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Art in the Loft (Northeast Michigan Center for Fine Arts, Inc.)

We are excited to announce our Third Annual Juried Art Show entitled RED, opening October 4, 2018.  We are privileged to have Tara Welch as our juror from Bay City, MI. With her guidance, we look forward to a spectacular show.


Ours is a truly unique gallery. The gallery has over 7,000 square feet of open loft space devoted to the exhibit of fine art by local, regional and national artists. We also offer visual and culinary art workshops, educational activities, and arts-centered community events. The gallery is open to the public and can be used by members for private functions and we look forward to exhibiting artist’s work from all around Michigan, work in all sizes, subjects, and media, except film.


We really love art – in all media. As well as looking for skill in the use of a variety of materials, we look for how well that medium relates to the concept and how fully the artist’s intention or concept is presented and realized. The juror’s awards will reflect that artistic judgment.


Call to Artists for Submissions

Submission Deadline: September 3, 2018


Gallery Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 8, 2018


Opening/Awards Reception: October 4, 2018


About the Juror

Tara Welch, Executive Director of Studio 23/The Arts Center is a local art advocate, passionate about supporting local artists. Tara graduated from Saginaw Valley State

University in 2014 with a double Bachelor of Arts in Art and History.  During her college experience she concentrated on arts education by working at the Marshall Fredericks Museum.  She was able to have a well-rounded arts experience but concentrated in ceramics and African History.  


Being an active part in the community is important to her.  Tara is involved in numerous committees and boards in Bay City. Currently serving on the YWCA of the GLBR, Downtown Management, Dow Family YMCA and the Rotary Club of Bay City boards.


Her professional career has been an asset to Studio 23 by increasing programming, community outreach and donors.  Studio 23 hosts 7 exhibits a year, including two annual exhibits and one juried exhibit.  They have been advocates for public art, by creating murals, Art Around the City project, an outside gallery experience and a community-based projects.  

Art in the Loft has always been a favorite stop for Tara as she travels to Alpena to visit her in-laws.  She is incredibly excited to be a juror and loves the theme of 'red'.  


In Tara’s personal life she resides in Bay City with her husband Brent and Springer

Spaniel “Sadie”. She enjoys the outdoors during her free time by boating, kayaking, running and reading.  


Exhibit Awards


BEST of SHOW: At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried as ‘Best of Show’ by the juror will receive a full year of exhibition space at Art in the Loft in addition to a cash prize of $300.00.


Second Place: At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Second Place’ by the juror will receive a $200.00 cash prize.


Third Place: At the Opening Reception, the artist whose work is juried ‘Third Place’ by the juror will receive a $100.00 cash prize.


People’s Choice: The artist whose work is voted ‘Best’ by attendees during the course of the show will receive a $50 gift certificate. Each visitor pays $1 per vote.


Show Details


Theme: The color RED has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.

RED can take on many meanings depending on which shade or variation is being used:

Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love. 
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Artists are to use RED and shades of RED in at least 50% of their work of art.

We look forward to filling the gallery with work that embodies how you, the artist, perceives this theme, whether it be abstract or literal.

ELIGIBILITY: This call for submission is open to all residents of Michigan, 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all media, except film, including: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Installation, Fabric. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution, and created within the last 3 years. Note: Crafts, kit work or reproductions of original works in other media, unless used as part of a mixed media work, will not be considered.


JUDGING:  All judging will be on-line. Entries that differ significantly from their digital images may be rejected. Decision of the juror is final.


SUBMISSIONS AND FEES: Only original works may be submitted. Works may be submitted in one or multiple media


SUBMISSIONS: $35 for the first entry. $10 for each additional, with a maximum of three (3) total. All entries must be registered/received by midnight, September 3, 2018. All entry fees are non-refundable.      


Sculpture and installations: artists may use two additional images for details, at no extra charge. Contact if you need them.



Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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1.      All work must be comprised of a minimum 50% in RED or SHADES of RED.   

2.      All work must be suitably framed and gallery ready.

3.      Work must be wired and ready for hanging.

4.      Sculptors may provide their own pedestals or must agree to use those provided by the gallery.

5.      A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Notification form. No artwork may be substituted.

6.      All artwork must be priced for sale and will be for sale during exhibit dates. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered as one entry but must be sold as one item.

7.      Work cannot be withdrawn, nor sales shipped, before the end of the exhibit.




1. Work can be hand delivered to Art in the Loft at 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 and unpacked by September 27, 2018.


2. All work not able to be hand-delivered as noted above should be shipped to arrive at Art in the Loft gallery address 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI. 49707 also by September 27, 2018. If work needs to be shipped back to artist after exhibition, a credit card must be put on file with gallery.


LATE ARRIVAL AND RETURNS: Art in the Loft reserves the right to reject and return work that is late, is deemed unstable upon arrival, is not properly presented, or differs from the submitted digital image. Returns will be solely at the artist’s expense.


SALES, COMMISSIONS AND DELIVERY: Art in the Loft will retain a 35% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain until the end of the exhibition. 


REMOVAL: Hand-delivered artwork must be removed by the artist between November 12-16, 2018.


LIABILITY: Art in the Loft is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage that may have occurred during transport or unpacking. Every precaution will be taken in handling the entries, but Art in the Loft assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition.


USE OF IMAGES: Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.


CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Please direct all questions to or by calling (989) 356-4877.


ENTRY AGREEMENT: With the submission of artwork into the “RED Art in the Loft Show, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this prospectus.


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