July 10, 2015

Beyond the Boundaries Award: Michael Bill Smith

Every year, California Fibers looks for an exhibit that meets our requirements for the Beyond the Boundaries award. This year, we chose the exciting Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan.

The Beyond the Boundaries award is for artistic innovation in subject matter, materials, and/or technique in a national or international fiber exhibition. This year's winner, Michael Bill Smith, was chose by Extreme Fibers' jurors Ferne Jacobs and Namita Gupta Wiggers.

His piece Cardinal Sean Brady is seen below, and is created from sparkling vinyl, acrylic, metal bolts, and upholstery tacks.

Cardinal Sean Brady, 2014, 48" x 36" x 8"

The exhibit will be at the Muskegon Museum of Art opening August 20 at 5:30 and continuing through November 1. It will then be at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan, December 6, 2015 and run through March of 2016.