Art In Bloom


Tulip Time and the Holland Area Arts Council are pleased to present the 2019 Art in Bloom (AIB) Festival Artwork Competition through which a work of art is selected for the official Tulip Time poster. Each year, the Holland Area Arts Council invites a juror to select the Top 20 pieces for AIB. Kristin Jass Armstrong, Executive Director of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, was the 2019 juror. 

Artists residing in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties were invited to submit artwork for the official Festival Artwork Competition and the Viewers’ Choice Awards. The themes were to represent Tulip Time’s mission to celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community with special consideration to our 90th festival theme: ‘join the dance as we paint the town orange!’ 

The top 20 for 2019 are: (click images for larger versions)


Cindy Bender
Orange Outburst


Betsy Buurma Morton
Folk Dance


Betsy Buurma Morton
Sun Kissed


Katie Church
Shades of Legacy


Lucy Collins
A Perfect Reflection


Beth De Jong
Balloon Bouquet


Jean Flower
Creation’s Song: Composition


Lorma Freestone and Thea Grigsby
Gelukkig 90 Jaar


Michelle Fuller
Dancing Beneath De Zwaan


Karen Johnson
Celebrate


Marsha Marier
Holland Sunrise


Susan Day Martell
Garden Dance


Mary McCarthy
Shoe Cobbler Dance


Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy
Maxima Dances the Skotse Trije


Randall Nyhof
Impressionistic Dutch Tulips<


Delaney Ann Prins
Orange is Best in Holland


Ken Rogers
Orange Tulip Dance


Kathleen Sligh
After the Rain


Andrew Snyder
Red and Yellow Dance into Orange


Carolyn Stich
Enduring Delft


The winner of the 2019 Tulip Time Festival Artwork Competition will be selected by representatives from both Tulip Time and the Holland Area Arts Council. The Top 20 artists and their works will be featured at First Bloom, a special unveiling reception held in February where the winner will be announced. The remaining 19 finalists’ original works will be placed on display at the Holland Area Arts Council from May 4 through May 12, inviting the public to participate in the Viewers’ Choice Awards by voting for their favorite image. Cash prizes will be awarded on May 11 to the top three works of art with the most public votes.

Tulip Time expresses their gratitude to Alpenrose Restaurant, At Your Service Valet, EGL Tech, Elisabeth Marie Photography, Evergreen Commons, Gill Staffing, Lighthouse Group and Next Creative Co. for their support of this event.

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