WanChuan Kesler


Artist Vitae



·      Award of Excellence top award, 2017 Boston Mills Artfest, Akron, OH

·      Best of show, 2015 Grosse Pointe Art Center Everything Goes Exhibit, MI 

·      First Place in traditional oil/acrylic category, 2014 Boston Mills Artfest, Akron, OH 

·      First Place 2014 Open Art Competition Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Dearborn, MI 

·      Juror's Award 2013 All Media Show , Northville Art House, MI 

·       Second place "Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival" quick draw event 2013

·       First Place Award, 2012 "Sharing the Gift Within You"  First Presbyterian  church of Northville


·       Second Place, “Scarab Club Silver Medal” competition 2012, Detroit, MI

·      First Place, 2011 "Outside In” Northville Art House, Northville, MI

    ·      Award of Excellence, 2011 "Sharing the Gift Within You"

         First Presbyterian church of Northville  

      ·       Blue Ribbon Award, “Art Harvest” competition 2009, Brighton, Michigan

    ·       “Art Commissioner’s Award” 2010 at Livonia Fine Arts Competition, MI

           ·      Honorable Mention, “Scarab Club Silver Medal” competition 2010, Detroit, MI

           ·       Blue Ribbon Award, “Art Harvest” competition 2009, Brighton, Michigan 





    ·     Solo Exhibits:  Northville Art House, Nancy Fox gallery, Art In Bloom 

         ·     Invitational group exhibits:  The Carr Center, Lotus Arts Gallery, Lawrence street Gallery

         ·     Juried art fairs:  “Boston Mills Artfest”   "Canton Museum of Art"     “Great Lakes Art Fair”   “Birmingham Art Fair”

         ·     Juried exhibits:  Michigan Fine Arts CompetitionBirmingham Our      Town, Ann ARbor Art Center All Media Show, Michigan Annual, Scarab Club Silver Medal, Grose Pointe Art Center exhibits, Lawrence Street Gallery exhibits, Northville Art House All Media  Exhibition, Dow Museum Greater Michigan Art Exhibit         





           ·      Member of Oil Painters of America, current

           ·       Art On The Ridge at OCC, Michigan, 2008 - 2011

           ·       Advanced seminar at Murlo, Etruscan Places, Tuscany, Italy, 2009

           ·       Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan, 1995

           ·       Born in Taipei, Taiwan  



   WanChuan painting at Brimingham Art Fair

     Photo by fellow artist Marcia Hovland




About WanChuan Kesler

WanChuan Kesler was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  Growing up on this Pacific island, she loved the lavish colors and the abundant textures from the mountains and ocean surroundings.  The natural beauty of this sub-tropic island sharpened her senses and broadened her abilities and expression of art.  The energetic city life in metropolitan Taipei also provided great inspiration for her artwork as a young adult.


She now lives in a rural area near Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The multi-cultural experience of this progressive University town adds another dimension to her work, complimenting her oriental heritage.  WanChuan has developed her interests in capturing people and urban settings with compelling light and shadow patterns, strategic brush strokes, as expressed in many of her pieces: “Strasbourg Café”, “Girls Night Out”, “Nicole” to name a few of the more prominent works with these features.  Her medium is oil on canvas.


WanChuan has exhibited and won awards in many reputable competitions such as Michigan Fine Art Competition, Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Scarab Club Silver Medal, Michigan Annual, Our Town Exhibition in Birmingham, and Northville Art House.  She furthered her career as an independent artist debuting in Boston Mills Artfest, Akron, Ohio in July 2009.  Since then, she has many solo exhibits and group exhibits in local galleries and museums, and continues to show at many prominent shows in the region.