Call Detail
Dune Birds in Art 2020
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N SR49
Chesterton, IN 46304

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Indiana
Entry Deadline: 7/12/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Dune Birds in Art 2020 (1 entry)): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00

COVID-19 UPDATE: While the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Team has been canceled for the May event, we are still planning the art exhibition to take place in Sept 2020. New dates have been entered below to accommodate and the deadline has been extended. If you have any questions, please email Kristina at 

Subject: Birds of the Midwest Region and Migrating Birds of the Midwest Region

Medium: All 2D mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, printmaking, & photography as well as scultpural works in various media.

Restrictions: Artwork must be created in 2018, 2019, 2020. Artwork may not be created in a workshop or class and must be original in conception and execution. Artwork dimensions must not exceed 40" in any direction (including frame). No work shall exceed 50 lbs.

Criteria for submission: 
A maximum of two entries may be submitted for review, but only one work may be admitted. A maximum of one digital image per two-dimensional work and one digital image per three-dimensional work may be submitted.

Notification: All submitting artists will be notified by email of selection decisions the before August 2020. No selection decisions will be released over the telephone or via postal service. Upon selection, packaging and shipping instructions will be sent to artist.

Artist Responsibilities: Artists are responsible for all packing and crating costs. If unavailable to deliver in-person, artist is respinsible for shipping and return shipping.
Mounting, matting, and framing are the responsibility of the artist. All 2D work must be professionally framed with hanging wire -- NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS OR PLASIC FRAMES. In the case of sculpture, the work must be ready for display.

No commission on sold works. Works can be marked NFS.

About the Jurors:

Kimberly Beck is a fine artist who specializes in depicting midwestern birds. After graduating from The University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature, she studied drawing and illustration at The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. She began to focus on birds and animals, working in watercolor and pencil, and created bird-themed products for The Nature Company and other print companies that sold her work nationally. Kim began working in oils in 2008. Her avian-themed paintings have been juried into the prestigious international “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum of Art, Wausau, Wisconsin, selected for the museum’s National Tours, and have been finalists in the Richeson 75 International Animal, Birds & Wildlife Exhibition. She is a devoted bird-watcher working from her studio in Michigan City, Indiana.

Penny Starin is an avid birder with over 40 years of experience in all things avian. It all started with a bird-banding elective at Tufts University. She has lived in the Indiana Dunes area since 1977 and has recenty been traveling the world in an effort to view and marvel at the incredible diversity of bird life with which we share the planet. So far, she and her husband  have birded in over 30 countries, with a recent emphasis on South America, which hosts many of our breeding species during the North American winter. Penny is also an art lover and collector.

Jeff Manuszak

Jeff Manuszak has been hooked on art since winning a watercolor set for a drawing of Abraham Lincoln in third grade. Studied art in Chicago at Ray College of Design and earned a B.F.A. from the Illinois Institute of Art. Entered the Army as a multimedia illustrator in the Pentagon. Selected to be a Combat Artist and painted for the US Army Center of Military History followed by a tenure as an instructor, teaching the Multimedia Illustrator course at the Defense Information Course. Once leaving the service, continued to teach design at the Illinois Institute of Art and became the Design Program Chair at Westwood College while earning a M.S. in Education/Instructional Design at Purdue University Calumet. Hired in 2009 by Indiana Dunes National Park as the Lead Visual Information Specialist and became the Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator in 2010.

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