Stephen Duren abstract landscape wins Meijer Gardens’ 2-D art competition


The 132-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the world’s 100-most-visted museums. Photo by William J. Hebert

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced that landscape painter Stephen Duren is the winner of the 2012 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition.

The abstract landscape, “no. 5512 Meijer Gardens I,” was created in oil on paper. The painting is based on Duren’s many visits to the grounds of the gardens.

Duren will receive a $3,000 award, and his piece will now become a part of the permanent collection at the gardens. 

The annual two-dimensional competition is in its 11th year. It encourages artists to create work inspired by the grounds and collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Duren's work has been exhibited widely in Michigan, as well as in California, New Mexico and Chicago. He is inspired by 19th century European artists, according to his website. He also enjoys painting outside.

A native of California, Duren has lived and worked in West Michigan since 1978. Duren was one of the first licensed street artists in San Francisco and used the money he made to pay his tuition at the San Francisco Art Institute and Sacramento State University, where he received his B.F.A. and M.A., respectively. He currently works as a full-time painter.

Submissions for the 2013 two-dimensional competition will be due on Nov. 2, and all artists across the state and around the world are welcome to submit entries.

 Stephen Duren abstract landscape no. 5512 Meijer Gardens I
Stephen Duren’s “no. 5512 Meijer Gardens I.” Courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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