Regional Arts Exhibition

Regional Arts Exhibition

Applications for the 2020 Festival of the Arts are now open!

Festival of the Arts continues the valued tradition of offering a juried exhibition for the community comprised of entries from: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties. 

Calling all artists for Festival’s Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition, Grand River Arts Competition, Illustration, Comic Book Art, Graphic Novel, and Anime Competition and The Miniature Art Competition and Exhibition. This years competitions boast over $10,000 in awards and will be judged by Brian Kelly, Janet Teunis, Lee S. Brown, Taylor Greenfield and Durwin Talon.

In 2020, we have added a Miniature Art Competition and Exhibition. The maximum size of entries will be 4” x 4” x 4”. All media will be accepted and entrants may be of any age. All entries will be accepted at the same place as the rest of the Regional Art, the former city Water Department offices at 1101 Monroe NW. But the accepted entries will be displayed at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives at 87 Monroe Center and at MadCap Coffee Company, 98 Monroe Center NW. Miniatures will be eligible for awards in their category and any other awards given during the award process.

The Regional will again be on display in the Fed Galleries of Kendall Art and Design of Ferris State University. We have added a separate category this year within the exhibition and have another area that has four specific awards to encourage entries.

The added awards are for entries that use the Grand River as their subject. All media are eligible and they will be juried in their respective categories, but if they claim the Grand River as their subject, they will be eligible for at least four special awards plus any other awards that are given to entries.

Expanding on an experiment we tried last year, we are creating a new category within the Regional. It will be titled Illustration, but also includes Comic Art, Anime, and Graphic Novels. The juror for that category will be Durwin Talon from GVSU. All entries will be eligible for awards in that category as well as other awards given in the Competition.

Other Jurors will be: Janet Teunis – 2-D including Paintings, drawings, and prints, Lee S. Brown – 3-D, Brian Kelly – Photography, Durwin Talon – Illustration, Comic book Art, Graphic Novels, and Anime, and Taylor Cole Greenfield – Miniatures.

Festival Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition.

Print Rules

IMPORTANT:

  • Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Be sure before you enter you can make arrangements to pick up your works, as a fee of $10 per day will be charged for ENTRIES NOT PICKED UP by stated deadlines.
  • Festival of the Arts and KCAD do not accept liability for loss or damage.
  • All entries must be physically delivered to the FORMER City of Grand Rapids Water Building at 1101 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, 49503, for judging.

2020 Rules and Requirements for:

Festival of the Arts Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition 

Hosted by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Eligibility

  • Residency: Residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties are eligible.
  • Age: There is no age limit.
  • All entries must have been completed in the past two years and must not have shown in any previous Festival of the Arts juried exhibition.

Categories have been expanded. This year they will include 2-D – Painting, Drawing, Prints, 3_D, Photography, and a new category, Illusitration, including Comic Art, Anime, and Graphic Novels.  

New Awards

New Awards this year include four monetary awards for Grand River Art, and a special award for comic book art. Crop Marks will print 50 copies of the winning comic book or graphic novel. Artists must submit 6 pages of their book, mounteed on a single board, for jurying, as one entry. The award winner will be selected from the entries that are selected for the Exhibition. The printed page size will be 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” and the books will include 22 story pages in full color, two editorial pages, and two cover pages. This award cannot be converted to a cash prize. 

Requirements for entered pieces

  • For 2020, each person is allowed up to three (3) entries.
  • Entry Fees: $25 for one piece, $40 for 2 pieces, $50 for 3 pieces
  • Entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • Size: Entries have to fit through the drop off doors at the FORMER City Water Office Building, 1101 Monroe North. We have to bring all works through the outside door.
  • Two dimensional works cannot be larger than 88” high by 96” wide.
  • Three-dimensional works cannot be larger than 36” wide (35” would be easier to get in) by 72” tall by 96” long and must be stable. The height must include any dolly or cart as both will have to fit through the door.
  • Paint, glue, and other finishes MUST BE DRY.
  • Hanging and installation:
  • All work on paper or those that are matted or mounted must be framed and wired for hanging or must include map pins or magnets. No BINDER CLIPS are allowed.
  • Exposed electrical wires, broken glass shards, sharp points, sawtooth hangers, clip frames, or exposed glass edges ARE NOT PERMITTED.
  • Works may have free moving parts.
  • Works can be hung from the ceiling, but may not weigh over 25 pounds.
  • Limited electrical outlets are available. Instructions for turning on and off must be included.
  • No accompanying literature will be allowed.
  • Entries selected for the exhibition and any work purchased must remain on display from May 30, through June 27, 2020 at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD.*

*The Grand Rapids Art Museum will again select a group of entries that will be hung in GRAM as a post-Festival show during the month of July. If your piece is selected you will be notified and GRAM will make arrangements for the return of the work, either to you or a purchaser.  

