Competition Rules

Paint Grand Traverse, presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center, is a week-long plein air painting festival and competition located in Traverse City, Michigan and its neighboring counties. The second annual Paint Grand Traverse will be held August 12-18, 2019. Over the course of the event, artists will paint in various locations throughout the area in preparation for a celebration, awards presentation, and sale on Saturday, August 17.
 


Tuesday, August 13: Small Wonders Competition and Sale

Who will participate: the invited featured artists

Number of pieces: 1-3

Artwork specifications:

  • Canvas/paper will be stamped at the artist check-in event on Sunday, August 11.
  • Small wonders are not to exceed 8" on longest side (excluding frame), and should be framed or matted.
  • Work must be created solely by the artist and done completely from life, August 11-13, 2019.
  • All paintings must begin on a blank white or toned background.
  • Artwork must be signed.
  • Work must remain on display until the conclusion of the event on Tuesday, August 13.

Turn in: Tuesday, August 13. Location and time TBD. A small work table with basic framing tools and blank labels will be provided at the venue.

Pick up: unsold work must be picked up on site immediately following the event. Abandoned artwork will become property of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Sales:

  • Artists set the prices. Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. Minimum retail price: $250.
  • CTAC staff will process sales; checks will be mailed to artists on or before September 16, 2019.
  • Prices are non-negotiable.
  • Selling artwork outside of the Paint Grand Traverse event is discouraged and contrary to the spirit of the event.

Awards:

  • First place $250; three honorable mentions valued at $100 each.

Awards Juror: TBD


Thursday, August 15: Quick Draw Competition

Who will participate: the invited featured artists, and other artists who have pre-registered. The field will total approximately 100 artists.

Number of pieces: 1

Painting time: 2 hours

Artwork specifications:

  • Canvas/paper will be stamped at check-in on August 11 and at the Quick Draw event.
  • Pieces on paper should be matted. Pieces on board or canvas do not need to be framed. (Piece must be able to stand on a table-top easel)
  • Maximum size: 24" on longest side.
  • All painting media are welcome.
  • Paintings must begin on a blank white or toned background.
  • Artwork must be signed.
  • Work must be created solely by the artist and done completely from life.
  • Work must remain on display until the conclusion of the event.

Pick up: unsold works must picked up on-site, immediately following the event. Abandoned artwork will become property of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Sale event: an awards presentation and quick sale will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Sales:

  • Artists set the prices. Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. The minimum retail price is $200.
  • CTAC staff will process sales; checks will be mailed to artists on or before September 16, 2019.
  • Prices are non-negotiable.
  • Selling artwork outside of the Paint Grand Traverse event is discouraged and contrary to the spirit of the event.

Awards:

  • PGT featured artists: $500 first place; $250 second place; (6) honorable mentions valued at $100 each.
  • Open division: $250 first place; (6) honorable mentions valued at $100 each.
  • All participating artists: $500 Best of Show

Awards Juror: TBD


Saturday, August 17: Paint Grand Finale

Who will participate: the invited featured artists

Number of juried pieces: 5 (additional pieces may be displayed and sold, as space is available)

Artwork specifications:

  • Canvas/paper will be stamped at the artist check-in event on Sunday, August 11.
  • Must be wired for hanging and ready for display. No saw-tooth hangers. Unframed gallery-wrapped art must be at least 1" in depth and edges must be painted. Work on paper must be framed and under glass/plexiglass.
  • Frames should not exceed 4" in width.
  • Maximum length: 24" on longest side (excluding frame).
  • Artwork must be signed.
  • Work must be created solely by the artist and done completely from life.
  • All paintings must begin with a blank white or toned background.
  • Work must remain on display through the conclusion of the event.

Turn in: by Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am. Work may also be turned into CTAC throughout the week.

Pick up: Sunday, August 18 from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Abandoned artwork will become property of Crooked Tree Arts Center as outlined in the Letter of Agreement.

Sale event: the Paint Grand Finale is a ticketed, public event. (A private preview for artists will be held immediately prior.)

Sales:

  • Artists set the prices. Crooked Tree Arts Center will retain a 40% commission. Minimum retail price: $400.
  • CTAC staff will process sales; checks will be mailed to artists on or before September 16, 2019.
  • Prices are non-negotiable.
  • Selling artwork outside of the Paint Grand Traverse event is discouraged and contrary to the spirit of the event.

Awards:

  • First place: $2,500
  • Merit awards (x5): $1,500 each
  • Artist's Choice: $1,000
  • Honorable mentions (x3): $500 each

Awards Juror: TBD