Meet the Judges 2022

Sarah Parker

Sarah Parker is an artist residing in Lansing, MI. Sarah received a BFA in Painting and BA in Arts & Humanities from Michigan State University in 2015, and later went on to complete a certificate in Graphic Design at Lansing Community College in 2019. After a few internships and jobs working as a designer, she began an internship at the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center in 2020. Since then she has become part of the staff team, and now has the title of Gallery Coordinator. Her work as the Gallery Coordinator has allowed her to use her passion for & knowledge of the arts in a positive way. She loves her job because she is able to share her love for art with others by providing art opportunities & experiences to her local community. Aside from her work at the Gallery, she also continues to create and share her own art by participating in events, selling work on her website, and being involved in local creative groups such as Opportunity Arts and the Artist’s Umbrella.

Rebecca Gross

Rebecca has been creating art since she was a child. After graduating from Northwest High School in 2013 she pursued art further and obtained a Bachelors of Art in Art from Western Michigan University. She took a handful of classes varying from drawing and sculpture to graphic design and ceramics. She was one of 6 winners in the WMU Frostic School of Art Foundation Show in 2015 and has also exhibited art at Art634.

A wife and stay-at-home mother of two, she runs a business out of her home in Brooklyn, Michigan making polymer clay earrings. Mellow Moss began in 2020. She aims to spread joy from her products and social media posts. “I enjoy creating beautiful polymer clay earrings and remind others to find beauty in themselves.” 

In addition to art, Rebecca enjoys photography, gardening, and playing with her two young boys.

Amanda Hutchings

Amanda grew up in a family full of artists she was surrounded by acrylic painting, wood carving, stained glass and drawing. She spent a majority of her high school career completing extensive coursework in Art and Graphic Arts at the Jackson Area Career Center.  There she learned a variety of programs such as Adobe Photoshop that started a life long passion with Photography and design compositions.

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration she entered the business world of manufacturing and by day, she is the president of an automotive manufacturing company. By night, Amanda is a photographer and graphic Artist owning her own company, Amanda Hutchings Photography. She focuses on Mini Session Photography and Graphic Design Services. When she is not busy running her businesses, she loves to pick up the paintbrush and work on her favorite medium, acrylic painting.

Amanda is heavily involved with Dog Rescue organizations working as a foster home for puppies and dogs. She also donates her photography to help create ‘glamor’ shots for dogs that are looking for their forever home. Other hobbies of hers include indoor plants and gardening, crafting, and traveling.  Amanda lives at her country home just outside of Jackson Michigan with her husband, son and dogs.

Makayla Thrush

Tiffany Cornwell

Tiffany is a professional senior portrait photographer in the Jackson area and where she has ran her business, Tiffany Marie Photography for the last twelve and a half years.  She is a Northwest graduate from 2006 and she acquired her Bachelor of Art degree from Saginaw Valley State University with a concentration in photography.  While in college, she took a myriad of art classes, ranging from sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, graphic design, printmaking, and more. 

Tiffany is a wife and mother, and has passed her creative genes down to her seven year old daughter, who has taken over her artroom. In her free time, Tiffany loves to create with alcohol ink, read, sing, and binge Gilmore Girls.