Call for Artists

Expressions -  ''en plein air'' 2021g 1

Click HERE to download the entry form

The ACWL-Nuveen invites artists of ALL ages to submit artwork for a community exhibition celebrating the beauty of our natural environment and the art of creating in the open air. For this exhibit we want to showcase any art created outdoors -  painting, sculpture, beach debris collages, poetry, video, even original music! This exhibit coincides with the “plein air” art classes offered during the month of July.


Open to artists of ALL ages - FREE. Only original works of art created “en plein air”. Artwork for this exhibit must have been originated and worked on outdoors, but it is acceptable for the artwork to have been fine-tuned and finished indoors. Mediums accepted: painting and drawing mediums, all sculpture mediums, poetry, video, sound.


Entry Procedure: 

Each artist may enter two pieces. Please include a brief (3-5 sentence) description of your experience working “en plein air”. What inspires you? Also, we encourage you to submit a selfie of you working to Erin at Entries must be delivered to the ACWL-Nuveen, 106 E. Colby St. Whitehall, MI 49461 by Saturday, July 31. All forms must be completed in their entirety to ensure correct identification, pricing, and notification.


Framing and Labeling:

All artwork must be ready for display. It is appreciated if 2D artwork is framed but if you want to display a “plein air” sketch we will pin it unframed. Please make sure sculptural pieces are steady and secure for the duration of the exhibition. If you are interested in exhibiting sound or video pieces, please provide your work on a jump drive, and speak with Director Erin Peyer. Affix entry labels firmly to the back of the entries, in the upper right corner. Unsuitably prepared work for the exhibition may be declined. 


Conditions & Liability: 

Artwork must be on display for the duration of the exhibit. Your work does not have to be for sale but if you want to sell there will be a 15% commission charged with proceeds going to support the

ACWL-Nuveen. The ACWL-Nuveen will take every precaution to ensure the protection of artwork. However, we are not responsible for any loss or damage.


Drop off entries: Between Tuesday, July 27, and Saturday, July 31 during ACWL-Nuveen Hours - Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: Tuesday August 3 – Saturday, September 11

Reception Date: Friday, August 6 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Award Decisions: Friday, September 3 – winning work will be posted on the ACWL-Nuveen Facebook page and winners will be notified by phone.

Pick-up Work: September 14 – September 18 during ACWL-Nuveen hours

Questions? Call ACWL-Nuveen at (231) 893-2524