West of Center: Art That Pushes Boundaries

Now in its 13th year, West of Center, presented in the gallery and virtually, features 48 works in all-media by 35 artists who build upon artistic tradition and embrace new experiments in contemporary art. Artists were encouraged to push the boundaries of art imagery and practices, include those set by traditional techniques, materials, concepts, genre, subject matter, personal, societal etc. Juried by Tara Welch, Executive Director of Studio 23/The Arts Center, the exhibition has $700 in cash awards for 1st-4th place plus honorable mentions.

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Participating artists include: Jean-Paul Aboudib (Canton), Nina Ashraf (Bloomfield Hills), Linda Aulicino (Novi), Sylvia Bandyke (Royal Oak), Gail Borowski (Rochester Hills), Danna Bowersox (Northville), Allen Brooks (Livonia), Keith Christmas (Armada), Winnie Chrzanowski (Royal Oak), Daria Fileta (Northville), Dennis Gordon (Ann Arbor), Tricia Hampo (Ann Arbor), Claudia Hershman (Huntington Woods), Steph Joy Hogan (Lansing), Peggy Kerwan (Novi), Sarah Koch (Livonia), Beverly Koivunen (South Lyon), Candace Law (Berkely), Rosemary Lee (Howell), Matthew McLaughlin (Greenbelt, OH), Kathleen McNamee (Gross Pointe Farms), Barbara Eko Murphy (Northville), Lynn Edwards Newman (Farmington Hills), Andrew Ortiz  (Arlington, TX), Cheryl Phillips (Detroit, MI), Celeste Roe (Farmington), Jane Ryan (Howell), MJ Seltzer (Commerce Twp.), Stephan Shuran (Royal Oak), Rose Starke (Farmington Hills), Sandra Steed (Canton),  Linda Sterns (White Lake Charter Twp.), Pat Vartanian (Novi), Bob Wesley (Walled Lake), and Jane Zich (Fairfax, CA).

Gallery Views, Artisan Store & Virtual Exhibition

Artwork available to purchase in the gallery and online Artisan Store. View the virtual exhibition with links to the store.


Award Presentation & Winners

Watch the video of the awards presentation (8 min.) also view the winning images.


Exhibition Juror Tara Welch is the Executive Director of Studio 23/The Arts Center in Bay City, MI. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Art and History from Saginaw Valley State University in 2014. She has been an art instructor at Studio 23/The Arts Center and in Midland K-4 as well as an arts educator at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, MI.

Tara has juried a number of exhibitions including at Art in the Loft, Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts in Alpena, MI and initiated a number of public art programs including Art Around the City and Chalk Walk Festival in Bay City.

“My passion is to build a bridge for artists to their community. I advocate for artists; help assist with exhibitions and create public art opportunities.”

Questions? Email Ryan Kaltenbach, Creative Director at exhibits@northvillearthouse.org.