LowellArts announces the 2017 West Michigan Art Competition – Call for Entries

The 31st Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by lower west Michigan artists. This year’s distinguished juror is Nichole Maury, Associate Professor in the Printmedia Area and Curator of the University Print Collection of the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. Of the artwork accepted to the competition, $2000 in cash awards will be presented to five artists.

Artwork must be hand-delivered or shipped to the LowellArts (new location), 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. Artwork drop off is Wednesday through Friday, February 22-24, 10am-6pm and Saturday, February 25th, 10am-5pm. See website for official entry form and full list of rules.

Two pieces of artwork per artist may be entered in the competition this year, only original artwork completed within the past 2 years is eligible. The competition is open to all visual art media by artists 18 years and older. Artists must reside in 1 of the 25 lower west Michigan counties. Due to the larger gallery space at the LowellArts new location, the list of eligible counties has increased from 15 last year to include 25 counties this year. Eligible west Michigan counties include (expanded list): Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch (new), Cass, Calhoun (new), Clare (new), Clinton (new), Eaton (new), Gratiot (new), Ionia, Isabella (new), Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake (new), Mason (new), Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola (new), Ottawa, Saint Joseph, Van Buren.

The larger gallery space has also made it possible for exhibit organizers to allow larger artwork to be entered into this year’s competition. 2-D and 3-D entries may be no larger than 62 inches in any one direction. There is a non-refundable entry fee, for one or two pieces, of $30 (or $20 for LowellArts Members and students with a current ID). Entry fees help fund prizes and programs and services of LowellArts. Please see the official entry form for a full list of rules and eligibility requirements.

The selected entries will be on display at the LowellArts Gallery (223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331) from March 4 to April 15. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10-5pm. A meet-the-artists reception and presentation of awards is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 from 5:30-8:30pm.

To acquire images, please contact: Janet Teunis, Project Director, at 616-897-8545 or