Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DUE 9/9! Call for Artists from Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI

Alden B. Dow Museum Holiday Art Fair 2011

Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI seeks artists for an indoor art fair, November 19-20, 2011. Only handmade original work, not the work of mass production studios. No work made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans or prefabricated pieces allowed. The Fair committee reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work not consistent with submitted images and/or these guidelines. Jewelers must be the designers and hands-on makers of their work. Purchased, facet cut gems may be used. Assembled, prefabricated jewelry is not allowed. Including a process statement would be helpful. Commercial prints of photographs using non-photographic methods such as 4-color printing or color copy machine are not allowed. $25 jury fee, add $5/add'l category. Deadline: September 9, 2011. Visit website for details, or send a SASE to: Alden B. Dow Museum, 1801 W St Andrews Rd., Midland MI 48640. Questions? Contact Emmy Mills at mills@mcfta.org or 989-631-5930 ext. 1401.

DUE 8/31! Call for artists from 'Festival of the Arts' in Bloomfield Township

‘Festival of Arts’ Sept. 16-18, in Bloomfield, MI

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP-- Nativity Episcopal Church in Bloomfield Township,
Michigan will again host the annual “Festival of Arts” on September 16-18, 2011.

Since its start in 1956, art has been part of the mission statement at Nativity Episcopal
Church. For the “Festival of Arts” all manner of disciplines will be accepted, including
textiles, paintings, sculpture, photography, glass and pottery. Also included will be
acrylics, jewelry, watercolors, fibers, graphics and surface art. The last call for artists has been extended to August 31st .

Deborah Odette, formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will
supervise display and hanging. The juried exhibition items will be for sale and the entire
presentation area will be decorated as an art gallery.

The juror will be Wayne State Professor Urban Jupina who is an accomplished fiber
artist and fine arts historian. Jupina, who is this year’s president of the Michigan
Surface Design Association recently presented in Europe at the International Triennial of
Tapestry in Lodz, Poland.

“We will have a gala opening reception on Friday, September 16, at 7:00 pm. for the
artists and presenters to mingle with the special guests,” said Henryka Olbrot. Olbrot is
president of the Lakeland Society of Artists which supports the show. She is an active art
ambassador in the Oakland, and Wayne County. The exhibition items can be for sale and
the presentation area will be decorated as an art gallery.

Special prizes will be an artist’s proof vase sculpted by local artist Patricia Auerbach and
potter Robert Nixon has done a unique clay presentation dish.

Nativity Episcopal Church began as an outreach of Christ Church Cranbrook. When the
church built its worship space in 1963, it turned to the renowned Cranbrook Academy
of Art for direction. The resulting nave is embraced by warm wood tones and artistic
surface statements. The church’s striking stained glass panels were created by Margaret
Cavanaugh in 1982.

The church is located at 21220 West 14-Mile Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48301.
For more information Diane Wittlinger at 248-642-5577


Monday, August 15, 2011

DUE 8/26! "Call for Art" from Ruminate Magazine

"Ruminate Magazine Visual Art Prize" call for entries

Ruminate Magazine: Chewing on Life, Faith and Art announces a call to artists for a juried print exhibition in our Winter Issue #22, which releases mid-December and is distributed nationally. $500 cash prize and publication in Issue #22 for first place, plus publication in Issue 22 for runner-up.

The finalist juror is award-winning artist Sandra Bowden. The prize is open to all mediums and artists of all levels; no geographical restrictions. Artists must have professional quality digital images available upon request. $15 entry fee for up to 3 images that represent a larger body of work. Entry fee also includes a complimentary copy of Issue #22. Entry deadline is Friday, August 26th, 2011.

Visit website for complete guidelines.

Questions? Please contact editor@ruminatemagazine.org or call 970.449.2726

Keira Havens
Outreach, Ruminate Magazine

Thursday, August 11, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Art in the Park - Fine Art Festival (Aug.27 in Swartz Creek, MI)

Who: Call for Artists

What:The Swartz Creek Kiwanis Club is accepting artist applications for the 2011 Art in the Park - Fine Art Festival. The festival is August 27th, from 9am to 5pm.

