The Detroit Artists Market

ARTIST OPPORTUNITY - Call For Entry, “Edge”

Deadline April 26, 2013

Detroit Artists Market announces this Call For Entry for an upcoming exhibition called "Edge". Our guest juror for this exhibition is Melanie Manos. Entries are due to DAM by April 26th. To get your copy of the Call For Entry form and information, please click here or on the document link to the right.


Part of the lore of art history are those artists who push an edge, break established boundaries as to the definition of “art” and reshape the course of art for future generations. Artists have always sought new approaches and forms to express ideas current to their time and place, and in the process reconfigured established thinking and perceptions: the Impressionists who irked the Academy, Surrealists, DADA, DuChamp—and later conceptualists, Russian Constructivists, Abstract Expressionists, Actionists, Pop Art and Fluxus movements, Earth work, Happenings, Performance, Installation, Time-based work, Relational, Interactive, Interventionist,—among other less definable forms and processes.

We are looking for those artists in Detroit who are pushing an edge with their work both through content and form by way of the nontraditional use of traditional materials: i.e. installation, interactivity, relational, performance and other time-based work including audio, video and physical computing, as well as media and genres we have neither listed nor imagined.


The juror for this show is Melanie Manos, a performance and visual artist teaching at the University of Michigan. Her work examines the idea of containment and contained spaces—including mental, physical, societal and political constructs—through awkward physical moments and both ordered and disordered visual compositions. Manos is proud of her reputation for thinking inside the box—she first performed at Detroit Artists Market inside a refrigerator (with live video feed) as part of Detroit Now.

More recently she participated in Dlectricity, scaling the wall of 71 Garfield in the projected piece The Climb. Manos collaborates with artist Sarah Buckius as The MansoBuckius Cooperative, steadfastly following the motto “purposeful purposelessness” as mediated by photography, video, performance, and multi-channel projected installation. The MBC DVDs have attained an enviable amount of frequent flyer miles traveling to video and electronic art festivals worldwide.

Entry Information

Due to the nature of the show, in addition to the traditional CD format, we will also be accepting proposals, and the more information you include the better. Artist statement and a description of your piece and the thinking behind it is encouraged. The amount of gallery space is variable, as needed; if performance or other time-based (non-continuous) work is the medium, then timing and dates would have to be prearranged. Electronic equipment owned by the gallery is limited and likely will be provided by the artist unless otherwise arranged. Special hanging or installation instruction must be included if needed, or done by artist.

Digital Images: jpg only

Video: Quicktime, MP4, or mpeg

Also may include any links to websites or videos that may be helpful for this entry.

Entry Procedure

  • Artists may submit up to two entries.
  • Entries will be juried by digital images and video submitted per the specifications below
  • One image for each 2-dimensional artwork and up to three images for each 3-dimensional artwork may be submitted.
  • Provide a list of all materials
  • Entry form, payment and disc or flashdrive mailed or delivered to DAM at 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Digital Format

  • Digital images and video are to be submitted on a Windows capable CD or flashdrive.
  • Image files  to a maximum size of 1.5MB,  and 300 dpi.
  • File names need to be as follows: Name_art title_entry letter (A-B).jpeg  Be sure not to use special characters such as quotation marks or slashes.
  • Videos should be no larger than 20 MB, saved in MPEG-4 format.
  • Videos may also be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo with pixels no larger than 720x480. Please view for information on compressing video files.
  • Include a reference sheet with thumbnails of images, dimensions, medium and retail price of each submission.
  • Label the CD or flashdrive with the artist’s name and email address.

Entry Fee

A non-refundable entry fee entitles each artist to submit two artworks. The fee is $25 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Entry with Artists membership is $40. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Please make all checks payable to the Detroit Artists Market.


Artwork must be prepared in a professional manner for installation. The backs of 2-dimensional artwork should have the artwork label completed and firmly attached. The juror reserves the right to remove any artwork not accurately represented by submitted digital images.


This all-media exhibition is open to all Michigan and Ontario residents 18 and older. Artists may submit a maximum of two entries in any media created within the last two years. Works submitted must not have been previously shown at the Detroit Artists Market.  All works submitted must be available for sale.

Delivery and Pick-Up

Works may be hand delivered or shipped. If shipping, the artist is responsible for complying with all regulations pertaining to works of art. Artists must make arrangements for return shipping and cover all expenses. All works must be delivered and picked up on the dates specified in the calendar.


Every precaution will be taken to assure protection of the work; however the Detroit Artists Market is not responsible for loss or damage.


DAM retains 1/3 (33.33%) commission for staffing, processing and making sales. Michigan sales tax is collected and submitted.  Payments to artists will be no later than 30 days after the closing of the exhibition.


Submitting an entry to this competition shall constitute the agreement with all conditions in this prospectus. The Detroit Artists Market reserves the right to reproduce accepted entries for publicity purposes

Juror Awards

  • Best of Show, $500
  • Second Place, $200
  • Third Place, $100
  • Two Honorable Mentions

Exhibition Calendar

April 26, 2013

Postmark deadline for exhibition entries

May 6, 2013

Jury results mailed to artists

May 28– June 1, 2013

Accepted artwork due. Deliver to Detroit Artists Market between 11AM - 6PM.

June 7, 2013

Exhibition Opening and Reception 6-9PM

July 13, 2013

Exhibition closes - final day

July 16-18, 2013

Pick-up unsold exhibited artwork

Contact Info


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4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201