Michigan Fine Arts Competition

June 23-August 25, 2017

PROSPECTUS

Event Dates: June 23-August 25, 2017
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2017 

Entry Fee: $40.00

Awards: $5,000 in cash prizes

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) has hosted the Michigan Fine Arts Competition annually since 1982 when the Detroit Institute of Arts turned the statewide competition over to the BBAC. Every year, more than 500 artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin enter the competition. The MFAC is juried by artist(s) or curator(s) of distinction, who select current work of the highest quality. Cash awards support working artists, while recognizing the contributions they make to the cultural fabric of our region.

Timeline

  • Online Application Process Opens — Mon., March 20     
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE — Wed., May 31
  • Juror Results — Mon., June 5 (by the end of the day)— Posted on BBAC website, BBArtCenter.org; accepted & declined artists will be sent an email
  • Intake of Accepted Artwork — Mon.-Fri., June 12-16, 10am–4pm + Sat., June 17, Noon-4pm
  • Award Notification (by email) — Thurs., Jun. 22 (by the end of the day)
  • Exhibition Opens — Fri., Jun. 23; Reception & Awards Presentation 6-8pm
  • Exhibition Closes — Fri., Aug. 25, 5pm
  • Exhibition Outtake  — Sat., Aug. 26, 10am–4pm & Mon-Tues, Aug. 28-29, 10am-4pm

Eligibility

Participation is open to all artists 18 and older, living and working in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Original works in all media (except video or canvas/gallery-wrapped copies) created and/or finished after January 1, 2016 will be accepted for jury providing those works have not been previously exhibited at the BBAC.

Entry Fee: $40  (non-refundable) payable online by Visa or MasterCard only. 

Entry Process: All applications will be processed online through CaFÉ™ at  CallForEntry.org.

CaFÉ™ is free to participating artists and includes detailed tutorials. After reviewing our prospectus AND the CaFÉ™ tutorial, if you have questions contact us via phone or email, and we will assist you. (248.644.0866; Info@BBArtCenter.org – please put MFAC in the subject line) 

Application Procedures

  • An artist may submit up to two (2) entries.  The $40 fee covers one or both entries.
  • Two images may be submitted for each entry.
  • IMAGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRY/ENTRIES
    • If you utilize more than one image for one piece of art, please label the second image as “title of piece-DETAIL” or whatever is appropriate so the juror is clear on what he is viewing.
    • Please refrain from using/showing your name in the image(s).
    • Image(s) must show all components that will be displayed, even if one or more are simply for display purposes.
  • Please DO provide specific details; e.g., oil on panel; mixed media – clay, wood & found objects (not just “mixed”); acrylic on canvas with sewing threads, etc. The juror wants to know as much as possible about your artwork.
  • Entries will be juried online only.

About the Juror – Noel W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor at NYU’s Art and Art Professions Department in Print Media. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University in Printmaking, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in Sculpture. Anderson was recently included in the Studio Museum of Harlem’s exhibition Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet, and Contemporary Art, which included an internationally published book. His exhibition Blak Origin Moment at the Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati OH), marks Anderson’s first solo museum show, and is receiving strong reviews. He held an appointment as a Visiting Lecturer at Vanderbilt University, and was also a recent Visiting Artist and Lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France.

For more about his work –

Tilton Gallery: http://www.jacktiltongallery.com/exhibitions/past/anderson-mascuminity/

Miller Gallery: http://millergallery.com/current-exhibition/

About the BBAC – The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences.  Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens.  Throughout the year, nearly 9,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, ArtAccess programs, special events,  and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair).   The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work.  The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, five exhibition galleries, and a retail Gallery Shop.  

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

(Image @ top of page: Charm by Doug Cannell; steel, plywood, paint; 24″ x 25″ x 49″; from 2016 MFAC exhibit)

REGARDING ARTWORK JURIED IN TO THE EXHIBITION

LOGISTICS

  • All artwork displayed at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) shall be the original work of the artist.
  • Each accepted work must be identified with the following information: Artist Name, Address, Phone #, Email Address; Title; Media; and Price/NFS. (If the work is NFS – not for sale – an insurance value must be stipulated or the work will not be accepted for the exhibit.)
  • The BBAC will accept responsibility for the works of art during the exhibition, but will not be responsible for any works delivered in damaged condition. Artists wishing to otherwise insure their work should contact their insurance agents directly.
  • The BBAC is not responsible for work damaged if it is not picked up by August 29. Artists whose work is not picked up by that time will incur late charges.
  • Condition reports will be made for each work upon arrival. Artists must note the number of parts or pieces per entry if more than one part or piece.
  • Work MAY NOT, for any reason, be removed from the exhibit prior to the end of the exhibit.
  • Maximum height of any artwork is 9′ (ceilings: 10′). Weight restrictions will be dealt with on a case basis.

