36th Annual Art Scholarship Alert Application Now Open

Art Scholarship Alert is a juried art exhibition and scholarship competition for students in grades 9-12 and students 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Programs, residing or attending school in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun and Jackson counties. This program gives recognition and financial assistance to outstanding art students, encourages artistic growth, and provides young artists an opportunity to participate in a professional gallery setting. For more than 30 years, Lansing Art Gallery has proudly hosted Art Scholarship Alert and awarded $117,700 to young artists to help further their creative endeavors; over 29,475 portfolios submitted, and 4,109 student art works exhibited in the professional setting of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center.

Art Scholarship Alert applicants submit an online digital portfolio of original works of art. A jury of art professionals determine acceptance and awards based on the quality, consistency, and depth of work in the portfolio. One portfolio at each grade level receives an Art Scholarship Alert Portfolio Award and will have multiple works displayed. All other accepted portfolios will have one piece exhibited. Scholarships and awards must be used to further the students’ involvement in the visual arts.


Sara Jane Venable Scholarship

In addition to the Art Scholarship Alert portfolio competition, students at the Senior level may apply for the $1,000 Sara Jane Venable Scholarship, which is awarded to a student in their pursuit of higher education in the visual arts and used for tuition assistance.

Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Award

The Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Award is designed to support emerging artists studying the visual arts, artists seeking to establish a professional presence, or artists seeking to enhance an emerging presence. Preference will be given to artists with a vision for or emphasis on enhancing awareness and equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnicity. Annually awarded funds provide access to up to $2,000, through a competitive award.



March 1, 2021 - Deadline to apply

March 15, 2021 - Notification

March 27, 2021 - Selected Artwork Drop-off by scheduled appointment

April 6, 2021 - Exhibition Open by scheduled appointment

April 27, 2021 - Exhibition Closes

May 1, 2021 - Artwork Pick-up

This program is supported through sponsorships.


Past Art Scholarship Alert Exhibitors

In 2020, we were not able to physically exhibit juried artwork due to the on going pandemic. Instead, we created a virtual exhibition.  Enjoy!