Saline’s Arts & Culture Committee Puts Out Call For Art, New Members

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 03/30/2018 - 16:05

The City of Saline is planning to add more original works of art to the Four Corners of downtown Saline, and you could be one of the featured artists!  But before you run to your drawing boards, a little background information:

In 2017 the City of Saline Arts and Culture Committee took a page from the Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside Out Program by creating a similar exhibit here, but with a twist.  While the DIA reproduced works of art from their extensive collection and displayed them around the city of Detroit, in Saline the Arts and Culture Committee put out a call to local artists to submit their work.  The result was two rounds of Art Around Saline, culminating with nine total works of art being displayed on and around buildings downtown. (The second round of five art pieces was funded by a grant from the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau Community Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) Program.)

All of the artists were local (residents of Washtenaw County), and all works of art were original.  (Click here to see those original nine pieces.)

This year, the Arts & Culture Committee, in conjunction with Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, is continuing to expand the Art Around Saline exhibit, and has put out a call for art for round three of the project.  All artists must be residents of Washtenaw County (or students at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, or Concordia University), 18 years of age or older, and all work must be original. Content must also be appropriate for a public setting.  

Artists who apply are allowed to submit up to three works of two dimensional art in the medium of their choice.  Up to six artists will be selected in this round, and those selected will receive a stipend of $200. Works will be selected by a jury including representatives from the Art Around Saline Task Force.  (Members of the Saline Arts & Culture Committee, the Task Force, members of the jury, and their immediate families, are ineligible to apply.)

Selected works will be on display downtown Saline for approximately one year, after which they may be removed or displayed elsewhere within the City of Saline, MI, at the discretion of the Art Around Saline Task Force.

Applications are due by April 20, 2018, and the selected artists will be notified by May 7, 2018.  If selected, a high resolution digital file of the artwork must be provided by the artist to the Task Force by May 16, 2018.  Click here to download the application.  (Or click on the pdf file at the end of this article.)

So dust off those paint brushes, pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, cameras, or whatever medium suits you best, and get painting!  For more info, go to the City of Saline’s website (click here!), and then go follow us on Facebook for more updates on Art Around Saline and the Arts and Culture Committee’s other projects!

If you’re interested in being a part of the City of Saline Arts and Culture Committee, click this link (click here) and submit an application!  We are looking for new voices, and yours might be just the right fit! (An art background or artistic inclinations are not necessary, though liking art generally is definitely preferred.)


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Katherine H. Downie
Katherine Downie is a local artist and art educator. She serves on the executive committee of the Saline Celtic Festival, on the board of the Saline Area Players, and on the Saline Library Art Exhibit Committee.

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