54th Annual MEA/MAEA Art Acquisitions Purchase Awards

This year’s winner of the “Best in Show” award at the MEA-MAEA Art Exhibition captured the winning photo while aboard a moving train. MEA-Retired member Lynn Gregg was touring Saint Kitts Island in the Caribbean when he saw a mother holding her baby and waving from her porch. Gregg’s winning shot, titled “Hurricane Survivors,” captures details that convey the island’s intense poverty. Gregg edited the photo to bring out color and details in ways that make the 30×40-inch framed work appear like a painting. “I’m not really into taking pictures of scenery; I’d rather show people in their surroundings,” said Gregg, who worked in Wayne-Westland and Brighton schools before retiring in 2014.

View more of the artwork accepted in the exhibition—co-sponsored by MEA and the Michigan Art Education Association below:

2018 MEA/MAEA Art Acquisitions Purchase Awards Entries and Awards List

Jeanine Ackerman Smith, Burton, Moonlight and Birches, Fused Glass/Stoneware

Jeanine Ackerman Smith, Burton, Maples, Fused Glass/Stoneware

Dianne Austin, Ann Arbor, Flowers Jubilee, Photograph on Canvas (no Photoshop)

Dianne Austin, Ann Arbor, Ivy Ice, Photograph on Canvas (no Photoshop)

Jim Banas, Okemos, Smooth Sailing, Acrylic on Canvas

Jim Banas, Okemos, Pleasant Picking, Acrylic on Canvas

Brooke Brewster, Plymouth, Flutter, Photography

Deborah Brown-Cage, Detroit, Beauty of Calm, Acrylic on Canvas

Jack Converse, Saline, It’s Fun, Photography

Jack Converse, Saline, Motorcycle Merry-Go-Round, Photography

Arlinda Crossland, Bloomfield, Henry- Where Will I Go to School?, Watercolor

Arlinda Crossland, Bloomfield, Herbie Z, Acrylic

Francie Dittrich, Haslett, My Spirit Lives, Watercolor

Doug Duncan, Kalamazoo, Neptune’s Eye, Acrylic

Joel Ellis, Haslett, Amber Eve, Acrylic on Canvas

Patricia Fields, Center Line, Spirit of a Home #13, Oil on Canvas

Patricia Fields, Center Line, Sunshine, Silver Gelatin Prints

Colleen Ford, Swartz Creek, Flaring Flowers, Acrylic

Colleen Ford, Swartz Creek, Shades of Spring, Watercolor

Laura Gajewski, Portland, Spread Your Wings, Watercolor & Ink

Laura Gajewski, Portland, 2 Brothers, Watercolor & Ink

Michelle Gill, Marquette, Elemental, Photography

Sally Giroux, Saginaw, A Kind of Benediction, Fiber, Mixed

Lynn Gregg, South Lyon, Amish Men – Indiana, Photography – 3D

Lynn Gregg, South Lyon, Hurricane Survivors – St. Kitt, Photography

Janet Grifka-Smith, Romeo, The Imagine, Fused Glass

Janet Grifka-Smith, Romeo, The Blossom in Bronze, Fused Glass

Barbara Jean Hanson, Charlotte, 8 Wildwood Court, Acrylic on Canvas

Barbara Jean Hanson, Charlotte, The World at Her Feet, Acrylic on Canvas

Cynthia Helvey, Macomb, Move-Re-Move, Mixed Media

Lisa Hermann, Brownstown, Deeplove, Acrylic & Textured Medium

Lisa Hermann, Brownstown, Luminous Abstraction, Acrylic & Textured Medium

Catherine Hetherington, Howell, Jennifer, Oil

Catherine Hetherington, Howell, Fantasy #5, Acrylic

Annie Howard, Adrian, Trinity Lifts, Acrylic, Vintage Paper

Victoria Hussey, Clinton Twp, All About the Fins, Ceramic

Linda Jacobs, Adrian, All the Angles, Fused & Mosaic Glass

Linda Jacobs, Adrian, Gifts of the Sea, Fused & Mosaic Glass

Mary Clare Johnson, Kent City, Lucky Duo, Watercolor & Ink

Mary Clare Johnson, Kent City, Strength in Singledom, Watercolor & Ink

Terry Junger, Perry, Picture Rocks, Collage – Mixed Media

Terry Junger, Perry, Valleys and Highlands, Collage – Mixed Media

Jennifer Kay-Rivero, Warren, Lady in Waiting, Enamel on Copper

Carrie Keeley, Midland, Jaybird, Reduction Linocut

Carrie Keeley, Midland, Dewdrop Monarch, Reduction Linocut

Dr. Susan Kruszynski, Muskegon, Michigan Cities in Monochromes, Quilted Fabric Landscape

Dr. Susan Kruszynski, Muskegon, Kruszing Through the Seasons, Quilted Fabric Landscape

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, Fort Gratiot, Experience, Mixed Media

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez, Fort Gratiot, Art, Science, Math & Wonder, Mixed Media

