Contemporary Art Made by Michigan Artists
Lansing Art Gallery staff and Board of Directors is committed to showcasing quality art, which represents the diversity of contemporary work currently created by Michigan artists. The gallery widely distributes a call prospectus for each program, accepting applications of original artwork from artists at least eighteen years of age residing in Michigan. Throughout the call for artists, adjudication and exhibition process, the Gallery abides by the Visual Artists Rights Act and Copyright Act of 1976.
The Jury Process
Arts professionals serve as jurors on a rotating basis, ensuring artistic quality and merit. Jurors evaluate submissions using guidelines to ensure a process that is ethical, fair and reasonable. Additionally, jurors are required to disclose conflicts of interest if applicable. Adjudication is based on the following: excellence in craftsmanship, quality in design, technical competence, individual creative style, consistency, and professional presentation. Examples of 2015 jurors include: Kate Cosgrove, Professional Artist; Mary Cusack, Dean of Fine Arts and Social Sciences, Mott Community College; Katrina Daniels, Program Director at MICA Gallery; Ben Duke, Associate Professor, Painting, Michigan State University; Michael Maurer Smith, Professional Artist.
The gallery’s bi-monthly changing exhibitions showcase a wide range of media, perspective, and diversity. Lansing Art Gallery’s annual statewide competitions offer significant awards and recognition. TIME | PLACE – the gallery’s fiftieth anniversary competition – was adjudicated by Rebecca Ruth Hart of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Public Art Exhibitions
Since 2010, the gallery has annually received the prestigious Sense of Place in the Arts Grant through the City of Lansing and partners to offer free public art exhibitions. These activities support Michigan artists and draw a significant, wide ranging audience annually. Projects range from sculpture exhibits to a mobile art scavenger hunt throughout downtown Lansing. In 2015 the gallery will provide Project Pop Up, involving artists, community members, and businesses to activate the region with free and accessible artful experiences such as group plein air painting, 3-D chalk art, a Window Art Gallery, and yarn-bombing activities and installations.