This year Art Rapids! will be replacing their annual art fair with a new and exciting event. Experience Art Rapids! is a 15-day art competition and exhibition starting Saturday, June 10, 2017 running through Saturday, June 24, 2017. Actively supporting the arts in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Art Rapids! is a non-profit organization founded in 2006.
Artists, age 18 and over, are eligible to enter the exhibition. The type of artwork accepted this year will include all mediums in 2-D and 3-D. Outdoor spaces will be available for sculptural works. All accepted artwork must be original and include a title and a brief artist statement. Artwork will be displayed in shops and businesses throughout the village of Elk Rapids which is located on the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay. Cash awards totaling $6,000 will be given, including $2,500 for People’s Choice determined by ballot with a running tally being promoted throughout the event. A jury of three will select a short list of the top five pieces with an award of $2,500 for Juror’s Best of Show and a $250 award for each of the remaining four. The public will be guided though the event with a map and signs identifying participating venues. The maps will be available at our information center as well as each venue. A ballot form will be included with the map so the public can vote for their favorite work of art. Ballot box locations will also be displayed on the map. All participating artists will be invited to attend an awards party to be held on Saturday, June 24 but participation is not mandatory. A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required which covers up to five submissions per artist. Please fill out a separate application for each submission. The deadline for entry submissions will be May 1, 2017. Jury, Venue and Artist Coordinators will review and determine applications for inclusion in the event and you will be notified of your acceptance by May 10. At that time you will be sent information about installation date and time.
Please apply online and email a JPEG image of the artwork you are submitting to Sylvia Walworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or print the Artist Application below and return to Art Rapids!, PO Box 301, Elk Rapids, MI 49629