Thank you for your interest in the Ingham Student Art Exhibit Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Ingham Intermediate School District and the Michigan Education Leadership Group host this celebration of excellence in the visual arts for young people in grades K-12+.  

Due to the ongoing pandemic we are only accepting electronic submissions for the 2021 exhibition. 

The following information describes eligibility and submission guidelines.

ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES

● Schools within the Ingham Intermediate School District’s service area are eligible to apply.

● Students in K-12 and students 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Program.

● One piece of artwork per student is allowed.

● Each participating school is allowed up to 20 entries of student artwork.

● Artwork must be created during the 2020 – 2021 academic school year.

● All work must be two dimensional, suitable for framing, and may not exceed 18” in either

direction.

● School-appropriate subjects are accepted (i.e., no images of weapons, drugs, gang symbols, alcohol, smoking, racial or gender slurs, etc.).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

March 1, 2021, 11:59 PM.

JURY PROCESS AND EXHIBITIONS

From eligible entries, a qualified juror, artist Steph Joy Hogan, will select up to 50 works to be professionally framed by Wheaton's Framing and Art Gallery. Framed artwork will exhibited for one year in a professional partner facility. The partner facilitates include the lobbies of the Ingham Intermediate School District in Mason, the Michigan Education Leadership Group on the westside of Lansing, and Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center's Student Gallery in Downtown Lansing. The jury process will take place between March 2 – 7, 2021.

NOTIFICATION

Teachers will be notified, by email, regarding artwork selections and acceptance on March 8, 2021.

Teachers with accepted student artwork for exhibition will work with Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center Staff to obtain parent/guardian permission for exhibition.  

Artwork without parent/guardian permission will not be exhibited.

ARTWORK DROP-OFF

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center Education Staff, will work with teachers, with accepted work, to create a plan for artwork drop-off. Artwork drop-off will take place in March 2021. Coordination of obtaining student work will be determined at that time.

OPENING RECEPTIONS

It is our hope that we will be able to meet face-to-face for opening receptions in early May, 2021 and to formally recognize the students that have artwork on exhibition. This decision will be will be made and announced closer to the opening date.

For more information regarding the Ingham Student Art Exhibit or assistance with the online submission process, please contact:

Michele Carlson, Education Director, at michelle@lansingartgallery.org or 517-282-7716.

ENTRY GUIDELINES:

ELIGIBILITY |  High school students, 9-12 and students 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Program, living in Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun, or Jackson county in Michigan is eligible to enter.

ENTRY FEE| $5.00 per entry. Entry fee SCHOLARSHIPS are available, please email michelle@lansingartgallery.org to request a scholarship.

ENTRY GUIDELINES | A portfolio of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork is to be submitted online at lansingartgallery.org/art-scholarship-alert/

by midnight on March 1, 2021. The online application process will open December 15, 2020.

The number of artworks allowed varies by grade level:

• Freshmen…………………….Three (3) finished pieces

• Sophomores……………..…...Four (4) finished pieces

• Juniors………………………...Four (4) finished pieces

• Seniors…………………………Five (5) finished pieces

• All original artwork including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, digital/computer-based artwork, jewelry and textiles are accepted. Collaborative work is not accepted. No work may be copied from published photographs or other artwork. Entries must not exceed 6 feet in any direction.

• Artwork part of a previously accepted portfolio to ASA is not eligible. This includes exhibited and non-exhibited work.

• Previously declined portfolios may be re-entered partially or completely.

• Collaborative work is not accepted.

• No work may be copied from published photographs or other artwork.

• Entries must not exceed 6 feet in any direction.

• Seniors may also apply for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship. Learn more, click HERE

JURY PROCESS | A jury of art professionals will select portfolios for exhibition. Selection is based on overall quality, consistency, and depth of work of the complete portfolio. Each grade level is judged individually. Each selected portfolio will be represented by one piece of artwork in the exhibit.

Jury results will be emailed March 15 to students, their parent/guardian(s) and art teacher listed on student submission. The jury’s decision is final.

AWARDS | Portfolio Awards and Supply Awards will be presented to outstanding students in each grade level at the awards ceremony in April, date to be determined based on COVID protocols at that time. Jurors will determine the awards from the accepted portfolios. Students receiving the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Portfolio Awards will have multiple artworks exhibited. All other award winners will have one (1) artwork exhibited.

ACCEPTED ART DROP OFF | Accepted works will be included in the ASA Exhibit from April 6 – 27, 2021 at Lansing Art Gallery. Accepted work must be delivered to the Gallery on March 27 (11 AM - 3 PM), by appointment, and may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit (April 27) .

