Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 17, 2009

Calling All Mackinac Monets

A rain-splattered view of the 1838 Indian Dormitory that houses the Mackinac Island Art Museum

Unleash your inner artist and a $25 non-refundable entry fee, and share your impression of Mackinac Island in a competitiontied to the grand opening of a new art museum on the historic retreat where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet.

You could win a prize of $5,000 (yes, that’s five thousand dollars, contributed by the Mackinac Arts Council) and have your 2-D work of art enter the collection of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. (No, your creation won’t be displayed next to a stuffed beaver or a cannon ball. Unless, perhaps, your artwork is cannon ball or beaver compatible. There are no guarantees in life or art competitions.)

The new museum, officially named the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum for its benefactors, will occupy the Indian Dormitory overlooked by Fort Mackinac, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The circa 1838 structure has been undergoing renovation and the preparation necessary to disply examples of historic and modern works of art related to Mackinac Island, from Native American baskets to interpretations of the island by today’s artists.

The winning work of art in this competition will be incorporated into the poster promoting the July 2010 opening of the museum, and the original artwork will be on display throughout the summer of 2010.

Note: Entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2010 (no foolin’). One entry per person; only the works of living artists are eligible.

No worries, artists: This snapshot of the Fort Mackinac Post Bathhouse is no competition; photos are not eligible in the 2010 contest. (Actually, I just find the design of the facility ingenious and wanted to post a photo of it)

Photographs are not eligible.

Click here for guidelines and application.

Get busy, artists, and good luck!

P.S.

If you need sugar to fuel your creativity, I know where you can get some really good fudge.

Mackinac Island, where motorized transportation is banned in favor of the original horsepower

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