The Skin I'm In juried by Donna Jackson

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The Skin I'm In juried by Donna Jackson




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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Michigan
Event Dates: 10/1/21 – 11/6/21
Entry Deadline: 8/27/21

Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Entry fee): $25.00
Entry Fee (Reduced Fee): $10.00
South Haven Center for the Arts Regional Juried Exhibition

The Skin I’m In 

Juried by Donna Jackson

October 1 – November 6, 2021

South Haven Center for the Arts

600 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone: (269) 637-1041

Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 11AM – 4:00PM (ET), Thurs: 11AM – 6:00PM

 The Skin I’m In is an exhibition on living life as yourself and all the identities that come with it and how you see yourself and how the world sees you.  This is a moment to creatively share your stories as a person with a disability, a man with a wonderful smile, a war vet, a Black woman, a Person of Color. This exhibit is a place to tell your how you feel in your skin as a member of the LGBTQ community, as an Asian man, a Muslim grandmother. How you express yourself as an Indigenous person, a person with red hair and freckles or a Black Man in today’s America. Whatever skin you are in, who you are matters. Your story matters.

Exhibition juried by Donna Jackson

For the past 18 years, Donna has dedicated her skills as a designer, project manager to develop marketing and promotional strategies for urban libraries and non-profits. She has been a graphic/web designer for Detroit Public Library and Houston Public Library systems and brand manager for Houston Public Library.

Donna attended Western Michigan University in the College of Engineering and also attended the College for Creative Studies as a Graphic Communications major. She is the founder of DMJStudio, her creative studio devoted to developing art projects and events that close gaps between community and cultural institutions through public art, exhibits, film, and social collaborations. Much of her artwork and projects are available to view at

Her body of work includes Colorful Women, a collection of abstract paintings, illustrations, video, and installations narrating stories of women and her hometown of Detroit. She has created and curated several projects and installations. These include the Door of Opportunity project, a collection of doors transformed into art by local artists, Posters on Politics (an international exhibition of posters on global politics), and Women Work, (a platform of women exhibits, projects and programs that focus on the narratives of women). She continues to work in the neighborhoods of Detroit developing story projects and exhibitions, such as Middle Detroit, a collection of stories about Detroit’s middle class as well as In Pursuit of Hope, stories about the Detroit 1967 Rebellion.

Entry requirements

This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or older in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years. We reserve the right to decline any work that is substantially different from the submitted images, does not meet size limitations, or is not professionally presented.

Size limits: 2D – 72”high x 55” wide maximum
3D- must fit through standard doorway, max. 50lbs.

No installations or ceiling hung work

Schedule of Events: 

Entry deadline: Saturday, August 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm (MT) at

Notifications emailed: by Saturday, September 4, 2021

Images emailed to by: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Delivery of accepted work: September 22-25, 2021 during normal business hours. (or contact Noelle Ringer or Kerry Hagy for other arrangements)

Shipped work : to arrive by Friday, September 24, 2021.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 5 – 7pm

Pick-up artwork: November 16 – 19, 2021 during normal business hours. (or contact the Center for other arrangements)

Entry Fees:

$25.00 entry fee for up to two pieces of artwork entered.

$10 entry fee for student artists and artists economically challenged by COVID or unforeseen events.

Artists members receive a $5 off code and should email the art center.

Prospective entrants to the exhibition are required to submit images of each of their desired entries in a jpeg format. In addition, each work requires a title, and a brief statement explaining how the piece relates to the theme The Skin I’m In Payments by credit card at time of entry through Cafe ( or check or money order payable to South Haven Center for the Arts.

Awards: $250 1st Place, $100 2nd Place

Framing & Presentation: All work must be framed and/or installation ready:  wired (NO sawtooth hangers); no clip frames with exposed glass edges. Work must be labeled with artist’s contact information, title of the work, medium, and price.

Installation: Only works appropriately prepared for installation will be accepted. 3D works must be stable and pose no physical threat to visitors. No work can be hung from the ceiling. 2D work must be “ready to hang”. No saw tooth hangers allowed. If any special hardware is needed for hanging, it must be included with work when dropped off, along with hanging instructions.

Deliver/Pick-up work: Deliver and pick up work at the SHCA during the times listed above or by appointment. Any work not picked up after 30 days of the exhibition’s closing may become property of the South Haven Center for the Arts. No work will be released before the close of the exhibit.

Shipped Work: Work must be delivered by Friday, September 24, 2021. It must be shipped in a sturdy, reusable container with all packing materials labeled and reusable. NO PEANUTS! A return shipping label must be included for return shipping. Any special instructions for packing should be included.

Hand Delivery: Works can be hand-delivered during specified delivery and pick-up times. Unsold pieces of art that are not to be return-shipped must be picked up during posted gallery hours on the dates above. If the unsold pieces are not retrieved within two weeks of the exhibition close, and pick-up arrangements have not been agreed upon, the items will become the property of the South Haven Center for the Arts. Packaging for artwork may be stored at the SHCA and a name label must be put on every piece of packaging to be stored at the art center. Instructions for any special handling or re-packing needs must be included.

Removing artwork: No artwork may be removed by the artist prior to the conclusion of the exhibition. SHCA reserves the right to temporarily remove any piece of work for reasons the organization deems necessary.

Insurance: SHCA staff and volunteers will handle your work with care. South Haven Center for the Arts carries art insurance for work on display in the gallery. We are not responsible for insuring artwork when it is traveling to and from the gallery. 

Sales: Exhibited work may be sold at the price specified on the entry form. A commission of 35% is received by the SHCA for works sold during the exhibition. If work is not for sale, please include an estimated value on the entry form provided. Accepted work may not be substituted or withdrawn before the close of the show. The SHCA reserves the right to photographically reproduce accepted entries for publicity purposes.

Please contact Kerry Hagy or Noelle Ringer with questions at

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