These are the four categories that the judges will be basing their judging on for the competitors art work.
70% – Originality
- Original themes, content or reworking fimaliar images in a new way.
20% – Technique
- Unique technique for applying chalk, shading or mixing colors.
5% – Composition
- Great at composing an image, composition pops off the street.
5% – Saturation of color
- Deep rich colors, shading and highlights!
Armin Mersmann was born in Remscheid, Germany, in 1955. Along with his parents, he immigrated to the United States in 1962. He grew up in an artistic environment and was greatly influenced and tutored by his father, Fritz, a successful oil painter. Mersmann feels his career as an artist was inevitable: “I never made the conscious choice to be an artist, it’s just what I did.”
Although Mersmann is mainly known for his intense naturalistic graphite drawings, he also works in photography.. “Discovering and rediscovering my chosen medium is the everlasting stimulus that keeps me interested and excited. Accidental process and meticulous planning co-mingle in all my work.”
Mersmann has taught the Art and Skill of Drawing, the Creative Process, iPhoneography and Advanced Critique at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL; the Colorado Academy of Art, Boulder CO; Northwood University, Midland, MI; the Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI; and countless workshops within the United States. He lives in Midland, MI, where he was the Senior Visual Art Curator and Artist in Residence at Midland Center for the Arts. Most recently he awarded an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be culminating that residency with a solo exhibit in the summer of 2019 at Manifest.
Mark Piotrowski lives in Bay City Michigan, with his wife Jennifer and daughter Raven. In the over twenty-five years he has been teaching for the Bay City Public Schools, he has taught Art at every grade level and is currently at Western High School. Piotrowski earned his Bachelor Degree in Art Education at Eastern Michigan University and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been on display in numerous solo and group shows throughout Michigan and beyond. Currently Mark is in the studio creating a new body of work, while also working on new mural designs for the upcoming painting season with his mural and design company, MARKed ARTs
I didn’t grow up drawing with pencils. My love was always color. In first grade a teacher told me I colored wrong. I liked to make little, light swirls until the area was filled in completely. She explained to me that, in order to color correctly, one needed to make smooth, firm lines up and down in an organized fashion. In high school my art teacher told me I painted wrong. I would line the bristles of the brush up to the edge I was painting and pull downward. She said I needed to use the side of the brush and paint along the edge to make a correct line. I now use both techniques in my paintings. Why am I writing all this? To explain why, when I entered college, I didn’t go into art. I mean, I didn’t really draw with pencils, right? Not to mention I always color ‘wrong’. I instead signed up for the history program, with an emphasis on the World Wars. I enjoyed the program but something was missing. I would find my mind wondering back to color and form. I would look at drawings and paintings and wish I could experience that life. I started to take art classes in college as electives until one semester I had more art classes than history classes. That’s when I knew it was time to make the switch. I applied and was accepted to The School for the Art Institute of Chicago. I loved being in a school connected to a wonderful museum. I spent many hours walking around ‘talking’ to famous, dead masters. Edward Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Rothko, Edward Hopper, Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti; to name a few. After graduating I, like many of my ilk, was completely lost. Staring into space, hoping an idea would hit me. I have since learned that most ideas don’t work that way. I now think about line and pencils and concept. And I still color wrong.