Artist Opportunities


Our Changing Climate: Call for Artists


Submission Details

Submission dates: January 10-February 24, 2020


Art considered for this exhibition will have one of the following effects on the viewer: it will inspire action, broaden awareness, deepen understanding, convey urgency, point to solutions or illuminate the consequences of our planetary climate crisis. 

Kids: It is important that we treat ourselves and others with respect.  This includes respecting our planet, animals, forests, lakes and oceans (also called nature).  We would like you to create a piece of art that lets others know what you love most about nature and why it is important that we protect it.  A few ideas: As our planet warms up and the polar bears have a hard time finding food, how do you think they feel?  What would happen to our gardens if we didn’t have any bees?  What do you love most about nature?

Format and Submissions

  • Art submissions must fit our climate crisis and inspiring action theme
  • 2-Dimensional (not to exceed a framed size of 26” high x 26” wide x 4”deep and 20 lbs.):
    • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. 
    • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed) 
    • Collages: must be two dimensional 
    • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints 
    • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
    • Computer-generated art 
    • Photographs 
    • Recycled Media: made of any recycled medium/content
  • 3-Dimensional (not to exceed 30” high x 24” wide x 18” deep and 20 lbs):
    • Recycled Media: made of any recycled medium/content


  • Elementary: Grades K-5 (requires art/homeschool teacher sign off on submission form)
  • Middle School: Grades 6-8 (requires art/homeschool teacher sign off on submission form)
  • High School: Grades 9-12 (requires art/homeschool teacher sign off on submission form)
  • Adult


  • January 10-February 24: artists submit artwork via high online photo submission process
  • February 24: artwork for exhibit selected, artists notified
  • March 22-27: artist delivers display ready artwork to specified gallery location
  • April 3-22: artwork on display at Huron Valley Council for the Arts and Community Unitarian Universalists of Brighton galleries. People visit and cast their vote for People’s Choice.
  • April 25: winning artwork displayed and awards presented at the Earth Day Challenge
    at Mt. Brighton.


  • Art submissions must fit climate crisis and inspiring action theme.
  • Each artist may submit up to two pieces of art.
  • Art submitted within above listed format, size and weight restrictions is their original work and does not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
  • Art submitted is family friendly, non-partisan and does not include nudity, explicit language or is vulgar in nature.
  • All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
  • If art is selected for exhibit:
    • 2-Dimensional art: Artist is responsible for framing (details will be provided upon acceptance) 
    • Artist is responsible for picking up their art at set time and location.


  • Art Show Selection Committee will be responsible for selecting artwork for exhibit.
  • All judgments are final and interpretations of the guidelines are at the selection committee’s sole discretion.


  • Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age category.

How to Enter

  • Visit between January 10- February 10, 2020 to submit your entry via our online submission process.

Entry Fee

  • There is no entry fee for this event. 
  • Finalists will be responsible for framing 2-dimensional art (guidelines will be provided).
  • Donations appreciated and will go toward event operations with proceeds benefiting Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Environmental Council of Huron Valley, CUUB, Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club and Whatever It Takes Sanctuary. Please visit

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Established Artist Co-op Now Accepting Applications

The Art Shop, Huron Valley Council for the Arts' cooperative of fine artists, is currently seeking new artist submissions.

HVCA wants additional artists who work in the following mediums: original hand crafted furniture, woodworking, sculptural wood carving, weaving, collage/mixed media, glass (kiln formed/ warm-glass or blown glass), ceramics, sculpture, (metal, stone, found object) and leather. The Art Shop is a beautiful display and sale space located within the historic Highland Station House. Accepted artists will be joining an established group of talented artists that work as a team to create new opportunities to sell and exhibit the cooperative group's work.



The HVCA Art Shop is located at 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland, Michigan. Hours of operation are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Heroes Art Exhibit and Sale

 The Huron Valley Council for the Arts is proud to announce their upcoming concert and art show, OUR HEROES. This concert and art show is being held to honor active duty military, veterans, reserve forces, and first responders. We are looking for artwork from active duty military, veterans, reserve forces, and first responders to include in our art show.  

The process for entry may be found on this downloadable two-page pamphlet: HEROESPAMPHLETfinalREV5.pdf  Download this pamphlet to read the CALL FOR ARTISTS guidelines and application form that can be submitted by mail.  

Do you think you are ready and want to apply online? You may apply via EntryThingy by clicking here, which also provides all details.  

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