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Exhibition: February 22-April 1, 2017
Reception: February 24, 5-8 pm | Awards 6:30 pm

The Scarab Club invites submissions for its annual Silver Medal Exhibition, an annual unthemed, all-media exhibition. The exhibition is open to all artists.

Since 2015 the Silver Medal has been given in honor of the late Gilda Snowden. Gilda’s husband, William Boswell, will present the medal at the reception for the exhibition on Friday, February 24th.

The purpose of the Silver Medal Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students.

Submit work for this exhibition

Jo Powers grew up in Downriver, Wayne County where her father had his own sign painting business. Watching him work and associating with his materials greatly influenced her art sensibilities. As an undergrad at WSU, she combined art studies with German language studies, which led to a year of study abroad at the University of Freiburg. While there she also attended the State Academy of the Plastic Arts. After completing her BFA at Wayne State University, Ms. Powers entered Syracuse University where she earned her MFA in painting. She returned to the Frankfurt area in Germany where she taught for the University of Maryland’s European Division and worked for an English pantomime theater group painting stage backdrops. Back in Metro Detroit she free-lance illustrated for publications such the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Dallas Morning News, the L.A. Times, and for the Chicago Tribune. During this time Ms. Powers began exhibiting her paintings at the Detroit Artists’ Market and at the Detroit Focus Gallery. She credits a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts in 1985 with launching her painting career. Other grants funded her three-year artist-in-residence at Dominican High School, as well as collaborations with Detroit Dance Collective. In the late nineties, Jo Powers began teaching at Macomb Community College, College for Creative Studies, and at Oakland Community College. Ms. Powers has exhibited in Detroit and in Chicago. Her work is in private collections in the U.S., Germany, and Australia.

Entry Instructions:
Submission Guidelines: Please read carefully!

Participation is open to all artists. The Silver Medal Exhibition is an unthemed, all-media exhibition.

Scarab Club members and full time students pay a discounted entry fee of $20 for up to three images; Entry fee for all other artists is $25 for up to up to three images; Up to three additional images may be submitted, at $5 for each additional image.

The deadline for online submissions is midnight, January 27, 2017.

Artists will be notified of jury results via the email they have submitted. Results will be emailed by Wednesday, February 1st. Jury results are automatically generated–PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE by February 1st.

February 22-April 1, 2017
Reception: Friday, February 24, 5-8 pm.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 9, 6 pm
Intake: Sunday, February 19, 2017, noon-5 pm
Pick-up: Sunday, April 2, noon-5 pm

Work must be mounted and framed in a professional manner and properly wired for hanging. Clip-on and poster frames are not acceptable. Artist is responsible for any special hardware.

INTAKE FOR ACCEPTED WORKS is Sunday, February 19, noon-5 pm.

SHIPPED WORKS must arrive no later than Thursday, February 16. Shipping to and from the venue are the responsibility of the artist.

All works must be for sale. No ‘Price on Request’. Price may not change after entry. SC members pay 30% commission; all other artists pay 45%.

Contact Treena Flannery Ericson at

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