EMERGE! is an art festival presented by Hannan Center and open to emerging artists 60 years and older who meet the qualifications listed below. The festival centers around a competition where artists are asked to submit up to two pieces of their best work to be judged and juried by a committee of prominent art professionals and also by a public vote of the community. Winners will be announced during a day of arts-focused activities happening at the Hannan Center and throughout the Midtown community during the Detroit Month of Design.

  • All media types accepted
  • There is no charge for entry
  • Jurors will narrow the submissions down to the top 25
  • Top 25 will be on display at the Kayrod Gallery and online for public voting Aug 2, 2019 to Sept 6, 2019
  • Jurors will select a First, Second and Third Place entry
  • Public vote will pick the People’s Choice award
  • Awards will be announced on September 7th, 2019 at the EMERGE! Art Festival


  • Entrants must be 60 years of age or older to be eligible for consideration
  • Must be an emerging artist. If any of the following characteristics apply to you, you may be an emerging artist.
    • Exploring a new art form or direction in your work
    • Have never had a solo exhibition
    • Are new to art as a career or an “encore career”
    • Are a lifelong hobbyist who has never/rarely exhibited
  • Tell us why you are an emerging artist in 150 words or less.


  • Show us your best work – no more than two pieces
  • Submit high quality jpeg photos
  • Submission deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Tell us why you are an emerging artist in 150 words or less


  • Application submission deadline – Friday, June 14, 2019 by 11:59pm
  • Art intake days for Top 25 – July 22 to July 26, 2019
  • Public vote date – August 2 to September 6, 2019
  • General art intake of others asked to display work during festival – August 5 to August 8, 2019
  • Emerge! Art Festival – September 7, 2019


Please contact Richard Reeves, Director of Arts and Culture, at rreeves@hannan.org or 313.833.1300 ext. 25

This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs