Call for Entry: The Skin I'm In
Regional Juried Exhibition

October 1 - November 6, 2021

The Skin I'm In is an Exhibition on living life as yourself and all the identities that come with it and how you see yourself and how the world sees you. This is a moment to creatively share your stories as a person with a disability, a man with a wonderful smile, a war vet, a Black woman, a Person of Color. This exhibit is a place to tell how you feel in your skin as a member of the LGBTQ community, as an Asian man, a Muslim grandmother. How you express yourself as an Indigenous person, a person with red hair and freckles or a Black Man in today’s America. Whatever skin you are in, who you are matters. Your story matters.

About the Juror
For the past 18 years, Donna has dedicated her skills as a designer, project manager to develop marketing and promotional strategies for urban libraries and non-profits. She has been a graphic/web designer for Detroit Public Library and Houston Public Library systems and brand manager for Houston Public Library. Donna attended Western Michigan University in the College of Engineering and also attended the College for Creative Studies as a Graphic Communications major. She is the founder of DMJStudio, her creative studio devoted to developing art projects and events that close gaps between community and cultural institutions through public art, exhibits, film, and social collaborations. Much of her artwork and projects are available to view at

Her body of work includes Colorful Women, a collection of abstract paintings, illustrations, video, and installations narrating stories of women and her hometown of Detroit. She has created and curated several projects and installations. These include the Door of Opportunity project, a collection of doors transformed into art by local artists, Posters on Politics (an international exhibition of posters on global politics), and Women Work, (a platform of women exhibits, projects and programs that focus on the narratives of women). She continues to work in the neighborhoods of Detroit developing story projects and exhibitions, such as Middle Detroit, a collection of stories about Detroit’s middle class as well as In Pursuit of Hope, stories about the Detroit 1967 Rebellion.

Entry requirements:

This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or older in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years. We reserve the right to decline any work that is substantially different from the submitted images, does not meet size limitations, or is not professionally presented.


Size limits: 2D - 72”high x 55” wide maximum

3D- must fit through standard doorway, max. 50lbs.

No installations or ceiling hung work


Schedule of Events:

Entry deadline: Saturday, August 27, 2021 at 11:59 pm (MT) at

Notifications emailed: by Saturday, September 4, 2021

Images emailed to by: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Delivery of accepted work: September 22-25, 2021 during normal business hours. (or contact Noelle Ringer or Kerry Hagy for other


Shipped work: to arrive by Friday, September 24, 2021.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 5 – 7pm

Pick-up artwork: November 16 – 19, 2021 during normal business hours. (or contact the Center for other arrangements)


Entry Fees:

$25.00 entry fee for up to two pieces of artwork entered.

$10 entry fee for student artists and artists economically challenged by COVID or unforeseen events. You will use coupon code REDUCE

Artists members receive a $5 off code and should email the art center.