It’s a chance to be part of our permanent collection.
The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition is for two-dimensional art (e.g. drawing, print, pastel, painting and photography) inspired by the grounds and collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
The objective of the competition is to collect high quality work that would celebrate the beauty and inspiration found in our Gardens and Sculpture Park.
A $5,000 purchase award will be paid for the winning entry in addition to becoming a part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection.
The 2015 winner was artist Rachel VanWylen. Her winning entry, Japanese Garden, is a beautiful Linocut on paper.
“Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a great source of inspiration for anyone working in the arts, since walking around a beautiful outdoor environment allows one to slow down and make space for creativity,” said VanWylen. “It is lovely to turn the corner of a path and come across a thought-provoking piece of contemporary sculpture or a dozen colorful fish darting about in the coy pond. I’m not living in West Michigan anymore, but I miss being able to visit the gardens.”
VanWylen would encourage artists of all abilities to participate. “I think anyone who finds the gardens inspiring should go ahead and enter the competition! The process of getting to know the Gardens and responding to them creatively is a gratifying one regardless of whether or not you win, and there are so many delightful spots to discover in the Gardens.”
“It’s an honor. There are many pieces at Frederik Meijer Gardens that I admire, so being part of the permanent collection is exciting.”