77th Juried Midwestern Biennial

Nonduality Marker, 2022, mixed materials

Sculpture of Local Artist Juried into the Midwestern Biennial Exhibition

      Edwin Shelton has one of his abstract sculptures in the Midwestern

Biennial Exhibition which opened the evening of Friday, October the 7th. 

The Rockford Art Museum is hosting this exceptional collection of 

contemporary artworks. Carrie Johnson facilitated this show and it was 

juried by Frank Juarez. Dean Alan Olson Foundation provided funding,

so admission is free.

       Sixty-one paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, 

mixed media works, etc created by 50 talented artists. They are from 

seven states for the 77th Midwestern Biennial. Frank Juarez served as 

the juror. He is the art department chairman at the Sheboygan North 

High School. He has also written articles for SchoolArts Magazine. 

Juarez publishes Artdose Magazine.

        Artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, 

Ohio, and Indiana. This exhibition has grown over the decades. Initially 

local artists displayed their artworks in 1913. The annual showcase      

later became open to statewide artists. In 1998, the exhibition expanded 

the Midwest region to the present. Now the show includes awards. The 

Best of Show ($2,000) is provided by the Dean Alan Olson Foundation, 

The two Juror’s Choice awards are $500 each. The exhibition is open 

through January 22.

        Shelton’s artist statement reads:  I strive to make sculptures that 

viewers have likely not seen before I work to provoke the blend of joy 

and mysteries. I assemble discarded objects The are given a “skin” of 

fabrics and upholstery thread with fluorescent paint, paper mache, faux 

jewels, glitter, etc. The non-representational sculptures range from 

smaller objects to large assemblages. The reliefs also have pendulum 

elements that can be gently moved by the viewers. My sculptures distill 

over six decades of creative and spiritual experiences.”

          Edwin Shelton and his wife, Laurel Izard 

(https://laurel-izard.com/about/) have lived in Michigan City, Indiana for 

about 30 years. Laurel uses their home as a studio. Edwin rents a 

space at St. Mary Studios on 10th Street in Michigan City, Indiana.  His 

upcoming shows in 20023 will be in the Midwest. His solo exhibition will 

be at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Curators invited Shelton to 

include his abstract sculptures in  which include group exhibitions at the 

Evanston Art Center and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan 

City, Indiana. His website is: Edwinpshelton.com

      Rockford Art Museum is located at 711 N. Main Street, Rockford, 

Illinois. The website is https://rockfordartmuseum.org  The museum is 

open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The phone 

number is 815-968-2787. The exhibition will be open through January 

22, 2023.