Drop-Off of entries and pick up art: 

Drop-off of all art will be at the former Water Office Building at 1101 Monroe North (just south of Leonard Street).

Drop-off dates and times at 1101 Monroe North:

Thursday, April 30, noon to 6:00 pm

Friday, May 1, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Pick-up of non-selected works at 1101 Monroe North:

Thursday, May 7, noon to 6:00 pm

Friday, May 8, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pick Up of selected works after the show. (All works that are in the show will be picked up at KCAD after the Closing Reception in The Fed Galleries @ KCAD or at the Division Avenue Loading Dock:

Saturday, June 27, 4:00 to 5:00 pm (after the Closing Reception)

Monday, June 29, Noon to 7:00 pm at the loading dock.

Drop-off and Pickup Requirements

  • IMPORTANT: Works which cannot be safely handled by volunteers at any time during drop-off or installation will not be accepted. Works may be rejected based on suitability and/or ease of display. The decision of the Festival 2020 Regional Arts Competition Committee on these issues is final. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • All entries must be hand delivered (NO MAIL or UPS, etc.)
  • Entries will be accepted only on the dates and times listed and only at 1101 Monroe North.
  • Identification labels issued by Festival of the Arts must be attached correctly at time of drop-off.

Follow instructions on the labels emailed after online registration. The identification label must be attached to the back, upper right hand corner of each two dimensional work, and on the bottom or back of three dimensional works.

  • A fee of $10 per day will be charged for ENTRIES NOT PICKED UP by the stated deadlines.
  • All entries not claimed within one week of that deadline will be considered abandoned and become property of Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and will be disposed of as seen fit.
  • IMPORTANT: The Festival 2020 Regional Arts Exhibition is conducted by Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids as a public service. Neither Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids nor Ferris State University/Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) accept any responsibility for loss or damage and do not provide insurance for works submitted. Artists are advised to arrange for insurance if they wish to carry it on their works.

 Selection and notification

  • Jurying is closed to the public.
  • Jurors do not have access to entry information including sale prices, number of works submitted, or other information apart from entrant’s signature included on work.
  • All entrants will be notified of selection status via email. Selected works will be posted on the festivalgr.org website shortly after email notification. Notification of selection by postcard is available on request.

 Sale of works during exhibition

  • We strongly suggest that all entries be for sale.
  • All sales transactions will be handled by Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids.
  • Any work purchased must remain on display from May 30, through June 27, 2020 at The Fed Galleries @ KCAD, 17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.● Entrants must indicate the sale price for each entry. A commission of 25% will be deducted from the sale amount. Sales tax will be added and not come out of the artist’s percentage.
Read more

Rules for Festival of the Arts Miniature Art Competition and Exhibition.

Print Rules

2-D or 3-D any media. Must be no larger than 4″ x 4″ for 2-D and 4″ x 4″ x 4″ for 3-D. 

IMPORTANT:

  • Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Be sure before you enter you can make arrangements to pick up your works, as a fee of $10 per day will be charged for ENTRIES NOT PICKED UP by stated deadlines.
  • Festival of the Arts and KCAD do not accept liability for loss or damage.
  • All entries must be physically delivered to the FORMER City of Grand Rapids Water Building at 1101 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, 49503, for judging.

Festival of the Arts Miniatures Competition and Exhibition 2020

You may enter this competition in addition to entering the Festival 2020 Regional Arts Competition.

2020 Miniatures Rules and Requirements 

Entries must be no larger than 4″ x 4″ x 4′ (including frame) and may be wall-hung or free-standing. 

Hosted by Festival 2020 at Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archive (GRAAMA) and MadCap Coffee

Eligibility

  • Residency: Residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties are eligible.
  • Age: There is no age limit.
  • All entries must have been completed in the past two years and must not have shown in any previous Festival of the Arts juried exhibition.

 Requirements for entered pieces

  • For 2020, each person is allowed up to three (3) entries.
  • Entry Fees: $25 for one piece, $40 for 2 pieces, $50 for three pieces.
  • Entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • Size: 4″ x 4″ x4″
  • Paint, glue, and other finishes MUST BE DRY.
  • Hanging and installation:
  • Paper or other thin works may be hung with pins or magnets provided by the artist. All other work will be hung using the Command Strip interlocking hangers which will be atached by Festival.  Make sure to provide a place for attachment. 
  • Broken glass shards, sharp points, sawtooth hangers, clip frames, or exposed glass edges ARE NOT PERMITTED.
  • No accompanying literature will be allowed.
  • Entries selected for the exhibition and any work purchased must remain on display from May 30, through June 26, 2020 at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives and MadCap Coffee on Monroe Center*
  • *The Grand Rapids Art Museum will again select a group of entries that will be hung in GRAM as a post-Festival show during the month of July. If your piece is selected you will be notified and GRAM will make arrangements for the return of the work, either to you or a purchaser.  

