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Paint Grand Traverse 2021
Crooked Tree Arts Center
322 6th Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Michigan
Entry Deadline: 2/26/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 7
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 7
Entry Fee (Paint Grand Traverse 2021): $40.00

The ​Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan, seeks artists for the national plein air painting festival, Paint Grand Traverse: a plein air affair, now in its fourth year. Paint Grand Traverse is a plein air (outdoor) painting festival and competition featuring 30-40 artists from across the country.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changing public health situation, we have a "Plan A" (six days long, with outdoor/indoor gatherings, housing provided in host homes) and a "Plan B" (four days long, socially distanced, housing NOT provided). We will announce a plan on June 1, based on pandemic conditions and with guidance from state and local health departments. Artists who are willing and able to do Plan A and Plan B are encouraged to apply.

This opportunity is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older. All painting media are eligible.

Prizes and Awards: 
Plan A features a $2,500 cash award for best in show. Plan B features a $1,000 cash award for best in show. All other prizes TBA.

The Grand Traverse region is located in northwest lower Michigan and is known the world over for its gorgeous scenery, hundreds of miles of Lake Michigan coast, and historic small towns and villages. The largest of these, Traverse City, is nestled on the southern shore of West Grand Traverse Bay, and is home to Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City.

Paint Grand Traverse is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center. Founded in 1971, CTAC is a community-based arts center serving Northern Michigan from campuses in Traverse City and Petoskey, Michigan. We offer events and classes in visual arts, dance, music, culinary arts, and more. To learn more about Crooked Tree Arts Center, visit us online at

This call is open to all artists working throughout the United States. All painting media are eligible.


Applicant Calendar:

  • Submit 5-7 entries online January 20 - February 26, 2021

  • Entries will be scored by a panel of jurors, February 27 - March 4.

  • Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 10.

  • Accepted artists must submit a signed letter of agreement, bio, and promotional images by March 31.



This opportunity is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older. 


Submission Materials:

  • Submit 5-7 images of recent plein air artwork, including artwork title, dimensions, medium, and date. Digital images should be cropped to show the painting only - no frame, no background.

  • Artist Bio and C.V.

  • Artist Statement

  • Link to online portfolio (URL) (optional)



A team of five jurors, comprised of practicing artists, collectors, and curators, will review all submissions. Top scoring entries will be accepted.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The call is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older.

  • All painting media are eligible.

  • Submissions must be original works of art created by the artist submitting the work.

  • Artists may submit five to seven (5-7) images.

  • The Crooked Tree Arts Center galleries are sales galleries and works created during the festival must be for sale. Price is set by the artist. The Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission on all sales.

  • A non-refundable fee of $40.00 per artist is required for entry (CTAC members $25.00). If you are a current member of Crooked Tree Arts Center, please use the coupon code: MEMBER21 to receive the member discount. CTAC Artist Guild Members can submit their work free of charge. If you do not have your Guild Membership code, please contact If you have questions about your membership status, or are interested in becoming a member, please call CTAC at (231) 347-4337.

Submission Procedure:

  • Submit requested application materials via CaFÉ. Entries must be submitted online via CaFÉ and file formats must meet CaFÉ specifications.

  • Jury will be done online. 

  • Notification will be delivered via email by March 10, 2021.

  • Accepted artists must submit a signed letter of agreement by March 31, 2021.

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