2016/2017 Sculptures on the Grand


2016/2017 “Sculpture on the Grand” Call to Artists

Paul Nilsson "Current Icicles"

Into the Wind, Jack Hillman

Call to Artist:
The 2016/7 Sculpture on the Grand is a new project for Grand Haven, Michigan. Grand Haven is recognized as Coast Guard City USA located on the west shore of Lake Michigan. Our town is a unique mixture of world-class beaches, historic waterfront town and vibrant business community. The Tri-Cities area, encompassing Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, have a total population of approximately 40,000. The close-knit community is known for its high level of volunteerism and philanthropic involvement.
Grand Haven’s ArtWalk is a volunteer managed art show which runs simultaneously with Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize. ArtWalk’s success in drawing visitors from all over the State to view art is the predecessor and reason for our desire to continue the effort of having our community recognized as an “art lovers community”. A place to view a variety of artwork, enjoy our natural environment, and shop in privately owned small businesses.
The Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority (MSDDA, downtowngh.com) is inviting sculptors to submit images of their proposed sculptural work.
General Information:
  • Sculpture on the Grand is designed for artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. The Sculpture on the Grand offers exhibitors a beautiful setting in which to display their work throughout the downtown and centertown area of Grand Haven.
  • Multiple employee studios engaged in production work are not eligible to participate.
  • Items made using commercial molds or patterns and hobby crafts are ineligible.

  • All work shown must be for sale.
  • All work must be hand made in the USA or Canada by the exhibiting artist. The sculpture should be created primarily as an aesthetic expression, no craft. Work must be produced by the sculptor or under their personal supervision. All work displayed must be produced by the exhibiting artist or two person team collaboration and MUST be consistent with the images submitted. Work should be made by hand or with appropriate tools and casting techniques. Eligible media categories include metal, ceramics, glass, wood, resin and stone, concrete. Original art ONLY.
  • The original work must fit within a 3 foot by 3 foot by 6 inch concrete pad. The work must have an ability to be fastened to the concrete pad for stability and security of the work. A plaque meeting the city’s guidelines will be created to designate Title, Artist name and or Collaborator, price, and any possible sponsorship.
  • A jury consisting of one curator residing outside of the West Michigan area, Grand Haven’s City Manager, and two MSDDA volunteers will select artists based on originality of design, technical expertise, overall aesthetics as well as presentation.
  • The jury panel reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that is not consistent with submitted images and the rules listed above.
  • If selected, the work will be on display for a minimum of one year. The work will be available for sale. In the event, that the work is sold, a new piece may be installed to complete the 12 month agreement. The city of Grand Haven has the right to display the work for more than a year, upon agreement of both the artist and city.
  • The City of Grand Haven will cover liability insurance for the artwork upon its installation. Artists are responsible for proper insurance while work is in transit and installation/removal phase. Agencies suggested: Nicole Rant, Bridgeview Insurance Agency, nrant@bvagency.com. All sponsoring organizations, and their directors, officers, employees, agents and volunteers, are not responsible for damage, theft, damage or loss of artwork.
Application Process:
  • Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist. They should be in a jpg format of at least a 300 dpi resolution.
  • Images and application must be received by April 29, 2016
  • Artists will be notified of receipt of application.

  • Artists will receive acceptance or denial no later than May 10, 2016.
  • Your application will be kept on file for 12 months, in the event of additional funding. •Artists and representative will determine timing with regard to installation.

Artist Application for 2016/17 Sculpture on the Grand


Title of Work:
Sale Price:
Description of work in less than 50 words:
Please include 5 jpg images of the work with a minimum resolution of 300ppi.
Application due by April 29, 2016
Send to:
Cyndi Casemier
C2C Gallery
Via email at c2cgallery@gmail.com