2017 Howell Art Project
The Howell Main Design Committee (DDA Design Committee) is pleased to announce the 2017 call to artists! The Art Project is an art competition featuring local and national artists, with the winners’ original artwork being reproduced and exhibited in downtown throughout the year. All artists are being called to submit original artwork in the following categories: two-dimensional (2-D) design and three-dimensional (3-D) design. The best in show overall winner will also receive a cash prize, as well as a featured exhibit at the Cleary University Secunda Art Museum. You can view and download the application HERE
View a map of all of the downtown Art from 2016 by clicking HERE
ART PROJECT OFFICIAL RULES:
NOTE: By submitting an entry to the Howell Art Project, you agree to be legally bound by the following terms and conditions.
ELIGIBILITY. The Howell Art Project (“Art Project”) is open to all individuals 18 years of age or older. Employees of the City of Howell, the City of Howell Downtown Development Authority, Howell Main Street and their immediate family members are not eligible to partake in the Art Project. “Immediate family members” is defined as relatives that live at the same mailing address as the employee.
APPLICATION. All artists must submit a completed application, a digital copy of the art entry (“entry”) and pay the entry fee. Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the jury.
DIGITAL SUBMISSION. Each unframed entry must be formatted in a high resolution .PNG, or .JPG file and be of sufficient size quality so that the jury may view the entry. Corrupt files or entries that are not viewable will not be juried. Digital files included with an application made in person or by regular mail must be on a CD or DVD. Each application must have a separate digital file.
2-D artwork should be sized so it is no smaller than 16” x 24” (unframed) and is capable of being digitally reproduced in a high resolution format up to a 4’ x 6’ piece. If selected as a finalist, original 2-D pieces must be framed and gallery ready.
3-D artwork must be weather resistant and mounted to a base which can be anchored to the ground. Pieces may be no smaller than 12” x 12” and overall base dimensions may not exceed 4’ x 4’.
All artwork must be handmade by the applying artist. No kits, molds, mass-produced or resale items are allowed.
APPLICATION FEE. Each entry is subject to a non-refundable $25.00 fee. Application fees for defective applications will not be returned.
DEADLINE. All applications must be postmarked or dropped off to the Howell Main Street Inc. Office, no later than May 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern. Late entries will not be considered. Entries will be accepted electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Howell Main Street office located at 118 W. Clinton St., Howell, Michigan 48843 during normal business hours.
JURY. The jury will consist of a professional panel chosen by the Howell Main Street DDA Design Committee. Jury feedback will not be provided. The Howell Art Project is a public project and all submitted artwork is screened to insure suitability for viewing by all audiences.
JURY PROCESS. The jury will in its sole discretion determine the top three entries in each category. The jury will determine whether the entry/entries meet the minimum qualifications for reproduction and public display. In the unlikely event that a category does not have any entries that meet the minimum qualifications, the jury may determine that there are no winners for that category.
PUBLIC JURY. The original artwork from the top three entries in each category will be displayed publically for viewing at various locations. It is the artist’s responsibility to obtain insurance and to ensure professional presentation (framing). The public will be invited over a two week period to vote for the best submission in each category. The entry that receives the most votes in each category will be declared the winner of that category.
Two-dimensional Designs: Up to 8 winning entries in the 2-D design category will be reproduced for exhibition by the Howell Main Street Design Committee on exterior walls in downtown Howell. Category or judge’s choice winners must agree to transfer the original artwork and reproduction rights to the Howell Main Street Design Committee, including the right to reproduce it in furtherance of this program at the sole discretion of the Howell Main Street for promotional purposes. The large reproductions of winning entries will be the sole property of the Howell Main Street Design Committee and will be displayed in downtown Howell beginning August, 2017 and throughout the remainder of the year. Artisits still retain rights to reproduction of their original artwork following the completion of the Howell Art Project competition.
Three-dimensonal Designs: The top 3 pieces of three dimensional artwork will on loan (for up to one year) to Howell Main Street Inc. and each artist will receive a $600 stipend for their submission. Three-dimensional artwork will be displayed outdoors in downtown Howell as part of the outdoor gallery.
BEST OF SHOW. After public voting is complete, the jury will in its sole discretion determine which entry is Best of Show, and will also select 2nd place and 3rd place winners. The Best of show winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize. The Second place winner will receive $500 and $250 will be awarded to the third place winner.
The Best of Show artwork will be displayed at the Cleary University Secunda Art Museum Sculpture Garden. The winning artist will also receive a ‘featured exhibit’ space at the Cleary University Secunda Art Museum at a time decided upon by the artist, the museum, and Howell Main Street Inc.
AUCTION. The original 2-Dimensional artwork will be placed for auction by the Howell Main Street Design Committee at the Howell artist reception. (2 total tickets will be provided for all finalists). The artist will receive 60% of the proceeds of the sale of the original artwork; the artist agrees that the remaining 40% of the proceeds will benefit the Howell Main Street Inc. Design Committee.
INFRINGMENT. By submitting an entry, the artist affirms that the entry is his or her own, original work. The artist further agrees upon submission of an entry that it is not subject to the rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyrights, intellectual property rights or any other proprietary rights. In the event that the artwork is alleged to infringe on the rights of a third party, by submitting an entry the artist agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the City of Howell, the City of Howell Downtown Development Authority, Howell Main Street Inc. and their partners, employees, agents, representatives, sponsors and volunteers to the fullest extent provided by law, from any and all such claims, lawsuits, demands, costs and/or fees that arise out of or are related to the actual or alleged infringement of said rights.
PROMOTION. Howell Main Street Inc. and the Design Committee reserve the right to use all information on imagery and documentation of the artist as it pertains to his or her entry. The applying artist agrees that Howell Main Street Inc. and the Design Committee may use the information, imagery and documentation described in the preceding sentence and like material in the promotion and furtherance of the Art Project, including on any official website or social media, press releases, promotional materials, display and exhibition materials, catalogues, maps, guides, installations and the like.
Thanks to our Sponsors:
Michaelangelo Artist Sponsor
Proceeds from the 2016 auction will benefit next year's Howell Art Project and will bring more arts and cultural activities to the Howell community!