AGREEMENT

  • Submission of a work for jurying shall constitute an agreement to comply with all the conditions set forth in this prospectus. The BBAC and juror reserve the right to a final selection of accepted works. Decisions made by the BBAC and juror are final.
  • The juror and/or BBAC may exercise the right to reject any work not accurately represented by image; work that fails to meet eligibility requirements; work that exceeds gallery size limitations; or work that is not shipped properly or does not arrive on time.
  • All accepted work will remain as placed by the installation team and may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit.
  • If a piece is of a delicate nature or easily damaged, please work with the exhibitions coordinator during intake for placement and installation.

SALES

  • Artists are strongly encouraged to submit art that will be for sale.
  • Work available for sale will be sold at the price indicated on the entry form only. No price changes permitted after acceptance into the exhibit.
  • A 45% commission is retained by the BBAC on all sales made during the exhibition, to support the competition and the BBAC’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs.

Rights & Reproductions

The BBAC reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use either these photographs or the artist’s entry images in both print and electronic materials for publicity, promotion, education, and grant proposals.

BBAC Gallery Summer Hours

Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm

 


2016: 5 states  /  61 cities  /  99 artists  /  104 works of art

CLICK HERE to see the work by the 2016 artists!

2016 Awards:

Shapefifter – Elzabeth Brandt – $2,000 – cotton fabric, polyester thread, batting – 85″ x 89″

Desecration of Self – Renata Palubinskas – $1,000 – oil on canvas – 50″ x 128″

Eastern State Penientiary I – David Bartlett – $500 – photograph – 30″ x 20″

A Silent Surrender – Ashley Bryant – $500 – oil – 14″ x 16″

Nature’s Box – Sam Rimi – $500 – cut paper shadow boxes – 5″ x 7″ each

Oisin – Alan Larkin – $500 – etching – 5″ x 3″

Bamboozled – Gary Eleinko – $300 – oil on wood – 96″ x 122″

Juliette – Sandy Rice – $250 – acrylic paint & varnish on wood (16 separate pieces) – 28.5″ x 24.25″

Of What Sappho Sings  – Martine MacDonald – $250 – mixed media – 11″ x 6″ x 9″


Questions? 248.644.0866 or Info@BBArtCenter.org

MFAC HISTORY

BBAC Robinson Gallery 1 for FB cover photo

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has hosted the Michigan Fine Arts Competition annually since 1982 when the Detroit Institute of Arts turned the statewide competition over to the BBAC. Every year, more than 500 artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin enter the competition. Many winners have gone on to national prominence as a result of this competition. Each year, the MFAC is juried by artist(s) or curator(s) of distinction, who select current work of the highest quality. Cash awards support working artists, while recognizing the contributions they make to the cultural fabric of our region.

MFAC Jurors

1982 Grace Hartigan
1983 Philip Pearlstein
1984 Miriam Schapiro
1985 Richard Anuskiewicz
1986 Romare Bearden
1987 Judy Pfaff
1988 Alice Aycock
1989 Patterson Sims
1990 Gracie Mansion
1991 Alvin Loving
1992 Gladys Nilsson
1993 Laura Trippi
1994 Ellen Phelan
1995 James DelGrosso
1996 Jane Hammond
1997 John Walker
1998 Larry Rivers
1999 Nancy Mitchnick
2000 Howardena Pindell
2001 Brenda Goodman
2002 Nick Cave
2003 Richard Nonas
2004 Al Hinton & Sei Saito
2005 Susan Wilczak
2006 Jerry Berger
2007 Gerry Craig, Rebecca Hart, Janet Teunis & Susan VanArendonk
2008 Brian Rutenberg
2009 Tony DeBlasi
2010 Sondra Freckleton
2011 John Palmer
2012 Mi-Kyoung Lee
2013 Brad Durham
2014 DJ Hellerman
2015 Joseph Winterhalter
2016 Terence Hammonds

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