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Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: March 1, 2015  

Artist’s Choice III, April 1 to 30, 2015, Olive Craig Gallery
Deadline is March 17!

The deadline for the Olive Craig Gallery’s annual juried exhibition, “Artist’s Choice III”, is fast approaching. Entry deadline is March 17!

The exhibition is open to all—any subject, any medium. Awards include $300 for First Place, $200 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place. Application fee is $25. Exhibition dates are March 31 to April 30, 2015. Details are on the application, available online on the Sault Area Arts Council website: saultarts.org.

The exhibition is open to all original work completed within the past two years, and not previously shown in the Olive Craig Gallery.  All work must be for sale. 

The gallery is looking forward to another fine show. Exhibition dates are April 1 through 30.    Call Alberta House at 906-635-1312 if you have questions—or e-mail saac@saultarts.org.

LSSU Announces Its First Ever EUP High School Art Competition

The Eastern U.P. High School Art Competition will open with a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 21, in the LSSU Arts Center Gallery and will be in place through March 29. Submissions may be made through area school art teachers, but not all schools have chosen to participate. Students may also enter on their own by filling out the application below.

Awards are substantial—$300 for First Place; $200 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place, plus two Honorable Mention Awards. Juror is Lloyd Eddy, LSSU Assistant Professor of Art and Humanities. First place winner also has the honor of having his or her winning entry framed and on permanent display in the LSSU Arts Center.

Guidelines for entry are on the application blank below, as is contact information for Professor Eddy.


From Lake State: High School Short Story Competition

January 15, 2015

CONTACT: Prof. Mary McMyne, 906-635-2327, mmcmyne@lssu.edu

LSSU Announces High School Short Story Prize

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – High school students who are interested in writing may win a $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship for their stories if they enter Lake Superior State University’s new Short Story Prize competition.

The competition, created by the LSSU Creative Writing Program and now accepting entries, asks high school students to compose their best post-apocalyptic short stories between now and the March 30 deadline. Any high school student residing in the Midwest may enter.

“The idea for the contest came about after a group of creative writing faculty, school volunteers, and high school English teachers met on campus in December to discuss current high school students’ reading and writing interests,” said LSSU English Prof. Mary McMyne. “Based on this discussion, post-apocalyptic fiction was selected as the theme for this year’s contest due to high student interest.”

Entries will be accepted online through March 30, and finalists will be selected based on literary merit by May 15, with a winner announced on June 1. The winner of the contest will receive publication and a $500 cash prize, which may be doubled -- if the student wishes to attend LSSU -- to a $1000 cash scholarship. The winning story will be published in vol. 5 of Border Crossing, LSSU’s international journal of literature and art, alongside fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by professional writers, and book reviews by LSSU undergraduate interns.

Contest rules, instructions for entering, and contest parameters are available on the contest website at lssubordercrossing.wordpress.com/lssu-short-story-prize/ 

Teachers, parents, and students interested in contest updates are encouraged to visit the contest website to read recommendations for classic and award-winning post-apocalyptic short stories that students may use as models. They may also sign-up for the contest mailing list in order to receive updates and a common-core aligned lesson plan for reading and writing post-apocalyptic short stories.

For more information, contact McMyne at 906-635-2327 or mmcmyne@lssu.edu. To learn more about the LSSU creative writing program, visit lssu.edu/english/creativewritingatlssu.php. The website for the LSSU journal Border Crossing is at lssu.edu/bc.

North of the 45th Deadline

The North of the 45th 8th Annual Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition in NMU’s DeVos Gallery will be held in June and July, but the jury deadline is March 9.  The all-media exhibition is open to residents in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, living north of the 45th Parallel. 

This year is the first year the museum will offer two cash prizes—the Juror’s Choice is an award of $500; the Audience Choice is a $250 Award.  Juror is Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.  More info and applications are available online at devos.slideroom.com.

Sault Theater Workshop Auditions for Missing

Lee Ann Pearson will direct Missing, a tense drama about identity by Florence Gibson MacDonald, scheduled to play the Studio Theater April 22 to 25. To be cast are Trevor MacMillan, farmer husband of the missing woman; Carol Seaforth, detective; Ian Seaforth, her husband; Janine, a waitress; Elaine, a short order cook; and Michelle MacMillan, the 15-year-old MacMillan daughter. Except for the daughter, cast members are 25 to 40 years old.

Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2 and 3, at Community of Christ Church, 535 McNabb Street in Sault, Ontario. For more information contact Lee Ann Pearson at 705-759-8160.