Drop-Off of entries and pick up art: 

Drop-off of all art will be at the former Water Office Building at 1101 Monroe North (just south of Leonard Street).

Drop-off dates and times at 1101 Monroe North:

Thursday, April 30, noon to 6:00 pm

Friday, May 1, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Pick-up of non-selected works at 1101 Monroe North:

Thursday, May 7, Noon to 6:00 pm

Friday, May 8, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pick Up of selected works after the show. All works that are in this show will be moved to KCAD for the Closing Reception on June 27. They must be picked up at KCAD after the Closing of the show at the follwing times and dates. 

Saturday, June 27, 4:00 to 5:00 pm (after the Closing)

Monday, June 29, Noon to 7:00 pm at the loading dock at KCAD, 17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

Drop-off and Pickup Requirements

  • IMPORTANT: Works which cannot be safely handled by volunteers at any time during drop-off or installation will not be accepted. Works may be rejected based on suitability and/or ease of display. The decision of the Festival 2020 Arts Competition Committee on these issues is final. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • All entries must be hand delivered (NO MAIL or UPS, etc.)
  • Entries will be accepted only on the dates and times listed and only at 1101 Monroe North.
  • Identification labels issued by Festival of the Arts must be attached correctly at time of drop-off.

Follow instructions on the labels emailed after online registration. The identification label must be attached to the back, upper right hand corner of each two dimensional work, and on the bottom or back of three dimensional works.

  • A fee of $10 per day will be charged for ENTRIES NOT PICKED UP by the stated deadlines.
  • All entries not claimed within one week of that deadline will be considered abandoned and become property of Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and will be disposed of as seen fit.
  • IMPORTANT: The Festival of the Arts Miniature Art Competition and Exhibition 2020 is conducted by Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids as a public service. Neither Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids nor GRAAMA, nor MadCap Coffee Company accept any responsibility for loss or damage and do not provide insurance for works submitted. Artists are advised to arrange for insurance if they wish to carry it on their works.

 Selection and notification

  • Jurying is closed to the public.
  • Jurors do not have access to entry information including sale prices, number of works submitted, or other information apart from entrant’s signature included on work.
  • All entrants will be notified of selection status via email. Selected works will be posted on the estivalgr.org website shortly after email notification. Notification of selection by postcard is available on request.

 Sale of works during exhibition

  • We encourage entry of works that are for sale.
  • All sales transactions will be handled by Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids.
  • Any work purchased must remain on display from May 30, through June 26, 2020 
  • Entrants must indicate the sale price for each entry. A commission of 25% will be deducted from the sale amount. Sales tax will be added and not come out of the artist’s percentage.
  • Entrants must indicate the sale price for each entry they wish to sell. A commission of 25% will be deducted from the sale amount. Sales tax will be added and not come out of the artist’s percentage.
Read more

Apply Now!





2020 Regional Arts Competition Jurors

Jurors for the Festival Regional Arts Competitions for 2020

Janet Teunis
2-D, including Painting, Drawing, and Prints

Janet Teunis is the Project Director at LowellArts, a visual and performing arts center in Lowell, Michigan. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art in 1998. She has since worked in the artistic community for the past 20 years. In 1999, she held a position at LaFontsee Galleries. In 2000, she joined the staff of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), where she held various roles in artistic leadership, program management, and operations. In 2013, she joined the staff at LowellArts where she manages the gallery program and marketing.

Janet is also a practicing visual artist and her paintings are included in many private and public collections including the Spectrum Heart Center and Mercantile Bank.

Lee S. Brown
3-D and Multimedia

Lee S. Brown graduated from Kendall School of Design, majoring in Illustration. He is a native of West Michigan and has worked in Product Styling, Industrial design, Graphic design and Illustration. He is currently the Preparator at Muskegon Museum of Art.

