Meijer Gardens Announces Winner of Loeschner 2-D Art Competition

Celebrated landscape painter is chosen as winner.

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2012 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competion Winner

Grand Rapids, Mich. (PRWEB) December 19, 2012

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to announce celebrated landscape painter, Stephen Duren, as the winner of the 2012 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition.

Duren’s winning entry entitled, no. 5512 Meijer Gardens I, is an abstracted landscape done in oil on paper based on his visits and studies of the grounds of Meijer Gardens. His plein air-style paintings are critically acclaimed for their fresh colors and depth of feeling.

In addition to the $3,000 prize, Duren’s painting will become a part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection.

Born and raised in Northern California, Duren has lived and worked in West Michigan since 1978. Duren joins other recent winners including: Chris Overvoorde, Stephen Schousen, Margaret Vega, James Karsina and Sharon Sandberg.

The official call for 2013 entries will come in the fall, but artists are encouraged to work on their piece year round. Submissions are due November 2, 2013, and all artists across the state and the globe are welcomed.

Celebrating its 11th year, Ray and Nancy Loeschner established the two-dimensional competition to encourage artists to create work inspired by the grounds and collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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About Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

One of the world’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves more than 550,000 visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by “Art Newspaper,” the leading publication in global art news. The 132-acre grounds feature Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children’s gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Dine.


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