Expressions - "en plein air"

Open Call Art Exhibition Guidelines 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 exhibition we are interested in showcasing any art created outdoors, typically one thinks of painting but maybe you are creating sculpture, poetry, fiber art, beach debris collages, composing a piece of music. This exhibit coincides with the “plein air” themed art classes we are offering for youth and adults during the month of July.

Photos and sketches by artist MJ Ernst

Eligibility: FREE and open to artists of ALL ages. Only original works of art created “en plein air”. Artwork accepted 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: all paint and drawing mediums, all sculpture mediums, poetry, music, video, sound. Prizes: ACWL-Nuveen Award: $50 People's Choice Award: $50 Runner Up People's Choice: $25 ACWL-Nuveen Gift Certificate Youth Division (16 and under): Art Supplies 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 Nuveen Center, 106 E. Colby St. Whitehall, MI 49461 by Tuesday, August 4. 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 30% commission charged with proceeds going to support the ACWL-Nuveen Center. The ACWL 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 28 and Tuesday August 4 during ACWL-Nuveen Hours - Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.- - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Exhibit Dates: Friday, August 7 – Saturday, September 26 Award Decisions: Tuesday, August 22 – winning work will be posted on the ACWL-Nuveen Facebook page and winners will be notified by phone Pick-up Work: September 29 - October 3 during ACWL-Nuveen Hours

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

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The Nuveen Center is accessible to all visitors–whatever their ability. Each room is wheelchair accessible, including classrooms and restroom. Guide animals are also welcome. Feel free to call us in advance of your visit so we can accommodate any special needs. 

Address: 106 E. Colby St.

             Whitehall, MI 49461


Phone: (231) 893-2524

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