The RRCA presents regular exhibitions that feature local and regional artists and brings national and international art to the community. We present a wide variety of work, such as individual, group, or thematic shows, that reflect the community’s diverse interests and challenge conventional thinking.

FOR A FULL LIST. PLEASE REVIEW THE EXISTING CONTRACT. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

  • Art must be original and not shown within the last 3 years in the Hardy Hall art gallery
  • All work must be submitted appropriately presented, with framing in good condition, glass as needed, and proper hangers (no saw tooth hangers)
  • All work will remain in the gallery during the exhibition
  • Artists are responsible for their own expenses. No expenses will be covered by the RRCA without approval.
  • The RRCA retains 30% of art sold
  • The RRCA reserves the right to reject any work

Art Exhibitions – 2022

Opening on November 16, 2022 (12pm – 3pm)

Reception on November 19, 2022, from 5pm – 7pm

CALL FOR ART

The Journey of Discovery: Honoring the contributions of African Americans in rural Michigan

In celebration of National Black History Month, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) and the Manistee Area Racial Justice and Diversity Initiative (MARJDI), a fiscally sponsored program of the Manistee County Community Foundation, announce a call for work by African American artists. The Journey of Discovery Art Exhibition will be on display in the Ramsdell Center’s Hardy Hall Gallery from January 25 through February 25, 2023. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 5:00-7:00pm. Exhibiting artists will retain 70% of gallery sales.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Call for art continued…

Guidelines and Eligibility:

  • Artists who identify as persons of African American heritage
  • African American artists who are from, or presently reside in, rural* Michigan.
  • Artists are responsible for transporting accepted works to RRCA by Saturday, January 11, Arrangements can be made if artists need assistance with this requirement. Artists are encouraged to contact the RRCA at info@ramsdelltheatre.org.
  • Artists are responsible for picking up unsold works from RRCA on Mon/Tues, February 27/28.

* According to the US Census, a city or area is considered “rural” if it has a population of 50,000 or less

Application Deadline: 11/30/22

How to apply: After gathering the materials outlined in this information packet, artists may apply via our Google form here https://forms.gle/GQ1YoRXwGBJ2Z14D8

Required Application Materials:

  • Basic info (name, address, email, phone number)
  • Artist website
  • Artist biography
  • Titles, dimensions, media, and high-resolution images of up to 4 works to be submitted for consideration
  • $20 entry fee per artist (payment link in Google form)

Artist Benefits:

  • Exhibition artists will retain 70% of gallery sales.
  • Exhibition will be publicized via the RRCA and MARJDI websites, social media outlets, e-blasts, print publications and other collaborative networks.

Contract

An agreement between artists and the RRCA is required for all invited artists. Invitations will go out by December 16, 2022. An example of this agreement can be found on this page under General Policies.

FEATURED EXHIBIT – coming in 2023

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Manistee, Michigan on the ancestral land of the Anishinaabe people. This historic opera house in rural Michigan was erected in 1902 only 38 years after the institution of slavery was finally abolished in the United States. It is important to remember that there were African Americans who journeyed here to Northern Michigan, and that they, along with the other European immigrant groups and the Anishinaabe people already here, are a part of the history and fabric of the region.

Joining the RRCA in this celebration of Black History Month is MARJDI, a group of concerned citizens who have come together to promote racial justice, diversity and inclusion in the region.

It is in the spirit of inclusion and celebration of diversity that RRCA & MARJDI invite African American artists working in all visual arts media to submit works to be considered as part of the Center’s 2023 exhibition of contemporary African American Art. You may enter by filling out this Google Form https://forms.gle/jTj9nLnXegwPtDHq9 This exhibition will feature works by contemporary African American artists who currently reside or are from rural Michigan and will open the month-long celebration of Black History Month at the RRCA called: Journey of Discovery: Honoring the contributions of African Americans in rural Michigan.

The Journey of Discovery Art Exhibition will be on display in the Hardy Hall Art Gallery from January 25 through February 25, 2023. There will be an opening reception on February 4, 2023, from 5:00-7:00pm.

Art Exhibitions – coming in 2023