Art Acquisitions Purchase Exhibition

Adrian College associate professor wins Best in Show with photo composite

"Asleep While the House is on Fire," a hand-crafted photo composite by Garin Horner, was chosen as Best in Show in the 51st Annual MEA/MAEA Art Exhibition. Horner has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Adrian College for the past seven years.

Juror Patrick Fahey who selected the piece said, "I chose this piece because it is a good work of art that leaves you with more questions than answers. When artists make art, they draw on the private, and then present their definition or interpretation in public. This piece forgets the elements of recognition and provides us with questions."  

Horner's piece was one of 87 entries submitted. He said he got the inspiration for his winning artwork from a story by a Shakayamuni Buddhist master who once walked by a house on fire. Over and over, he yelled out, "Your house is on fire; you must get out!" But the people inside were asleep and could not wake up.

"To me the piece represents things we cannot see. It's an idea we can't quite understand because we're asleep," Horner explained.

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2015 Gallery Show

51st Annual MEA/MAEA Exhibit brochure.

Purpose of the Exhibit 

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) and the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) announce their annual purchase exhibit to acquire artwork to enhancethe MEA headquarters in East Lansing and MEA regional and UniServ offices throughout the state. This exhibit provides an opportunity to showcase the artwork of our members.


Any member of MEA, MAEA or MEA-Retired is eligible to submit artwork. Proof of membership is necessary. No entry fee required.

Paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, metal work, enamels, mosaics, wood, fibers, stained glass, photographs, experimental media and sculptures are all eligible. All artwork submitted must be original work. Artwork deemed not original by the juror will not be accepted.

Each artist may submit up to two works. Works not for sale will not be accepted.