Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery Chief Executive Officer Albert Scaglione launched the MIGreatArtist™ contest June 27, 2012 for artists who live, work, or go to school in the Economic Growth Alliance region of Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. Artists will be able to submit pictures of up to five original paintings, drawings or sketches to the MIGreatArtist website, MIGreatArtist.com, beginning Friday, June 29, through July 20, 2012 for public voting.
“The MIGreatArtist contest will encourage artists in the EGA region to showcase their creativity to art lovers throughout Michigan,” said Patterson. “MIGreatArtist joins the many premier regional quality of life events in Oakland County.”
The MIGreatArtist winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend FastTrac® NewVenture Oct. 2 – Dec. 4, 2012, offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value $700); will have their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events TBD, printed by Park West Gallery (value $700); a solo exhibition at McLaren Hospital, Pontiac; and a solo exhibition at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield.
Four runners-up will each receive a $250.00 cash prize; framing of five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value not to exceed $50); a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.
Artists must be at least 18-years-old. Entrants who have created 2-D works of art will be able to upload up to five images and descriptions of their work for public voting. From the top 20 artists, a five-member jury of arts professionals will select five semi-finalists. The winner then will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.
The judges are Elliott W. Broom, vice president of museum operations at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, founder of Pangborn Design Collection and former professor at the College of Creative Studies; Kristie Everett Zamora, arts, culture & film coordinator for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs; Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery; and Don Tocco, an artist whose work includes award winning photography, paintings sold to high end art collectors, portrait sculptures of famous global leaders.
Public voting online will open July 25 through Aug. 17, 2012. The top 20 artists will be posted at MIGreatArtist.com on Aug. 18. Beginning that day, the judges will review public voting results and narrow submissions down to the five semi-finalists who will be announced on Aug. 24. The semi-finalists will be on display at Park West Gallery Sept. 4-28. The winner will be announced Sept. 14 at an awards ceremony at Park West Gallery.
MIGreatArtist is open to all original art work submitted by the original creator that is 2-D, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, and collage, among others. Photography and digital artworks are excluded from the competition.
MIGreatArtist partners include Oakland County, Park West Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, McLaren Oakland, Economic Growth Alliance, AdvantageOakland.com, Medical Main Street, and Prosper® magazine.
About the Economic Growth Alliance
The Economic Growth Alliance was formed in 2009 as a partnership among Oakland, Livingston, Genesee and St. Clair counties to collaborate on joint opportunities for economic growth, diversification and affect legislation that may impact the counties. Since its inception, the EGA has grown to include Lapeer and Macomb counties. Together, the EGA region represents nearly 3 million residents and is leveraging its infrastructure and work force assets to attract more jobs to the region.
About Park West Gallery
Founded in 1969 by Albert Scaglione, Park West Gallery has brought fine artworks to more than 1.3 million clients around the world through its gallery locations in Michigan and Florida as well as cruise ship art auctions and in major metropolitan areas. Park West Gallery’s mission is to create an educational, entertaining, and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and creates a collecting experience like no other company in the world. Park West Gallery supports a myriad of artistic talent, engages the widest array of audiences, and advocates genuine artistry while maintaining only the highest of professional standards. For more information, please visit Park West Gallery at www.parkwestgallery.com, or connect on Twitter, Facebook, and on its blog.
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