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Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Jim Young
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Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Call for Artists: Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air 2022

Deadline: February 25, 2022

The ​Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan, seeks artists for the national plein air painting festival, Paint Grand Traverse: a plein air affair, now in its fifth year. Paint Grand Traverse is a plein air (outdoor) painting festival and competition featuring 30-40 artists from across the country. Paint Grand Traverse is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center. Founded in 1971, CTAC is a community-based arts center serving Northern Michigan from campuses in Traverse City and Petoskey, Michigan. We offer events and classes in visual arts, dance, music, culinary arts, and more.

This opportunity is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older. All painting media are eligible.

Prizes and Awards
Best of show: ​$2,500 cash award. A total of $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

Applicant Timeline

  •     Submit 5-7 images online by February 25, 2022 via CallforEntry.org
  •     Entries will be scored by a panel of jurors, March 1-7.
  •     Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 10.
  •     Accepted artists must submit a signed letter of agreement, bio, and promotional images by March 31.
  •     Event dates: August 14-20, 2022
  •     Exhibition dates: August 23 – September 17, 2022

Submission Materials

  • Submit 5-7 images of recent plein air artwork, including artwork title, dimensions, medium, and date. Digital images should be cropped to show the painting only – no frame, no background.
  • Artist Bio and C.V.
  • Artist Statement
  • Link to online portfolio (URL) (optional)

Terms and Conditions:

  • The call is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older.
  • All painting media are eligible.
  • Submissions must be original works of art created by the artist submitting the work.
  • Artists may submit five to seven (5-7) images.
  • The Crooked Tree Arts Center galleries are sales galleries and works created during the festival must be for sale. Price is set by the artist. The Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission on all sales.
  • A non-refundable fee of $40.00 per artist is required for entry (CTAC members $30.00). If you are a current member of Crooked Tree Arts Center, please use the coupon code: MEMBER22 to receive the member discount. CTAC Artist Guild Members can submit their work free of charge. If you do not have your Guild Membership code, please contact pgt@crookedtree.org. If you have questions about your membership status, or are interested in becoming a member, please call CTAC at (231) 347-4337.

Submission Procedure:

  • Submit requested application materials via CaFÉ (callforentry.org). Entries must be submitted online via CaFÉ and file formats must meet CaFÉ specifications.
  • Jury will be done online.
  • Notification will be delivered via email on March 10, 2022.
  • Accepted artists must submit a signed letter of agreement by March 31, 2022.

PO Box 1859
Traverse City, MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


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Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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