art quilting, wood turning, and glass. The absence of some media may be due to artists’ restrictions or accessibility to kilns, furnaces, and presses during the pandemic.  Notably, we observed that many artworks provided commentary on 2020. Some of these pieces invite viewers to focus on themes of stress, sacrifice and loss that the community continues to face.

Hats off to Executive Director, Donna Grubbs, along with the supporters and volunteers at the Carnegie Center for the Arts for providing this highly respected venue to secure the continuation of shows of this caliber in Southwest Michigan.

Ali Hansen/Jeff Heaton/Theresa Heaton