“The Conversation” by Lynn Strough won the photography category in the 2021 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition. Courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition now is accepting entries for its 21st year.
The competition, which accepts art in two-dimensional formats, sees artists from all over the globe pursuing a $5,000 prize and a place in the gardens’ permanent collection, with the objective to “collect high-quality work that would celebrate the beauty and inspiration the institution provides,” according to the competition website.
All entries are inspired by the gardens and are judged in two categories: two-dimensional and photography, with one winner being selected from each category.
Artists ages 18 and older working in two-dimensional formats are encouraged to apply. Although not a requirement for submission, artists are encouraged to work on-site at the gardens.
Last year’s winner in the photography category was Lynn Strough for her photograph “The Conversation.” In the two-dimensional category, Lee Ann Frame took home the top prize for her etched work, “Spring.”
Other past winning works include a wide range of mediums such as paintings in acrylic or oil on canvas, linocut on paper, embroidery, colored pencil on paper, gouache and mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock print), which won in 2016.
Interested artists can register for free online here. The deadline for submissions Nov. 11, 2022. Winners will be chosen and announced in January.