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Krasl Art Center announces 2023 Art Fair Jury for 61st event

MARCH 3, 2023. ST. JOSEPH, MICH — Planning for the 61st Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, presented by 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services, has been underway since October when artists were able to apply for the nationally-renowned event. On February 15, five jurors virtually reviewed and juried 422 applicants to determine the final 172 artists invited to Krasl Art Center’s largest fundraiser. Invitations have been sent, and the acceptance messages began pouring in as plans for the 61st Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (KAF) continue for July 8 & 9, 2023. 

Meet the Jurors

Every year, a unique panel is assembled to score artists invited to the Krasl Art Fair. Jurors are invited based on their careers, relationship to the arts, and expertise in their respective fields. Jurors review and score each artist's application, allowing for unbiased acceptance from year to year. Artist personal information including name, race, gender, and address is also not shared with the jury to eliminate any biases in selection. From the images presented, jurors rank the artists on a 1–7 scale to determine a final score.

Krasl Art Center is pleased to introduce the five jurors whose efforts will result in the finalists for the 2023 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by 1st Source Bank. You will see jurors during the fair* to select the 2023 Best-of-Category winners, so please thank them for their service in helping create a spectacular show!

Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown is a trained artist, graphic designer, and sommelier. She has studied watercolor painting in Tuscany, graphic design at Western Michigan University, and Isobel Advertising in London, and is currently working on her level 3 sommelier training through Napa Valley Wine Academy. She is the Art Director at Moersch Hospitality Group where she develops and oversees the visual identity of the company's portfolio of beer, wine, spirits, and properties. Nicole was a member of the committee for the 2022 Board Choice Award at the Krasl Art Fair and currently sits on KAC’s Board of Directors and marketing committee.

Austin Collins

Austin Collins earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University.

As a sculptor, Austin Collins’ area of practice includes public art, large outdoor sculpture, installation art, and liturgical art, often with a focus on political and social issues. His more than 140 exhibitions include works at Notre Dame and other universities nationwide as well as the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His sculptures have also been placed in 50 public and private collections, and he has delivered more than three dozen public lectures across the country. Most recently, Collins was commissioned for the Smart Streets Project in South Bend, IN.

Jeff Garrett

Jeff Garrett is a grant Program Manager and ADA 504 Accessibility Coordinator for the State of Michigan. Previously, Jeff served as the Director of the Art School at the Flint Institute of Arts. He has teaching experience in Michigan Public Schools, has been adjunct faculty at Vincennes University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Mott College, and was Head of the Art & Design Department at Crowder College. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics with Distinction from Indiana State University. He has juried several exhibitions in Joplin, MO, and has also led the gallery and museum at Crowder College in Neosho, MO.

Jessica Stoddart Ladd 

Jessica is a second-generation artist who grew up in a rustic Middle Tennessee farmhouse. She attended Austin Peay University with an art scholarship focusing on sculpture and painting and continued her studies at King's College in London, England, and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Her paintings are rich in color and focus on evoking minimalist and ironic representations of nostalgia- including architectural, anonymous figure subjects, and commonplace objects that incite the viewer to imagine their own narrative. 

Stoddard Ladd currently resides in Cookeville, TN with her husband Jon and daughter Elin and makes her living showing her paintings at fine art fairs across the country. In 2022, she won the Best of Painting category award at the Krasl Art Fair. She is also decorated with additional awards from Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Gasparilla Art Festival, RiverArts Fest, Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival, Long's Park Arts Festival, 4 Bridges Art Festival, Bayou City Art Festival, and Images Art Festival.

* Stoddart Ladd will be exhibiting during the 2023 event, and will not be jurying artists in-person for best-of-category winners.

Harold Woodridge

Harold Woodridge is the President and Creative Director of Cone Four Brand Alchemists. When not creating advertising, he spends his time in the studio. He studied ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his BFA, and the Lill Street Art Center. Most of his work is wheel-thrown and altered. Lately, he has focused on creating saggar fired work.

Tickets to the event will go on sale May 1. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged, and the process for complimentary admission will be announced on this date.

Daily admission:

  • General Admission (guests age 13+): $5
  • Children under 12 receive complimentary admission 
  • Day-of tickets: Walk-up available

General admission tickets are good for one day of the event, and same-day re-entry is accepted. 

  • Collectors’ Experience packages offering VIP opportunities will be released on May 1. The package includes weekend long access to Art Fair with a commemorative badge, plus special benefits including VIP lounge, early admission, and parking. Limited availability.

Art Fair proceeds support year-round access to the arts. Thank you for your support!

As you plan your art-filled weekend, don't forget to add the Friday night Block Party to the agenda! Socialize with participating artists while enjoying live music, a cash bar supported by Round Barn Winery and The Livery, and get dinner from The Brick House and Don Chepe food trucks. More details and ticketing will be announced in May.

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KAC thanks 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services for their continued support as the Presenting Sponsor of the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in 2023 and 2024. Businesses are invited to consider being a part of this premier event through sponsorship, on-site presence, and artist award underwriting. For details contact KAC Senior Director of Advancement Julia Gourley Donohue at [email protected].

About Krasl Art Center:

Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high-quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to Inspire Meaningful Change and Strengthen Community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit

About the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is the flagship fundraiser for Krasl Art Center. The event welcomes artists to scenic Lake Bluff Park to exhibit and sell their artwork the second weekend of July every year. Artists are juried into the event, creating one of the region's largest high-end outdoor art experiences. The 2023-2024 events are presented by 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services. To learn more, visit

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