Call Detail
Michigan Ceramics 2020
Entry Deadline: 9/14/20
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Michigan Ceramics 2020): $50.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Michigan


MCAA presents Michigan Ceramics 2020, a juried exhibition of sculptural ceramics, functional ceramics and ceramic vessel works created by artists across Michigan. Entrance is open to Michigan residents and all MCAA members, regardless of state of residence.

MCAA Michigan Ceramics 2020 will run from October 16th to November 12th, at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center - BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan.


$3,000 IN AWARDS will be awarded in two awards categories:

Emerging Artist - Artists who have been working in clay
for LESS than ten years.

Established Artist - Artists who have been working in clay
for MORE than ten years.

This distinction is designed to encourage new clay artists to participate in our biennial exhibition.

In BOTH “Emerging” and “Established” categories $500 will be awarded in each of the following sub-categories:

Merit awards may be awarded at the juror’s discretion.


MCAA Members (dues payed) $25
Non-members (MI residents) $50
Students Members (free) $0*

Malcolm Mobutu Smith is Associate professor of Ceramic Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA degree from the New York College of ceramics at Alfred University in 1996. As an undergraduate, he studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University where he received his BFA in ceramics in 1994. Smith’s professional activities include workshops, lecturers and residencies including visits to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, The Robert McNamara Foundation and an educational exchange tour in China in conjunction with West Virginia University. He has presented numerous workshops and lectures at university and art centers across the country. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections including FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Haan Museum and Indiana State Museum.

Artist may enter up to THREE WORKS - two images per work.

Open to all artists 18 years or older residing in Michigan and all MCAA members regardless of state of residence. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, and must have been created in the last two years. The artist is responsible for obtaining and holding any releases of persons or copyrighted material depicted in the work.

MCAA Members (dues payed) $25
Non-members (MI residents) $50
Students Members (free) $0*
*Student members and students of institutional member
If your college or university is not currently a member encourage them to join and apply for free!


September 11th.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Artists will be notified of juror’s decision by September 28th via email.

Participants are encouraged to offer their entries for sale. A 45% commission to BBAC will be deducted from each sale. Items not for sale must be marked NFS, but a value must be stated for insurance purposes.

Shipping, delivery and return of work is the responsibility of the artists. Accepted art must be delivered by Tuesday October 13th.

Work must be picked up Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14th. Any work not picked up by November 14th will be charged a daily fee.

MCAA and the BBAC reserve the right to photograph works in the show and use these photographs and any images provided by the artists for promotional purposes.

COVID-19 CONTINGENCY: If COVID-19 or any other pandemic or natural disaster were to cause temporary closing of the BBAC art gallery or disruption of this event, this juried exhibition will be moved to a fully online exhibition.  

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, founded in 1957, serves the Detroit region’s visual arts community. Our mission is “to connect people of all ages and abilities with visual arts education, exhibition, and other creative experiences.”  We do this by offering classes, exhibits, workshops, camps, and events to the public.  Our exhibits are always free and open to the public. Also, scholarships are available for adults or youth classes.  Nearly 6,000 individuals from Southeast Michigan benefit from art opportunities every year.  Whether through art-looking and discussion or learning a new skill in drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry/metalsmithing, printmaking, ceramics and fiber arts, the BBAC promotes the creative process.

Our support of artists includes not only exhibitions, but also retail space that facilitates partnerships with local artists.  Our Gallery Shop, open year-round, hosts over 75 artists.  During the month of December, the BBAC hosts the annual Holiday Shop.  Participation well exceeds 100 artists throughout the region.