Call for Artists: McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation – CLOSED

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Call for Artists: McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation – CLOSED

Release Date: September 28, 2020
Project: Artwork for the McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital Expansion – Petoskey Campus
Re: Call for Artists

Call for Artists:  As the Building the Future of Health Care expansion project progresses, McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation (Foundation) would like to visually celebrate, through the eyes of area artists, northern Michigan and the special place it holds in the hearts of all who reside in or visit the region. On behalf of the Foundation, Distinctive Art Source, a consulting firm specializing in art programs for health care settings, will carefully select over 300 pieces of artwork for purchase and installation in the new wing on the Petoskey campus, scheduled to open early Summer 2021.

Artwork will be chosen for therapeutic properties benefitting its viewers, including patients, visitors and staff. Selected art content will reflect the natural beauty of northern Michigan along with the outdoor lifestyle that provides multi-generational family enjoyment. Art content may include regional lakes and rivers, farmland, orchards and vistas, flora and fauna native to northern Michigan, beloved local landmarks, festivals and events, and outdoor recreation such as boating, skiing, biking, and fishing.


The Foundation is partnering with Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network to connect with artists throughout northern Michigan and to support the region’s vibrant art community.


Distinctive Art Source will propose, purchase and place artwork based on content, style, cost and where the artist resides. Artwork will be featured in public and patient areas in new and renovated spaces. 

To:       Michigan artists, with preference given to those artists currently living in the northern Lower Peninsula and eastern Upper Peninsula.

From:   Distinctive Art Source                   Phone: 703-956-1946

             10440 Balls Ford Rd# 165                               

              Manassas, VA 20109           

Submittal Deadline:  October 26, 2020        

Required Criteria:  Research has determined that viewing art can help reduce stress and offer the possibility of improved patient outcomes when the subject matter is health care appropriate. Featuring works by regional artists provides artistic interpretations of familiar landscapes, waterscapes and local subject matter through the eyes of those who live in the area. Traditional and contemporary styles of artwork will be considered.  Dark shadows, stormy skies or confrontational figurative images will not be considered.  For additional information on what makes imagery appropriate for health care please visit:

Art Sizes:  16” x 20” and larger with exceptions based on medium

Art Mediums:  Suspended sculpture, Oil on Canvas, Acrylic on Canvas, Pastel, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Mosaic Tile, Quilt, Glass, Ceramics, Fiber, Full Color and B&W Photography, Metal and Mixed Medium.


Virtual Informational Session for Artists: As a way to help interested artists better understand the project and the art direction, Distinctive Art Source will share art insight, renderings, plans and proposed key art locations with interested artists at 7:00 PM on October 7, 2020 via a Zoom Meeting. Please see Zoom Meeting information below.

Topic: MNMF Artists Informational Session

Time: Oct 7, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 964 0761 9439                            Passcode: 773646

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Submittal Instructions:  Each artist may submit up to 4 images per medium.  Include in image title: description of medium, image size, and artist’s cost for each submitted image.  Submitted images do not have to be available for sale as they are to represent artist’s style.  Submittals can be digital images, transparencies, or printed images.  No original works will be accepted as a submittal. 

McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation will not accept any submittals at its facilities or by email.  All submittals must be received by Distinctive Art Source on or before October 26, 2020. Email, fax or mail submittals to:

  Carolyn Gialluca                                           Phone: 703-956-1946            

  Distinctive Art Source                                   E-mail:

  10440 Balls Ford Rd# 165   

  Manassas, VA  20109          

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Notification:  All artists will be notified of status on or near February 28, 2021.  Submittals requested to be returned from artists not selected will be returned at this time.

Questions: Email or call Carolyn at 703-956-1946.

Share the Call: Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in submitting their artwork for consideration.