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LowellArts Gallery

March 23 to April 27, 2024

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Call for Entries

2024

Schedule

On-line Entries Accepted:

December 7, 2023 to February 15, 2024

Deadline for Entries:

February 15, 11:59pm

Notification of Acceptance:

March 1

Exhibit Dates:

March 23 to April 27, 2024

Drop-Off of Accepted Work:

March 13, 14, 15, 10am-6pm & March 16, 12-5pm

 

Pick-up of Accepted Work:

April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 10am-6pm

 

 

Eligible Counties

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

About the Juror

Candice Chovanec was born in Catania, Sicily, and lived most of her life in Southern California. In 2008, she completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. In 2017, she completed her MFA from California State University. Candice has won numerous awards and shown in group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2017, her work received 1st Place from the Portrait Society of America in the Members-Only Competition and “Best in Show” from the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art for portraiture. Candice is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Arts and Letters and Integrated Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where she has taught since 2019.

West Michigan Art Competition 2024

The 38th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower 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. Five equal cash awards totaling $3000 are presented. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. This year's distinguished juror is Candice Chovanec who is currently an Assistant Professor in the departments of Arts and Letters and Integrated Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University.

Deadline: February 15, 11:59pm

 

Call for Entries

Schedule

  • On-line Entries Accepted: December 7, 2023 to February 15, 2024

  • Deadline for Entries: February 15, 11:59pm

  • Notification of Acceptance: March 1

  • Exhibit Dates: March 23 to April 27, 2024

  • Drop-Off of Accepted Work: March 13, 14, 15, 10am-6pm and March 16, 12-5pm

  • Pick-up of Accepted Work: April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 10am-6pm

 

Prizes

Five equal cash awards totaling $3000 are presented.

Juror

Candice Chovanec was born in Catania, Sicily, and lived most of her life in Southern California. In 2008, she completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. In 2017, she completed her MFA from California State University. Candice has won numerous awards and shown in group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2017, her work received 1st Place from the Portrait Society of America in the Members-Only Competition and “Best in Show” from the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art for portraiture. Candice is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Arts and Letters and Integrated Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where she has taught since 2019.

Artwork Requirements
Only original works complete
d in the last three 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.

Eligibility

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.

Entry Procedure
All entries must be submitted digitally through the www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) website. There is no cost to register on CaFÉ, but it is required. Video entries may not be submitted. Deadline for entry is February 15, 2024 at 11:59pm MT.

Digital Images
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 or info@lowellartsmi.org.

Notification of Acceptance
Artists will be notified on March 1 via email if their piece was accepted for the exhibition. Artists with accepted entries will be provided an identification label at the time of drop-off to affix to the back of their piece.

Delivery
All accepted entries must be hand-delivered or shipped to: LowellArts, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. The 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 March 13, 14, 15, 10am-6pm and March 16, 12-5pm. Shipped works must be prepaid and arrive by Friday, March 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.

Entry Conditions
Artwork must be ready for presentation upon delivery. All hanging works should be framed and fitted with secure hanging wire. 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 info@lowellartsmi.org before entering.

Entry Fee
Artists may submit one piece only. The fee for entry is $40. LowellArts Members and Students over 18 with a college ID receive a discounted entry fee of $30. Members and students should call 616-897-8545 to receive their discount code before entering. Memberships need to be active through April of 2024 to receive the discount. Refunds cannot be provided after entry. Entry fees help fund prizes for the competition, as well as programs and services provided by LowellArts.

Art Sales
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.

 

Pick-up
Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition through April 27, 2024. Artists may pick up accepted work in person April 30, May 1, 2, 3 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 May 3. Shipment costs are the responsibility of the artist.

 

Application Requirements
Artists may submit ONE PIECE in any medium for consideration by the juror.
Artists are asked to submit at least 2 views of the same piece, up to 5 images of the same piece can be submitted.

  • Image #1 should show the piece in its entirety. If applicable, do not include the picture frame in this image.

  • Image #2 is required to show the scale of the piece alongside a common household object. If applicable, include the picture frame in this image. Place the object in the bottom left-hand side of the image. Suggested objects include a dollar bill, soda can, or ruler.

  • Images #3, #4, #5 are optional – included to highlight details, textures, or an alternate angle of the piece.

Rules and Terms to Apply
I understand that LowellArts will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork. Owners of artwork will release and hold harmless LowellArts, its staff, and volunteers of any liability that may arise by damage, loss, or theft while artwork is on the LowellArts premises. LowellArts is not responsible for any damage to art objects incurred during regular handling of the work during installation and exhibition. Artists wishing to otherwise insure their work should contact their insurance agents directly. I understand that all artwork must arrive be ready to install and meet the entry conditions as described by LowellArts. If these conditions are not met, the artwork will not be included in the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition also constitutes the artists' consent to LowellArts to use images of their artwork for publicity purposes. I understand that all artwork not picked up at the designated times will be considered abandoned and become the property of LowellArts.

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