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Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Ann Arbor Art Center announces a call for artists for Odds and Ends, an exhibition of collage works. Referencing both classic and contemporary techniques, the exhibition surveys how traditions have evolved and celebrates the ways artists find to continually re-imagine materials. This exhibition welcomes artists that employ a range of collage techniques in any medium (2-D and 3-D). In addition to traditional paper collages, artists working in performance, sculpture, installation, ceramics, sound, and digital media are encouraged to submit work for consideration.

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Deadline: 19 Apr 2019

The Odds and Ends call for entry is open to any artist over the age of 18 who currently resides in the US. Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $35 entry in any combination of individual artwork or detail images. Artworks must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any other Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. There are no restrictions on artwork dimensions however artists are encouraged to review the gallery space diagram to help guide their submission.

The Odds and Ends jurying process is anonymous; however, artists must submit a bio and CV as separate .doc or .pdf documents. Label the files using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Bio and Lastname_Firstname_CV. This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance and submission fees are non-refundable. Submissions will not be accepted past the deadline.

Accepted artwork must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artwork, artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance, if applicable. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold artwork.

Odds And Ends Juror: John Gutoskey

John Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts, where he worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.

In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms. It resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage (through found objects), collage, printmaking, and installation, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way.

John earned his BFA in theater design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where he studied printmaking & installation art, and also completed a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. John is the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Important dates for artists

  • Submission deadline: Friday, April 19 at 11:59PM (MST)
  • All artists notified of juror selections: Monday, April 22 via email
  • Accepted artwork delivery deadline: Monday, May 6
  • Opening party / Juror awards presentation: Friday, May 10 (6-9pm)
  • Exhibition closes: Saturday, June 1
  • Pick-up of work: Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6

Odds And Ends Artist Benefits

Artists will be in the running for a number of monetary awards. Additionally, they will be featured throughout various social media accounts for the duration of the show. Best in Show awards the winner $500. Second place awards $200, and the third is a $100 prize.

The Ann Arbor Art Center is located right in the midst of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hot spot of shopping and restaurants, which give ample foot traffic to our exhibitions in the 117 Gallery. Opening parties average around a few hundred people. Online stats are as follows:

  • Facebook Page: 22K likes
  • Instagram Page: 3650 likes
  • Twitter Page: 4K likes

About the Ann Arbor Art Center

For 109 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been a contemporary forum for the visual arts. Through exhibitions, public art, and art experiences, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in collaboration and exploration of art. The Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Since 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. The mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”

For more information, contact mwolf@annarborartcenter.org.

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East Lansing Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

East Lansing Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Announcing a call for artists for the East Lansing Art Festival 2019. Established in 1964, the festival is an evolving outdoor celebration featuring fine artists, exceptional musicians, artist demos, children’s art activities, poetry, and delicious food. The festival offers community members an opportunity to learn directly about the artistic process from the artist and purchase one of a kind original pieces of art. The festival strives to introduce the next generation of art lovers by introducing children to interesting arts activities and experiences. The Emerging Artist program contributes to the next generation of exhibiting artists by providing space and mentorship to artists new to the festival circuit. Each of these endeavors fosters an atmosphere of art appreciation and a weekend of fun.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2019

Exhibitors at the East Lansing Art Festival 2019 can expect:

  • Well-educated visitors including professionals from the state government and university
  • Friendly volunteers who welcome artists and make load-in and load-out run smoothly
  • Booth sitting services
  • Friday set-up at booth location
  • Free artist parking
  • Over $6000 in artist awards – all award winners are exempt from jury for the following three consecutive festivals
  • Saturday morning coffee
  • Artist reception
  • Affiliation with local public TV and radio – bringing the right people to you
  • Eclectic live music that enhances the art rather than distracts from it
  • International flavors in a unique food court
  • Hands-on arts education area for children and families
  • A festive mood – this is the kickoff of the local festival season in Michigan

About the East Lansing Art Festival

In its 56th year, the East Lansing Art Festival is a well-established fine art and fine craft show that attracts artists from all over the country. As a May event, the festival leads the way into the summer art festival season in Michigan. The festival got its start when a group of artists set up their art on the main street of the downtown. The Festival has grown and evolved into a two day festival produced by a volunteer Board of Directors and two part-time staff. With amenities like complementary promotional postcards, Friday drive-up load-in at booth assignment, Saturday morning coffee and donuts, booth sitters, free artist parking, and upwards of 60,000 weekend visitors, the festival provides an exceptional artist experience.

