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WordView: Juried Exhibition

Entries Accepted September 6 to November 5

About the Jurors

Phillip Sterling

Co-director and Exhibition Juror, Humanities Scholar

Phillip Sterling, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University. He is the author of two books of fiction, In Which Brief Stories Are Told (Wayne State U Press) and Amateur Husbandry (Mayapple Press), two full-length collections of poetry, And Then Snow (Main Street Rag) and Mutual Shores (New Issues), and five chapbook-length series of poems, the most recent of which, Short on Days, was released from Main Street Rag in June 2020. He is also the editor of two anthologies: Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange (Mammoth Books 2003) and Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press 2017). Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, two Senior Fulbright Lectureships (Belgium and Poland), and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. As print-maker and poet, Sterling has served as Artist-in-Residence for both Isle Royale National Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In 2017, he served as Project Director for Writer’s Squared, a MHC funded series of readings and workshops offered by Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. Phillip and his wife, Jane Wheeler, live in Lowell Township, where they care for a number of animals and gardens.

Gary Eldridge

Co-director and Exhibition Juror, Artist and Illustrator

Gary Eldridge has worked as an illustrator since his graduation from Kendall College of Art & Design in 1974. He established his illustration studio in West Michigan, where his unique combination of printmaking and dimensional object constructions attracted the attention of artists’ agents in both New York City and Seattle. Together these two firms represented Eldridge for over 20 years, bringing assignments both nationally and internationally from clients such as Prudential Investments, Harza Engineering of Chicago, Eli Lilly and Co., The LA Times, Forbes Magazine, Ernst and Young, University of Miami School of Medicine, UCLA Medical School, CEO Magazine, United States Federal Reserve, Washingtonian Magazine, Rutgers University, GE Capital, National Geographic Magazine, and AT&T. He has won recognition for both his illustrations and his fine art, including awards from the Dimensional Illustrators in NYC and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. In 2001 he was a member of the New York Society of Illustrators' 9/11 Memorial Exhibition: Prevailing Human Spirit, a fundraiser for NYC First Responders. Gary has also served as Chairperson of LowellArts Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Moving To Main Campaign, a $1.25 million fund-raising campaign to relocate LowellArts in the city's downtown area, which was realized in 2017. Gary maintains his studio in the City of Lowell, where he and  his wife Tricia have lived for many years, raising their three children.

WordView is made possible in part by:


a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


WordView is presented in Partnership with:


the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Poetry Society of Michigan.


WordView: Call For Entries

LowellArts seeks visual and literary artwork for a juried competition titled, WordView, Art Inspiring Art. Entries should be original work consisting of both visual and textual components, and may be submitted by an individual artist or by artists and writers in collaboration.

Some examples include visual works with accompanying poems/texts (ekphrastic), illustrated texts (book art), literary broadsides/posters, 2-dimensional works incorporating personal documents, or 3-dimensional work with engraved text. An example of a single “entry” in some cases would include both a work of visual art and a literary accompaniment (like a framed poem) and would be displayed as such; in other cases, it would be a single piece.


Entries Accepted: September 6 to November 5
Deadline for Entries: November 5
Artist Notification: December 3
Art Drop Off: December 28, 29, 30
Exhibit Dates: January 8 to February 19, 2022

Awards Six cash awards totaling $2000 will be awarded.

Artist Eligibility WordView, Art Inspiring Art, is open to any individual 14 yrs. and older. Regional, national, and international artists are encouraged to submit entries.

Entry Eligibility All media is welcome as long as the visual and textual components are appropriate for general audiences. Only original works 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.

Entry Procedures & Images Each artist may submit 1 entry. Artists should fill out the on-line form and upload 1 to 2 images to the form. Entries will be accepted as a PDF or an image file, with the maximum file size not to exceed 10 MB. All entries require a title, medium, price, date of completion, and dimensions to be listed. This is a juried exhibition and decisions on the artwork selected is made at the discretion of the guest jurors. LowellArts reserves the right to not display artwork that differs from the submitted images or information provided by the artist.

Notification of Acceptance Artists will be notified on December 3, after 5:00pm, 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 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 December 28, 29, 30 between 10am-6pm. Shipped works must be prepaid and arrive by Tuesday, December 28. 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 The fee for entry is $35. Students 14+ with a school ID receive a discounted entry fee of $25. Refunds cannot be provided after entry. The entry fee can be paid via check, credit card, or PayPal. Entry fees help fund 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. Artists are encouraged to list their artwork for sale.

Pick-Up Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition through February 19, 2022. Artists may pick up accepted work in person February 22, 23, or 24 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 March 1. Shipment costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Legal Agreement 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.


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. All artwork not picked up at the designated times will be considered abandoned and become the property of LowellArts.