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2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition

February 3 - May 5, 2019

The Dennos Museum Center invited artists in Northwest Michigan to submit up to two works to be juried for exhibition in the 2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition. Held regularly at the Museum for 27 years, the exhibition features art made by local artists over the last year, juried by a regional arts professional. This year’s esteemed juror is James A. Bridenstine, former Director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The exhibition as installed features 95 artworks by 92 artists from 13 counties throughout Northwest Michigan.

Juror's Statement:

This exhibition showcases what I consider to be the best examples of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and ceramics from 362 pieces submitted by artists from Northern Michigan.  The works of art exhibited in these galleries celebrate the artistic talents which thrive in the northern portion of our “mitten” state.  In jurying this show I tried to give the viewer some idea of the richness, variety and diversity of art created in this area, including examples of the figurative to the abstract, from the bold to the playful.  I am hopeful that the viewer is both engaged and energized by the talent displayed in this exhibition.

Jim BridenstineJames A. Bridenstine retired as Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) in 2014 following a successful campaign to expand and endow the Institute. Prior to beginning his directorship at the KIA in 1990, Jim was Director of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House from 1986 – 1990, and Associate Curator and Director of Statewide Services for 10 years at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

He holds a BA in History from The College of the Holy Cross, an MA in Art History from George Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Business School of Museum Management program.  In addition to an active involvement with arts and museum professional organizations on the state and national level, he has written and lectured extensively on art and art history, while making significant acquisitions for the art collection of the KIA.





Please refer to the guidelines below for the timeline and award information.




Submission Deadline: January 4, 2019 at 5PM
Jurying: January 9-12, 2019 (Please Note: All artists who submitted will be emailed once jurying is complete)
Delivery of Works: by mail January 21-25, 2019; by hand January 23-25, 2019
Final Jury & Prize Selection: January 26, 2019 (Juror reserves the right to reject a work upon in-person inspection and review when compared to the digital image, or due to hanging/installation constraints.)
Reception & Awards Presentation: February 2, 2019
Pick up of Accepted Works: May 6-10, 2019 (Works not picked up by May 10 at 5pm without prior arrangement will be treated as unrestricted gifts to the museum.)


The region includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford Counties, and all of the Upper Peninsula.

*UPDATE: The region includes all of the counties above, along with Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Isabella, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Otsego, and Roscommon. We apologize for the original misprint.


Artists 18 years and older who reside and work in the region are invited to participate. Original work completed within the past year (2017-present) is required for eligibility; student work completed under the supervision of an instructor is not. Work previously exhibited at The Dennos will not be accepted.

Entry Procedure

Complete the entry form here by submitting digital images and paying the fee by January 4, 2019. If a hard copy is required, please call the museum at 231.995.1055. Hard copy must include digital images on a CD or USB drive.

Limit 2 artworks per artist.


The entry fee is $30 per artist; $25 per artist who is a Dennos member. The entry fee covers two works per artist.

Media & Presentation

Works in all artistic media will be accepted for consideration by the juror. Entries must be ready for presentation. Two-dimensional works must be framed in a professional manner and all other hanging pieces must be prepared with suitable devices for hanging appropriate to their media. Plastic clip-on frames are not eligible. Three-dimensional work must be able to free stand or hang with appropriate hardware. Unprepared work will not be accepted. Acceptance of large-scale submissions depends on availability of gallery space.


Works must be hand delivered according to the calendar dates outlined in this prospectus. If works are shipped, they must arrive between January 21 and 25, 2019 in reusable containers, and return shipping fees must be included. Shipped works received after the shipping deadline may be excluded from the exhibition.


A 40% commission will be retained by the Dennos Museum Center. All sales will be handled by the Museum Store.


The Dennos Museum Center will insure delivered works upon arrival and during the entirety of the exhibition. No work will be insured by the Museum after May 10, 2019. Submission of work to the juror shall constitute agreement with conditions stated in this prospectus. The juror reserves the right to a final selection of accepted works. The decision of the juror is final. Notification will be sent immediately after the jurying. Accepted work may not be removed before the close of the exhibit. The Dennos Museum Center reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all accepted works for publicity purposes.

Awards Schedule

First Place $1000
Second Place $750
Third Place $500
Honorable Mentions $250
Viewer’s Choice $250 (to be announced at the end of the exhibition)