For more information, contact info@elartfest.com.

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58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place the last full weekend in June (June 29 and 30 this year). It invites nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 14 in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids’ activities, and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Detroit visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

This show welcomes fine art only. All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist. Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture) with artistic embellishments.

Available categories for applying include clay, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Artist Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are many artist benefits and amenities including booth sitters, complimentary snacks and water, complimentary breakfast, a host home program for accommodations, extensive marketing in newspaper, television, and social media, artist parking close to the show, as well as an excited, welcoming, and beautiful community to spend the weekend.

Grand Haven Art Festival is a smaller show (in terms of number of booths) in comparison to other nationally-ranked shows. That’s what makes it special. Buyers feel they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with artists.

About The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg has been the go to place for businesses in Northwest Ottawa County since 1899. They continue to be the leading voice for business. It is their mission to be the connection point facilitating the economic drivers that support business development, sustained growth, health, and quality of life for all sectors in North Ottawa County and West Michigan.

For more information, contact msherman@grandhavenchamber.org.

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Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Lakeshore Art Festival 2019, combining the best of both worlds … fine art and fine crafts. 

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Art in the Park is held in historic Hackley Park, a green landscaped square block that features beautiful trees and flowers, interior and perimeter sidewalks, historic sculptures, and a center circle. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage District, home to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Monet’s Garden, Hackley Library, and Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.

The Craft and Artisan Food Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon. It will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely no buy and sell. The Craft Market footprint will end at the Children’s Lane. Crafters will not have booths in the children’s area unless specifically desired.

Lakeshore Art Festival 2019 Artist Benefits

Named Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best for multiple years. Recognized as Best Small Town Art Fair by Art Fair Calendar. The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce provides extensive marketing and publicity for the show, guests, and artists. There is local media coverage and artists are invited to participate in TV spots. Advertising utilizes newspaper, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television, and billboards. Nearly 8,000 followers on Facebook and 482 on Instagram.

  • Easy set up and take down with vehicle access near booth site
  • Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Thursday and Friday
  • Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water and baked goods
  • Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks
  • $3,000 in Fine Art/Fine Craft awards and Craft Market People’s Choice Awards

About The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore representing over 1,230 businesses and organizations. They create an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy, and valued member services.

For more information, contact artfest@muskegon.org.

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Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – Call For Artists

Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – Call For Artists

The Good Hart Artist Residency, located in Good Hart, Michigan, announces a call for artists for the Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies – 2-3 week residencies dedicated visual artists and writers. The residency provides a live/work studio space, food, a $500.00 stipend, and a quiet setting to concentrate on creative work. The resident artist is housed in a rural area within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart, along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route. The Good Hart Artist Residency offers a solitary experience by hosting one resident at a time. The residency works in partnership with several local community organizations.

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Deadline: 15 Jan 2019

Artist residency dates:

  • May 10-24, 2019
  • June 14-28, 2019
  • July 31-August 14, 2019
  • August 16-30, 2019

Writer residency dates:

  • Sept 20-Oct 4, 2019
  • October 5-19, 2019
  • January 3-17, 2020
  • January 29 – February 12, 2020

Good Hart 2019 Artist Residencies Include

  • Two or three-week residency stay
  • Live/work studio space
  • Breakfast and lunch foods will be stocked in the studio apartment and dinners offered by the host family three times per week. Locally sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables from an onsite garden when available.
  • $500.00 stipend

About Good Hart Artist Residency

The Good Hart Artist Residency is motivated by the three concepts of Art, Place, and Community.

Art – Good Hart Artist Residency welcomes writers and artists working in all visual mediums. The residency provides time and space for writers and artists to create, as well as full room and board to allow residents time to focus on work.

Place – Good Hart is a very small town located on M-119, a scenic heritage route referred to as the Tunnel of Trees, in Northern Michigan. The area’s natural beauty includes the Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes, and coastal dunes and wetlands. This unique region is home to state parks and forests and more than 25 publicly accessible preserves.