This is a JURIED EVENT and promotes all fine art mediums. Interested artists may access information/application via website: www.swartzcreekkiwanis.org/art

Where: Swartz Creek, Michigan

Why: An outdoor event at beautiful Elms Road Park in Swartz Creek, Michigan that promotes the Fine Arts. The 2010 festival had approximately 3000 patrons attending. This is an annual event.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Call for Entry All-media Landscape from Northville Art House

October Call for Entry All-media Landscape

The Northville Art House is proud to present “Outside In,” an all-media Landscape exhibit juried by multi-talented plein air painter, Heiner Hertling. This exhibit will run October 7 – 22, 2011.

Deadline for entry is September 14, 2011.

PDF of entry form:

The Northville Art House
215 W. Cady St
Northville, MI 48167
248 344 0497

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ArtServe professional development for artists in the Upper Peninsula coming to Marquette on 8/8!

ArtServe Michigan offers Professional Development opportunity for Upper Peninsula artists on August 8, 2011

WHAT: "Planning for Success" ArtServe Michigan Creative Many Seminar

WHERE: Lake Superior Theatre, 270 N. Lakeshore Blvd, Marquette, MI 49855

WHEN: Monday, August 8, 2011, 4:00 - 7:30pm

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: Defining a personal vision of success and tools for creating a realistic career plan. Led by ArtServe Michigan's Director of Creative Industries, Cezanne Charles, with the active participation of local artists, who will have an opportunity to talk about their work.

Dorrie Milan
Creative Industries Associate
ArtServe Michigan
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393
Phone (248) 912-0760 ext. 5#
Fax (248) 912-0768

Federal Action Alert and MCACA Grant Update from ArtServe Michigan

ArtServe Michigan

Federal Action Alert and MCACA Update

Federal Action Alert: Rep. Tim Walberg (MI – 7) Amendment

A few weeks ago we reported that the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee began the funding cycle for Fiscal Year 2012 by approving legislation to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $135.2 million, which is a reduction of $20 million from the current year.

Yesterday, as the U.S. House of Representatives began consideration of this legislation, Rep. Tim Walberg (MI – 7) offered an amendment to cut $10 million from the NEA, which has been cut by 13 percent in the legislation already! This would result in a $30 million cut to the NEA, the deepest single year cut in 16 years.

We need your help! Please click here to send a pre-drafted message to your member of Congress urging them to oppose the Walberg amendment.

Michigan receives over $4.5 million each year in grant funding from the NEA. This year, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs received a partnership grant from the NEA totaling $820,000 – which accounts for nearly a third of the council’s budget. The remainder of grant dollars is spread throughout the state to organizations and individual artists. As you know, this money helps retain and create tens of thousands of jobs and returns the NEA’s investment by pumping hundreds of millions of dollars back into local economies each year.

We aren’t alone! Last week the White House issued a veto threat of the budget bill. In the statement, the White House states that, among other things, cuts to the NEA “…would cut support for arts organizations across the country during a time when private and State arts funding is also highly constrained.”

Further, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), chair of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and floor manager for the bill, has pledged to oppose any amendments to cut NEA funds below the level in the bill. Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Todd Platts (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, and Jim Moran (D-VA), ranking minority member on the appropriations subcommittee, are also active in organizing opposition to further reductions in arts spending.

Our allies in the White House and Congress need your help! Please take a moment to click here to send a pre-drafted message to your member of Congress urging them to oppose the Walberg amendment. Additionally, if you reside in Congressman Tim Walberg’s district please also consider calling his office at 202-225-6276 to urge him to withdraw his amendment.

MCACA Grant Process Update

Last Friday the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs met at The Henry Ford to discuss the Fiscal Year 2012 grant process, discretionary requests and their strategic plan.

This year’s grants will be a 9-month project, running from January through September of 2012. Grant guidelines will be available the second week of August, with October 3rd being the deadline for POP’s and mini-grant applications.

As you may know, the Council is now requiring POP’s applicants to have two of their most recent year-end financial statements entered into the Michigan Cultural Data Project (CDP) to help demonstrate their economic impact. However, while requiring CDP, the Council voted to approve a plan to reduce application paperwork by instead using portions of the CDP. This year, applicants will not have to complete a budget and economic impact form because that information will be provided through data collected in the CDP.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions regarding MCACA grants please feel free to contact Carolyn Damstra at 517-241-4011 or damstrac@michigan.org.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email or call Mike Latvis directly at mike@artservemichigan.org or 248-379-5897.

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