National And local members of WCA met at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, March 16, to jury the first WCAMI Award for a young artist of exceptional talent and promise. Mary Lou Greene, a WCAMI member and head of the Art Department at Marygrove College, invited Women’s Caucus for the Arts to participate in the awards. The jurors were Brenda Oelbaum, National President of WCA; Amanda Rogers, Vice President of National WCA; Heide Otto Basinger, Vice President of National WCA Organizational Outreach; and K.A. Letts, former president of WCA’s Michigan Chapter.
The Promise Award went to Marygrove senior Ginette Balbin-Cuesta. Ms. Balbin-Cuesta will be exploring her options in the coming year while she takes a “gap year” in her education. In addition to art, she is interested in medicine. She will be showing her work this summer at Lawrence Street Gallery.
Several other promising artists were identified, and these artists were offered slots in the upcoming WCA Michigan Chapter Show Making Connections, to be held in June at Marygrove College. The artists are: Angela Allen (printmaking), Kristina Spencer (ceramics), Brittany Kihl (painting) and Karlin Motely (video).