Art Contest

2022 Mackinac Art Exhibition

“Mackinac Journeys”

$5,000 in Cash Prizes

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2022 show.

Juried Exhibition
Mackinac State Historic Parks announced an Art Exhibition at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Art will be chosen by a juror and displayed to the public from early May, 2022 until closing in early October, 2022.

The juror will select a single Best of Show, second and third place, and three honorable mention awardees from the pieces displayed in the exhibition. Winners will be announced at the June 15, 2022 awards ceremony on Mackinac Island.

There will be a single Best of Show award which will be chosen by the juror. The winner will receive The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Gold Medal and $2,500 cash prize. Their name will be on the list of annual Gold Medal winners, which is displayed at the museum. In addition, there will be second and third place cash prizes of $1,000 and $750, respectively, and three (3) honorable mention awards with cash prizes of $250 each. All prizes are donated by the Mackinac Arts Council and Mackinac Associates. Winners will be announced at the June 15, 2022 awards ceremony.

The subject of the artwork must conform to the theme “Mackinac Journeys.”

The theme for the 2022 juried art exhibition is “Mackinac Journeys.” Every Mackinac journey is unique. From lifelong residents to the novice first-timer, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac is always memorable. We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what a Mackinac journey means to them.

All media of artwork will be accepted from living artists, including photography, paint, sculpture and others. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years. No artwork that has been selected as a finalist in previous juried exhibitions will be accepted. Artists are encouraged to submit more than one artwork, but no more than three will be accepted. Due to space limitation, entries larger than 46″ high or wide (measurements include frame) will not be accepted. 

Participation is open to all artists, nationally and internationally, who are 18 years of age or older.

Artwork selected for inclusion in the exhibition may be available for sale with permission of the artist.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $25 for each entry. There is a limit of three entries.

The entry form link is at the bottom of this page. All entries are accepted electronically. Entries must be a high-resolution (300 dpi and at least 3 MB but no larger than 5 MB) JPG image of the artwork. Incomplete entry forms will not be considered.

Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022.  Artists will be notified of the juror’s selection by Friday, March 21, 2022. Please do not call or email to inquire. 

Preparation Requirements
Accepted entries must be ready for presentation. Accepted pieces must be ready for hanging with wire or other appropriate mounting hardware. It is recommended that framed pieces have a glass or Plexiglas front. Additional arrangements may have to be made for three-dimensional objects. Works that are not prepared may cause disqualification from the final judging.

Rights and Reproductions
Mackinac State Historic Parks reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all entries accepted for the exhibition, regardless of copyright for the sole purpose of catalog publication and publicizing the show.

Delivery of Accepted Artwork
Artwork must be shipped to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office between March 28, 2022 – April 15, 2022.

Mackinac Island State Park Field Office
ATTN: 2022 Art Contest
PO Box 370
1856 Fort Service Road
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Mackinac State Historic Parks’ staff will exercise all reasonable care with your original artwork. However, Mackinac Island State Park Commission, its directors, staff, volunteers, and anyone connected with the exhibition will not be responsible for loss or damage, including damages made during the mailing process. It is suggested that artists carry their own insurance.

Submission of a work shall constitute and agreement to comply with all the conditions set forth in this invitation. The juror reserves the right to reject any work not accurately represented by the digital image. The decision of the juror is final.

Vera Ingrid Grant will serve as juror of the show. Grant is an independent scholar, curator, and writer. She most recently curated Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square (2020); Reflections: An Ordinary Day (2019); COLLECTION ENSEMBLE –a reinstallation of the permanent collection in Alumni Memorial Hall (2019)and Abstraction, Color, and Politics (2019) for the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA); Carrie Mae Weems: I Once was a Girl (2017); Harlem: Found Ways (2017); THE WOVEN ARC (2016); and Art of Jazz: NOTES (2016) at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University; and The Persuasions of Montford at the Boston Center for the Arts (2015)Grant was a fellow (2015-16) at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL)a fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2014); a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2012); and a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy, Columbia Law School, NY (2011)Grant has an MA in Modern European History from Stanford University with a concentration in comparative studies of race and visual culture and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg. Grant served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in 2018-19. Previously, she was the founding director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

Important Dates

June, 2021
Mackinac State Historic Parks begins accepting submissions.

March 4, 2022
Submission deadline. Any entries received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time March 4, 2022 will not be considered.

March 21, 2022
Artists notified by email of juror results.

March 28 – April 15, 2022
Ship artwork to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office.

Early May, 2022
“Mackinac Journeys” exhibition opens to the public

June 15, 2022
Awards ceremony announcing the exhibition winners held at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

Early October, 2022
Exhibit closes to the public for the season. However, it may reopen during various dates through late October for special group tours and events. All artwork must remain at the museum through October 31, 2022.

After Close of Exhibition 2022
Artwork can be picked up by artists. Appointments for pick-up must be made between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If artists wishes to have artwork returned via mail, the appropriate packaging and return postage must be included during prior delivery. Please ensure that packaging and postage included for return artwork is of the appropriate dimensions and denomination.