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Open calls for Art 


Great bodies

A Visual Love Letter to Michigan's abundant, beautiful & Life-giving bodies of water

Higher Art Gallery is thrilled to welcome you to submit Artwork for consideration to our summer small group exhibit:

"Great Bodies".

Images of Michigan conjure the shape of our state, (a mitten) surrounded by The Great Lakes, but also consider the hundreds of Inland Lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands which flow to the larger bodies. This is what makes Michigan so special, it is impossible to travel a few miles in any direction without coming across a water source. Fresh, Unsalted, lifegiving water which nourishes the ecosystem and provides so much joy to all of us .

WHO & WHAT:  Painters, Pastel, Drawings, Watercolor (all wet and dry mediums) are welcome to apply.  Mixed Media, Assemblage,Sculptural Wall pieces will be considered along with fiber.  Floor or pedestal sculpture will be considered.

 Photography will NOT be considered.

~ Space is limited, so we have some size restrictions. PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO GO BEYOND THIS.

All pieces submitted for consideration must not exceed 20" in ANY DIRECTION.  This includes diptychs. THIS SIZE INCLUDES THE FRAME. 

~Artists are welcome to submit UP TO 2 pieces for consideration. 

Important Dates:  Deadline to submit images: May 10th

Exhibit Dates: July 7th-August 3rd

Artwork must be received to the gallery NO LATER THAN:


Opening Reception : July 14th 6-8 pm 

Notifications: rolling basis. Artists will be notified that entry was received within a week of receiving. 

About the Art: We invite you to give your interpretation of this theme by making the subject of our "Great Bodies" the focal point of your pieces OR perhaps shown as the catalyst for your summertime/ Winter recreation. How do these bodies of water give you life? How do they play a role for you? Do you take part in helping keep them clean for future generations?  Maybe it is the sunset (rise) you watch each day out your kitchen window over one of our region's smaller lakes? Or maybe it is the magical blue ice creaking and moaning along the shore.  Have Summers on Torch Lake with your family been a generational retreat for you? 

Perhaps the rivers are something you would like to celebrate, or a creek. We are open to all of it, just as long as WATER is what is at the forefront. 

How to apply: Please send jpegs of good quality to our email :

~In the subject line please include :" Great Bodies"

~For the photos, please include up to 3 images per artwork:  ONE of overall, and one of closeup detail, and one which will include the frame (if framed) (reminder: 2 works considered)

~Just a note: we are not big fans of large gold frames. Keep it simple. Finished sides, float frames are a better choice for us.

~ In the body of the email please include :





Things to know: 

~Gallery / Artist earnings: 50/50 split

~All artwork included in exhibit must be for sale.

~ Artist is responsible for shipping/drop-off to and from the gallery should work remain unsold for a duration of time 

~Artwork sold during the exhibit will remain on display until the end of the show.

~ Artwork, which is unsold at the end of the exhibit, typically remains at the gallery through the Fall season and is spread throughout the main space. 

~ Please double check that you have included secure hanging devices to your work. Artwork received without hanging or display hardware will not be included in the show

~ If your work is included in show, please email a pdf with a short bio/description of the piece. (3 paragraphs or less)

Please email with any questions, as we are looking forward to this exhibit and seeing what everyone turns up!

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