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June 14, 2013 to June 23, 2013
Detroit, MI
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Application Dates:
Mar 7, 2013 - May 16, 2013
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Notification Date:
May 18, 2013


Detroit River ArtScape is starting early this year! ArtScape will open on June 14th and will run through the Detroit River Days Festival, June 21st – 23rd. This national competition is open to all artists with an interest in exhibiting art of any medium along the Detroit riverfront. In its second year, 15 artists will be selected to showcase their large, weather-worthy pieces, and win cash prizes of more than $15,000. The purpose of the event is to promote arts and culture in Detroit and to showcase the Detroit riverfront. The attraction is intended to raise the already renowned quality of programming and culture at River Days, as well as to promote the Arts to the Metro Detroit community and specifically to the 100,000 plus people who attend the River Days festival.

This year, ArtScape will be hosted solely outdoors, along the famous Detroit RiverWalk. We are looking for large, eye-catching pieces that will have impact on the appearance of the riverfront. To accommodate the scale of works we are seeking, we will provide oversized display areas for each artist. This can vary based on the size and orientation of the installation. Prior experience in outdoor installation is recommended. There will be plenty of opportunities for promotion and sale of your work through our multi-faceted PR campaign. You cannot be in the Metro Detroit area during River Days without hearing about our festival many times a day, through many media outlets. We are offering the guidance and assistance of our professional staff, including Lisa Konikow, Art Director of 16 years, an energetic and responsive art team, and a crew of vigorous volunteers. The grounds of the festival will be well guarded by 24-hour security. Display spaces will be well lit for nighttime viewing, and each artist will be provided an electrical source as well as a table and two chairs for their comfort. The diverse atmosphere of Detroit River Days will draw attention to works of art from all over the state and tri-county area as well as our friends from Canada!

During the week prior to River Days, artists will have an opportunity to be interviewed by members of the media and possibly be featured in key media outlets, including print, radio and television. We encourage you to apply early; think BIG and send us images that capture the essence of your efforts!


Lisa Konikow, Art Director, Detroit River ArtScape,

248-914-8911 or lisa@artsbeatseats.com


This event is open to all artists for a non-refundable $20 jury fee. Submissions will be juried online by a panel of experts. The panel will be looking for art of any medium that is large in scale and able to withstand outdoor installation and variations in weather. The finalists will be invited to participate in Detroit River ArtScape with the purpose of showcasing their work and will be eligible for additional cash prize opportunities. Artists may submit images of finished artwork or submit detailed plans for any work they wish to create. Images must represent the type and scope of work to be displayed at Detroit River ArtScape. This year, Artists will be able to show one or two pieces together, depending on the size of the grouping. Selected artwork must be completed in time to participate in Detroit River ArtScape 2013.


All work submitted will be judged by a panel of experts, who will select 15 artists to display at Detroit River ArtScape 2013. The jury panel will comprise selected Detroit art educators, gallery owners, curators, or well-known artists.


  • CERAMICS: Original work in which the primary material is clay.
  • DIGITAL ART: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. Work must be editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks, and emulsions.
  • DRAWING/PASTELS: Original works made with pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel or chalk.
  • FABRIC/FIBER/LEATHER: Work of primarily fiber, including clothing, quilts, rugs, dolls, soft sculpture, baskets, brooms, etc., made by the artists. No ready-made clothing will be permitted.
  • GLASS: Original works in which the primarily used material is glass. Including stained, leaded and brown glass.
  • GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING: Hand pulled original prints (signed and numbered limited editions) ONLY are acceptable in the printmaking category.
  • METAL: Functional metalwork.
  • MIXED MEDIA: 2-D and 3-D work incorporating more than one material, including collage, hand-made paper.
  • PAINTING: Painted works made with oil, acrylic, watercolor or other pigments.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographers are encouraged to do their own printing. Their printing process must be disclosed. The category includes hand-colored, Polaroid transfers, emulsion transfers, etc., these works are not to be included in Mixed Media.
  • SCULPTURE: Non-functional, 3-dimensional works in any medium.
  • WOOD: Original work, hand-tooled, carved or machine-worked of primarily wood. The use of automatic machines is NOT acceptable.


· May 10: Online Applications due by 12:00 (midnight) EST.

· May 18: Notifications e-mailed and listed on juriedartservices.com

· June 12-13: Artist set-up

· June 14-23: Detroit River ArtScape


The art showcase will take place from the Detroit Port Authority to Rivard Plaza along the RiverWalk in downtown Detroit.


Each artist is provided exhibition space as needed to accommodate the work to be displayed, including electricity. Sites are assigned by the Art Director.


Please keep in mind that the weather on the Detroit River can be very windy. The festival operations crew will work directly with the artist to ensure safe, secure installation of each piece.


Proof of insurance must be provided prior to installation of artwork. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist, and must list the following as additional insured:

Detroit International River Front Festival Foundation; General Motors Company, Riverfront Holdings, Inc.; Riverfront Holdings Phase II, Inc.; Riverfront Holdings Phase III, Inc.; CBRE; LMC Resources Capital Limited Partnership; RenCen Associates LLC; The Parade Company; Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Inc.; Jonathan Witz & Associates; The City of Detroit; The County of Wayne; The State of Michigan; and all their respective officers, employees, agents, contractors, volunteers and subsidiaries listed as additional insured.


Each selected finalist will receive a $600.00 award for displaying his or her winning artwork at Detroit River ArtScape 2013.

Our jury panel will judge on site and award prizes of:

  • $2000 First Place
  • $1000 Second Place
  • $500 Third Place

The public will vote for “People’s Choice” awards of:

  • $2000 First Place “Best of Show”
  • $1000 Second Place
  • $500 Third Place


Incentives will be created for the public to vote for finalists online as well as in person at Detroit River Days 2013, which will encourage artist-patron interaction. Anyone is eligible to vote, online or in person, after viewing the entire show. Voters will be eligible to win a generous prize package, including admission to local museums, a stay at a luxurious Detroit hotel and dinner at a well-known Detroit restaurant.


In the 7th year of the Detroit River Days Festival, June 21 – 23, we are projecting attendance of approximately 100,000 people over the 3-day weekend, based on last year’s attendance, promotional media, event programming, reasonably good weather, and our wonderful location. These numbers do not include the diverse foot traffic exposed to the RiverWalk on any given normal day. In addition, we expect several thousand visitors, as well as key media, to view the art in the week preceding River Days, June 14 -20.


The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s vision is to transform Detroit’s international riverfront – the face of the city – into a beautiful, exciting, safe, accessible world-class gathering place for all. Detroit River Days Festival, produced by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, provides an exciting venue for celebrating the quality of life in the region while showcasing the ongoing new development on the Detroit River. Detroit River ArtScape is one of many programs made possible by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

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