2018 West Michigan Area Show (Artist Information)

Entry deadline is Sunday, April 15 at 11:59 pm


Please click to download a list of awards and a printable pdf of these procedures and requirements.

Entry Procedures:

Entering the area show is done via the online service: CaFE.

The first step is to create your artist account on the CaFE website at no charge. Once you have an account, you will have access to apply to juried exhibitions nationwide.

The CaFE site will be live no later than February 23. However, artists can start the process NOW by creating an artist profile here.

Click HERE for a video that walks artists through the process: 1. set up your profile and upload images, 2. apply to an exhibition: select your images and submit payment. If you have difficulty or need access to a computer, contact the KIA for assistance.


Eligibility: Artists 18 years or older residing in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.

Entry Fee: Up to 3 works may be submitted, with only 1 image per work. You will be charged a non-refundable entry fee of $20 per work by credit card. Please contact us if you need to pay by cash or check.

Award Eligibility: Awards are selected by the juror after work is accepted and delivered to the KIA.

Art quilts must be free-hanging (unframed), fabric-based, original compositions formed by stitched layers.

Mixed media/Intermedia: Combining traditional and/or non-traditional media, eligible works stretch conventions of art and composition. Works eligible for the Print Award must illustrate a hand-worked element as part of the process in its making (no exclusively digital prints are eligible).

Glass: At least 50% of the work must be comprised of glass, but the work may include some sculptural component in metal or other media.

Tips on photographing art and resizing photos

2D artwork: Mount your camera on a tripod and set it to the LOWEST ISO, HIGHEST RESOLUTION, AND HIGHEST QUALITY FILE FORMAT, then click here for a video tutorial.

3D artwork: Mount your camera on a tripod and set it to the LOWEST ISO, HIGHEST RESOLUTION, AND HIGHEST QUALITY FILE FORMAT, then click here for a video tutorial.

Then find help resizing your image in various programs (Photoshop, Paint, etc.) here.

Artist Calendar

Feb 23 Call for Entry available online
Sunday, April 15 Submission deadline
May 8 Artist Notifications sent
May 17, 18, 19 Delivery of accepted work
March 22 Juror Talk (yes, 2 mo. early)
May 25 Reception (5:30-7:30) and
Awards Presentation (6:30)
May 26 - Sept 2 Exhibition dates
TBA Announcement of People's Choice Award
Sept 5 or by appt Pick up of art

Specifications: Only original work of the artist's own design completed in the last two years should be entered. Digital media, 2-D, and 3-D works in any medium will be accepted. Work may not exceed six feet (72") in any dimension.

Delivery or Shipping of Accepted Entries: Works accepted into the WMAS must be received no later than 2 pm, May 19. Entries may be hand delivered to the KIA May 17, 18, 19 (Th/Fr 9 am-4 pm, Sat 12-2 pm) or earlier by special arrangement. For directions and a map, please click here.

Works may be shipped via UPS or FedEx and must be sent with return postage and return mailing labels. Insurance of works in transit is the sole responsibility of the artist, and the KIA will not accept any works damaged in transit.

Condition of Entries: All works to be wall-hung must be fully prepared for hanging with proper hanging devices ("D"-rings and/or wires). Please note "top" where necessary. No clip frames are permitted. The KIA reserves the right to refuse any entry and to withdraw any work from the exhibition at its discretion.

Special Installation Needs: Pieces or works requiring special setups must be pre-arranged: call the KIA preparator at 269.349.7775, ext. 3134, no later than February 20.

Caveats: The KIA reserves the right to refuse any work that is inappropriate, framed inadequately, or misrepresented by entry image. Work must be available the entire duration of the exhibition and may not be delivered late or released early.

Liability: All work is submitted at the owner's risk. Although every precaution will be taken, the KIA is not responsible for insurance of work during transit or while on its premises. By submitting work, the artist waives any claim against the KIA for any loss or damage.

Sale of Works: Works will not be offered for sale through the KIA. Visitors interested in purchasing work will be put in contact with the artist.