Festival of the Arts ’07 Applications for entry

Thanks to Dockside for pointing this out:

Regional Arts Competition – Application

Intake of all art for this year’s Regional Arts Competition will take place on April 26, 27, and 28.

Very soon, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will be moving to its new home. As the date of the closing coincides with the festival 2007 Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition, festival has been given an opportunity that is unparalleled in its 38 year history. Not only will the festival 2007 Regional Arts Competition and Exhibition be the last show in the “old” GRAM, but it will fill the entire first floor. Organizers are planning for the largest show we have ever held by changing the rules. For this year only, artists from the eight county area will be allowed FOUR ENTRIES each. To handle the increase in the number of submissions, this year’s show will be selected by four jurors, each adjudicating separate media.

Information on each juror is included in the application (click the link above). However, if you would like additional biographical information, you may click the link below entitled Regional Arts Competition – Juror Biographies and Photographs.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s exciting competition, which is being sponsored for the second year in a row by the Daniel and Pamela DeVos Foundation. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you in the show!


ELIGIBILITY: Residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa Counties are
eligible. There is no age limit. The entry must have been completed in the past two years and must not have shown in any previous festival juried exhibition or Grand Rapids Art Museum exhibition.

A nonrefundable entry fee of $15 for one piece, $25 for two pieces, $35 for three pieces, or $40 for four pieces along with an entry form must be submitted for entry. 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.

For 2007, each person is allowed FOUR ENTRIES. All entries must be hand delivered (NO MAIL or UPS, etc.) and will be accepted only on the dates and times listed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Two-dimensional works cannot be larger than 6 feet high by 8 feet wide (6’ X 8’). All two-dimensional works must be wired for hanging. All work on paper or those that are matted or mounted must be framed and wired for hanging. Sawtooth hangers, clip frames or exposed glass edges ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Three-dimensional works cannot be larger than six feet six inches high by eight feet wide by four feet deep (6’6”x8’x4’) and must be stable. No work may have free-moving parts. No works can be hung from the ceiling.

No accompanying literature will be allowed.

The Photography Judge:

Dennis Grantz — photography. Dennis is an adjunct professor of Photography at Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, and also teaches photography to at-risk high school students at the West Michigan Center for Art and Technology in Grand Rapids. Over a 30-year career in arts education, he has taught at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level, and has experience working with severely emotionally impaired and disadvantaged youth. He was an editor and chief photographer of Something Special, a book published in 1992. As a working artist, Dennis has received more than 30 awards for his hand-colored photographs in juried competitions. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibits, and his work is found in a large number of private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. The Underground Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan currently represents his work.


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