Make Your Voice Heard! Vote Daily for MI Great Artist 2017

Support local artists, and cast your vote for the next MI Great Artist! With over 230 entries from across southeast Michigan, we need your help! Visit http://www.MIGreatArtist.com to peruse the hundreds of artworks and vote for your favorites. With art ranging from surrealist paintings, life-like graphite drawings, intricate sculptures, jewelry, photography, and more, you are sure to find a few pieces that speak to you!

Vote for your favorite artists every 24-hours from now until noon on August 28th. The 20 entries receiving the most votes will move on to become semi-finalists. A select panel of five jurors will then determine the five finalists, including the overall winner, who will share in a prize package worth more than $16,000.

With artist submissions more than doubling the contest’s previous record of 109 entries, the public’s input is more important than ever. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson believes voters are up to the task.

“I expect we could top 30,000 votes cast,” Patterson said. “There is so much talent in the region. I encourage everyone to go online and vote for their favorites.”

Patterson’s prediction is already well on its way to reality. This year’s vote total has already surpassed the previous record of 22,000.

With thousands of votes cast already, make sure your favorites move on to the semifinals by voting for them daily. The competition allows individuals to vote for as many artists as they wish each day, but may only select a particular artist once every 24 hours.

Prizes

The MI Great Artist winner will receive:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize
  • Five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery
  • A group exhibition in October at Park West Gallery in Southfield, with an award ceremony and reception October 25th
  • A scholarship to attend three Business Basics workshops at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center
  • A one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative
  • Their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events, printed by Park West Gallery
  • A solo exhibition at Park West Gallery
  • A solo exhibition at the Oakland County Galleria in the Executive Office Building in Waterford

Four runners-up will each receive:

  • $375 Cash Prize
  • Framing by Park West Gallery of five artworks included in their submissions
  • A group exhibition at Park West Gallery in October, with award ceremony and reception October 25th
  • A scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop at the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center
  • A one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative
  • A solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria

For more information and the latest updates from MI Great Artist, visit their website, like them on Facebook, or contact them via email at info@migreatartist.com.


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