How It Works
MI Great ArtistHow It Works

How It Works

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MI Great Artist: Visual Art Competition

An Initiative of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

LBrooks.jpgMI Great Artist™ is one of Oakland County's premier quality of life events.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began the competition to promote the Oakland County and encourage creativity in the residents who live, work or attend school in one of the eight (8) Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair or Wayne

MI Great Artist
™ is an online art competition for visual artists, 18 years and older. Entrants will be able to upload up to 5 images and descriptions of their work for public voting.  From the top 20 artists, a 5-member jury of arts professionals will select 5 finalists. The winner will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.

Who Can Participate

The competition is open to all artists, 18 years and older, who live, work or attend school in one of the eight (8) Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair or Wayne.

Type of Art You May Enter

MI Great Artist™ is open to original art work submitted by the original creator. Artwork submitted must have been created in the past 3 years, not prior to July, 2014.

How to Enter

Complete the entry form and submit 5 digital samples of artworks that meets the type requirements.

Voting & Judging

Your entry will be displayed in the gallery section of this website.  Individuals may vote once a day from noon on August 17 through noon on August 28, 2017 for their favorites. Twenty semi-finalists will be selected from the top public votes.  A 5-member jury of arts professionals will select 5 finalists. The MI Great Artist™ winner will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.

Promoting Your Entry

Even with great media coverage and social media efforts by our sponsors, promoting your participation in MI Great Artist™ may increase your chances of making it into the top 20 semi-finalists.
  • Send an announcement of your entry to your email list
  • Leverage social media and invite your friends through Facebook and Twitter to vote
  • Include MI Great Artist web badge on your website and social media accounts