Enter the MI Great Artist Competition Today

Michigan artists entering the MI Great Artist online contest will not only compete for $16,000 in prizes, but have their artwork viewed by thousands.

Artists ages 18 and older who are living, working, or attending school in Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiwassee, St. Clair, and Wayne counties are eligible to enter the contest from July 17 to August 10.

To enter, artists fill out an entry form on MIGreatArtist.com and submit five digital samples of artworks meeting the requirements. In 2015, 109 artists entered their artwork into the contest.

“This is a celebration of art and the artists whose work adds so much to our quality of life,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “There is a surprisingly deep well of talent here and the entries from past years have been a testament to the incredible talent of these artists.”

Entries will be displayed on the MI Great Artist website, where individuals can vote for their favorites once a day from August 17 to August 28. The 20 most popular artists will be revealed on August 30. Competition was fierce during last year’s contest with more than 22,000 votes cast during the two-week voting period.

A panel of expert judges will choose the top five finalists from the 20 artists selected by the public. These finalists will be announced on September 19 on the MI Great Artist website.

This year’s judges include Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery; Elliot Broom, Detroit Institute of Arts Vice President of Museum Operations; Dominic Pangborn, artist and Founder of Pangborn Design Collection; Kristie Everett Zamora, Founding Editor of Prosper magazine in Oakland County; and Don Tocco, artist and Founder of Tocco and Associates, Inc.

Park West Gallery Founder and CEO, Albert Scaglione, talked with Detroit’s News Talk WJR 760 AM to kickoff the start of the 2017 MI Great Artist competition. You can listen to Scaglione’s interview with Paul W. Smith of News Talk below:

 

“We have some wonderful talent here in Southeast Michigan,” Scaglione told WJR 760 AM. “This is the fifth year of MI Great Artist, and we aim to celebrate the vast amount of local artist talent we see and to give them recognition.”

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson helps present the cash prize of $1,500 to Kenneth Hershenson at the 2015 MI Great Artist awards ceremony

An awards ceremony and reception to announce the winner will be held October 25 at Park West Gallery in Southfield.

The winner will receive:

  • A $1,500 cash prize
  • Framing of the five works of art included in the submission, courtesy of Park West Gallery
  • Group exhibition at Park West Gallery in October 2017
  • A solo exhibition at Park West Gallery corresponding with the 2018 MI Great Artist competition
  • Scholarships for three workshops and a one-hour consultation at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center
  • A solo exhibition at Oakland County Galleria in Waterford
  • Their artwork featured on a poster promoting an Oakland County quality of life event, printed by Park West Gallery

Each of the four finalists will receive:

  • A $375 cash prize
  • Framing of the five works of art that were included in the submission, courtesy of Park West Gallery
  • Group exhibition at Park West Gallery in October 2017
  • A scholarship for a workshop and a one-hour consultation at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center
  • An exhibition at Oakland County Galleria in Waterford

The 2015 winner was Kenneth Hershenson, a Clawson resident whose photorealistic paintings captured the attention of both the public and judges alike.

Visit the MI Great Artist website for more information.

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