Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition Call to Artists

The 2020 Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition is generously supported by Michigan State Universities College of Communications, Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and Residential College of Arts and Humanities. Additional support from Jack & Sue Davis.

2020 Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition Jurors

Leah M. Gose is a visual artist specializing in photography and book arts.  She is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Photography at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids MI. Leah holds a B.A. in photography from the University of Colorado – Boulder and an M.F.A. in photography from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Her current work explores memory loss through re-contextualized personal memories and appropriated family photographs. Her work has been exhibited in various venues both nationally and internationally

Laurén Brady is a visual artist, writer, and educator. She received an MFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University in May 2019. Her work has been included in several solo, small group, and national juried exhibitions and was featured in Studio Visit Magazine Volume 44 and the international art blog, For Example: Art. She was awarded artist residencies at La Macina di San Cresci in Greve in the Chianti, Italy, and with The Sable Project in Vermont. Along with her painting practice, Laurén currently is working as Development Manager at a non-profit art center and is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Michigan State University. 

Quinn Jiles, returning juror from the 2019 Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition. Bio will be coming soon.

Call for Student Artwork
Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is seeking collegiate artists to participate in a statewide competition with over $2,000 of awards. Located one block from the State Capitol at 119 North Washington Square, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is a non-profit arts organization in its fifty-third year. Engaging the next generation of creative entrepreneurs, the Michigan College Art Exhibition will encourage artistic excellence, provide networking opportunities, and enhance professional capacity through a competitive exhibition to be held in March 2020. Artworks of all medias are eligible; including but not limited to: paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, graphic design, installations, short film, and video games. For film or specialty entries, student must provide AV equipment if accepted. Artwork should not exceed 8’ in any direction. Applicants may submit up to three works of art.
Awards Include
• $1000 Best of Show
• $500 First Place
• $250 Second Place
• $150 Third Place
• $100 Honorable Mention
• Plus additional named awards
• Artists must be enrolled in a university or college that is located in Michigan (both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible)
• Artists must be enrolled in at least one art or design related course
• Artists must be 18 years of age or older
• Artists may submit individual work in all media, including artwork designed for installation
• Artwork must be original in concept and design
• Artwork must be properly prepared for presentation
• Artwork must have been created within the past three years
• Artwork may not exceed 8' in any direction
Entry Fees
The application is free to apply for members. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $10 due at the time of application for non-members. This nominal entry fee shows that the applicant is committed to the exhibition and helps fund operational costs for the exhibit including juror stipends, promotional and administrative costs. Scholarships are available if needed; please contact Katrina M. Daniels at katrina@lansingartgallery.org for more information. Students who are members of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center may enter for free. Student memberships are available here for $25 annually.
Submission Deadline (online only): January 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Jury Notification to Students: by February 4, 2020
Artwork Delivery: February 19 - 22, 2020
Exhibition: March 3 - 28, 2020
Reception and Awards Presentation: Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6 - 8 PM
Art Removal: March 31 - April 2, 2020
Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center will widely promote exhibiting artists through press release distribution locally and statewide, radio interviews, emails, print materials, social media, public speaking engagements, and word-of-mouth. An online exhibition catalog will feature all selected artwork.
Artist is responsible for delivery and removal OR paying for the shipping, insurance and return postage for artwork to be returned. All art not removed by April 7 will become the property of the gallery. Entries will be handled with all possible care, but Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center does not provide insurance for artwork and is not responsible for loss or damage from any cause whatsoever. Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center reserves the right to remove artwork for any reason. Permission to photograph accepted work for publicity purposes shall be granted unless specifically denied in writing. Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center will charge 50% commission on sales for non-members and 45% for members. Participating artists will be required to sign a contract and complete a W-9 form for tax purposes.
Entry Guidelines
Entries must be made online, via Submittable. Applicants must create a user account to submit the entry form. Submissions should represent the exact works of art the artist intends on exhibiting in the Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition. Entries should include:
– Up to 3 works of art. Two-dimensional artworks should be represented in 1 photo each, while three-dimensional artworks are allotted up to three photos.
IMPORTANT: Images should be named as the title of artwork (ex. titleofartwork.jpg)
– Media, retail price (if applicable), and artwork size for each image
– Artist statement to be used for promotional purposes, including the website (Note, changes to the artist statement will not be accepted after the work is accepted).
- Accepted artwork must comply with the gallery’s framing and presentation guidelines. Artwork that is shipped or delivered that doesn't comply with the framing and presentation guidelines will not be accepted.
Elizabeth Charles Emerging Grant

Elizabeth Charles believed in the arts as a vehicle for self-expression and as a means to develop a deeper understanding of our humanity. As a student, she actively championed human equity and diversity. Established by Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and Elizabeth's father, Norm Charles. Funding is provided by Norm Charles, Phyllis Mellon, as well as additional funders who seek to continue her championship by supporting emerging Michigan artists and amplifying their voices through a monetary award and promotions.

- Requests of up to $1000 will be considered. Partial funding of a request is possible.