Call Details
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    Call Opens
    Event date(s)
    July 12 - August 23, 2024
    Cornwell Gallery
    Application fee
    $20 Member / $25 Non Member / FREE Guild Member (discounts applied with coupon codes)

    Northern Michigan artists are invited to submit original works of art for the juried exhibition, CLAY in SPACE. Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City is partnering with Traverse City’s ClaySpace to present this juried exhibition of contemporary clay and ceramic artwork. CLAY in SPACE aims to showcase the breadth of clay work being created throughout Northern Michigan today. Functional and non-functional works are welcome. The exhibition will explore not only outstanding examples of ceramics, but will encourage visitors to consider the way we engage with clay in our lives, including natural environments, our homes, gallery spaces, and art studios. 

    $1000 in prizes will be awarded.


    Applicant Calendar

    • The exhibition will be on display in CTAC-Traverse City’s Cornwell Gallery July 12-August 23, 2024
    • Submit entries online: April 19-May 29, 2024
    • Notification will be sent by Friday, June 7, 2024.
    • The artist is responsible for transporting work to and from Crooked Tree Arts Center (Traverse City), either through shipping or in-person drop-off and pick-up.
    • Work must be delivered to Crooked Tree Arts Center (Traverse City)  June 24-29, 2024, during posted CTAC gallery hours. 
    • If shipping artwork, the artwork must arrive with a return shipping label.
    • Unsold artwork must be picked up during gallery hours on August 24-30, 2024, or by appointment.
    • Works delivered with return shipping arrangements will be sent within 2 weeks of exhibit's end.



    This opportunity is open to Michigan artists 18 and over residing in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Otsego, and Wexford Counties, and all of the counties in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Michigan Artists are encouraged to submit both functional and non-functional work. All clay bodies and ceramic processes and techniques are eligible. Mixed media works incorporating clay and ceramics are eligible.

    Works of all media in ceramics are eligible. 3D wall hanging works should not exceed 30 inches in any dimension or weigh more than 50 pounds. 3D freestanding works should not exceed 78 inches in any dimension. These limitations are to ensure the safe handling and display of artwork. For exceptions, contact ALL work must arrive assembled and be stable for safety concerns. Work may be displayed on pedestals as available or on the floor as appropriate. Diptychs and triptychs are allowed but are to be submitted and priced as one piece (should not be mistaken with multiple pieces from a single series). Works are to have been created and completed within the last three (3) years.


    Application fees:

    Members $20 / Non Members $25 / Guild Members FREE

    Coupon codes will be mailed to members the week of April 22. If you want the code sooner please call 231-941-9488. We are unable to refund artists if they qualify for a discount and the code was not applied.


    Madeline Kaczmarczyk and Jerry Berta


    Madeline Kaczmarczyk has been a full-time artist in Rockford Mi sharing a studio with her husband, Jerry Berta. She concurrently was an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics for 22 years at Aquinas College.

    Most recently her work was chosen by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art as part of their permanent collections. She has received awards from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, The Muskegon Museum of Art, and The Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts as well as national exhibitions.

    Clay mosaic commission pieces locally include the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Fountain Street Church, The Cook Art center as well as the Kate Pew Walters Center Lobby at Indian Trails camp. Kaczmarczyk has shown her work at numerous national exhibitions and one person shows. Articles include Ceramics Monthly magazine (cover-1992) and  Pottery Making Illustrated (2022-Sept. and Oct. issue).



    I am an artist first and foremost, I love to create art! I am very lucky to be able to make a living out of what I love to do. In the name of art, I have created my own little Dinerland.

    Sometimes it seems to have gotten out of control. The main thing I have learned these last few years is, how lucky I am to be an artist. My process starts with an idea, then usually I make some small clay sketches, then I hand sculpt a larger piece and sometimes cast a mold. Once a piece is formed, I like to draw on each piece and add details. All my pieces have to be fired three times; the last time is for the metallic lusters. I add neon to complete most pieces. Of all my ‘I love to do’s’, I have come to treasure my time in my studio creating art the most. I am one lucky guy.