Call for Art: 2024 Members Biennial

Call for Art: 2024 Members Biennial exhibition

Paint Creek Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for the return of the biennial members exhibit, scheduled to open on Saturday, May 18th, 2024.

Occurring every other year, the Members Biennial exhibition showcases artwork from Michigan resident artists who have contributed to, and shown support for, Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ mission through the purchase of an annual membership.

Member artists are invited to submit work in a broad range of themes and subject matter, so long as it suits the all-ages nature of PCCA’s public gallery space.

Submissions for the 2024 Members Biennial exhibition are due March 3, 2024.

Artwork must be submitted through the online submission form (see below for link) to be considered. The submission form will automatically close at 11:59 PM on March 3rd. Late applications or applications submitted in any other manner will not be accepted. See below for more information about participating in this exhibition.

Schedule

Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2024

Acceptance Announced: March 15, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 4-7pm

Show Dates: March 19 – June 15, 2024 during PCCA business hours

Additional Activities to be announced.

Exhibit Entry Requirements

  1. Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ 2024 Members Biennial exhibition is open to Michigan resident artists who have a membership with Paint Creek Center for the Arts active through June 15th, 2024.
  2. PCCA members of any age are eligible to submit artwork.
  3. All entries must be original hand-crafted artwork, designed and executed by the accepted artist. Kit work or commercial reproductions of any kind are not allowed.
  4. Limit three (3) entries per artist.
  5. Accepted mediums: most 2d and 3d mediums including, but not limited to, ceramic, collage, digital, drawing, fiber and fabric, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, woodworking, sculpture, glass. PCCA lacks audio/visual equipment in the gallery space, so no video work will be considered for this exhibit.
  6. Submissions must be submitted through the online application form to be considered. PCCA will not accept walk-ins or deliveries of artwork for consideration.

A membership with Paint Creek Center for the Arts that does not expire before June 15th, 2024 is required to be considered for this exhibition. If you are not currently a PCCA member, or need to renew your membership to meet the June 15th requirement, you may:

  • Purchase or renew a membership online here
  • Purchase or renew a membership over the phone by calling PCCA during regular business hours
  • Purchase or renew a membership in person at PCCA during regular business hours

Membership with Paint Creek Center for the Arts is tax-deductible and is non-refundable. For more information about membership benefits and levels, click here.

How to Submit Your Artwork

Artwork must be submitted through the online submission form (see below for link) no later than 11:59PM on March 3, 2024, to be considered. Late applications or applications submitted in any other manner will not be considered.

Whenever possible, art files should be titled with your last name and the name of the work to avoid confusion when work is digitally archived. (example: instead of: “IMG4427.jpeg” manually name the file“YourLastName_YourArtworkTitle.jpeg”)

The following must be provided for each piece submitted for consideration. PCCA will not review artwork missing this information.

  • Your/Artist Name
  • Title of work
  • Medium
  • Artwork Dimensions in inches following Width x Height x Depth.
  • If your artwork is framed, please include the final framed size in inches following Width x Height x Depth.
  • Brief statement about the work

Selection Process

Submissions will be juried by PCCA’s current exhibition committee members. Committee members review all entries via slideshow and submit their individual scores for each piece. Artwork is randomly presented in the slideshow, with the following information displayed alongside the image: title, size, medium, artist statement about the work. Once all scores have been submitted, the highest scoring artwork will be accepted for display.

Artwork that does not meet the Exhibit Submission Requirements or that scores an average of two (2) or lower will not be accepted into the exhibition.

Artists whose work is accepted will receive an email with an artist packet (contract, inventory sheet) and a list of accepted artwork on March 15, 2024. Artist names will also be featured on the landing page for the exhibit on PCCA’s website. See below for more information about accepted artwork.

Due to the volume of applications PCCA typically receives for an exhibit, PCCA does not contact artists whose work was not accepted into the exhibit. If you are unsure about whether or not your work was accepted: 1) check your spam folder or use your email search function to find emails titled “2024 Members Biennial” or from “[email protected]”, or 2) visit the landing page for the exhibit and search for your name. If your name is listed on the landing page, but you have not received an email, please reach out to our Manager of Galleries & Digital Media directly.

Accepted Artwork

Artists will be notified of acceptance via email only on March 15th by end of day business day. If your work is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter (email body) along with an artist packet that includes a contract for display and exhibit inventory sheet. These documents must be completed and returned to PCCA no later than the time of artwork delivery.

If your artwork is listed for sale, you must complete a Michigan w9, if one has not previously been completed, for PCCA to issue payment. PCCA will follow up directly if your artwork sells.

All accepted works must arrive to PCCA between April 15th and 27th. Work that does not arrive by the April 27th deadline will not be included in the exhibition.

Artists must bring only the accepted artwork to the gallery for the exhibition. PCCA will not accept or display any work that was not part of the jury process for selection or was not accepted into the exhibit.

Accepted artwork must be ready for display at the time of art drop off. PCCA follows a strict NO WET WORK policy for exhibitions. Wet paintings or clay, frames without hanging wire, broken hanging wire, broken frames, etc., will not be accepted by PCCA staff. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about displaying your accepted artwork.

Unsold artwork will be available for pick up by the artist or an artist’s representative beginning June 16th through 23rd. Any work that is not claimed 30 days after the final day of the exhibition may be considered abandoned and become the property of PCCA.

Supporting Sponsors

Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations for supporting this exhibition

7 South Consulting
Genisys Credit Union

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