Loeschner Art Competition

Loeschner Art Competition

Become part of the permanent collection.

The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition is for two-dimensional art (e.g. drawing, print, pastel, painting and photography) inspired by the grounds and collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The objective is to collect high quality work that would celebrate the beauty and inspiration the institution provides.

A $5,000 purchase award will be paid for the winning entry in addition to becoming a part of Meijer Gardens' permanent collection.


  • Artists who have been inspired by Meijer Gardens are encouraged to submit original works.
  • Although not a requirement, artists are also welcome to work on site for inspiration. The winning entry will become part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection. It will be displayed and may eventually be reproduced (e.g. posters, note cards), with full credit to the artist, to promote the beauty and inspiration the organization provides.


October 27, 2017 Application Deadline
Applications must include digital images (no smaller than 1024 x 768 at 72 dpi) on a CD, plus 8” x 10” prints of those images.

Please also include:

  • A current resumé and artist’s statement not to exceed two pages.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope for return of material.
  • A completed copy of the Application Form for each entry — artists are limited to a three entry maximum.

The Loeschner Art Competition is open to artists who are of college age and older.

Winner will be notified, by mail: sent on Friday December 15, 2017

Past Winners

Past Winners

The 2016 winner was Mary Brodbeck of Kalamazoo. Her work, Blanket, was inspired by the Zen-style garden in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. 

Mary Brodbeck. Blanket, 2016. Mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock print).

Rachel Van Wylen. Japanese Garden, 2015. Linocut on paper.

Colleen O’Rourke. Autumn Blaze, 2014. Seed bead embroidery.


Dianne Shullenberger. Fall Brambles, 2013. Colored pencil on black paper.
Dianne Shullenberger - Fall Brambles, 2013

Stephen Duren. 5512, 2012. Oil on paper.
Stephen Duren - 5512

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde. Ripples, 2011. Oil on canvas.
Chris Stoffel Overvoorde - Ripples

 Steven Schousen. Geyser, 2010. Graphite on paper.
Steven Schousen - Geyser

James Karsina. Five Red Trees, 2009. Gouache on paper.
James Karsina - Five Red Trees, 2009

Margarent Vega. En route—Landscape, 2008. Oil on paper.

Sharon Sandberg. Bonsai: Little Plum Tree, 2007. Oil on linen.

George Peebles. Summer’s Delight, 2006. Oil on canvas.

Marybeth Hekman. Welcome to the Gardens, 2005. Watercolor.

Michael Pfleghaar. Plant Stand (Green House Party), 2004. Oil on paper.

Richard L. Cooper. Morning Bloom, 2003. Oil on canvas.

Lesley Malkowski. Untitled, 2002. Photograph.