Kalamazoo Valley’s Center for New Media in downtown Kalamazoo is hosting a Dec. 7 juried art show consisting of artwork submitted by its art and design students. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during Art Hop.
For this competition there will be five categories: graphic design, illustration, web design, digital photography, and motion graphics. Prizes will include a $300 Best of Show Award; a $300 Director’s Award; First Place, $200; and a Second Place award of $150. Art included in the exhibit will be on display through the end of December.
The New Media Showcase is one of the first events happening under local artist Karen Matson’s direction. She has been involved with the Center for New Media since its inception in the early 90’s and retired from Kalamazoo Valley a year and a half ago as a fulltime Art and New Media instructor. She has returned to serve as the new Director of the Center for New Media. “I’m excited to be here,” Matson said. “I love this place, and I’ve always been proud of our faculty, students and our artistic contribution to the community.”
Matson said she’s enthusiastic about showcasing student artwork and hopes to continue to increase the Center’s presence within the community. Other upcoming art exhibits at the Center for New Media will include the return of the Alumni+ Art Show in March, the Graduate Art Show in May, and a spring Faculty Art Show.
“We’re opening our doors wider,” she said. “We’re here for the people in our community to offer classes teaching entrepreneurs how to create their own marketing materials, design professionals looking to upgrade skills, or simply anyone who wants to learn the basics of design, digital photography, web design and programming, and animation. We also teach a variety of fine art courses with opportunities for AAS degrees and Certificates of Achievement.
As a part of the Dec. 7 Art Hop events at the Arcadia Commons Campus, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum will also be open and will offer a free performance at 6 p.m. by the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra. A laser light show set to the classic rock music of Led Zeppelin will also be staged in the museum’s planetarium at 8:30 p.m. Many of Led Zeppelin's classics, “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and other greats are set to immersive and surrealistic computer generated effects. Tickets are $3 each.