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Gifts Of Art Program At Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor) – Call For Artists

Gifts Of Art Program At Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Michigan Medicine is seeking submissions for the Gifts of Art Program, solo and group art exhibits for the September 2023 to August 2024 exhibition year. One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, Gifts of Art brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. The nine 2-D and 3-D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day and display over 30 exhibits a year.

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Enter by: 30 June 2023

With a large and diverse faculty, staff, patient, guest, and learner population, the Gifts of Art exhibition program strives to be inclusive and honor this diversity by mounting exhibits that reflect our community and today’s world.

The artwork in Gifts of Art’s nine galleries changes quarterly and represents a broad range of styles, mediums, forms, and subjects. Enjoy an ever-changing sampling of the best art the region has to offer.

All exhibits are available both in-person (for those who work, are approved visitors, or have an appointment on the main medical campus) and online.

Gifts of Art has created two fine art coloring books featuring designs by former exhibiting artists, local and national artists and designers, and U-M Penny W. Stamps Art and Design students. It shares about 25,000 fine art coloring books a year with Michigan Medicine patients, families, and visitors.

About Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is home to one of the largest health care complexes in Michigan. It has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the Medical School first opened in 1850.

Mission: To advance health to serve Michigan and the world.

Vision: Discoveries change care; care changes lives.

Core Values

  • Caring: I will treat everyone with dignity, kindness and respect, promoting the well-being of self and others.
  • Innovation: I will promote a culture of creativity, flexibility and curiosity that inspires new ideas and ways of thinking, behaving and improving the world.
  • Inclusion: I will foster an environment where every individual has a sense of belonging, a voice that is heard, and the opportunity to achieve and thrive.
  • Integrity: I will adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrating courage, truth and transparency in my words and actions.
  • Teamwork: We will work together with a shared purpose rooted in equity and fairness where diversity is celebrated, respected and valued.

For more information, contact kmtalley@umich.edu.


Shelby Township Art Fair (Shelby Township, MI) – Call For Artists

Shelby Township Art Fair (Shelby Township, MI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking local, regional, and national artists and vendors for its 39th annual juried open air show to be held at River Bends Park in Shelby Township, Michigan on August 13 and 14, 2022.

This is an upscale suburban community located about 20 miles north of Detroit, just west of Rochester, and easily accessible from nearby M53, M59, and I75.

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Enter by: 1 Apr 2022

This event is co-hosted by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township parks and Recreation Department. The committee consists of area artists with experience in participating at art fairs as well as coordinating the planning, promoting, and hosting of art fairs. This perspective provides unique insight into what works for and what is expected from participants. This event has been held annually for 39 years, including a virtual fair in 2019. N0 resale products or distributors permitted.

Shelby Township Art Fair Artist Benefits

  • All booths measure about 15’ x 15’ – some double booths available; all located on grass, many with shade trees
  • Designated areas for artists, crafters, and the Michigan Made Market
  • Friendly, helpful, organized staff, easy load-in and load-out, and overnight security
  • Friday night set-up, plenty of free daytime and overnight parking close to exhibit areas
  • Advertising in local and regional publications and websites, social media, radio advertising, email blasts, flyers, banners, billboards, posters, and signs
  • Average attendance estimated at 15,000+
  • Free parking and shuttle bus for visitors, family friendly music and entertainment, kid’s craft and activity area, great tasting food, and a sponsor tote bag giveaway
  • Photos of exhibitors work will appear on event website and listing of exhibitors in fair guide.

“Quality vendors; something for everyone”
“Fun, friendly atmosphere”
“My favorite show to do; always organized and well run”
“Enjoyed the strolling entertainers”
“Love the large booth spaces!”

About Shelby Township

Shelby Township is a friendly, upscale suburb located about 20 miles north of Detroit, and is easily accessible with M53 and M59 nearby and I75 just a few more miles away. Visitors come from far and near to shop at the Shelby Township Art Fair.

For more information, contact shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org.


Art Explosion – $10,000 in Awards (Grayling, MI) – Call For Artists

Art Explosion – $10,000 in Awards (Grayling, MI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] AuSable Artisan Village announces a call for artists for the 3rd annual Great Northern Art Explosion, an open, international public art contest and exhibition held in downtown Grayling, MI, August 28 – September 11. Artists will exhibit in a centralized space to the public for a chance to win awards and sell their art. Most forms of visual art are accepted.