Community – The Good Hart Artist Residency believes connecting people from different backgrounds and cultures feeds creativity and creates a more interesting and compassionate world. Artists-in-residence connect to the local community by collaborating with our partnering nonprofit organizations to provide educational workshops, presentations, and open houses.

For more information, contact goodhartartistresidency@gmail.com.

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Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Riverwalk Festival 2018, to be held along the Flat River Riverwalk in Downtown Historic Lowell, MI. The focus is on handmade, re-purposed, found, organic, natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly art. The show is a gathering of 70 artists and craftspeople. The show is for high quality art and handcrafted but not a fine art. Median priced items sell best.

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Deadline: 22 May 2018

The Riverwalk Festival 2018 is on July 12, 13, and 14. Artists are required to participate on Friday night and Saturday. The Chamber offers vendors continental breakfast on Saturday morning from 8am-9am.  Vendor parking is close to the show area, making it easy for unloading and loading. Overnight security is provided. The festival is a crowd-pleaser which draws in thousands of people from around the area. This a family friendly event with many fun activities.

About the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has been a longstanding organization in the Greater Lowell Community. Organized as the Lowell Board of Trade in 1906, the name was changed to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce in 1970. Their mission is promote commerce and welfare in the Lowell area, making the area a desirable location for capital investment and residence. They promote the quality of life and harmony among the business and residential communities.

For more information, contact info@lowellchamber.org.

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Bloomin’ Field Of Artists – Call For Artists

Bloomin’ Field Of Artists – Call For Artists

Think Jackson announces a call for artists for Bloomin’ Field of Artists, a new art fair in Jackson, Michigan. Located in the beautiful Bloomfield Park on West Michigan Avenue, a highly attractive neighborhood.

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Deadline: 22 Jun 2018

Booth spaces (10×10) are available for $100. Larger spaces and guaranteed corners available. Artists must provide all of their own tenting and displays. Overnight security will be provided. Tents must be secured by artist.

Bloomin’ Field Of Artists will be promoted to Jackson and surrounding communities. It is open to the public with no entrance fees. Event planners are working on scheduling an evening concert and other potential art related events throughout the weekend to help promote the fair and bring in additional customers.

About Think Jackson

Think Jackson is a community development and event planning company that focuses on projects and events that promote the Jackson community. Events are designed to cross collaborate with as many people and organizations as possible to capitalize on the promotion and interactions.

Other events and projects include Amazing Race Jackson (2013-2018); ARTitude (2014-2017); Invest in Jackson: Landlord & Property Managers Conference (2015, 2018); Placemaking projects partnering with Jackson Area Association of Realtors (2014-2018); and coordinating fundraising auctions. Future events and projects will include Mural Contest partnering with Jackson Young Professionals, Coney Fest, Bike Ride, and Prison Run.

For more information, contact events@thinkjacksonmi.com.

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Gifts Of Art Program – Call For Artists

Gifts Of Art Program – Call For Artists

The Michigan Medicine Gifts of Art Program is seeking submissions for solo and group exhibitions for the September 2018 to August 2019 exhibit year. One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, the Gifts of Art Program brings the world of art and music to the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.

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Deadline: 31 May 2018

The Gifts of Art Program is designed to calm nerves, lift spirits, and engage minds. This supports the healing process and reduces the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Engaging with the arts in a medical setting can be an especially powerful, transformative experience for patients and visitors. The artwork on display is richly diverse in style, medium, form, and subject. They provide an ever-changing sampling of the best art the region has to offer.

The University of Michigan Hospitals are a large, academic medical center with over 26,000 employees. Nine 2D and 3D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries display over thirty exhibits a year. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in Michigan. Artists are not required to have works for sale. Community and arts organizations are welcome to apply.

About Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is home to one of the largest health care complexes in the world. It has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the Medical School first opened in 1850. Their vision is to create the future of health care through discovery and become the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation and education.

For more information, contact kmtalley@umich.edu.

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East Lansing Art Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

East Lansing Art Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

East Lansing Art Festival 2018 announces a call for artists for the May 19-20, 2018, mid-Michigan event featuring fine art, live local music, children’s educational art activities, live artist demos, poetry readings, and an international-style food court in Downtown East Lansing, Michigan.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2018

East Lansing is a charming university town with a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. The beautiful Michigan State University campus is across the street. It is home to the renowned Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum. The East Lansing Art Festival is ranked #38 by Sunshine Artist magazine’s 100 best fine art shows.

