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Call for Artists: 3rd Annual ArtScape-An Outdoor Art Competition

June 16-22 
Detroit, Michigan
Along the Detroit River Walk
15 Artists
Deadline: March 1

Detroit River ArtScape is gearing up for our third year! ArtScape will open on June 16th and will run through the GM River Days Festival, June 20th- 22nd
The regional competition is open to all artists in and around Detroit, with an interest in exhibiting art of any medium along the Detroit riverfront. 
This year, 15 artists will be selected to showcase their large, weather-worthy pieces, and win cash prizes of more than $15,000. The purpose of the event is to promote arts and culture in Detroit and to showcase the Detroit riverfront. The attraction is intended to raise the already renowned quality of programming and culture at GM River Days, as well as to promote the Arts to the Metro Detroit community and specifically to the 150,000-plus people who attend the GM River Days festival.
Again this year, ArtScape will be hosted solely outdoors, along the famous Detroit RiverWalk. We are looking for large, eye-catching pieces that will have impact on the appearance of the Riverfront. To accommodate the scale of works we are seeking, we will provide oversized display areas for each artist. This can vary based on the size and orientation of the installation. Prior experience in outdoor installation is recommended.
There will be plenty of opportunities for promotion and sale of your work through our multi-faceted PR campaign. You cannot be in the Metro Detroit area during GM River Days without hearing about our festival many times a day, through many media outlets. 
  • the guidance and assistance of our professional staff, including Lisa Konikow, Art
    2013 winner, sculpture by Steve Olszewski

    Director of 17 years, an energetic and responsive art team
  • a crew of vigorous volunteers. 
  • The grounds of the festival will be well guarded by 24-hour security
  • Display spaces will be well lit for nighttime viewing
  • each artist will be provided an electrical source as well as a table and two chairs
Application fee: $20 -- your entire cost to participate and be eligible for:
Prizes & Awards:

Each selected artist will receive a $600.00 award for displaying his or her winning artwork at Detroit River ArtScape 2014.


Our jury panel will judge on site and award prizes of:

  • $2,000 First Place
  • $1,000 Second Place
  • $ 500 Third Place

The public will vote for "People's Choice" awards of:

  • $2,000 First Place "Best of Show"
  • $1,000 Second Place
  • $ 500 Third Place
During the week prior to GM River Days, artists will have an opportunity to be interviewed by members of the media and possibly be featured in key media outlets, including print, radio and television. We encourage you to apply early; think BIG and send us images that capture the essence of your efforts!

For more information: Lisa Konikow, Art director, Detroit River ArtScape
(248)914-8911 or email:

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on January 18, 2014 at 8:11am

This sounds great!  I didn't know anything about it but will try to go this year...$20 app.fee seems really reasonable, they must be trying hard to get this going and make it a success.  Detroit needs this...


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