2017 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition

April 26 through May 20
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition
Reception and Awards April 29,
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Featured Image: Wholesale Hardware by Richard Hinton
Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works are on exhibit and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

Juror: Anthony Thompson
Anthony Thompson is Professor of Photography in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he is a former Director of the school and is now head of the school’s photography program.
“It is always a unique challenge to jury an exhibition of photographs, and the 2017 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition was no exception. After carefully reviewing each piece, I definitely feel inspired. Congratulations to those whose work was selected for the exhibition, and to those whose work was selected for an award – there were many deserving works. To those whose work was not selected, be reassured that a different juror would have a different set of preferences and criteria than my own, and the whole set of works submitted to any given show influences the final outcome,” states Thompson.

NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Deadline: April 13

NCCA-Artsplace 2017 Statewide Photography Competition:

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works will be exhibited and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($250, $150, $100, $50).

Juror: Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson is Professor of Photography in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he is a former Director of the school and is now head of the school’s photography program. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Dallas and an M.F.A. in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis. A native of Colorado, he has lived and worked in Rome, Italy as a freelance photographer, and has previously worked as a photographer in several mid-west commercial advertising studios.
Anthony’s personal photographic work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions nationally and internationally, including several one and two-person exhibitions at university and commercial galleries. His recent work has included a documentary project on nuclear weapons facilities in the American west, and a series of work in photogravure and other alternative processes that combines photography, printmaking, and sculpture. His work is included in several collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago-Midwest Photographer’s Project, the Wisconsin State Historical Society, the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum collection in Colorado, in addition to several university and private collections. His photographs have been published in Vision Magazine, High Country News, View Camera magazine, Camera and Darkroom magazine, and in academic journals.

Timeline

Entries Due – Thursday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification – April 20
Exhibit Opens – April 26
Reception and Awards – Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Exhibit Closes – May 20
Pick-up All Work by June 10

Entry Guidelines

• Must be Michigan resident, 18 or older, to submit work.
• Work must be framed and ready to display or finished appropriately.
• All photographic processes are accepted.
• NCCA reserves the right to decline artwork for any reason.
• Accepted work may be placed for sale during the exhibit.
• A 30% commission is charged on all sales during exhibit.
• Each eligible photographer may submit up to two photographs.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 13, 8:00 p.m.
• Entry labels must be firmly affixed to the back of the entries.
• Please indicate the photographic process in your description. For example, 35 mm, digital, medium format, silver gelatin, sepia tone, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, include pre-paid return shipping labels if you would like us to return work.
• The NCCA will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork, however, we will not be responsible for any loss, damage or theft.
• Any artwork left after June 10 may become property of NCCA unless other arrangements have been made.
• Send or drop off completed entry form, framed work and include a payment made to NCCA for the non-refundable entry fee of $25 Member or $30 Non-Member, to:

2017 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main St. Fremont, MI 49412

2017 NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition Application

NCCA-Artsplace Youth Art Exhibit

Grace Jones, Cornerstone Christian Academy

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont, 231-924-4022.

The 2017 Youth Art Exhibit was given the theme “Art Around the World” and showcases imagination and creativity! Teachers and parents of children from the Newaygo County area submitted artwork from youth Kindergarten through 6th grade. Winning selections were made and will be on display at three venues in Newaygo County: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and Special Recognition winners will be on display at NCCA-Artsplace. The award ceremony will be March 24 at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts.

In addition all pieces of artwork selected will be photographed and projected during the Grand Rapids Symphony performance on April 12 at the Dogwood Center. Symphony Selections will be on display at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts and the Hesperia Community Library.

Featured image of Panda by Josie Visser of Fremont.

NCCA-Artsplace Fall Photo Competition Entry Deadline

Entry deadline September 20, 5:30 p.m. Anyone can enter. Photos must be unframed 8” x 10” and involve a fall theme. Winning entries announced at NCCA-Artsplace on Friday, September 23, 5:00 p.m. during the Harvest Festival Art Hop! Call NCCA 231-924-4022 for details. Click here for the 2016 Fall Photo Entry Form.

 

Autumn Gold  by Mark Walling was the 1st place photograph from the 2015 NCCA Fall Photo Competition.

2015 Statewide Photography Competition Exhibition

Now through June 13
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works are on exhibit and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

2015 Juror Brian Kainulainen is a professional landscape photographer. Although photography is his primary medium, Kainulainen has also received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Graphic Design and worked several years as a Graphic Artist, which has added a certain artistic quality to his work.

 

Juror’s Statement:
“Jurying this show was an honor and a pleasure…and slightly nerve-racking. It’s  always nice to see how other photographers view the world and the different processes they choose to communicate their vision. There was a nice range of work submitted and I was impressed with the quality of work achieved. This did not make the already unpleasant task of eliminating certain works any easier. And it added an extra challenge in choosing the awards.
I believe great photography is technically sound, visually compelling,  and moves us in some way. As I looked at each work I asked myself several questions: Is the composition strong/compelling? What is the quality of the light and how did the photographer use it? Does the work have visual or emotional impact? What is the image about or is the photographer’s intent with the image clear? And what is the quality of the overall presentation of the image (framing, matting, wrapping)?
I believe the chosen works succeeded in several  of these areas and the awarded works had all of these elements going for them. These works were the ones that really stood out to me because of their technical excellence, their beautiful marriage of form and content, and their overall impact.
I enjoyed the jury process, though it was not easy, and I tried to be fair in my choices to present a high quality, diverse show. I want to congratulate those photographers that were admitted into the show and received awards. I want to encourage those who were not accepted to continue to believe in their work. The jury process can be unkind, but I am just one man and can guarantee that I am not all-knowing. As artists I believe subjecting our work to scrutiny by others can be painful, but can, also, be very rewarding and help us grow into better image makers in the end.”
-Brian Kainulainen