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Deadline: 15 Jul 2021

The 2021 Art Explosion juror is Valerie Allen, a curator, juror, and professional working artist. Art Explosion offers $10,000+ in available prizes. A $5,000 grand prize, $2,000 second place prize, $1,500 best of show juror award, $1,000 juror award, and $1,000 juror award. Artists have the opportunity to win one of the cash prizes including an Art Explosion trophy and website and social media recognition. Artists have the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work or offer their work for sale to over 2,000 visitors (statistic taken from 2020 visitor numbers).

About AuSable Artisan Village

AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center and events destination in the heart of Northern Michigan, located in downtown Grayling. For 10 years, AuSable Artisan Village has hosted a retail art gallery with dozens of artists, live concerts and performances, and offers art classes and workshops. AuSable Artisan Village is partially funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019, AuSable Artisan Village hosted the first annual Art Explosion, offering a $1,500 grand prize. This year, Art Explosion will offer a $10,000 award bag, including a $5,000 grand prize.

For more information, contact graylingarts@gmail.com.


Lakeshore Art Festival (Muskegon, MI) – Call For Artists

Lakeshore Art Festival (Muskegon, MI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Lakeshore Art Festival, a unique mix of fine art, fine craft, hand-crafted goods, food, and family fun in historic downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For decades, art has been a driving force in Downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2021

Fine Art / Fine Craft: Art in the Park
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.

Crafts: Craft / Artisan Food Market
The Craft Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon and will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely no buy and sell.

Lakeshore Art Festival Artist Benefits

Extensive marketing and publicity using online/print news, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television, and billboards. Vehicle access near booth site for easy set up and teardown. Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Friday and Saturday. Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water, and baked goods. Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks.

Fine Art/ Fine Craft Artist Awards
$3,000 in prize money will be awarded to fine art / fine craft winners. Judging for cash prizes takes place on Saturday of the show. Artist Awards are determined by a professional art juror. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Awards will be presented Saturday afternoon with prize money presented at close of show. Prize awards are as follows:

  • $1,000 First Place/Best in Show
  • $800 Second Place
  • $600 Third Place
  • $400 Honorable Mention
  • $200 Committee’s Choice

Craft / Artisan Food Market
People’s Choice Award will be announced on Saturday afternoon. Awards will be provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as voted on by the Lakeshore Art Festival attendees.

About The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

For over a century, The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has been the enthusiastic voice and supporter of our diverse business community. As the largest business network in the Muskegon Lakeshore area, with over 1260 members, members have access to numerous offerings and benefits that serve as a foundation for their success and growth. Networking, promotion, advocacy, business resources, and strategic partners position members for success. From a one person start-up with a vision, to organizations with thousands of employees, there is something for everyone who loves business.

After a challenging 2020 and almost loosing the festival forever, the festival was able to come back under a new organization umbrella that believes in the benefit of events like these.

For more information, contact info@lakeshoreartfestival.org.


59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival (Grand Haven, MI) – Call For Artists

59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival (Grand Haven, MI) – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place June 27 and 28. They invite nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 27 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 festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2020

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.

59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are 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; and 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 as though they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with the 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. Grand Haven is a beautiful beach town, located right on Lake Michigan.

For more information, contact eholman@grandhavenchamber.org.

Previous call for artists from The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg


Flint Art Fair 2020 (Flint, MI) – Call For Artists

Flint Art Fair 2020 (Flint, MI) – Call For Artists

The Friends of Modern Art announce a call for artists for the Flint Art Fair 2020. This iconic 2-day event kicks off summer in Flint, MI, the weekend of June 13-14, 2020. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event introduces original works from as many as 175 established and emerging artists from Michigan and beyond in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

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Deadline: 15 Apr 2020

Each year, 6,000 fair goers come to the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center for this event. Various food trucks and vendors will provide a variety of food and drinks (adult beverages included), artist demonstrations, live music, and art related activities.

Flint Art Fair 2020 Artist Benefits

With numerous awards and honors, Flint Art Fair has been voted the #1 favorite summer event in Michigan by M-Live, rated one of the most “Artist Friendly” venues in the state, and one of the 50 best fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Saturday morning, Judges will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Chosen artists will be recognized over the loud speaker throughout remainder of the fair. They will receive a complimentary booth for the 2021 Flint Art Fair. The 1st place artist will be featured in the 2021 fair brochure distributed to visitors upon entry.

