Artist Opportunities

Black & White Affair Art Auction

Studio 23 is currently accepting donations of artwork for the Black & White Affair Art Auction. Donors must have created and have unencumbered title to all artwork in the exhibit.

Artists donating one artwork for the Black & White Affair art auction will have the option of presenting another piece of artwork for sale at the usual gallery split of 60% to artist and 40% to Studio 23.

A limited number of tickets to the Black & White Affair have been reserved for artist donors. The first 20 applicants will be contacted by Studio 23 with the option to receive a free ticket to the event. Artists MUST RSVP in order to receive their ticket. Tickets are non-transferable. Guests of artists must purchase an additional ticket.

Deadline to register: Sunday, November 12, 2023
Black & White Affair: Friday, December 8, 2023

To make a donation, please follow the link here and complete the donation form.


Plein Air Showcase

Artists who have participated in Studio 23 Plein Air events in 2023 are invited to deliver 1 to 3 plein air artworks for a Plein Air Showcase. Let’s bring some warm weather and sunshine into the gallery during the cold weeks of winter!

Entries should be artwork created during Studio 23 Plein Air events. Artworks started as plein air and finished at home are acceptable. Artworks based on preliminary studies created during plein air events are also acceptable.

Deadline to register: January 11, 2024

Click here for details and registration to Studio 23’s Plein Air Showcase

Ongoing Opportunities

Submit an application or contact our Curator of Exhibits for the following opportunities any time. Applications are reviewed throughout the year as needed.

Studio 23 Collegiate Spotlight

Studio 23’s Collegiate Spotlight program features the work of area college students and recent graduates with a developed portfolio of artwork. Students selected for exhibit will install artwork under the guidance of Studio 23’s Curator of Exhibits, gaining valuable hands-on experience in a gallery setting.

Applications are reviewed and selected by Studio 23 Curator of Exhibits throughout the year.

For application and full details, follow the link here.

Community Partnerships

Studio 23 partners with local businesses to bring a rotating display of artwork to lobbies, conference rooms, seating areas, and more within our community. We currently partner with six area businesses with a variety of spaces and needs.

For information on displaying your artwork with one of our partnering businesses, contact Curator of Exhibits & Membership Amy Gibas at

Click the link here to learn more about our partner’s spaces.

Application for Exhibition

Studio 23 hosts six exhibits per year, including solo, group, and juried and student exhibitions. We are currently planning for the 2025 exhibition season. For information on how to submit an application for exhibition, follow the link below.

Click here for Application for Exhibition at Studio 23/The Arts Center

Off the Wall Member Gallery Boutique

Members of Studio 23 are eligible to display artwork for sale in the Studio 23 Off the Wall Member Gallery Boutique. Purchases made from the Off the Wall Gallery may be taken home the same day, or placed on layaway to be taken home once payment is complete. The Off the Wall Gallery is continuously updated as artwork is sold and new art is delivered.

For information on becoming a member, visit our membership page.

To schedule an appointment to discuss displaying your work, contact Curator of Exhibits & Membership Amy Gibas at

Upcoming Opportunities

Check back for applications to these annual and biannual opportunities.

Studio 23 Visiting Artist Program

The mission of the Studio 23 Visiting Artist Program, through selection of an annual visiting artist, is to enhance the experience of Art for our community via exposure to a greater diversity of artists, art media, and artistic styles.

Application is open to artists of all media and styles, with preference for those that will meet the program’s mission of bringing more diversity to our community. Please see application below for application requirements, requirements of the selected artist, and details on funding.

This opportunity is made possible by the C Joanne Grabinski Visiting Artist Fund.

The deadline for application has passed and will be available again in 2024.

Painters & Potters

This annual exhibit showcases the artwork created by the talented students and instructors of Studio 23 during the previous year’s terms.

Students, Faculty, and The 100 Day Project members of Studio 23 are invited to submit five images (jpegs) of artworks for Painters and Potters exhibit. Students must have been enrolled in a class between July 2023 – July 2024. All artwork must have been created during that time and not exhibited in Painters and Potters before.

Painters & Potters will be available again in 2024.

MI Artists

All-State Juried Exhibition

MI Artists is a bi-annual, state-wide juried exhibition for artits living and working in the state of Michigan. Open to all Michigan artists 18 years of age or older. Works in all media and mixed media are eligible. Only original works completed within the past five years will be accepted.

The deadline for entry has passed. Application for MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition will be available again in 2024.

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region is a bi-annual juried exhibition which showcases the works of 50 artists who live and/or work in the Michigan counties of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Isabella, Gratiot, Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac. Each of the 50 artists featured in this exhibit is also included in our Art Around the City project. Art Around the City is an outdoor exhibition that you can view in Downtown and Uptown Bay City, Veterans Park, and Bigelow Park around the Bay City Railtrail.

Deadline for entry has passed. Application for 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Art Around the City will be available again in 2025.