Elkhart Juried Regional



 The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce the 37th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, October 7 - December 4, 2016. This all-media competition is open to artists 18 years and older who are residents of Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben or Whitley counties in Indiana and Berrien, Branch, Cass, or St. Joseph counties in Michigan. Each entrant may submit one (1) or two (2) works which must be original in concept and execution, created within the last two (2) years, not completed under instruction and not previously exhibited at the Midwest Museum or any other competition within the region.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 entitles entrant to submit one entry.  $40 for  two entries.  Entry fee is non-refundable. Limit  up to (2) works.

ENTRIES DUE: All works must be hand delivered September 10 through September 24 during regular museum hours: Tues.-Fri., 10:00AM - 4:00PM or Sat. & Sun., 1:00PM-4:00PM. (Eastern Standard Time)

SIZE LIMITATIONS: Length or width may not exceed seven (7) feet. No work of art may exceed 100 lbs. in weight.

FRAMING & PRESENTATION: All entries must be prepared for installation. Two-dimensional work must be framed and wired for hanging. Three-dimensional work  should be self-supporting or be able to be placed on a pedestal. No installation pieces accepted. No works will be accepted that require the artist present for installation.

PICK-UP of  ACCEPTED and NOT ACCEPTED WORKS: Non-accepted work must be picked-up September 27 through October 2 during regular museum hours, Tues.-Fri., 10:00AM to 4:00PM, or Sat. & Sun., 1:00PM-4:00PM

Accepted works must remain for the duration of the exhibition and may then be picked up December 6 through December 29, 2016. All work not claimed by January 6, 2017 will then automatically be considered the property of the Midwest Museum of American Art to dispose of in any way it sees fit.

HOLD HARMLESS CLAUSE: The greatest care will be taken in the handling of all entries, however the MMAA disclaims any liability for loss or damage in connection with the 38th Elkhart Juried Regional. 

SALE OF WORK: Unless otherwise indicated by the artist, all work is for sale. A commission of 25% on work sold is payable to the Midwest Museum. There is no commission fee on Purchase Awards.

AWARDS RECEPTION: All submitting artists, friends and museum members are invited to attend an Awards Reception on Friday evening, October 7, from 7:00-9:00 PM.

JURORS: The distinguished jurors for the exhibition will be Lance Crow, George F. & Peggy Rapp Education Director, Richmond Art Museum & Michael Crowthers, Curator of Collections, Exhibitions & Education, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

For the PDF file of the prospectus, please click here.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Elkhart County Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

Over $30,000 in cash prizes!

2016 Calendar- IMPORTANT DATES

September 10 thru September 24- Entries to be hand delivered to the Midwest Museum

September 25- Judging

September 26- Notifications mailed

September 27 thru October 2- Non-accepted works to be picked up

October 7- opening Awards Reception 7:00-9:00 PM

December 4- exhibition closes

December 6 thru December 29- Accepted works to be picked up (any artwork not picked up by January 6, 2017 becomes MMAA property)

38th Elkhart Juried Regional Purchase Award Patrons:

$1200 Jack & Karen Cittadine BEST of SHOW Award
(becomes property of Midwest Museum)

"Await" by Dora Natella, South Bend, IN

Dora Natella & "Await" 38th EJR Best of Show 


Best of Category Awards:
$200 Painting

"Autumn Fog #2" by Mark Vander Vinne, Porter, IN

$200 Sculpture

"Singer the Dog" by Robert Hardt, Rolling Prairie, IN

$200 Drawing or Printmaking

"Take a Seat" by Jerry Ginther, Rochester, IN

$200 Ceramic 

"Sculptural Vessel #2" by Bill Kremer, Edwardsburg, MI

$200 Photography $200

"Beckoning" by Chuck Shock, South Bend, IN

Mixed Media or Fiber

"Evening on Round Lake" by Sibyl Graber Gerig, Goshen IN


Memorial Purchase Awards 

*Ronald C. Miazga Memorial Purchase Award for Photography (becomes property of Midwest Museum)

Given by Tom Soper & Lucy Zimmerman $500

"Just a Boy" digital b/w photography by Rob Wise, South Bend, IN

*Mary Feddersen Memorial Purchase Award for Photography (becomes property of Midwest Museum)

Given by Susan Lehman & Connie Minzey $500

"My Little Elephant", digital photograph by Todd Hoover, South Bend, IN


Merit Awards:
William & Jeanne Batten Merit Award for Sculpture $200

"Bouquet II", wood by Robert Albers, Valparaiso, IN

Jonas Howard Merit Award for Painting $100

"Winter's First Blanket", oil by Stephen Verace, Goshen, IN

Ken & Kathy Zienty Merit Award for Mixed Media $100

"4 Generation Dinner", mixed media by Deborah Robinson, Columbia City, IN


$900 Purchase Awards:

