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Call for Artists

Expressions - 'en plein air' 2024
July 26 - August 31, 2024
Download full guidelines HERE

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 summer months.


ACWL-Nuveen Adult Award - $100

Adult Honorable Mention - $50 Blick Art Materials gift coupon

ACWL-Nuveen Youth Award - $50 Blick Art Materials gift coupon 

Youth Honorable Mention - Art supplies


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 outdoors - “en plein air”. What inspires you? Entries must be delivered to the ACWL-Nuveen, 106 E. Colby St. Whitehall, MI 49461 by Saturday, July 20. All forms must be completed in their entirety to ensure correct identification, pricing, and notification.


Framing and Labeling:

All artworks 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 or clip it unframed. Framed work MUST have a wire for us to hang on the wall. Please make sure sculptural pieces are steady and secure for the duration of the exhibition. Affix entry labels firmly to the back of the entries, in the upper right corner. There is one monitor available for video/audio – if you are interested in exhibiting sound or video pieces, submit a file via email to or bring in a jump drive. 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 your work 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 the artwork submitted. However, we are not responsible for any loss or damage.


Drop off entries: Between Tuesday, July 16, and Saturday, July 20 during ACWL-Nuveen business hours - Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: Friday, July 26 – Saturday, August 31

Reception Date: Friday, August 23 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Award Decisions: Awards will be presented at the August 23 reception. Winning artists will be notified by phone before the reception.

Pick-up Work: September 3 – September 7 during ACWL-Nuveen hours

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

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