The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) is now accepting entries to the 32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC)

The juried exhibit will feature a variety of media, all created since January 2013, by artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Cash prize awards to artists will total $5,000.

This year’s MFAC will be exhibited Friday, May 16 through Friday, July 11. BBAC exhibits are always free and open to the public. Artists must be 18 and older. The entry deadline is Friday, April 11. All entries are online.  For more information, visit BBArtCenter.org or call 248.644.0866. Application info can be found here

Since 1982, when the BBAC “inherited” the exhibition from the Detroit Institute of Arts, MFAC typically attracts 500-600 entries resulting in a showcase of 100 or more juried works.

2013 top winner, Human by Rashaun Rucker (Grosse Pointe Park); photography on metal, 36" x 36"

2013 top winner, Human by Rashaun Rucker (Grosse Pointe Park); photography on metal, 36″ x 36″

The Michigan Fine Arts Competition is juried each year by a prominent artist or curator. The 2014 juror is DJ Hellerman, the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the BCA Center in Burlington, Vermont. A native of Ohio, DJ started curating and educating people about art while helping Progressive Insurance build a collection of contemporary art (roughly 8,000 objects) designed to encourage innovation and change. Hellerman and his colleagues acquired 200-300 new contemporary works of art annually, something accomplished by the most aggressive collectors. He studied Modern and Contemporary Art at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, nearly 5,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, outreach programs, special events and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair).  The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and a retail Gallery Shop. The BBAC and Gallery Shop are open Mon.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at BBArtCenter.org, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.

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