Arts on Main (Steve Gruber) #1

"Joy", oil by Lea Goldman, South Bend, IN

Brotherson Family Purchase Award $900

"Water Series #2", acrylic by Ginny Scott, LaPorte, IN

Drs. Terry Bryant & Liz Elliot Purchase Award $900

"Wing", painted aluminum by John Mishler, Goshen, IN

Drs. Dan & Linda Burns Purchase Award $900

"Mother's Love", welded steel by Sunday Mahaja, Goshen, IN

Dr. Rick & Cindy Burns Purchase Award $900

"People", welded steel by Braxton Eikenberry, Akron, IN

Jack & Karen Cittadine Purchase Award $900

"Some Days you Dance" cut-paper collage by Susan Lehman, Elkhart, IN

Stan & June Disher Purchase Award $900

"Almost Home", oil by Charlene Long, Mishawaka, IN

John & Sharon Feddersen Purchase Award $900

"Evening on Round Lake", fiber by Sibyl Graber Gerig, Goshen, IN

Craig Gibson Purchase Award $900

"Autumn Eve", oil by Charlene Long, Mishawaka, IN

Joe & Yohanna Greenlee Purchase Award $900

"San Francisco Street", acrylic by Tony Bianco, Chesterton, IN

Jim & Bev Haas Purchase Award $900

"Mutual Misunderstanding", porcelain by Tom Meunick, Walkerton, IN

Dr. Brian & Summer King Purchase Award $900

"The Crushing Light", acrylic by Thomas Zuber, Osceola, IN

Michael & Rebecca Kubacki Purchase Award $900

"South Federal Street, Chicago", acrylic by Tony Bianco, Chesterton, IN

Bill & Mary Kuhn Purchase Award $900

"Stalking Blue Heron", ceramic by Liz Hess, Middlebury, IN

Stacy & Zane Lankford Purchase Award $900

"Vivace", wood by Robert Albers, Valparaiso, IN

Dr. Wesley Mark & Dr. Mary Harder Purchase Award $900

"Picasso as Conquistador Brings Art to the World", welded steel by Braxton Eikenberry, Elkhart, IN

Alice A. Martin Purchase Award $900

"Scudding Clouds", oil by Laurie Schirmer Carpenter, Valparaiso, IN

Scott & Kristin Mereness Purchase Award $900

"It Takes a Village", mixed media by Erika Tieszen, South Bend, IN

Steve & Jane Poe Purchase Award $900

"On the Wind", oil by Michelle Lilly, LaPorte, IN

Dr. David Regan Purchase Award $900

"Kintsugi-Repaired Jar", ceramic by Dick Lehman, Goshen, IN

Warrick & Boyn Purchase Award $900

"Autumn-Fog #2", oil by Mark Vander Vinne, Porter, IN

Robert Weed Plywood Corporation Purchase Award $900

"Grand Lac Solace", watercolor by George Millet, Jr. Kouts, IN

Jack & Angie Welter Purchase Award $900

"Subterranean Playground", mixed media by Kaylee Dalton, Elkhart, IN

Jon & Meghan Wenger Purchase Award $900

"Sculptural Vessel #2", wood-fired stoneware by Bill Kremer, Edwardsburg, MI

Dr. Gordon Hughes & Jennifer Abrell Purchase Award $900

"Green Kandinsky Vessel", terra cotta by Cynthia Marks, Elkhart, IN


A Special Purchase Award to Honor Jane Burns’ 35 Years
as Director & Founding Trustee given by Bruce Pickens
for the MMAA Permanent Collection $900

"Indiana Garden", collograph/monotype by Ellen Ridenour, Elkhart, IN


$700 Purchase Awards

Connie Fulmer Purchase Award $700

"Criss Cross", acrylic by Bobbie Stagg, St. Joseph, MI

Scott & Kristin Mereness Purchase Award $700

"Serendipity", acrylic by Barbara DeLeu, Mishawaka, IN

Steve & Traci Bollero Purchase Award $700

"Side-fired Jar", ceramic by Dick Lehman, Goshen, IN

Dan & Jan Morrison Purchase Award $700

"Lookout", oil by Diane Tesler, Kewanna, IN

Rob & Nancy Wirt Purchase Award $700

"Bones", digital b/w photography by Rob Wise, South Bend, IN


$500 Purchase Awards

Cornerstone CPA Group LLP Purchase Award $500

"Enchanting", digital color photograph by Stephen Beck, Elkhart, IN

Mike & Lisa Graber Purchase Award $500

"High Sierra", oil by Stephen Verace, Goshen, IN

Tom & Liz Borger Purchase Award (1) $500

"Grapes & Floral", oil by Steve Creighton, Warsaw, IN

Tom & Liz Borger Purchase Award (2) $500

"Winter Refuge" photography by Steve Toepp, Granger, IN

Arts on Main Purchase Award (2) $500

"Fractured: American Portrait" acrylic by Thomas Zuber, Osceola, IN

Susan & Mark Henshaw Purchase Award $500

"Colony III", sawdust-fired ceramic by Judy Wenig-Horswell, Elkhart, IN

Mark & Kathy Mow Purchase Award $500

"Large Jar with Poppies", earthenware & decals by Justin Rothshank, Goshen, IN