91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition Call for Entry

March 5 through July 12, 2019

Artwork entry for the Muskegon Museum of Art 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) is now open. Entries will be accepted through July 12, 2019 at the www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) website.

The Exhibition

The 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition (formerly the annual Regional Exhibition) continues a rich legacy of showcasing the work of Michigan artists, from talented beginners to accomplished professionals. A competitive show, the Michigan Contemporary presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today’s Michigan artists. Featured media will include painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and installation. A visitor favorite, the exhibition engages, challenges, and inspires conversation. The 2019 show runs September 5 through November 13.

Prizes

Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to artists, including $1,500 Best of Show, $1,000 Second Place, and $750 Third Place awards. Additional prizes will be awarded, including purchase awards. (Purchase awards are equal to the stated sale price of the work.)

Artwork Entry Process

All artists 18 years or older residing in Michigan may enter. The entry deadline is July 12, 2019.

The entry process is digital, through the www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) website.  At the “FIND CALLS” tab, type “Muskegon” in Call Listings search box. Free registration is required. Artists may submit up to two images per artwork, for a total of four images. Submit images for one or two artworks only.

Entry Rules

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES AND TERMS BEFORE APPLYING. SUBMIT IMAGES AND DETAILS (AS NEEDED) FOR NO MORE THAN 2 (TWO) WORKS.

Number of Entries: Each artist may submit up to two (2) works in any medium. Video entries may not be submitted.

Digital Entry: Digital image files must conform to the requirements as listed on the CaFÉ site. Be sure to supply the title, media, and dimensions of your entries. Incomplete entries will not be juried. Accepted works that differ dramatically from the submitted images or information may be refused at the discretion of MMA staff, so make sure your entry accurately reflects your artwork(s).

Eligible Entries: Only original works completed in the last two years and not previously exhibited at the Muskegon Museum of Art are eligible. Commercial reproductions, including giclée prints, will not be accepted. Traditional print media, photography, and digital art should be from a limited edition. Wall mounted pieces may not exceed 6 feet wide by 12 feet high. Three-dimensional (standing) pieces may not exceed 10 feet high by 6 feet by 6 feet. Only work easily handled by two people will be accepted.

Entry Fee: Artists may submit one OR two works. The fee for entry is $35. MMA Members receive a discounted entry fee of $20. Members should call 231-720-2571 to receive their discount code before entering. Refunds cannot be provided after entry. (MMA Memberships are discounted for artists.)

Notification: Artists will be notified of the jury results by email no later than July 29, 2019. With this notification you will also be provided identification labels to attach to your work.

Art Sales: All accepted work is eligible for sale through the MMA Store. The MMA commission is 30%, and must be included in the purchase price. Work offered for sale will be sold as exhibited. If the work is not for sale, please indicate “0 (zero)” for value on entry form. Price On Requests (PORs) will not be accepted.

Questions? Please call the MMA at 231-720-2575.

About the Juror

Juror Amy Chaloupa

Photo courtesy of Amy Chaloupa

This year’s juror is artist and curator Amy Chaloupka. She received her BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited widely, and created several public works, including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2008, Chaloupka has curated more than 15 contemporary exhibitions featuring national and international artists for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. While there, she contributed to several published catalogue essays related to exhibitions. Now living and working as an Independent Curator in the Pacific Northwest, Chaloupka serves on the Arts Commission for the City of Bellingham, lectures and teaches within the Art and Art History Department at Western Washington University, and curates museum exhibitions, most recently: Crossover: Cruce de Vias, at the Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA (2015), Colorfast at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (2016) and Nek Chand: The World In A Garden at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI. (2017). Chaloupka is currently collaborating on the development of a non-profit arts organization called Bellingham Interactive and leading the design of two permanent collection exhibition spaces for the Kohler’s new Art Preserve building, slated to open in the Fall of 2020.

Accepted Entries Information

Liability/Publicity: Entries will be handled with all possible care, but the MMA is not responsible for any loss or damage for any cause whatsoever. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition implies agreement on the part of the artist with all stated conditions. The MMA assumes the privilege of photographing or using any work entered in the exhibition for the purpose of publicity or education, unless the artist notifies the MMA in writing to the contrary.

Delivery: For hand-delivery, accepted artwork must arrive at the Muskegon Museum of Art on August 22, 23, or 24. Artists may deliver between 11AM and 4:30 PM on Thursday August 22, Friday August 23, and Saturday August 24. Call 231-720-2575 if you need to drop off prior to August 15. No objects will be accepted after August 24.

Ship artwork to: REGIONAL, Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440.Works shipped by carrier must be prepaid and arrive at the MMA by Friday, August 23, 2019. For shipped work, please include a prepaid return shipping label with your entry. All packing and shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Attach identification labels securely on the back, upper left corner of two-dimensional artworks and under the base or securely tied to three-dimensional artworks. Labels must be those provided in the email of acceptance and should be completely filled in. Please notify the MMA if you require the loading dock for delivery by calling 231-720-2575.

Entry Condition: Works must be ready for presentation. All hanging works should be framed and fitted with wire or D-Rings. Sawtooth hangers are not permitted. Entries must be dry, completely assembled, framed, matted, or mounted. All works on paper must be framed and glazed. Multiple panel pieces (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) cannot exceed 6 feet wide by twelve feet high when installed. Work requiring special handling or installation will be accepted only at the MMA’s discretion. Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile works will be declined. If you are unsure about your work conforming to these conditions, please email James Milostan at jmilostan@muskegonartmuseum.org before entering.

Pickup: Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition through Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

MMA staff will return shipped artworks in the packing materials they arrived in. Return of shipped artwork will begin Friday, November 15, 2019.

In person pickup:

November 14, Thursday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
November 15, Friday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
November 16, Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Due to limited storage, prompt pickup is required. Please call if you must make special pickup arrangements.

Written authorization, along with the notification email, is required for the MMA to release work to anyone other than the artist. Shipment costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Works not picked up by December 27, 2019 will be considered abandoned and will be discarded.