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LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition 2019
223 W Main St
Lowell, MI 49331

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Michigan
Entry Deadline: 1/28/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition 2019): $35.00

The 33rd Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by West Michigan artists who reside in a 25 county region. Artwork in any visual art media can be submitted by artists 18 yrs. and older. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. Cash awards totaling $2500 are awarded to 1st - 5th place.

1st Place - $1000, 2nd Place - $700, 3rd Place - $450, 4th Place - $200, 5th Place - $150

On-line Entries Accepted: January 1 to January 28, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: February 7
Drop-Off of Accepted Work: February 14, 15, 10am-6pm and February 16, 10am-5pm
Exhibit Dates: February 23 – March 30, 2019
Reception and Awards: Sunday, February 24, 2-4pm
Pick-up of Accepted Work: April 2, 3, and 4, 10am-6pm

Rufus Snoddy is this year’s distinguished juror. Rufus Snoddy is a painter/sculptor whose work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Paris, Michigan, and several galleries and museums in California. He has a B.A in design and an M.A. in Fine Art with emphasis on sculpture from California State University at Los Angeles. He is currently a Professor of Art at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. He is active in the contemporary art scene in northern Michigan, where his 'construction paintings' have made a dramatic impact. His work is exhibited in galleries that include Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids and Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City, who featured his work at Art Miami in 2017.

The West Michigan Art Competition is open to all visual art media by artists 18 yrs. and older who reside in one of the eligible West Michigan counties. Eligible lower West Michigan counties include: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Saint Joseph, and Van Buren.

Only original works completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited at LowellArts are eligible. Commercial reproductions, including giclée prints, will not be accepted. Traditional print media, photography, and digital art should be from a limited edition. 2-Dimensional entries may be no larger than 62 inches in any one direction, including the width of the frame. 3-Dimensional entries must fit through a standard door frame and be no larger than 62 inches in any one direction. Only artwork easily handled by two people will be accepted.

Artists may submit ONE piece in any medium for consideration by the juror.
Submit one image for 2-Dimensional pieces. For 3-Dimensional pieces, two images with different views of the same piece may be submitted.  All entries must be submitted digitally through the (CaFÉ) website. There is no cost to register on CaFÉ, but it is required. Video entries may not be submitted. Deadline for entry is January 28, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

Digital image files must conform to the requirements as listed on the CaFÉ site. All entries require that the title, media, and dimensions be listed. Incomplete entries will not be juried. Accepted works that differ dramatically from the submitted images may be refused at the discretion of LowellArts staff. LowellArts will offer technical assistance on applying through CaFÉ to artists as needed, by appointment. Contact 616-897-8545.

Artists will be notified on February 7, after 5pm, via email if their piece was accepted for the exhibition. Awards will not be announced until the reception on February 24. Artists with accepted entries will be provided an identification label at the time of drop-off to affix to the back of their piece.

All accepted entries must be hand-delivered or shipped to: LowellArts, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. The new LowellArts Gallery is located in historic downtown Lowell at the corner of Broadway and Main Street. For hand-delivery, accepted artwork must arrive at LowellArts on February 14 and 15 between 10am and 6pm, or February 16 between 10am and 5pm. Shipped works must be prepaid and arrive by Friday, February 15. For shipped work, please include a prepaid return shipping label with the entry. All packing and shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Artwork must be ready for presentation upon delivery. All hanging works should be framed and fitted with secure hanging wire. D-Rings are allowed for larger, heavy 2-dimensional pieces. Fabric wrapped canvases are allowed and do not require additional framing. Frames with exposed glass edges are not acceptable. Saw tooth hangers are not permitted. Entries must be dry, completely assembled, framed, matted, or mounted. Multiple panel pieces (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) cannot exceed 62 inches in any one direction once installed. 3-dimensional entries that hang must have adequate hanging hardware or hanging system. Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the discretion of LowellArts. Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile works will be declined. If you are unsure about your work conforming to these conditions, please contact LowellArts at before entering.

Artists may submit one piece only. The fee for entry is $35. LowellArts Members and Students over 18 with a college ID receive a discounted entry fee of $25. Members and students should call 616-897-8545 to receive their discount code before entering. Refunds cannot be provided after entry. Entry fees help fund prizes, programs, and services for LowellArts.

Accepted artwork must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. LowellArts requires a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition. If the work is not for sale, please indicate “0 (zero)” for value on entry form. The artwork will be labeled as “NFS” – not for sale.

Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition through March 30, 2019. Artists may pick up accepted work in person April 2, 3, and 4 between 10am-6pm. Artists must call ahead to authorize someone other than themselves to pick-up their work, otherwise artwork will not be released to anyone except the artist. Artwork not picked up at the designated times will be considered abandoned and become the property of LowellArts. Shipped artworks will be sent back in the packing materials they arrived in. Return of shipped artwork will begin April 4. Shipment costs are the responsibility of the artist.

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