The search for 2015’s MI Great Artist begins

Park West Gallery and Oakland County are seeking artists from around southeast Michigan to join the MI Great Artist online competition.

Open entry runs from September 17 to October 9. More than $16,000 in cash and prizes are available to the winners, including the opportunity to have their work exhibited at Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan.

“We are delighted to co-sponsor this contest and talent search,” says Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione. “It provides a unique opportunity to expose artists to an unprecedented audience.”

This year’s MI Great Artist competition has expanded its boundaries to include artists from Wayne County. This means the contest is open to artists in the counties of Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiwassee, St. Clair and Wayne.

Artists must be at least 18 years of age and reside, work or attend school in one of the counties listed above. To enter, artists must submit images and descriptions of three to five original works of art to MIGreatArtist.com. Last year, 92 artists entered the contest.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says this year’s competition has sweetened the pot by increasing the cash prizes to a total of $3,000.

“There is a surprisingly deep well of talent here in the region,” Patterson said in a written statement. “This is a celebration of art and the artists whose work adds so much of our quality of life. We encourage those talented individuals to join us as we begin the search for the next MI Great Artist winner.”

 

The MI Great Artist process

MI Great Artist

The public will determine the top 20 artists by visiting the MI Great Artist website and voting for their favorites from October 21-30. Following the votes, the panel of judges will have from November 2 to November 12 to decide on the top five finalists.

“I and other judges are looking forward to reviewing the work and discovering more extraordinary Michigan artistic talent,” Scaglione says.

Judges this year include: 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.

On November 13, the top finalists will be announced. The public is invited to view an exhibition of the five finalists at Park West Gallery from December 1 to January 8, 2016.

 

Winning MI Great Artist

MI Great Artist

Oakland County Executive L. Brook Patterson presents 2014 MI Great Artist winner Henry Heading with a check. Contest winners and runners up have the opportunity for a multitude of prizes including expert framing, exhibitions of their artwork and small business classes.

An award ceremony and reception will be held at Park West Gallery to announce the winner on December 8.

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • $1,500 cash prize
  • Framing of the five works of art that were included in the submission from Park West Gallery
  • Solo exhibition at Park West Gallery
  • Scholarships for three workshops at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center
  • A two-month 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:

  • $375 cash prize
  • Framing of the five works of art that were included in the submission from Park West Gallery
  • A scholarship for a workshop at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center
  • A two-month exhibition at Oakland County Galleria in Waterford

The 2014 MI Great Artist winner was Weatherly Stroh of Birmingham, whose representational style depicts beautiful animals and landscapes.

MI Great Artist

Weatherly Stroh

Other partners of MI Great Artist include AdvantageOakland.com and Oakland County Prosper magazine.

2 Responses to The search for 2015’s MI Great Artist begins

  1. Lynn Toorigian says:

    I represent an Artist in my state of Illinois (pop/contemporary) we are inquiring as to the criteria to qualify showing/auction on board the Cruise lines Park West Represents. I didn’t see another area to make a comment. If you could respond or forward this request, I would appreciate your help!…we traveled to Europe with Royal Caribbean Line and loved your displayed pieces.

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • 10 Inspirational Quotes From Artists About Giving Thanks and Loving Life

    Are you feeling uninspired lately? Or having a hard time feeling thankful for the little things in life? If you need a spiritual boost, turn to some inspirational quotes ...
    Read More
  • 10 Expert Tips For How to Protect Your Artwork From Damage

    So you’ve found the perfect work of art. Now, how do you protect it?Learning how to protect your artwork from damage is an essential part of building an art collection. ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Talks Inspiration, Record-Breaking Art In The News

    From our artists to our cruise ship auctions, people are talking about Park West Gallery around the world. Here are some recent news articles featuring Park West Gallery.  Park West ...
    Read More
  • 5 Reasons Why Collecting Art Is For You

    According to the 2017 Culture Track Report, the top response people provide when faced with a new cultural activity is, simply, “It’s not for someone like me.”It’s easy to ...
    Read More
  • Park West CEO Albert Scaglione Weighs In On $450.3 Million Leonardo da Vinci...

    A bidding war on November 15 led to the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (Savior of the World) for $450.3 million, setting the new record for any work ...
    Read More
  • Park West Auctioneer Honored for Rescuing Drowning Woman

    Park West’s auctioneers often don formal attire and gavels, but Auctioneer Jason Bartlett may need to add a superhero cape.On October 22, the Carnival Miracle was docked in Kona, Hawaii. ...
    Read More
  • Israel’s Yaacov Agam Museum of Art Celebrates Its Opening with Park West Gallery

    When a museum features a painting or a sculpture by an artist, it’s considered a tremendous honor. However, few artists in history know what it’s like to have an entire ...
    Read More
  • Stroll Through Monet’s Garden at the Detroit Institute of Arts

    Claude Monet, a founder of French Impressionism, is arguably one of the most influential artists in history, but he didn’t attribute his success to talent alone.“I perhaps owe having become ...
    Read More
  • Collect the Coolest Art During the Park West Gallery 2017 Winter Sale

    Is there a wintry chill in the air, or are you enjoying the coolest new Park West Gallery artwork?Collectors can view the Park West Gallery 2017 Winter Sale online. ...
    Read More
  • How Art Therapy Helps Veterans

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpH9IbSqw0In late August, David “Lebo” Le Batard led a creative workshop for veterans in Pompano Beach, Florida. He asked them to write three words about why they attended.One veteran ...
    Read More
  • Park West Gallery Artists Support Veterans

    As the son and nephew of Vietnam War veterans, artist Michael Godard understands the sacrifices made by those who have served in the military.“I try to support the military in ...
    Read More
  • Pino: 6 Facts About the Legendary Artist

    Friday kicks off Park West Gallery's 2016 Holiday Sale featuring Pino. Known around the world, Pino has inspired countless collectors and artists alike with his exceptional style ...
    Read More