Rules of The Great Northern Art Explosion

Updated 7/18/2020


a. The Great Northern Art Explosion (also referred to as “the Event”) is organized by AuSable Artisan Village art center of Grayling, MI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (hereafter referred to as “the Organizer”).
b. The goal of Art Explosion is to showcase Grayling as an art destination and create visibility for the artistic talent in Northern Michigan.
c. Artists do not have to live in Northern Michigan to participate.
d. Works submitted may be in any medium: drawing, printing, installation, painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, mixed media, decorative art (textiles and material, glass, wood, metal, ceramics, mosaic, paper or other techniques).
e. No specific theme is imposed on the works of art submitted by the artists.
f. The Organizer reserves the right change or update any information in these rules or conditions of the Event. All candidates will be notified of changes via email.

1. Artist Registration
1.1. Candidates must submit their applications online by or on August 10.
1.2. To submit an application, each candidate must submit all required information.
1.3. Candidates may only submit one artwork per registration. If a candidate wishes to submit multiple artworks, the candidate must submit an additional registration. If an artist wishes to submit a series of work as a singular entry, the artist must detail how the works are related and must be able to upload the body of work in a maximum of three image uploads.
1.4. An immediate, non-refundable* entry fee of $40 for the 2020 Art Explosion will be paid by candidates upon registration. *(As we experience these uncertain times, if for any reason, the Organizer cancels the show, the artists will receive a full refund of their entry fee.)
1.5. Registration fee for Artisan Village members is $30.
1.6. Candidates who provide untrue information, who are not the creator of the works they present, or who pay the entry fee through fraudulent means will be banned from Art Explosion.

2. Show Selection
2.1. Artists' entries will be reviewed and selected at the discretion of various qualified personnel, including galleries and curators around the state of Michigan.
2.2. The Organizer does not guarantee acceptance of all applicants.
2.3. Vile, offensive, sexual or hateful work will not be accepted.
2.4. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by August 12.

3. Art Explosion Exhibition
3.1. The finalists take part in the Art Explosion public exhibition in Grayling on the dates indicated on the website home page.
3.2. Each accepted artist must exhibit the work selected.
3.3. The venue in which the finalist's work is exhibited and the space within that venue will be decided by the Organizer.
3.4. The selected work may not be replaced by another that was not part of the submission, except for work or circumstances approved by the Organizer.
3.5. The Organizer reserves the right to refuse any work that does not match the submission or the description on the basis of which it was selected.
3.6. All works exhibited must remain installed in place throughout the exhibition and cannot be replaced or removed unless they are destroyed or damaged accidentally. Removed works will be disqualified.
3.7. Artists may be present with their work at any time during the operating hours of the exhibition to engage with viewers. Artists are not required to be present for the Event.

4. Artist Sales and Solicitation
4.1. Artists may offer their Art Explosion exhibition entry for sale to the public.
4.2. Artists may hand out business cards or related literature during the exhibition.
4.3. Artists may not hand out un-related materials or literature.
4.4. Artists may not make sales of additional items, objects or merchandise unless: 1. the goods in question are related to the artists exhibit and 2. the sale of goods are approved by the Organizer.
4.5. Sales of artwork are handled exclusively through the artist and patron. The Organizer holds no responsibility for art transactions.
4.6. If an artist removes their work during the voting period of the Event due to a sale, the artist will be disqualified from awards.

5. Awards
5.1. All accepted artists are eligible to win up to $6,000 in prize money.
5.2. A $5,000 grand prize will be awarded to the artists whose work receives the most public votes.
5.3. Additional awards of excellence worth $1,000 each will be awarded by the juror.
5.4. The juror is a hired, qualified individual not associated with the Organizer.
5.5. An artist may win both the public vote grand prize and a juried award of excellence.
5.6. Winning artists will receive payment during the awards reception on September 20. If the winning artist is not in attendance, payment will be sent using the mailing address provided by the artist in their registration form.

6. Voting
6.1. Voting will be open from September 4 - September 19, 2020.
6.2. Artists may take part in voting.
6.3. All individual voters, including artists, may cast one vote per artwork.
6.4. All individual voters may submit votes under one name.
6.5. Any attempt to rig the voting system, including but not limited to: creating false identities, voting using multiple names or email addresses, attempting to cast more than one vote per artwork, or soliciting votes from individuals who are not attending Art Explosion, will result in disqualification.

7. Transport and Installation of Artwork
7.1. Artists are responsible for the transport of their works to the exhibition space no later than August 21, 2020. If an artist must ship their work, the artist must notify the Organizer in advance.
7.2. If an artist does not transport their work to the exhibition space by the date noted above, the Organizer reserves the right to disqualify the artist.
7.3. Artists are responsible for removing their works from the exhibition space by no later than September 30, 2020. The Organizer will not ship artwork.
7.4. If an artist does not remove their work by the date noted above, the artist grants the Organizer the right to remove, store, or discard the work in any way seen fit by the Organizer.
7.5. If an artist's work requires special transportation or installation, such as a sculpture or other large artwork, the artist may make the necessary logistical arrangements with the Organizer.
7.6. Artists will install their work in cooperation and at the direction of the Organizer in the space selected by the Organizer. Artists are responsible for bringing tools and supplies required to install their work. If an artist cannot be present to install their artwork, the artist must notify the Organizer in advance.

8. Insurance
8.1. Artists are encouraged to take out insurance against damage in transport, theft, fire and deterioration for the works exhibited. Insurance for artwork is not required to participate.
8.2. Exhibiting artists release the Organizer from any responsibility for any damage that could have been covered by insurance taken out by the artist.
8.3. Exhibiting artists release all participating venues from any liabilities including injury, vandalism and damage of artwork or personal property.

9. Postponement, cancellation
9.1. The Organizer reserves the right to postpone or cancel the Event if circumstances require it. Postponement or cancellations will be announced via email.
9.2. The Organizer cannot be held liable for any postponement or cancellation.
9.3. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the submission of any artist and reimburse the entry fee amount with no obligation to provide the reason for said cancellation and with no assumption of liability by the Organizer.

10. Artist data and property
10.1. The artists expressly agree that their personal data will be processed by computer by the Organizer for registration.
10.2. The artists taking part in the Event give the Organizer the right to reproduce the information and content presented in their submissions free of charge in perpetuity for promotional purposes, in any medium- digital or physical.
10.3. The artists acknowledge and accept that their personal details may not be communicated to third parties except where required in application of a legal or regulatory provision or for the normal organizational purposes of the Event.
10.4. The artists expressly agree that by registering for the Event, they agree to receive future Art Explosion and/or other art-related solicitations from the Organizer via the contact details provided in the artist’s submission.

11. Force majeure
11.1. Neither the artist nor the Organizer will be responsible for failure to execute their obligations if a case of force majeure arises, defined as any unpredictable, unpreventable event arising from circumstances external to the artist or Organizer.
11.2. If orders via federal or state mandate in relation to COVID-19 restrictions that prohibit the Event from taking place are in place or scheduled to be in place during the Event, the Event will be postponed to a later date. In the event of cancellation related to such restrictions, all artists will be refunded their registration fee. Event cancellation is the only circumstance where registration fee refunds are considered.

12. Acceptance
12.1. The artist declares that they have read these rules and expressly accepts them in full and without reservation.

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