Artistic Opportunities at Fairs and Festivals

43rd Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival

Location: Sault City Hall grounds overlooking Sault waterfront

Date: Tues., Aug. 4, 2015, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Space Fee: $100

Jury: Yes, by digital image, CD or e-mail. Photos accepted though not recommended. Local residents may be juried at Alberta House, in hand

Jury deadline: June 1, 2015

Application: Available online at www.saultarts.org, or from the Sault Area Arts Council, Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Phone: 906-635-1312 or 906-437-5463

Address (sponsor): See above

Awards: $300 Best of Show, $150 Best of Craft, $150 Painting, $75 Judge’s Choice and nine $50 awards in specific categories.

Contact: Jean Jones, 906-437-5463 or saac@saultarts.org

Waterfront Arts Festival, Escanaba

Location: Ludington Park on Lake Michigan

Date: Sat., Aug. 1, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Space Fee: ranges from $75 to $125 depending on date application is received

Jury: Yes, by digital image

Jury deadline: No

Application: Available online at www.bonifasarts.org/media/usercontent/2015%20WF%20application1.pdf

Address (sponsor):

Bonifas Arts Center - Waterfront Application
700 First Ave South, Escanaba MI 49829

Awards: Non-specified monetary awards

Artists are asked to donate a piece of their artwork for the annual Waterfront Raffle

Les Cheneaux Festival of the Arts

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Hessel waterfront

Space Fee: $75, plus $5 jury fee

Jury: Yes, by digital images on CD

Jury deadline: March 15, 2015

Application: Available online at the festival website lcifoa.org

Address (sponsor): Les Cheneaux Historical Society, Festival of the Arts, P.O. Box 147, Cedarville, MI 49719

Awards: Not mentioned

Held in conjunction with the annual Antique Wooden Boat Festival

Art on the Rocks

Date: Sat. & Sun., July 25-16, 2015

Location: Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior in Downtown Marquette, MI

Space Fee: $210, plus jury fee of $30 per category

Jury: Yes, by digital image/slides or e-mail

Jury deadline: March 30, 2015

Application: Available online at marquetteartontherocks.com/application-form/

Address (sponsor): Art on the Rocks, 2015, PO Box 9, Marquette, MI 49855

Awards: totaling $5,000.

Contact: Jason Limberg, 414.617.1516. E-mail: jasonlimberg@gmail.com
Email digital art submissions to art@globeprinting.net
Location: 200 Lake Shore Blvd., Marquette, MI 49855

LSSU Arts Center Gallery and Sunrise Rotary
5x7 Art Competition

We weren’t sure whether to put this item under ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY or in NEWS & NOTES. It involves an exhibition and an opportunity to give, but work will be displayed without names and the opportunity is open to all. It does involve substantial awards ($300/200/100) for artists winning First, Second and Third Prize.

The exhibition will be in place in the LSSU Arts Center Gallery April 24 through May 29. The money raised will be shared by the Arts Center Gallery and the Sunrise Rotary Club and used to help finance gallery exhibitions and Rotary charitable projects.

LSSU has complete information, a downloadable entry form and even a long list of answers to questions artists might want to ask on the Arts Center’s Art Gallery website, and Gallery Director Sharon Dorrity is available to answer questions.

For further information, please contact Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Arts Center Gallery manager at 906-635-2665 or sdorrity@lssu.edu. The exhibition is multi-media but must fit on a 5 x 7” canvas. The entry form is on the next page.

Camera Craft Photo Contest:  “Winter”

Camera Craft, located at 716 Queen Street East in Sault, Ontario, invites artists to enter a photo contest with the theme “winter”.  There is no entry fee and no commission on sales, but the contest is limited to the first 25 entries and entry is limited to one entry per person.  Work must be a minimum of 8 x 10” and framed with wire hanging.   Deadline for submission is March 23, 2015.  Entry forms can be obtained at Camera Craft or via e-mail:  info@camera-craft.com.

Two prizes will be awarded—one for best black and white, and one for best color.  The exhibit will hang in the Camera Craft Gallery during the month of April.

Do It Yourself Pickford Seeks Presenters

DIY Pickford is a great way for area residents to share their talents with the Pickford Community Library and the greater EUP community. Workshop attendees and educators are not limited to the town of Pickford—the library is looking for anyone from across the EUP who has skills to share.

Upcoming events in 2015 include workshops on home beekeeping and seed starting; a field trip to a maple syrup farm, and an encore presentation on techno-gifting by the Pickford Robo Panthers.  For more information contact Ann Marie Smith at 906-647-1288 or amsmith@uproc.lib.mi.us.

Sault Area Arts Council Home Page
217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
e-mail: saac@saultarts.org Phone: (906) 635-1312