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Call for Artists: ACWL-Nuveen Juried & Youth Exhibitions 2023

The Arts Council of White Lake – Nuveen Center is excited to announce a call for artists to submit artwork for the “ACWL-Nuveen Juried Exhibition – 2023” - March 17 – April 22. We are casting a wide net for this show, hoping to appeal to a diverse spectrum of artists who are creatively tackling a range of contemporary subjects and themes in a variety of mediums. The exhibit is open to artists 18+ working in 2-D, 3-D and digital media with cash prizes awarded by the juror for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus a cash ACWL-Nuveen award. Coinciding with the adult exhibition is the K-12 youth division of our annual spring show, sponsored by Shelby State Bank and Laura Schultz. Prizes will be awarded by the juror for multiple K-12 youth divisions. Adult artists’ work will be exhibited in the ACWL-Nuveen exhibit space and the youth artwork in our retail gallery. We feel both categories of this exhibit are vital as the ACWL-Nuveen is dedicated to accessibility and believes that creative expression is ageless!

This year, we are excited to announce a new award - the Founding Artists Award - in honor of the artists who in 1999 created the White River Gallery in downtown Montague. The popularity and scope of the White River Gallery grew into what is now the ACWL-Nuveen Center. This $100 award will be chosen by the ACWL-Nuveen Gallery Committee.

Opening of the White River Gallery, August 5, 1999

The juror for the 2023 show is Carolyn Swift. Ms. Swift is a Traverse City-based visual artist who received her MFA from Indiana University and BFA from Albion College. Her studio practice includes a focus on printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. Ms. Swift has an extensive exhibition record at the national and regional level and her work can be found in both public and private collections. When describing what inspires her artwork she states, “The pieces are deeply rooted in the ephemeral qualities of nature: nonstop changes of light, weather, temperature, and movement that are both predictable (such as seasons changing) and unpredictable in the seemingly endless variety (such as wind blowing through backyard trees). Such experiences are a primal source of joy, connection, wonder and well-being."

Carolyn Swift, 'The Heat Should be Ending by Morning', mixed media relief and collage

To find the exhibition guidelines and to apply for the show, go to the ACWL-Nuveen website – The online portal guides artists through the application process. There are also a couple of links for tips on taking good photographs of your artwork. A quality digital image of your artwork is the first impression you make on the juror, so it is very important. Once accepted in the show Ms. Swift will award prizes based on viewing the actual artwork in the gallery. We encourage you to submit the best digital representation of your artwork as possible!

We look forward to showcasing a wide range of talent this year and can't wait to see your submissions! If you have questions, stop by 106 E. Colby St., Whitehall, MI, call the ACWL-Nuveen at 231-893-2524, or email Director Erin Peyer –


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