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 to use the arts to generate activity in the downtown area.
c. 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.
1.1. Art Explosion is an open, international contest - any artist age 18 and up can participate regardless of location.
1.2. 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). However, the Organizer cannot guarantee to accommodate specific or specialized needs such as specialized lighting or site specific power source.
1.3. No specific theme is imposed on the works of art submitted by the artists.
1.4. Any artwork submitted must be created within the last two years.
1.5. Previous Art Explosion participants may not submit a work that was accepted in previous Art Explosion events.
2. Artist Registration
2.1. Candidates must submit their applications online by July 15, 2021, 11:59pm EST.
2.2. To submit an application, each candidate must submit all required information.
2.3. 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.
2.4. An immediate, non-refundable* entry fee of $40 for the 2021 Art Explosion will be paid by candidates upon registration. *If, for any reason, the Organizer cancels the show, the artists will receive a full refund of their entry fee. Event cancellation is the only circumstance under which refunds will be considered.
2.5. Registration fee for Artisan Village members is $30.
2.6. 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.
3. Show Selection
3.1. Artists' entries will be reviewed and selected at the discretion of various qualified personnel.
3.2. The Organizer does not guarantee acceptance of all applicants. Some applicants may not be accepted.
3.3. Vile, offensive, sexual or hateful work will not be accepted.
3.4. Artists will be notified of their acceptance status by July 22.
4. Art Explosion Exhibition
4.1. The finalists take part in the Art Explosion public exhibition in Grayling, MI on the dates indicated on the website home page.
4.2. Each accepted artist must exhibit the work that was selected.
4.3. Artists are not required to be present for the Event.
4.4. The venue in which the finalist's work is exhibited and the space within that venue will be decided by the Organizer.
4.5. The selected work may not be replaced by another that was not part of the accepted submission, except for work or circumstances approved by the Organizer.
4.6. 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.
4.7. All works exhibited must remain installed in place throughout the exhibition for prize eligibility. Removed works will be disqualified.
5. Artist Sales and Solicitation
5.1. Artists may offer their Art Explosion exhibition entry for sale to the public. The Organizer will list the price of any artwork for sale on the Art Explosion website and at the exhibit.
5.2. Artists may hand out business cards or related literature during the exhibition.
5.3. Artists may not hand out un-related materials or literature.
5.4. Artists may not make sales of additional items, objects or merchandise.
5.5. Sales of artwork are handled exclusively through the artist and patron. The Organizer holds no responsibility for art transactions.
5.6. If an artist removes their work during the voting period of the Event due to a sale, the artist will be disqualified from awards.
6.1. All accepted artists are eligible to win up to $5,000 in prize money.
6.2. Participating artists are eligible for one award only.
6.3. A $5,000 grand prize will be awarded to the artists whose work receives the most public votes.
6.4. A $2,000 second place prize will be awarded to the artist whose work receives the second most public votes.
6.5. A $1,500 prize will be awarded by the juror for best of show.
6.6. Two $1,000 prizes will be awarded by the juror.
6.7. The juror is a hired, qualified individual not affiliated with the Organizer.
6.8. 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.
7.1. Voting will be open from August 28 - September 11, 2021.
7.2. Artists may take part in voting.
7.3. All individual voters, including artists, may cast one vote per artwork.
7.4. All individual voters may submit votes under one name and phone number.
7.5. All voters must be physically present for the Event.
7.6. An artist may not solicit votes from persons who are not attending the Event.
7.7. Any attempt to rig the voting system, including but not limited to: creating false identities, voting using multiple names, email addresses, or phone numbers, attempting to cast more than one vote per artwork, or soliciting votes from individuals who are not attending Art Explosion, will result in disqualification.
8. Transport and Installation of Artwork
8.1. Artists are responsible for the transport of their works to the exhibition space no later than July 30, 2021 (Some exceptions apply. See item 7.5).
8.2. Artists may deliver or ship their work. If an artist ships their work, the artist is responsible for all costs associated with shipping.
8.3. 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.
8.4. Artists are responsible for removing their works from the exhibition space by no later than September 20, 2021.
8.5. Artists may have their work shipped back to them by the Organizer. If an artist requests their work be shipped back to them, the artist must provide a return shipping label in advance.
8.6. If an artist does not remove their work or provide a return shipping label 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.
8.7. 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.
8.8. The Organizer will install work in the space selected by the Organizer. Artists whose work requires unconventional or elaborate installation methods may install their work at the direction of the Organizer with advance notice.
9.1. Artists are encouraged to take out insurance for the works exhibited. Insurance for artwork is not required to participate.
9.2. Exhibiting artists release the Organizer from any responsibility for any damage that could have been covered by insurance taken out by the artist.
9.3. Exhibiting artists release all participating venues from any liabilities including injury, vandalism, theft and damage of artwork or personal property.
10. Postponement, cancellation
10.1. The Organizer reserves the right to postpone or cancel the Event if circumstances require it. Postponement or cancellations will be announced via email.
10.2. The Organizer cannot be held liable for any postponement or cancellation.
10.3. 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.
11. Artist data and property
11.1. The artists expressly agree that their personal data will be processed by computer by the Organizer for registration.
11.2. The artists taking part in the Event give the Organizer the right to photograph or re-use the artwork presented in their submissions free of charge in perpetuity for promotional purposes only, in any medium- digital or physical.
11.3. 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.
11.4. 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.
12. Force majeure
12.1. 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.
12.2. 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.
13.1. The artist declares that they have read these rules and expressly accepts them in full and without reservation.