Kathleen Balcer Messner (BSDes 1965) presented her work at 2017’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize is an annual art exhibition and competition in Grand Rapids open to any artist working in any medium. A key feature of ArtPrize every year is the public’s ability to vote for their favorite piece, a distinction which garners $200,000 for the winner. The ninth edition of ArtPrize ran this year from September 20th to October 8th.
Messner’s piece, American Beauty, is a 2‑D watercolor painting of a vase of roses in water. Enclosed in a boxed frame covered with glass, the painting is lit from inside in order to provide subtle background lighting.