Peggy Leonard, Ann Arbor, Autumn Dance #1, Mixed Media

Peggy Leonard, Ann Arbor, Autumn Dance #2, Mixed Media

Rose McDonnall, Livonia, Passages, Marker

Rose McDonnall, Livonia, Moment 2, Marker

Pat Miller Coy, Paw Paw, On the Edge, Christmas, Mich., Oil

Pat Miller Coy, Paw Paw, Walking the Dunes, Oil

Carol Patrick, Lansing, La La Land Sunset, Photography

Carol Patrick, Lansing, Ephemeral Rainbow, Photography

Bethany Phipps, Vassar, Looking Ahead, Charcoal,

Bethany Phipps, Vassar, Summer Memory, Ink & Watercolor

Heidi Posh, Westland, Queen Bee, Printmaking w/Color Pencil

Keith Rayner, St. Clair Shores, Artist DNA, Paper

Keith Rayner, St. Clair Shores, Red/Gray Poncho, Weaving – Yarn

Jennifer Rynkowski, Macomb, Chicago Time 1, Photography

Jennifer Rynkowski, Macomb, Chicago Time 2, Photography

Katie Schuur, Farmington Hills, Succulence, Mixed Media

Katie Schuur, Farmington Hills, Flourish, Mixed Media

Kate Sezniak, Royal Oak, Restful, Prismacolor Pencil

Kate Sezniak, Royal Oak, Sainted, Prismacolor Pencil

Sharada Sharp, Shelby Twp, Eiffel, Photography

Sharada Sharp, Shelby Twp, Vino, Photography on Canvas

Rhonda Sherwin, Williamston, Winter to Spring, Oil

Rhonda Sherwin, Williamston, Morning Shadow, Oil

Cammie Silvestri, Rives Junction, Misty Morning Sail, Watercolor

Cammie Silvestri, Rives Junction, Journey Out of the Blue, Watercolor

Henrietta Spiris, Haslett, Skipper, Photograph

Henrietta Spiris, Haslett, Poppies, Photograph

Sherri St. Clair, Grand Blanc, Breaking Waves at Pointe Betsie, Oil on Canvas

Sherri St. Clair, Grand Blanc, The Rocks of Pointe Betsie, Oil on Canvas

Carolyn Steenland, Newaygo, Preaching to the Choir, Fused Glass

Carolyn Steenland, Newaygo, Greeters, Fused Glass

Thomas Thiery, Adrian, Gathering of Nations, Watercolor

Thomas Thiery, Adrian, Friends and Dreams, Watercolor

Gail Trapp Bohner, Osseo, Crazy Crow, Pen & Watercolor

Carol Trojanowski, Haslett, Golden Daze, Fiber Art – Shredded Fabric Art Quilt

Carol Trojanowski, Haslett, City Park, Fiber Art – Raw Edge Art Quilt

Adam VanHouten, Traverse City, Into the Winter Sun, Watercolor on Paper

Adam VanHouten, Traverse City, Up North Drive, Watercolor on Paper

Pat Vartanian, Greektown Full of Lights, Paper Weaving, Beads

Beverly Watson, Redford, River Swan, Print (Woodblock)

Beverly Watson, Redford, Robin McDaniel, Acrylic

Kari Wilson, Grand Rapids, Finding Home, Acrylic

Kari Wilson, Grand Rapids, House in Four Parts, Acrylic

Danna Wolke Bowersox, Northville, August, Multi-Metal & Wood

Danna Wolke Bowersox, Northville, Jessica the Riveter, Multi-Metal & Wood

Judy Wood Thurston, Clare, Greet the New Day, Watercolor

Judy Wood Thurston, Clare, Nectarines, Watercolor

Lynn Gregg, South Lyon, Hurricane Survivors – St. Kitt, Photography

Jeanine Ackerman Smith, Burton, Maples, Fused Glass/Stoneware

Francie Dittrich, Haslett, My Spirit Lives, Watercolor

Catherine Hetherington, Howell, Jennifer, Oil

Terry Junger, Perry, Valleys and Highlands, Collage – Mixed Media

Carrie Keeley, Midland, Jaybird, Reduction Linocut

Dr. Susan Kruszynski, Muskegon, Kruszing Through the Seasons, Quilted Fabric Landscape

Rhonda Sherwin, Williamston, Winter to Spring, Oil

Jack Converse, Saline, Motorcycle Merry-Go-Round, Photography

Patricia Fields, Center Line, Sunshine, Silver Gelatin Prints

Colleen Ford, Swartz Creek, Flaring Flowers, Acrylic

Laura Gajewski, Portland, 2 Brothers, Watercolor & Ink

Catherine Hetherington, Howell, Fantasy #5, Acrylic

Rose McDonnall, Livonia, Moment 2, Marker

Pat Miller Coy, Paw Paw, Walking the Dunes, Oil

Katie Schuur, Farmington Hills, Flourish, Mixed Media

Thomas Thiery, Adrian, Gathering of Nations, Watercolor

IN HONOR OF ART EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – TRICIA ERICKSON

Carrie Keeley, Midland, Jaybird, Reduction Linocut

Francie Dittrich, Haslett, My Spirit Lives, Watercolor

Laura Gajewski, Portland, 2 Brothers, Watercolor & Ink

Michelle Gill, Marquette, Elemental, Photography

Lynn Gregg, South Lyon, Hurricane Survivors – St. Kitt, Photography

Dr. Susan Kruszynski, Muskegon, Kruszing Through the Seasons, Quilted Fabric Landscape

Rose McDonnall, Livonia, Moment 2, Marker

Bethany Phipps, Vassar, Looking Ahead, Charcoal

Bethany Phipps, Vassar, Summer Memory, Ink & Watercolor

Keith Rayner, St. Clair Shores, Artist DNA, Paper

Katie Schuur, Farmington Hills, Flourish, Mixed Media

Thomas Thiery, Adrian, Gathering of Nations, Watercolor

Carol Trojanowski, Haslett, City Park, Fiber Art – Raw Edge Art Quilt