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Lakeshore Art Festival 2020 (Muskegon, MI) – Call For Artists

Lakeshore Art Festival 2020 (Muskegon, MI) – Call For Artists

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Lakeshore Art Festival 2020, featuring a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. The festival offers over 350 juried fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, a Children’s Lane, artisan food market, street performers, multiple interactive art stations, and Chalk The Walk as well as affordable parking, outstanding accommodations, and restaurants nearby.

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Deadline: 4 Feb 2020

The Lakeshore Art Festival 2020 will be 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. Artist awards are determined by a professional art juror. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards.

Lakeshore Art Festival 2020 prize awards

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

Artists benefit from extensive marketing and publicity using newspaper, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television, and billboards. For decades, art has been a driving force in Downtown Muskegon. The festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. Each year, the festival draws 50,000 visitors.

The Lakeshore Art Festival is nationally recognized and ranked in the top 100 of Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by the Sunshine Artist Magazine 200 Best. Additionally, the festival has garnered acclaim from ArtFairCalendar.com for Favorite Small Town Art Fair for two years running. It has received the Sustainability Champion Award – 2017.

Social Equity

The Chamber works with a number of local organizations that enhance social equity and service disadvantaged or marginalized groups. They provide volunteer opportunities in exchange for a stipend/donation to their organization. Additionally, they seek out a diverse offering of entertainment that is a good representation of the Muskegon community.

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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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.

For more information, contact jmilostan@muskegonartmuseum.org.

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