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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.

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91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition – Call For Artists

The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce a call for artists for the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, to be held from September 5 – November 13, 2019. All artists 18 years or older, residing in Michigan, are eligible to enter. Artists may enter one or two pieces, in all media excluding video. Work must have been completed in the past two years.

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Deadline: 12 Jul 2019

Fee for entry is $35. Fee for MMA members is $20.

The Muskegon Museum of Art’s regional juried exhibition, now the Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition and formerly the “Regional Exhibition,” is the longest-running regional art exhibition in Michigan. The reputation of the MMA’s show is well-established. Jurors are chosen from outside the area and often from outside the state to provide an objective selection process. The MMA’s professional staff is proficient at providing publicity, event planning, and logistical operations for the annual call-for-entry, jurying, and exhibition presentation with a personal touch.

This year’s juror is artist and curator Amy Chaloupka, a sculptor, curator, and art history professor. She has exhibited widely and created several public works including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, WI.

91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition Artist Benefits

Now in its 91st year, this competitive exhibition is an opportunity for career growth, recognition, and financial prizes and sales for contemporary Michigan artists. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded including a $1,500 Best of Show Award. Last year, over $40,000 of art was sold from the exhibition. The exhibition was viewed by over 3,700 guests. All artists chosen for the exhibition will be listed in an exhibition catalogue and award winners’ works will be pictured in the catalogue. Most works are sold early in the exhibition’s run.

Artists participating in this regional show in past years have gone on to have greater recognition and exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art and at other galleries and museums. The timing of the exhibition coincides with fall academic attendance and with Muskegon County’s October Arts and Humanities Festival.

About the Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.

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