MATTING GUIDELINES |Accepted two-dimensional work must be either matted with a WHITE or BLACK professional quality mat board (with a full-size foam core, mat board, or cardboard backing) OR dry mounted. Do not attach wires or other framing hardware to unframed artwork. Framing is optional. Stretched canvases should have neat and secure edges and must have an attached wire for hanging. In addition, pastels or charcoals must be sprayed and/or covered with plastic or acetate. Do not laminate.

ARTWORK PICK UP | Artwork must be picked up on May 1 (11 AM – 3 PM) by appointment. Any work not picked up by May 30, 2021 will become the property of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center.

CONDITIONS | Lansing Art Gallery takes the utmost care while handling and storing artwork, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage from any cause, whatsoever. *Permission to photograph accepted artwork and/or students with their artwork and to use student’s full name for publicity and fund-raising purposes is assumed unless specifically denied in writing. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s consent to apply for ASA.

Questions?Contact Michelle Carlson, Education Director, at michelle@lansingartgallery.org


Entries must be received by midnight on March 1, 2021.

In addition to the Art Scholarship Alert portfolio competition, students at the Senior level and students 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Program level may apply for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship.

Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, through its Art Scholarship Alert Program, has created this scholarship in recognition of Sara Jane Venable's tremendous contribution to art education in the Greater Lansing Area and to her leadership in statewide art organizations. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a deserving student artist in their pursuit of higher education in the visual arts. A stipend of $1,000 will be given to an accredited institution of the recipient's choice for tuition assistance.

Seniors may apply to both Art Scholarship Alert and to the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship. You must complete both applications, separately.

ENTRY GUIDELINES:

To be eligible for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship the student must:

  • Be a high school Senior or student 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Program, living or attending school in the mid-Michigan counties of Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun, and Jackson. 
  • Be going on to higher education in the visual arts field at an accredited school within one year of high school graduation. 
  • Have also applied to Art Scholarship Alert.
  • ARTWORK GUIDELINES:
    All original artwork including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, digital/computer-based works, jewelry, and textiles are accepted. Collaborative work is not accepted. No work may be copied from published photographs or other artwork. Entries must not exceed 6 feet in any direction.

    PORTFOLIO: Your portfolio must include a total of ten (10) works of art including: 
  • five (5) works created in the last two years that have NOT been previously exhibited in Art Scholarship Alert. 
  • five (5) works created in the last four years. These images can include artwork that HAS been previously exhibited in ASA. 
  • Portfolio images should be in JPEG format. Each image file size should not exceed 1MB.  Images should be in color. 


ESSAY: Please upload a one-page typed essay, titled "What the Arts Mean to Me", that will assist the panel of jurors in their selection process. The emphasis of the essay should be on your involvement in the arts and what it means to you. This essay should also include your educational and career interests as well as insight about your ideas and execution of your artwork.

LIST OF RELATED ART ACTIVITIES: Please list all art classes and related art activities in which you have participated during your school career, which colleges and universities you have applied to, which you have been accepted to, which school you plan to attend, and when you will begin your major.

Entries must be submitted below by midnight on March 1, 2021.

JURY PROCESS: The panel of jurors will review the portfolio, essay, and related art activities. However, the majority of weight will be given to the quality, consistency, and depth of the five works created in the past two years. The Sara Jane Venable award winner will be notified by March 15, 2021.

ACCEPTED ARTWORK: The Sara Jane Venable recipient will have 5 works on display in the Art Scholarship Exhibit. These works must be delivered to the Gallery, by appointment on March 27 (11AM – 3PM) and may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit on April 30.

Accepted two-dimensional work must be either matted with a WHITE or BLACK professional quality mat board (with a full-size foam core, mat board, or cardboard backing) OR dry mounted. Do not attach wires or any other framing hardware to unframed artwork. Framing is optional. Stretched canvases should have neat, secure edges and must have an attached wire for hanging. Pastels or charcoals must be sprayed and/or covered with plastic or acetate. Do not laminate. Each work must have a title card attached to the back.

ART SCHOLARSHIP ALERT EXHIBIT: April 6 – 30, 2021 at Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center.

RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: April to be determined. The Sara Jane Venable recipient will receive special recognition at the awards ceremony.


ARTWORK PICK UP: Artwork must be picked up on May 1, by appointment (11AM – 3PM)  Any work not picked up by May 30, 2021 will become the property of Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center. 