 

Photographers receiving honors are:

1st place, Jim Churchill for “Autumn Splendor”
2nd place, Donald Leigh Karel for “The Gathering”
3rd place, Frederic A. Reinecke for ” Ice Texture”
Honorable Mention, Richard Hinton for “Rusted Floor”
Honorable Mention, Gail Howart for “Larry”

 

Photographers accepted into the juried exhibition this year are:

Kenzie Burt
Joe Bushman
Randy Butters
Dianne Carroll Burdick
Jim Churchill
Robert C. Day
Ron Dibble
Katie Day-Schirmer
W. Christian Kuebler
Tom Gammans
Linda Greer
Kellie Hetler
Richard Hinton
Gail Howarth
Donald Leigh Karel
Barb Lowry
Judi Luptak
Carl Luther
Leanne McGann
Lisa Medendorp
Frederic A. Reinecke
David Sauer
Jane Stroschin
Piotr Wosilewski

NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

NCCA 2015 Statewide Photography Competition

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works will be exhibited and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($300, $200, $100, $50). The 2015 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition will celebrate with a public reception and awards ceremony on May 16, 2015 at NCCA-Artsplace.

2015 Juror: Brian Kainulainen

Brian Kainulainen is a professional landscape photographer. Although photography is his primary medium, Kainulainen has also received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Graphic Design and worked several years as a Graphic Artist, which has added a certain artistic quality to his work. Kainulainen has been running his own photography business from his home in Scottville, MI for the past 7 years. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited at institutions and art festivals throughout Michigan.

Time Line

Entries Due April 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification April 27, 2015
Exhibit Opens May 6, 2015
Reception and Awards May 16, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Exhibit Closes June 13, 2015
Pick-up All Work by June 27, 2015

Entry Guidelines

• Must be Michigan resident, 18 or older, to submit work.
• Work must be framed and ready to display or finished appropriately.
• All photographic processes are accepted.
• NCCA reserves the right to decline artwork for any reason.
• Accepted work may be placed for sale during the exhibit.
• A 30% commission is charged on all sales during exhibit.
• Each eligible photographer may submit up to two pieces of work.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 18, 2:00 p.m.
• Entry labels must be firmly affixed to the back of the entries.
• Please indicate the photographic process in your description. For example, 35 mm, digital, medium format, color, sepia tone, silver print, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, please include pre-paid return shipping labels if you would like us to return work.
• The NCCA will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork, however, we will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
• Any artwork left after June 27 may become property of NCCA, unless other arrangements have been made.
• Send or drop off completed entry form, framed work and include a payment made to NCCA for the non-refundable entry fee of $25 Member or $30 Non-Member, to:

2015 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412

Submit entry form with up to two photographs.
Entry fee covers one or two entries.

2015 Statewide Photo Competition Entry Form

NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month Competition

March 4 – 26
NCCA-Artsplace Youth Arts Month Exhibit

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Newaygo County student artwork, grades K-6, will be juried and winners will be on display at four venues in Newaygo County: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Honorable Mention and Special Recognition winners will be on display at NCCA-Artsplace; Symphony Selections will be on display at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts, the Newaygo Area District Library and the Hesperia Community Library. Award ceremony March 27 at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts.

Featured image by:
Macey Dunbar, Fremont Pathfinder Elementary

2014 NCCA-Artsplace “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Winter Photo Contest

Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to everyone, photos must be unframed, 8” x 10” and involve a winter theme.
Awards: Friday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. at NCCA-Artsplace.
Call NCCA 231-924-4022 for details.
2014 Winter Photo Contest Entry Form

NCCA-Artplace Holiday Card Competition

Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m.

NCCA Holiday Card Competition is open to any kindergarten through 12th grade student who lives in Newaygo County or attends a Newaygo County School. Five winning entries are made into holiday cards and sold during the holiday season to benefit the youth programs at NCCA-Artsplace! A special awards presentation will be held at NCCA-Artsplace on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. before the Fremont Christmas Stroll. Each of the winners will receive a package of cards. Winning entries are also displayed during the holiday season at NCCA-Artsplace. 2014 Holiday Card Competition Entry Form

2014 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

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Dianne Carroll Burdick

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Lisa Medendorp

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the state of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. The Jurors, Brad and Todd Reed of Ludington, have selected the photographs and are very excited to announce the winning selections during the free public reception on Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
Photographers who are part of the exhibition this year are: Pete Blackburn, Dianne Carroll Burdick, Randy Butters, Deborah Ann Chrystal, James Churchill, Katie Day Schirmer, Patricia Dee, Colleen Hall, Jill Herrington, James Hilbrand, Richard Hinton, Gail Howarth, Brian Kainulainen, Donald Leigh Karel, W. Christian Kuebler, David Lancashire, Becky Llewellyn, Barb Lowry, Judi Luptak, Lisa Medendorp, Gale Nobes, Joan Ransom, Keith Schuiteman, Misty Silvis, Jane Stroschin, David Toombs, Diana VanDeusen,
Piotr Wasilewski, and
Paul Zinger.