Exhibitors at the East Lansing Art Festival 2018 can expect

  • Well-educated visitors including professionals from the state government and university
  • Friendly volunteers who welcome artists and make load-in and load-out run smoothly
  • Booth sitting services
  • Friday set-up
  • Free artist parking
  • Saturday morning coffee
  • Artist reception and award ceremony
  • Affiliation with local public TV and radio – bringing the right people to you
  • Eclectic live music that enhances the art rather than distracts from it
  • International flavors in a unique food court
  • Hands-on arts education area for children and families
  • A festive mood – this is the kickoff of the local festival season in Michigan

About The East Lansing Art Festival

Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival is an evolving outdoor celebration featuring fine artists, exceptional musicians, artist demos, children’s art activities, poetry, and delicious food. The festival offers community members an opportunity to learn about the artistic process directly from the artist and purchase one of a kind original pieces of art. The festival strives to introduce the next generation of art lovers by introducing children to interesting arts activities and experiences. The Emerging Artist program also contributes to the next generation of exhibiting artists by providing space and mentorship to artists new to the festival circuit. Each of these endeavors fosters an atmosphere of art appreciation and a weekend of fun.

For more information, contact info@elartfest.com.

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Just Drawing – Call For Artists

Just Drawing – Call For Artists

South Haven Center for the Arts announces a call for artists for Just Drawing, their 8th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition.

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Deadline: 1 Sept 2017

Drawing can be defined as the arrangement of line and mark in space designed to serve a variety of expressive purposes. It is often used as a preliminary step in service of other mediums. This exhibition will feature drawing as the main act. 2-D and 3-D work is acceptable as long as drawing is the main feature.

This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or over in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years.

The Just Drawing Exhibition will be juried by local artists Lou and Linda Rizzolo.

Lou trained as an artist at Western Michigan, the University of Iowa, and the University of Georgia. He is a significant presence on the world artistic stage. He has taught, lectured, and exhibited internationally for over forty years. His works, which ranges from drawing to multimedia installations, have captured audiences in the U.S. Canada, Scotland, Switzerland, Hawaii, Austria, France, Norway, Australia and Albania. Lou has participated in ArtPrize for several years.

Linda Rizzolo takes painting to a higher plane by working with fibers, beads, and natural objects such as reeds, sticks, brightly colored hand-painted silks, and a variety of other three-dimensional materials. She transforms them into unique and exciting sculptural creations. Of her work, Linda says, “I love fantasy, costumes, twirling, parades and flowing fabric. This free spirited, spontaneous way of experiencing life has influenced the kind of art I love to make and my process of making it.”

Just Drawing Artist Benefits

Work that is accepted into Just Drawing by the jurors will be on display at the South Haven Center for the Arts from September 23 through November 11, 2017. The exhibition will include an opening reception. All artists and friends will be invited attend. Three winners will be chosen by the jurors with a First Prize of $150, Second Prize of $100, and third Prize of $50. Exhibited work may be sold at the price specified on the entry form. A commission of 35% is received by the South Haven Center for the Center for works sold during the exhibition.

About South Haven Center For The Arts

South Haven Center for the Arts (SHCA) is the primary arts non-profit in the greater South Haven area. The South Haven Center for the Arts originated in 1951 as the South Haven Art League and has a long-standing tradition of providing South Haven and surrounding communities a venue to learn about and participate in the visual arts. The art center provides cultural enrichment to a population diverse in age, ethnicity, economic status, and education level. They offer year-round exhibitions and creative programming for adults and children to encourage individual artists to enter the field and foster the growth of art in the community.

The SHCA is the only art center in Van Buren County. It attracts hundreds of visitors from cities and towns in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin each year. The SHCA is the primary arts non-profit in the greater South Haven area and works with other area community and non-profit organizations to offer additional opportunities for artists throughout the year. Free to the public, the art center is located in an historic Carnegie Library built in 1906. It offers unique exhibition space to showcase artwork and is an additional draw for seasonal visitors.

For more information, contact info.shca@gmail.com.

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