CONDITIONS: Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center takes the utmost care while handling and storing artwork, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage from any cause, whatsoever. Permission to photograph accepted artwork and/or the students with his/her artwork and to use student’s full name for publicity and fund-raising purposes shall be understood to be granted unless specifically denied in writing. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s consent to apply for Sara Jane Venable Scholarship.

Elizabeth Charles believed in the arts as a vehicle for self-expression and as a means to develop a deeper understanding of our humanity. As a student, she actively championed human equity and diversity. Established by Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and Elizabeth's father, Norm Charles. Funding is provided by Norm Charles, Phyllis Mellon, as well as additional funders who seek to continue her championship by supporting emerging Michigan artists and amplifying their voices through a monetary award and promotions.

PURPOSE

The Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Award is designed to support emerging artists studying the visual arts, artists seeking to establish a professional presence, or artists seeking to enhance an emerging presence. Preference will be given to artists with a vision for or emphasis on enhancing awareness and equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnicity. Annually awarded funds provide access to up to $1000 through a competitive award.

DETAILS

ENTRY GUIDELINES | A portfolio of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional artwork is to be submitted by midnight on March 1, 2021. 

Elizabeth Charles Emerging Scholarship Award applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school Senior or student 18+ who participate in the Young Adult SE Program, living or attending school in the mid-Michigan counties of Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun, and Jackson.
  • Be going on to higher education in the visual arts field at an accredited school within one year of high school graduation.
  • Have also applied to Art Scholarship Alert.

• Scholarships must be used for study between September 1, 2021 and April 1, 2022.• 

• All original artwork including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, digital/computer-based artwork, jewelry and textiles are accepted. 

• Only one project per individual per grant cycle will be awarded.

• Requests of up to $1000 will be considered. Partial funding of a request is possible.

• Funds cannot be regranted or redistributed or used for debt reduction/elimination, penalties or litigation.

• Artwork part of a previously accepted portfolio to Art Scholarship Alert is not eligible. This includes exhibited and non-exhibited work.

• Previously declined portfolios may be re-entered partially or completely.

• Collaborative work is not accepted.

• No work may be copied from published photographs or other artwork.

• Entries must not exceed 6 feet in any direction.

• High School Seniors may also apply for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship. Learn more, click HERE

JURY PROCESS | Applications will be reviewed, discussed, and evaluated by a review panel of qualified artistic professionals selected by the staff of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center. Decisions of the panel may not be appealed.

Jury results will be emailed March 15 to student, their parent/guardian(s) and art teacher listed on student submission. The jury’s decision is final.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND AWARD

Selections of award will be based upon the following:

• A complete application with a clear, focused explanation of the request including uploaded materials:  Artist's Statement, Images of Artwork, and Letters of Support. 

Application and sample materials that evidence:

• Study in the visual arts.

• A vision for or emphasis on enhancing awareness and equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnicity.

•  Excellence in artwork samples: craftsmanship, quality in design, technical competence, individual creative style, consistency, and professional presentation.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND TERMS 

•  Application is available electronically at lansingartgallery.org

•  Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center retains the right to audit the books, records, documents, and accounting procedures and practices of the individual relevant to the contract.

•  The awardee will submit an IRS W-9 form.

•  We also would like awardee to write a blog piece, about their experience, their work and how the scholarship was used.

Eligibility

• Artists must be living in Michigan.

• Artists must be 18 years of age or older.

• All artwork must be original art of the artist’s own creation.

• All accepted artwork must be finished and ready for display.

• Gallery personnel will display artwork.

• Artwork must have been completed within the past 3 years.


Utilizing guidelines approved by our Board of Directors, art specialists will adjudicate your artwork. These professionals adjudicate on a rotating basis, ensuring the gallery represents a variety of tastes and styles. Lansing Art Gallery & Eduction Center makes every effort to contact artists within one month of submission receipt.


You may upload a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 images of artwork per submission. Please fill in the blanks for each image appropriately, including title, media, price, and size. 

Image names must match either the title of each piece of artwork, or the image number. (ex: titleofimage.jpg, image1.jpg) Each entry must include an artist statement. You may upload this statement, or type it in the appropriate text field. 


Commission

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center retains a commission (45% for members and 50% for non-members) of all sales. Artists are not required to be members of the Gallery.


Declined Artwork

If work is declined, artists may submit artwork again in six months for reconsideration. Juror comments are available upon request.


If you have any questions regarding this application or the jury process, please contact Exhibitions & Gallery Sales Director, Katrina M. Daniels at katrina@lansingartgallery.org or 517-374-6400 ext. 3. 


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