Enter to Win! Are you the next MI Great Artist?

If you’re an artist in Southeast Michigan, don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work in a gallery and earn prize money for doing something you love. Whether your medium is painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, or print-making, this is your chance to take your artistic talent to the next level.

Beginning Wednesday, August 1st at noon, artists may enter their works in the 2018 MI Great Artist competition, where cash and prizes total more than $16,000. Entries may be submitted to MIGreatArtist.com from now until noon on August 17th.

“We have a wealth of superbly talented artists who enter the competition each year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We’ve added a “People’s Choice” award this year to reward the artist who makes the biggest impact on the public. I encourage those talented individuals to join us as we begin the search for the next MI Great Artist winner.”

Expose your Art! Get a behind the scenes look at 2015 MI Great Artist Winner Kenneth Hershenson‘s story in our video. Learn how winning the MI Great Artist competition helped him market his craft and launch a successful brand through the gallery exhibition exposure and business consultations he received as the winner.

Do you have what it takes to be the next MI Great Artist?

Artists who are 18 years and older who also live, work or go to school in the following counties are eligible: OaklandGeneseeLapeerLivingstonMacombShiawassee, St. Clair, and Wayne counties.

Artists may submit up to five original works of art online at MIGreatArtist.com. Complete rules about what artworks and artists qualify for submission are available on the website. Use this Artist Worksheet to help you prepare your submissions.

Submissions that meet rule requirements will move on to a public vote to determine the top 30 artists. A panel of arts professionals will choose four finalists and ultimately the winner. The “People’s Choice” winner is automatically one of the finalists.


Entries Accepted – August 1st at noon
Entries Close – August 17th at noon
Online Public Voting – August 23rd through September 5th.
Top 30 Announced  – September 7th.
Finalists Announced – September 18th.
Award Reception – October 23rd
Exhibition at Park West Gallery – October 23rd – October 30th

About the MI Great Artist Competition

Patterson and Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione launched the contest in 2012 as a quality of life initiative to support up-and-coming artists. Patterson said the cash awards have grown to a total of $3,375, with additional prizes bringing the total to more than $16,000 in cash and prizes. For the complete prize package descriptions, visit the MI Great Artist Awards Page.

“Since 2012, we’ve been proud to sponsor the annual MI Great Artist competition,” Scaglione said. “There are so many world-class artists right here in Michigan, and every year this contest introduces exciting new talent to art lovers everywhere. The point is, don’t be scared to enter, you might just become the next MI Great Artist.”

For updates and the latest news from MI Great Artist, visit their website, follow along with them on Facebook, or contact them via email at info@migreatartist.com.

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