2nd Annual Art Explosion

100+ artists will compete for $8,000 in cash prizes in a two-week, public and juried art contest in Grayling, MI, hosted by AuSable Artisan Village in partnership with Kirtland Community College.

Kirtland Community College Grand Prize

The public will vote to determine one artist to take home $5,000. The artist whose work receives the most votes will win the Kirtland Community College Grand Prize.

Juried Awards x3
$1,000 each

The juror will award three artists $1,000 each for outstanding artworks.

Outstanding Venue Award

The public will also vote to determine one venue to win $500 for an outstanding exhibit experience.

September 4
Exhibition & public voting opens
September 19
Last day for public voting
September 20
Awards reception at the Michigan Ave. container yard
Art Explosion takes place in downtown Grayling, MI
100+ artworks publicly exhibited in downtown Grayling
Four artists will take home $8,000 in awards

Meet The Juror: Jef Bourgeau

L: Jef Bourgeau, R: Art Crush no.1b by Jef Bourgeau

Detroit native Jef Bourgeau is an artist and curator who pioneered digital paintings on canvas using scanners and digital inkjet technology. He has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Europe, Asia and the United States.

About AuSable Artisan Village

AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center featuring a retail co-op art gallery of dozens of Michigan artists, a live performance stage, and a Creativity Center for classes & workshops.

Our purpose is to initiate and support art & creative activities that stimulate economic & cultural development of the Grayling community & Northern Michigan region.

View our website here: artisanvillage.org