Place in Proximity Exhibition Deadline for Submission August 14, 2015


PLACE IN PROXIMITY A Call for Artworks by Artists currently living and making art in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.


Deadline for Entry: August 14, 2015


Place in Proximity launches a new collaboration between Michigan State University and the City of East Lansing, MI with (SCENE) Metrospace, an urban gallery in East Lansing, MI. Place in Proximity is a call for work made by artists living in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. This exhibition will juxtapose themes, qualities, and mannerisms of contemporary art from within our surrounding geographical region. To highlight what is happening right now in our region and allow us to examine how it relates to the broader contemporary art world.


This exhibition welcomes work of all types and styles to be considered. This call is open to everyone 18 years or older and is open to all media. Submissions can range from traditional to conceptual. The only required criteria for entry is that works must be made by visual artists currently residing in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.


Located in downtown East Lansing, MI, (SCENE) Metrospace was founded by the City of East Lansing in 2004, and continues to be operated by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. (SCENE) Metrospace has maintained a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, musical performances, and other forms of expression since it’s opening in 2004. In 2015 the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University joined forces to program and operate the space. (SCENE) Metrospace hosts 6-week themed exhibitions featuring work by contemporary artists.


(SCENE) Metrospace is free and open to the public, with the exception of some special programing. The gallery is handicap accessible and offers 1,500 square feet of raw exhibition space in a contemporary urban setting.




This exhibition is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only requirements are that all artists must be over the age of 18 and must be currently living in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.




Open to all traditional to new media.






$25 for up to three entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited. Entry fee must be paid by Check payable to MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY and postmarked by August 14, 2015 mailed to:


Jacquelynn Sullivan

600 Auditorium Road

Kresge Art Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824




The average number of works submitted to a typical (SCENE) Metrospace group exhibition is three-per artist. Some artists choose to submit more, especially if they have a couple of different bodies of work, which they’d like our juror to consider, or if they have a suite of works that are interrelated. While we have absolutely no minimum number required, nor do we give an advantage to those who submit more, it is helpful to have a few from to select. Our jurors often gain insight into one work by seeing it in context with a few others by the same artist. We routinely accept pairs or sets of work by artists once they are determined to be a finalist.


Detail images should only be included if truly necessary for understanding the nature or quality of the artwork and these files must be named as instructed below.




Dustin London is a Professor of Painting at Eastern Michigan University in the College of Arts & Sciences. London attended Michigan State University for his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania for his MFA. He has exhibited in spaces such as TSA New York in Brooklyn, Kunsthalle Galapagos in Brooklyn, the Bronx Art Space, and the Roger LaPelle Gallery in Philadelphia. London has been featured in New American Paintings and was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


For more information please visit his website:




(SCENE) Metrospace accepts only e-mailed digital images/files for consideration. See specifications below. The Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. Beyond such use, the artist retains full copyright of exhibited work.  


Digital images can only be submitted by e-mail (send to: Hi-Res, print-quality images will be requested for accepted works upon conclusion of the jury process. If suitable images are not provided, the work may not be included in the publication.

Entry images must meet the following specifications:

All entry files (regardless of type or media) must be named with artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.


Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word 'detail' in the filename (i.e. Jones_Mike_1_detail1.jpg). If you do NOT include the term DETAIL as part of the filename for any additional, extra, installation, or close-up images supporting your entry these will be counted as additional separate entries and our system will expect a corresponding fee for them. The copy of your entry form sent by email will provide samples for file-naming.


Information for detail images should NOT be included on the entry form. The image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”) and be exactly 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size but this is only approximate.

Please do NOT submit links to jpeg files (Google Docs or otherwise). Please attach images directly to one or more emails. Multiple emails with separate entries, if required, should include a number in the subject line (1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3, etc.). Only video or other extremely large files should be transferred via or similar service if necessary.

** Be ABSOLUTELY sure you are sending files at the correct size AND that your email app. does not automatically downsize the attached images when sending. Apple Mail, for example, provides a setting for resizing attachments in the new message composition window.


Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work. When emailing images, it is preferred that you do not include messages in the body of the email, nor attach anything other than the entry images to the email (no resume, bio, receipts, signature image, or statement). Our system automatically files the attachments of each message without reading notes. If you wish to comment or ask a question you may send a follow up email with no attachments. Any essential information regarding the nature of entries should be included in the notes section for each work on the entry form. Any communications should reference the exhibit title in the subject of the email.



(SCENE) Metrospace requests that all video or interactive submissions, or video details illustrating an entry, be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work AND a single representative jpeg image. The work should be shown online in its full length. It is understood that online versions of video files may be lower quality than those expected for exhibition in the gallery due to compression and Internet formatting.

Note that a jpeg still image should still be submitted to represent the entry in addition to the video material, and this file name should include the term 'video'. Please email us if you have any uncertainty about this at

Video links should be provided on the entry form for each work in the VIEWING LINK section, and should link directly to online or downloadable content that does NOT require a login, password or membership to view. These may be in the form of Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other similar links. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the jury's viewing of the work. Any extraneous information, or material not considered to be 'the work' will inevitably detract from the jury score for that work.

Links to video entries must remain valid and active through the notification of jury results.




Submitting the entry form indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in the prospectus, that you are reserving spots in our jury, that you will send the entry fee, and that you agree to make your work available should it be selected for exhibit. DO NOT submit an entry form if you cannot follow through.




                        1. Completed Entry Form (E-mailed to

                        2. Fee paid by August 14, 2015 (payable by check to Michigan State University)

                        3. Digital images formatted as directed (E-mailed to






As part of the new collaboration between the City of East Lansing, MI and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University a full-color catalog will be created documenting the works selected for juried exhibitions presented in our gallery. This will mark the beginning of a commitment to long-term documentation and dissemination of our projects. This catalog will be professionally designed by Professor Kelly Salchow MacArthur and will be available during the running of the exhibition. A complementary copy will be provided for each exhibiting artist and additional copies will be available for sale at (SCENE) Metrospace.




All work accepted for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not using good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the entry images or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Please note that professional-level presentation and craftsmanship is a must. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped work must be sent in an easily reusable container/ packaging with return shipping prepaid. Works will be retuned in the same manner as deliver or via UPS/USPS. All work must arrive at (SCENE) Metrospace by the specified date listed below. Accepted work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibition will become property of Michigan State University. The artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery.




Shipped work should be sent to:


Jacquelynn Sullivan

600 Auditorium Road

Kresge Art Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824




Although all possible care is shown while handling and displaying the artworks, the gallery is not liable for loss or damage. Any special provisions for display of the work (i.e. audio/visual equipment, special hanging hardware, specific lighting, insurance, etc.) are to be provided by the artist.




Michigan State University does not handle the sale of artwork and therefore does not retain a commission from any sales resulting from the exhibition of artwork. Anyone interested in purchasing an artwork will be put directly in touch with the artist unless an artist has indicated that a work is not for sale.




AUG 14, 2015                      Deadline for receipt of entries

AUG 19, 2015                      Notifications sent by e-mail to all entrants

AUG 21, 2015                      Hi-res images needed for publication

AUG 29-SEPT 2, 2015          Artwork due to (SCENE) Metrospace

SEPT 18, 2015                     Opening Reception 6-8PM

OCT 30, 2015                      Final Day of Exhibition

OCT 31- NOV 3, 2015          Pick-Up hand-delivered work

NOV 3, 2015                        Schedule shipped artwork for pick-up (arranged by artist)




Please direct any questions to or by calling 517.432.3961.