Lee has exhibited in Artprize, Grand Haven Artwalk, Muskegon Museum of Art regionals.
“Controlled Burn” with Timothy Norris Albion College-August 2016
“Elemental Transformations“ Holland Area Arts Council- June2015 “Object /Place: works by Lee S. Brown” and Art Martin November 2014
“West Michigan Symphony 75th Anniversary exhibit, Muskegon Museum of Art Sept.2014
“Recombinations” a 2 man show with Art Martin at The South Bend Museum of Art December 2012-February 2013
Destination 1111, 2013
“A Significant Thing” a 2 man show with Art Martin at the FSU Rankin Art Gallery April 30 2011
“Solid Pathways,” NCCA Arts place, Fremont, Sept- Nov 2011
The MMA invitational exhibit “UpCycle” Making more with Less 2011 “Continuum” A one man show at Design Quest of Grand Rapids September –November 2010,
Kalamazoo Institute of Art Regional exhibits
Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts Exhibits
West Michigan Regional Arts Competition, Lowell Area Arts Council

Galleries include: C2C Gallery- Grand Haven, River Street Gallery-Douglas, Westward Gallery- Denver CO, LR Arthouse-Dallas TX, White River Gallery-Montague, Gallery Uptown-Grand Haven in various media including drawing, painting, jewelry and sculpture.

Assisted in curating of Lamidi Fakeye “Four generations of Yoruba wood carvers” 2013 with Dr. Bruce Haight

Curated, prepared and loaned African artifacts from personal collection to the African American History Museum, Muskegon Heights

  • Awards include:
    • 3rd place MMA Regional 2013
    • Honorable Mention MMA Regional 2011
    • 4th place West Michigan Regional Arts Competition 2011 LAAC
    • Curator’s Award MMA Regional 2010
    • Honorable Mention MMA Regional 2009
    • Winterfest 09 1st place Gallery Uptown

Recent Commissions:

Hop tower along with Chip Vanderwier and 4 elements Sculptures for Burningfoot Beer Festival- Muskegon MI

Public Sculpture for City of Fremont, MI

Public Sculpture for City of Big Rapids, MI

Sculptural railing for C2C Gallery, Grand Haven, MI

Wall Relief Sculpture Raymond James and Associates, Muskegon MI

Broken Pinnacle- Sculpture for Steve Cull of Cullgroup Grand Rapids

-Violet Tendencies -Sculpture for Bill and Darlene Pendell of Austin TX

Sculptural Table- Steve & Shirley Cull

 

Durwin Talon
Illustration, Comic Book, Graphic Novels, Anime.

Durwin S. Talon is an illustrator, comic book creator, designer, digital artist and educator. He has produced work for DC Comics, Oni Press, Image Comics and White Wolf Publishing, and has written for TwoMorrows Publishing and Dark Horse Comics. His most known for “Beautiful Scars,” an original fantasy/history graphic novel published by Archaia/Boom! Comics and Simon & Schuster.

Talon helms the illustration program at Grand Valley State University. He and collaborator E. Guin Thompson travel the world giving presentations with topics ranging from the history of illustration and comics, women in illustration, inclusion in image making, and the art of comic book illustration.

Brian Kelly
Photography

Brian Kelly is a commercial photographer and director based in Grand Rapids. He started his career over 20 years ago with a background in fine art photography and operated a gallery called The Photography Room for 7 years in downtown Grand Rapids. Brian currently focuses on collaborating with ad agencies and corporations to create branding campaigns encompassing both photography and film to meet each client’s unique objectives. In 2019, Brian started the fast-growing multimedia podcast called “Full Exposure With Brian Kelly.” Each conversation begins with Brian taking a portrait of that person and then they sit down and talk about whatever they want. Find out more at www.fullexposurepodcast.com and www.briankellyphoto.net.
Taylor Greenfield – Miniatures Competition Juror
Grand Rapids native Taylor Greenfield creates both drawings and paintings, often using saturated colors and repeating patterns. Her images are pulled from her environment, with an emphasis on her own home and garden, and reflect her deep love of growing things and cultivation. Currently working in fundraising, Taylor has taught in both Kendall College of Art and Design and Calvin University’s art programs and has worked as a volunteer in the Grand Rapids arts community for many years, including the Avenue for the Arts and most recently as one of the co-chairs for Kids Paint In.

Ron Platt
Juror for Best in Show

Ron Platt is Chief Curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, where he plans and organizes the Museum’s program of changing exhibitions and leads the presentation and growth of GRAM’s permanent collection. Throughout his career as a curator, Ron has organized numerous thematic and solo artist exhibitions.

Taylor Greenfield
Miniatures Competition Juror

Grand Rapids native Taylor Greenfield creates both drawings and paintings, often using saturated colors and repeating patterns. Her images are pulled from her environment, with an emphasis on her own home and garden, and reflect her deep love of growing things and cultivation. Currently working in fundraising, Taylor has taught in both Kendall College of Art and Design and Calvin University’s art programs and has worked as a volunteer in the Grand Rapids arts community for many years, including the Avenue for the Arts and most recently as one of the co-chairs for Kids Paint In.

Close Menu