Michigan Artist Series

Michigan Artist Series

Throughout its 100-year history, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has featured the work of Michigan artists in its exhibition program. This tradition is now formalized into the Michigan Artist Series, to be presented in galleries throughout the Museum, which highlights the work of living artists or designers working in diverse media who reside in the state.

Featured Exhibition

Tattooed backs.
Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta
February 5, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta is a visual biography of the man largely responsible for the popularization of tribal tattooing. The exhibition’s narrative format draws on Zulueta’s personal and cultural history, as well as the historical cultures that greatly influenced his work.

Exhibition Proposals

If you are an artist or designer living in Michigan and would like to exhibit your work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, we invite you to submit a proposal.

GRAM welcomes submissions from artists for review. Prior to submitting your work we ask that you consider our current and past programming in order to determine whether your submission is appropriate to our mission.

GRAM curators will review artists’ submissions on a quarterly basis. Please note that we do not accept original works of art, nor will we be responsible for any original materials that are sent to us as part of the submission packet. Digital submissions are preferred, though you may also send printed materials, if necessary. Submission must include the artist’s resume, artist’s statement, and images of representative artwork. Should the curatorial staff determine that the submission is appropriate to our program you will be contacted.

Send submissions to Jennifer Wcisel at jwcisel@artmuseumgr.org. Please include “Michigan Artist Series submission” in the subject line of your email.

Please be sure to include the following materials:
  1. Images of Work: Please number the digital files to correspond with your image list. Include representative images of the work you would be interested in exhibiting. Focus on work over the past few years. There are no formatting requirements; we will request high resolution images if necessary.
  2. Image List
 (Word or PDF): A numbered list that corresponds with the digital images and provides title, date, medium, and dimensions for all works.
  3. Artist’s Statement
 (Word or PDF): A statement discussing your art practice in general or specifically addressing the project that you are submitting for review.
  4. Artist’s Resume/CV

 (Word or PDF): Please include education, exhibition history, exhibition reviews, collections, and gallery representation.

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