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November 2020 - March 2021


With over fifty artists competing for three spots, the jurors had a difficult task. Each selected artist was on at least two of the three jurors' top ten list. The jurors created a small exhibition that highlights different approaches, media, and concepts. Thank you to Rachel Fugate, Melissa Matuscak, and Whitney Warstler for jurying and for helping us celebrate artists living and working in the Upper Peninsula.

Kaelyn Wright's 'Stonecold' photograph submission

Kaelyn Wright



Originating from lower Michigan, Kaelyn Wright moved to Marquette to pursue a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. Now a Marquette local, she works as the manager of Velodrome Coffee Company. She spends her free time outdoors, where she often finds inspiration, roping her friends into spontaneous photoshoots. Kaelyn's work explores the solitary moments of limbo and empty places.

Catherine Benda's 'Redridge' painting submission

Catherine Benda



Catherine Benda grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and has a BFA in painting and drawing from Central Michigan University. She currently resides in Marquette, Michigan, after spending 40 living in the Keweenaw on the shores of Lake Superior. Benda's paintings are influenced by nature, the landscape, the lake, and the human connections to them. She strives to uncover the dynamics of nature, which sometimes are positive, subtle, and suggestive and, at other times, are intense, direct, and overwhelming. Benda's paintings and collaborative art projects have been on display regionally and nationally. In 2019, Benda earned the Bruce and Allie Kotila Award at the 32nd Northern National Exhibit sponsored by the Nicolet Art Gallery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and a first-place award at the Northern Exposure Exhibit at the Bonifas Art Center.

Emilee Covers's 'Ellis' painting submission

Emilee Covers


Emilee Cover's VSCO site

Emilee Covers is originally from a Little suburb right outside Chicago but currently resides here in Marquette, MI, junior status, as a Graphic Design major at Northern Michigan University. Although she is strictly under the umbrella of graphic art, she likes to dabble in several other mediums, including painting. Covers hopes to inspire other artists to venture out into other mediums and expand their minds to find a new passion.


Upper Peninsula artists are invited to submit one entry to the competition. Artists should submit their best artwork. The selected artists will have their artwork produced as a banner and displayed on the DeVos Art Museum at NMU.

Upper Penisula Artists aged 18 & up

FREE juried art competition
Selected artists recieve $250 in prize money

SUBMIT BY: October 19, 2020
DISPLAYED: November 2020 - March 2021

SUBMIT (closed): An image file of 6088 px (w) X 12000 px (h) & a short artist statement (Word or PDF)