Event marketing includes:

  • Print and outdoor advertisements including billboards
  • Television and cable marketing
  • Radio including on-air interviews
  • Listings on local and relevant event calendars
  • 400 posters and 3,500 postcards distributed around the greater Genesee County area
  • Social media including Facebook and Twitter, reaching tens of thousands
  • Flint Institute of Arts’ website
  • Flint Art Fair website

About Friends of Modern Art

Since 1967, the Flint Art Fair has been presented by the Friends of Modern Art (FOMA), a non-profit membership organization serving an 11-county region in southeast Michigan. FOMA’s mission is to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation of
contemporary art at the Flint Institute of Arts among the citizens of the region. FOMA membership has grown to more than 550 individuals. Its programs serve more than 116,000 adults, children, and families within Southeast Michigan annually.

The 53rd annual Flint Art Fair is proudly presented by FOMA on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center. Proceeds from the fair benefit the Flint Institute of Arts through exhibition sponsorship and purchase of contemporary art for the FIA collection.

For more information, contact contact@flintartfair.org.

Previous call for artists from Friends of Modern Art


Artist Residencies 2020 (Good Hart, MI) – Call For Artists

Artist Residencies 2020 (Good Hart, MI) – Call For Artists

The Good Hart Artist Residency, located in Good Hart, Michigan, announces a call for artists for the Artist Residencies 2020 – 2-3 week residencies dedicated visual artists and writers. 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 Residencies 2020 offers a solitary experience by hosting one resident at a time.

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Deadline: 15 Jan 2020

The Good Hart Artist Residency works in partnership with several local nonprofit organizations to connect visiting artists and writers with the community in the Emmet County area. In applying to the program, most artists and writers are asked to collaborate with a local nonprofit organization to provide some type of educational event or to exhibit their work. Visual artists participate in an open studio event held 10 am to 2 pm on one Saturday during their stay. These Open Studio Saturdays connect artists to the Good Hart community by inviting local residents to experience their work.

The many local, state, county, and township parks in the area offer inspiring landscapes and habitats. Some of these locations include Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve. These richly diverse habitats and the widely varying weather conditions provide dramatic content for artists and writers. Applicants who will draw inspiration from the setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are encouraged to apply.

Artist Residencies 2020 Artist Benefits

The residency provides full room and board including a newly completed residency building with a 24 x 14 detached studio, a fully-stocked kitchen with several meals provided by host family each week, a $500.00 stipend, and quiet, natural surroundings to concentrate on creative work.

A welcome dinner is provided and other dinners are offered by the host family or a community volunteer 2 times per week. The residence has a fully stocked and well equipped kitchen for the resident to prepare other meals. Good Hart provides homemade baked goods and jams, locally sourced ingredients, and seasonal vegetables from the host’s garden when available.

Social Equity

Good Hart is located in rural Northern Michigan with limited diversity. The program is focused on bringing in a diverse set of artists and writers into the community and engaging them with the community during their stays. Our residency is designed to be accessible. Good Hart actively seeks a diverse set of artists and writers.

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 info@goodhartartistresidency.org.

Previous call for artists from Good Hart Artist Residency


Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) announces a call for artists for the 69th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair. The KIA Arts Fair is a two-day, juried show featuring up to 190 fine artists. Staged in a shady, historic park in downtown Kalamazoo, the KIA Arts Fair is acclaimed for its friendly atmosphere and large crowds of arts patrons from across Michigan, Indiana, and beyond.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Artists who are chosen to participate in the 2020 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will enjoy showing and selling their work in a beautiful outdoor venue affording the opportunity to interact personally with fair-goers and jurors. The KIA Arts Fair recruits jurors who demonstrate expertise in their mediums. The jury is comprised of practicing artists, art educators, and museum professionals. On the first day of the fair, jurors will select 12 best of category winners who will each receive $350 and a prize ribbon to display on their booths the second day of the fair. All artists selected to participate have the opportunity to promote themselves during the fair by distributing promotional materials.

The fair offers many artist amenities, awards 12 best-in-category prizes, and is supported by far-reaching promotion measures attracting a crowd of upwards of 40,000 patrons. Artist amenities include free artist parking, a complimentary Friday evening artist dinner and award ceremony, complimentary coffee and light breakfast in the park Saturday morning, and an air-conditioned artist lounge with refreshments.

About Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community and visitors from around the world to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses the KIA Gallery Shop, featuring artwork by area artists and international artisans.

The collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts includes over 4,000 works of art, focusing on American painting, sculpture and ceramics; American and European works on paper; and photography. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and East Asian art.

For more information, contact cariannez@kiarts.org.

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