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Artscape: A Fine Art Competition for Michigan Artists

Be paid to have your work exhibited! Who ever heard of such a concept?

June 22-24
Detroit Riverfront
Deadline: May 20

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, sponsors of the River Days Festival, is hosting ArtScape, June 22-24, an open art competition in which winners are awarded more than $15,000 in cash prizes. Every artist whose work is accepted will receive a cash award of $500.00.  Jury fee: $20

The purpose of the event is to promote arts and culture in Detroit and showcase the Detroit Riverfront. The new attractions is intended to raise the already renowned quality of programming and culture at River Days, as well as to promote the Arts to the Metro community and specifically the 100,00 people that annually attend the River Days Festival.

All work submitted would be judged by a panel of experts, who will select 10 pieces of artwork, to be shown at the Detroit River Art Scape 2012.


  • Each selected finalist will receive a $500.00 award for displaying his or her winning artwork at the Detroit River Art Scape 2012.
  • Other awards are $2,500.00 first place awarded by the jurors and another $2,500.00 will be voted on by the public.
  • $1,500.00 second place awarded by the jurors and another $1,500.00 will be voted on by the public.
  • $500.00 third place will by awarded by the jurors and another $500.00 will be voted on by the public.

There will be a drawing from the Public Choice voters, and the selected person will win $1000.00 worth of prizes.

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Comment by Cindi Hendrickson on May 11, 2012 at 11:06am

I wish the other promoters would adopt this concept.

Comment by Derek Voigt on May 11, 2012 at 10:32am
Too bad finely crafted furniture isn't considered "art" for a lot of these things! Sounds like a pretty sweet opportunity!!

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