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Artistic Opportunities

Last updated: April 1, 2016

Upcoming Show Deadlines

5 X 7” Art Competition Deadline is April 15
Show opens April 27, in the LSSU Arts Center Gallery.

ArtPrize Registration Deadline for the U.P. Pavilion Is April 18-22

LSSU High School Short Story Competition Deadline Is April 30

44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival Deadline is June 1

Soo Film Festival Issues Challenge for 2016

March 23, 2016:

Soo Film Festival continues to grow in its third year and adds a short film challenge to its programming. The Soo Film Festival Summer Challenge 2016 takes place the weekend of July 22-24. Participants will have those 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, and upload a finished short film utilizing supplied elements, such as a character, a line of dialog, and a prop. Qualifying submissions will be screened at the festival and eligible for prizes.

Similar filmmaking challenges have proven popular and take place around the world. Soo Film Festival vice-president Jason Markstrom remarks: “Having competed in several challenges I am very excited to bring it here. This is some of the most exhausting fun a filmmaker can have in 48 hours. It’s called a challenge for a reason and I am looking forward to seeing what the tremendous talent here in Sault Ste. Marie and beyond can accomplish in two days.”

Complete details of the Soo Film Festival Summer Challenge 2016 will be announced on April 1. The competition begins 7 p.m. EDT Friday, July 22 and ends 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 24. The Soo Film Festival takes place September 16-18, 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie at the historic Soo Theatre.

LSSU High School Short Story Contest

The Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program is sponsoring The LSSU High School Short Story Prize literary competition, open to high school students residing in the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) and Ontario, Canada.  Entries to the second annual competition will be accepted through April 30, 2016. All entries will be read blind, with the identities of authors revealed only after judges’ final decisions are made.

The winner of the 2016 competition will receive a $500 cash prize, which can be increased to a $1000 cash scholarship if the winner chooses to attend LSSU, and publication of the story in Border Crossings.  Additionally, all entries receiving semifinalist or higher status will receive a free print copy of the latest edition of the LSSU undergraduate journal, Snowdrifts.

The theme for the 2016 LSSU High School Short Story Contest is an alternate version of the past.  For the purposes of this contest, alternate history short stories will be defined as stories that speculate how the world would be different if the historical timeline were altered. Students can enter stories that fall into the category of literary fiction, science fiction, or historical fiction, as long as the stories explore some “what-if” scenario about the past.

For more information, see the contest web page at bcrossing.org/lssu-short-story-prize or contact Mary McMyne (marymcmyne.com, mmcmyne@lssu.edu, 906-635-2327).

Click on the image at right for a larger version of the contest poster.

Vendors Wanted For May 7 Show

SPEAKS Education is soliciting vendors for its May 7 Spring Craft Show at the Sault Area High School.  “Any and all” are welcome.  Space fee of $40 includes two chairs and a breakfast and lunch voucher.  Tables are available for an additional $10.  Spaces are 10 x 12’.

Set up time is 8 a.m.  Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Call 647-1263 or e-mail Melissa White (Melissa.white@speakseducation.org) to register.

SPEAKS does not accept checks;  payment must be in cash or money order made out to SPEAKS Education.  The SPEAKS office is located at 355 N. Dewey Street in Pickford.

DeVos Place Announces Art Prize Venue for U.P. Artists

From the Bonifas Arts Center:

Art Prize 2016 offers an exclusive venue for U.P. artists. The DeVos Place, in the heart of Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize viewing district, announces the U.P. Pavilion. The U.P. Pavilion will feature work by U.P. artists only.

ArtPrize is a radically open international arts competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids.  For 19 days, September 17 – October 9, art entries from all over the world cover three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids.  To learn more about ArtPrize, see the website at www.artprize.org

“We look forward to creating this new Pavilion focusing on Michigan artists, specifically artists from the Upper Peninsula.”  Eddie Tadlock, Lead Artistic Curator for DeVos Place. 

To be considered for the U.P. Pavilion artists MUST register between April 18-22. Artists who register after the 22nd will not be considered for the U.P. Pavilion. The DeVos Place is offering a one-week window to register for this high-stakes competition. Selections for the U.P. Pavilion will be made by the end of April. DeVos Place will reach out to artists individually to confirm their space in the U.P. Pavilion and will provide a hosting agreement.  To ensure that U.P. artists are considered for this unique venue, artists are requested to copy the Bonifas Arts Center (website: www.bonifasarts.org) 

Artists should note that they may submit existing work or create new work for the U.P. Pavilion @ ArtPrize 2106.  Work does not have to be started or completed prior to registration. Artists may submit a profile, including, description complete with size dimensions & weight, and thumb nail sketches.  A portfolio of similar or earlier work should also be included.

Please call or email questions to your local arts organization or pasqua@bonifasarts.org.

44th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival Is Tuesday, August 2 (Application)

The jury deadline for the Sault Summer Arts Festival is June 1.

The annual Sault Summer Arts Festival is Tuesday, August 2, on the grounds of the Sault City Hall, 225 East Portage and is open to fine arts and crafts as well as food vendors. The application is downloadable from our website—or call Jean Jones at 906-437-5463 for a hard copy (or email: saac@saultarts.org)

Jury is by digital image, which may be e-mailed to saac@saultarts.org; Jury may also be by photographs or in hand (at Alberta House)—three images per category—five for jewelers.  Work must be the original design of the displaying artist.

The festival space fee is $100 for a 10 x 10 foot site.  Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Awards include the $300 Olive Craig Best of Show Award, the $150 Painting Award, the $150 Best of Crafts Award, the $75 Judges Award and ten other $50 awards in specific categories. 

The festival is sponsored as a public service by the Sault Area Arts Council, based in Alberta House.

Sault Summer Arts Festival

Location: Sault City Hall grounds overlooking Sault waterfront

Date:  Tues., Aug. 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Space Fee: Single space -- $100 ($50 for SAAC members of one year or longer.) Double spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Jury: Yes, by digital image, CD or e-mail.  Photos accepted though not recommended.  Local residents may be juried at Alberta House, in hand

Jury deadline: June 15, 2016

Application: Available online at www.saultarts.org, or from the Sault Area Arts Council, Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906-635-1312 or 906-437-5463)

Address (sponsor):  See above

Awards: $300 Olive Craig Best of Show Award, and other cash prizes and ribbons which are given at the discretion of the judge.

Contact:  Jean Jones, 906-437-5463 or saac@saultarts.org.

Munising Bay Arts Festival

The Munising Bay Arts Festival, sponsored by the Munising Bay Arts Association, is Saturday, June 25, in Munising’s Bayshore Park.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Space:  12 x 12’.  Weights only-no stakes.

Space fee:  $60 until Ap. 1; $75 after.

Jury:  5 photographs

Open to:  original work; all media.  Own work only.

Required:  copy of MI sales tax license

Jury deadline:  May 17.

Info at:  MunisingBayArts@gmail.com or 906-202-1926

Connect with the Munising Bay Arts Association’s Facebook page to obtain the application:  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10154622623329460&id=118934769459

Call to Artists: Exhibit Your Work at 1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery

1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery officially welcomes submissions for new month-long art installations, to include First Friday reception events.  No commission will be taken on works sold.  For further information potential exhibitors can contact (906) 440-8798, or email artinquiry22@yahoo.com.

Sault Area Arts Council Home Page
217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
e-mail: saac@saultarts.org Phone: (906) 635-1312