Meijer Gardens Loeschner Art Competition Calls for Entries

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is accepting two-dimensional entries for the annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition.

Celebrating its 14th year, the competition welcomes artists from across the state and around the globe. The competition is open to all artists working in a two-dimensional format. Through the generosity of the Loeschner family, the winning entry will be awarded a prize of $5,000 and will become part of Meijer Gardens' permanent collection.

Artists are encouraged to submit original works inspired by Meijer Gardens. To participate, digital images and prints as well as the application form must be submitted by October 7th. If selected as a finalist, Meijer Gardens will request delivery of original artwork on October 21st. The winner will be notified onNovember 11th.

Since 2002, the Loeschner Art Competition has sought outstanding artwork inspired by Meijer Gardens.

One of the world's most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park serves nearly 600,000 visitors annually. Meijer Gardens was recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news. The 158-acre grounds feature Michigan's largest tropical conservatory; one of the largest children's gardens in the country; arid and Victorian gardens with bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin; a carnivorous plant house; outdoor gardens; and a 1900-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring an eclectic mix of world-renowned musicians every summer. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park features a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Ai Weiwei, Moore, Serra, Bourgeois and Plensa, among others. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, di Suvero, Borofsky, Calder and Dine. In June 2015, the 8-acre Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened. Created by renowned designer Hoichi Kurisu, the garden features sculpture by Anish Kapoor, Zhang Huan and Guiseppe Penone, among others.

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