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Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative 2022-23

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June 1 – July 22, 2023


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

The deadline for accepting applications was November 30, 2022. Stamps Gallery thanks all the artists who have applied. We are grateful for and inspired by your work! Please check back in mid-January 2023 for an announcement about 2022 – 2023 Envision: Michigan Artist Initiative finalists.

Organized by Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan, Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative is an exhibition and awards program designed to support the development of contemporary artists living and working in Michigan. In its second iteration, the program recognizes the creativity, rigor, and innovation of Michigan-based artists and collaboratives — and honors their role in inspiring the next generations of artists in our state. This initiative showcases the excellence and artistic merit of contemporary art practices in Michigan. 

Stamps Gallery invites emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Michigan working in all types of media to apply. A shortlist of three artists will be selected by a prominent national panel of jurors: Neil A. Barclay, President & CEO of Charles Wright Museum of African American Art, Shannon Rae Stratton, Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and Nayda Collazo-Llorens, award-winning artist and winner of the inaugural Envision: Michigan Artist Initiative Award (20202021).

The shortlisted artists will be invited to exhibit their work in a group exhibition at Stamps Gallery from June 1‑July 23, 2023. Finalists will receive logistical and curatorial support from the professional staff at Stamps Gallery. 

The jury will select a winner who will be announced on the opening night on June 1, 2023. The winning artist will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize. 

If you have further questions, please contact stamps-​gallery@​umich.​edu.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. To receive the award, artists must live and work in Michigan and be a legal resident’ or U.S. citizen.

  2. Artists must be at least 20 years old and not be enrolled in a University program at an undergraduate or graduate level.

  3. The initiative is open to emerging and mid-career artists and collaboratives living and working in Michigan.
    • Emerging artists are early in their artistic careers (regardless of age), they have a small exhibition record and their practices are not yet considered well established professionally by indicators of museum exhibitions, gallery representation, publications. They have been practicing professionally for at least three years. 

    • Mid-career artists have passed the early stages of their careers. They have a growing body of work and whose work have attained a fair degree of public exposure through exhibitions, publications, and media coverage.

  4. This initiative seeks to support artists who are gaining momentum and committed to pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium. These artists are at a critical stage in their careers and in the threshold of taking their work to the next level.


  • Call for Work: October 16 — November 302022

  • January 19, 2023: Finalists announced

  • June 1: Public Opening and Award Ceremony Event

  • June 1- July 23, 2023 Exhibition Dates

Evaluation Criteria

Artistic Merit: Those who are dedicated to building a rigorous body of work to demonstrate a consistent commitment to their artistic careers and take risks by pushing the boundaries of their chosen mediums. 

Eligibility: Meet all the eligibility criteria listed above

Impact & Legacy: Those who are at a critical juncture in their artistic careers for whom this award will make a significant impact to take their practice to the next level.

Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stamps Gallery will be closed to the public Wednesday December 21, 2022 - Tuesday January 3, 2023. The Gallery will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 11am with regular gallery hours.