Voting Begins for the Next MI Great Artist

Help decide who will be named the 2017 MI Great Artist by casting your votes at

Public voting for the MI Great Artist contest runs from August 17–28. Individuals may vote once a day. Once all the votes are tallied, the 20 artists with the most votes will advance as semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be announced on August 30.

Artists from eight southeast Michigan counties have submitted their work for the chance to win cash prizes totaling $16,000. The winner receives a solo exhibition at Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan, framing services provided by Park West Gallery, and scholarships to Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center.

“Park West Gallery is once again proud to co-sponsor the MI Great Artist competition,” Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione said. “Our gallery has a long history of exposing people to art, not just by international artists, but those in the local area. We are pleased to continue this tradition and look forward to supporting and shining a spotlight on some of Michigan’s most talented artists.”

A five-member panel of expert judges will narrow the 20 semi-finalists to five finalists. Both public voting and the panel’s scores will determine the winner.

The winner will be announced at an evening reception on October 25 at Park West Gallery.

Park West Gallery and Oakland County co-sponsor MI Great Artist. The contest was founded in 2012 as a quality-of-life event that promotes up-and-coming artists living and working in southeast

For a full list of prizes and more information about the contest, visit the MI Great Artist website.

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