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Call for Artists: Color of Music Exhibition

The Arts Council of White Lake – Nuveen Center (ACWL-Nuveen), Whitehall, Michigan, invites artists that live in the Great Lakes region - MI, IN, OH, WI and MN - aged 18+ to submit artwork for the Op.1 No.3 – Color of Music exhibition – June 16 – July 29, 2023. There will be one ACWL-Nuveen Concerto prize - $200 - awarded for outstanding artwork.

For the past three years the ACWL-Nuveen has hosted a music-themed exhibit to feature the rich creative intersection between music and the visual arts and to celebrate the vibrant summer music scene in the White Lake community. Music in the Whitehall/Montague area during the summer includes our longest running program - the Free Summer Concert Series - plus the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, White Lake Chamber Music Festival, music offerings at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the variety of fine musicians playing at local breweries each week.

This year the theme, “Color of Music”, was inspired by musicians who have used color to compose expressive sound stories through their use of lyric, melody, and instrumentation. Examples being, “Yellow” – Coldplay, “Little Green” and “Blue” by Joni Mitchell, “Mood Indigo” - Duke Ellington, and the traditional tune, “Black is the Color” covered masterfully by both Nina Simone and Rhiannon Giddens. For this exhibition we are looking for artists who find inspiration from any form of sound, music, musicians, instruments, and creatively use color to express these ideas in their artwork. Acceptable formats include all 2D and 3D artwork in all mediums, and digital media. Inventive interactive instruments also welcomed. To download the guidelines and to apply, visit our website.

Urban Jazz, Katherine Bourdon Circular #3, J. P. McDaniel Imagine, Hailey Bos

2023 Juror 2022 Artist 2022 Artist

The exhibit will be juried by artist Katherine Bourdon. Katherine taught vocal music in Michigan for 30 years before retiring to pursue her artwork full time. As an artist and a musician, Katherine thinks subconsciously in terms of sound quality within each painting. Her artwork is rooted in her experiences as a musician where repetition of a visual element becomes rhythm, and line and color transform into melody and harmony. Her paintings become transformed in the process of creation through her memory and imagination without specific representation. The play of shapes within the composition speak to her, and the forms in her paintings are personal symbols and visual metaphors. Katherine’s artwork has won numerous awards including the "People's Choice Award" at the KIA in Kalamazoo, the Heule Memorial Award at the UICA in Grand Rapids and Curator's Choice Award at the Michigan Contemporary Exhibit - Muskegon Museum of Art. Her artwork is also included in numerous private and corporate collections including Steelcase and the West Michigan Symphony.


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