2021 Mackinac Art Exhibition
$5,000 in Cash Prizes
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, 2021 until closing in early October, 2021.
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 16, 2021 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 16, 2021 awards ceremony.
The subject of the artwork must conform to the theme “The Seasons of Mackinac.”
The theme for the 2021 juried art exhibition is “The Seasons of Mackinac.” While Mackinac has always been known as a “summer gathering place,” its beauty is unparalleled in all seasons. We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of Mackinac Island and the Straits of Mackinac through the seasons. Subjects may be historic buildings, dramatic limestone formations, tranquil vistas, forested trails, water views, or whatever subject best captures the artist’s vision of Mackinac.
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 5, 2021. Artists will be notified of the juror’s selection by Friday, March 26, 2021. Please do not call or email to inquire.
Accepted entries must be ready for presentation. Accepted pieces must be framed and ready for hanging with glass or plexiglass and hanging wire. Unprepared works cannot be accepted.
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, 2021 – April 16, 2021.
Mackinac Island State Park Field Officce
ATTN: 2021 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.
A juror will select pieces for the exhibition in addition to the Best in Show, second, third and honorable mention awards. More information on the juror will be provided at a later date.
Mackinac State Historic Parks begins accepting submissions.
March 5, 2021
Submission deadline. Any entries received after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time March 5, 2021 will not be considered.
March 26, 2021
Artists notified by email of juror results.
March 29 – April 16, 2021
Ship artwork to the Mackinac Island State Park Field Office.
Early May, 2021
The Seasons of Mackinac exhibition opens to the public
June 16, 2021
Awards ceremony announcing the exhibition winners held at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.
Early October, 2021
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, 2021.
After Close of Exhibition 2021
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.