Besser Museum announces Juried Art Exhibition

After allowing local artists a chance to showcase their work through two different non-juried events, Best Foot Forward and Winter Blues, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan returns as promised to its signature juried competition.

The museum has issued a call to all Michigan artists to submit their artwork for the 2018 Besser Museum Juried Art Exhibition. Professional artist Erwin P. Lewandowski will serve as this year’s juror.

The exhibit runs Oct. 27-Dec. 31, with an opening reception and announcement of winners set for Oct. 27.

“As much as people appreciated the first two non-juried exhibits – and we will continue to stick those in – there was a big request to continue with the juried art exhibition,” said Executive Director Chris Witulski. “The juried competition is important because artists really like to have their work juried by a professional. It gives them validation and also provides some critique so that they can grow as an artist.”

All work submitted to the competition must have been completed in the last five years. It also must be framed or mounted and ready to exhibit.

Each artist may submit up to three entries for a single non-refundable fee of $15 for Besser Museum members or $25 for non-Besser Museum members.

Awards will be presented for first place ($200 plus a solo exhibition), second place ($200), third place ($100) and honorable mention. The exhibit is underwritten by the Lucas and Janet Pfieffenberger Fund. The Northeast Michigan Artists Guild also contributed the third place prize award.

The schedule for this year’s competition is as follows:

∫ Oct. 7-13 – Delivery of work and fee

∫ Oct. 15-20 – Art selection and jury process

∫ Oct. 21-26 – Non-accepted work pick up

∫ Oct. 27-Dec. 31 – Juried exhibit

∫ Oct. 27 – Opening reception, 3-5 p.m.

∫ Jan. 2-8, 2019 – All work must be picked up

As this year’s juror, Lewandowski will select the pieces to be included in the exhibit and determine the award winners. He is recognized nationally for his signature work with colored pencils. Using waterscape and landscape settings as a base, he is able to create images that focus on particular elements, structures, movements and shapes in nature. He is known for his contemporary realism and photo realism.

For more information about the 2018 Besser Museum Art Exhibition, contact the Besser Museum at 356-2202. Information also is available online at