September 5, 2018

Call for Submissions: Ann Arbor Art Center All-Media Exhibition

Hello! Yours Truly will be guest jurying for the AAAC next month, and I’m excited to see your submissions. There is an entry fee – fair warning – but I can say, for my part, that I will look at every single entry. All the media. All of it!

Here’s more details. Please remember to submit through the proper channels and not send me anything directly – I do not have better information than the information you can find here, or by following up with the good folks at the A2AC with any questions you may have. Submit early! Submit often! Or really just the once, and before the deadline – the rest is up to you, not tryna tell you how to live your life.

Event Dates: 1/1/17 – 1/1/17
Entry Deadline: 10/10/18
Days remaining to deadline: 35


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Audio – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (96th Annual All-Media Exhibition): $35.00

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Established in 1922, the Annual All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center has a long and rich history. Submissions are accepted in any medium.

In an effort to showcase regional talent, this juried competition is open to all artists who live in the Great Lakes region. Artists living in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are invited to submit.

Juror: Sarah Rose Sharp

Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture, online and in print, for Hyperallergic, Art in America, Art in Print, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, ArtSlant and others. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Art Criticism and participated in the 2015 Art Writing Workshop. She is a regular guest lecturer/visiting critic at University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and Oakland University, and was a guest speaker, visiting critic, and juror for the undergraduate show at Penn State University in 2018. She served as a mentor in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program in 2018. Sarah has shown her own work in New York, Seattle, Columbus and Toledo, OH, and Detroit—including at the Detroit Institute of Arts—with solo shows at Simone De Sousa Gallery and Public Pool. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research in the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, with special focus and regard for Detroit.


Best of Show – $500
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100
Two Honorable Mentions


Entries Submission Deadline: October 10 (12:00am CMT)
Artists Notified of Juror Selections: October 16 via email
Artwork Drop-off Deadline: by close of business Monday, October 29
Exhibition On-view: November 2 – December 1, 2018
Reception (and announcement of winners): Friday, November 16, 6-9pm
Exhibition Closes:  Saturday, December 1 at 6pm
Pick-up of Work: Sunday, December 2 – Thursday, December 6, 2018


Artists are invited to submit up to three images as jpeg files per entry. Artworks should have been created within the past two years and not previously shown in any Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions.

The jurying process is anonymous however artists must submit a CV and bio as separate documents. Acceptable formats for documents are .doc and .pdf and must be labeled using the following format: Lastname_firstname_CV and Lastname_firstname_Bio

Please Note: This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance. Submission fees are non-refundable. Accepted artworks must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artworks, artists are responsible for shipping costs and insurance, if applicable, and encouraged to use plexi glass over traditional glass to ensure safety of artwork in transit.

Please read the legal agreement for full details on participation.

About the Ann Arbor Art Center:

The Ann Arbor Art Center is a nonprofit organization that has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities for over 100 years. Through innovative programming, thought-provoking exhibitions, a gallery shop offering handmade artist work, and a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in a variety of ways who are inspired to explore the power of the visual arts. Our mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”

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