People’s Choice Award Added for Southeast Michigan Artists for the 2018 MI Great Artist Competition

Artists from Oakland County and seven other southeast Michigan counties can strut their stuff beginning Wednesday, August 1,  as the MI Great Artist online art competition kicks into gear.

Artists are vying for cash and prizes that total more than $16,000. Entries may be submitted to beginning Wednesday at noon until noon August 17. A “People’s Choice” award is new to the competition this year, which gives $750 to the artist who receives the most votes during public voting, which begins August 23.

The finalist hold their framed certificates and pose for a photo

Thomas Tunney (third from left) was the 2017 Winner of the five finalists

Thomas Tunney from Commerce Township was last year’s winner. The other four finalists included Meredith Lea Bailey and Jennifer Whaley, both from Rochester Hills, as well as Michael Bollerud from Taylor and Margaret Grace McDermott from Clarkston.

“We have a wealth of superbly talented artists who enter the competition each year,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We’ve added a “People’s Choice” award this year to reward the artist who makes the biggest impact on the public. I encourage those talented individuals to join us as we begin the search for the next MI Great Artist winner.”

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