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Art Contest

2024 Mackinac Art Exhibition

Mackinac Rocks!

$5,000 in Cash Prizes

The entry form can be found at the bottom of the page. Please read the following guidelines carefully:

Juried Exhibition
Mackinac State Historic Parks announced an Art Exhibition at The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Art will be chosen by a juror and displayed to the public from early May, 2024 until closing in early October, 2024.

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 19, 2024 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 & 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 19, 2024 awards ceremony.

The subject of the artwork must conform to the theme Mackinac Rocks!

The theme for the 2024 juried art exhibition is Mackinac Rocks! From looking in wonder at the natural curiosity that is Arch Rock to skipping rocks at Windermere Point, to maybe enjoying some ‘rock’ at a local establishment or the fact that Mackinac Island is itself a large rock, it is safe to say that Mackinac Rocks! We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what Mackinac Rocks! 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 8, 2024.  Artists will be notified of the juror’s selection by Friday, March 22, 2024. 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 29, 2024 – April 19, 2024.

Mackinac Island State Park Field Office
ATTN: 2024 Art Contest
PO Box 370
1856 Fort Service Road
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Questions on shipment to Brian Jaeschke – or 231-436-4100.

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.

Juror for the show is Kristine Granger.

Kristine earned her Master of Fine Arts degree and Women’s Studies Certificate from Stony Brook University, NY. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, focusing in Photography, from University of Oregon-Eugene, School of Architecture and Allied Arts. She also received a Certificate of Completion from The Paris Fashion Institute in Paris France and an Associates of Science in Fashion Design from Plaza Three Academy in Phoenix Arizona.

She is currently Art Faculty and Fine Arts Coordinator for Bay College in Escanaba MI. Published in the 2nd edition of, Elements of Photography, by artist and author Angela Faris-Belt. Granger was a 2020 & 2022, Artist-in-Residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux in Orquevaux, France and a recipient of The Denis Diderot Award. Her sculpture, jouissance and, the red one, created at the residency are now part of their permanent collection and on permanent display in the Chateau.  In 2022, she was an artist-in-residence on Mackinac Island and the recipient of the grand prize for Poetic Visions of Mackinac. Kristine is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates memory and exhibits both nationally and internationally.

In 2023 Granger established, Rock Street Artist Residency, at her home in Marquette MI.

Important Dates

June, 2023
Mackinac State Historic Parks begins accepting submissions.

March 8, 2024
Submission deadline. Any entries received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time March 8, 2024 will not be considered.

March 22, 2024
Artists notified by email of juror results.

March 29 – April 19, 2024
Ship artwork to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office.

Early May, 2024
Mackinac Rocks! exhibition opens to the public

June 19, 2024
Awards ceremony announcing the exhibition winners held at The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

Early October, 2024
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 20, 2024.

After Close of Exhibition 2024
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 will be requested at exhibition closing. Please ensure that packaging and postage included for return artwork is of the appropriate dimensions and denomination.

Entries are closed for the 2024 juried art exhibition.