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Real American


American Gothic Real American Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibition 117 GalleryReal American

July 1 - August 13

Juror: Peter Baker

"How do you describe a big, contradictory, many-faceted place like the United States of America?  That is what Real American, the juried group show on view from now until August 13 at the Ann Arbor Art Center aims to do. What you see in this country right now  depends on where you are standing and the juror, eminent Ann Arbor-based photojournalist Peter Baker, treats us to his personal view of not just  one America but several."

Read the entire exhibition's review by K.A. Letts

What is “Real American”? We seek to explore the generational, ethnographic, cultural, and anthropological ideals of what the word American means. From fresh apple pie to Budweiser, the Star Spangled Banner to Party in the USA, what is the modern American experience? Are we entering the sci-fi World of Tomorrow, longing for the Norman Rockwell past, or painting ourselves into an Idiocracy? If our culture is our biggest export, what kind of image are we presenting to the world? This exhibition seeks artworks that span the spectrum from whimsical to austere, nostalgic to provocative. Artworks may consist of images from popular and visual culture, contain everyday objects assembled in unexpected ways, or incorporate stars and stripes.

Featured Artists: Jim Aho • Mark Bleshenski • Tina Blondell • CJ Breil • Sarah Buddendeck • Seder Burns • Barbara Melnik Carson • Vanessa Compton • Errol Daniels • Keith Downie • Dan Farnum • Kathie Foley-Meyer • Heather Freeman • Jonathan Frey • David Gardner • Sarah Hahn • Amber Harrison • Christian Helser • Timothy Householder • Melissa Lynn • Astrid Muller-Karger • Dietmar Krumrey • C. B. Murphy • John Posa • Shawn Quinlan • Jim Rehlin • Jaye Schlesinger • Geoffrey Stein • Marilynn Thomas • Seth trent • Tamara Wasserman • Chad Yenney • Micah Zavacky

Award Winners:

Best in Show

Best in Show

Shawn Quinlan (Pittsburgh, PA), "The New American Heritage" (quilt/fiber)
2nd place

2nd place

Dan Farnum (Tulsa, OK) "Monster Energy, Tulsa" (archival inkjet)
3rd place

3rd place

John Posa (Ann Arbor, MI) "Untitled" (acrylic on canvas with deer hide and scrap metal)
Honorable mention

Honorable mention

Tina Blondell (Minneapolis, MN) "Antimony as Nubia" (oil on panel)
Honorable mention

Honorable mention

Melissa Lynn (Denver, CO) "Mitchelene BigMan - Crow Indian/Iraq Veteran" (chromogenic color print)

About the juror: Peter Baker

Peter Baker is an Ann Arbor-based photographer who specializes in editorial, travel, and advertising photography. His clients include Herman Miller, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and Popular Mechanics. Peter’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as in HOW Magazine, American Photography, and Hemispheres. He also serves as Creative Director at local tech darling Duo Security, and has been involved in creating many arts and culture events in Ann Arbor, MI.

Important Dates:

Entries Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 12
Artists Notified of Juror Selections: Monday, June 20
Accepted Artwork Drop-off Deadline: Tuesday, June 28
Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 6-9pm
Exhibition Closes: Saturday, August 13
Pick-up of Work: August 14 – August 17

Sponsors 117 Gallery Ann Arbor Art Center Vintage Financial

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