West Michigan Area Show Call for Entries

Applications for the 2024 West Michigan Area Show close on March 3, 2024. Local artists from 14 West Michigan counties can now submit their art for a chance to be juried into the 2024 West Michigan Area Show. More than $6,000 will be awarded and entries can range from paintings, prints, and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, and mixed-media works. The 2024 West Michigan Area Show will be on view from May 3 to August 25, 2024.

This year’s juror will be gallerist Jessica Silverman. Jessica Silverman is an ambitious, innovative, and internationally renowned gallery that builds artists’ careers and supports art buyers keen on establishing noteworthy collections. The eponymous gallery was founded in 2008 after Silverman had completed an MA in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts, after a BFA from Otis College. The gallery represents artists who make museum-worthy art at all stages of their careers. Works by the gallery’s artists have been acquired by museums such as the Tate (London), Reina Sofia (Madrid), MoMA (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Arti, MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, and many others.

The 2024 West Michigan Area Show will be open from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, August 25, 2024.

Support for the West Michigan Area Show is provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.


  • Applications Open: Monday, January 22 —11:59 pm Sunday, March 3
  • Artist Notification: Tuesday, April 2
  • Artist Drop Off: April 18-19-20 and 22 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Monday)
  • Awards and Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2
  • Exhibition Opens: Friday, May 3


  • $1,000 Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize
  • $ 500 Second Place
  • $ 400 Third Place
  • $ 300 Fourth Place
  • $ 200 Fifth Place
  • $1,000 Portage Community Art Award
  • $ 750 Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s People’s Choice Award
  • $ 350 The Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism
  • $ 300 Ninth Wave Studio Award for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia
  • $ 250 Signature Artists, LLC, Award
  • $ 200 Eclectic Glass Guild of Southwest Michigan
  • $ 200 Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters’ Art Quilt Award
  • $ 200 Southwest Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award
  • $ 150 Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Book, Print, and Paper Award
  • $ 150 West Michigan Potters Guild Award for Ceramics
  • The Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director’s Purchase Prize