EMERGE! is an art festival presented by Hannan Center, open to emerging artists 60 years and older. The festival centers around a competition where artists are asked to submit up to two pieces of their best work to be judged by a jury of prominent arts professionals and also by a public vote of the arts community. Winners will be announced during a day of arts-focused activities at the Hannan Center.


  • Call for Artists: July 8 – August 21
  • Art intake: August 24 – August 28
  • Jury voting: August 24 – September 1
  • People’s Choice Voting: August 24 – September 14
  • Exhibition in the Kayrod Gallery and Online: August 24 – September 30
  • Emerge! Art Festival and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, September 19

Jurors will select first, second, and third place winners

Public vote will select the People’s Choice winner


Eligible Artists Are:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Exploring a new art form or direction in your work
  • New to art as a career or an “encore” career, or
  • A lifetime hobbyist

The theme for Emerge 2020 is –
Reflecting Change – Art that Depicts:

  • New Forms
  • New Characteristics
  • New Ideas
  • The New Normal


  • Show us your best work
  • You must submit high quality digital photos of no more than two pieces
  • In 150 words or less, tell us why you consider yourself an emerging artist and how your submission fits this year’s theme
Application submission deadline is August 21, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
Questions – For questions, please contact Richard Reeves, Jr., Director of Arts and Culture, at rreeves@hannan.org or 313.833.1300 x25

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

The mission of Hannan Center is to preserve the dignity and enhance the quality of life for seniors in Michigan. In 1925, Luella Hannan founded the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation to serve older adults in Detroit. Today, over 94 years later, Hannan continues to ensure that seniors are respected, valued, empowered to reach their potential and connected to a community of their choice. Through lifelong learning opportunities and care coordination, Hannan Center assists older adults with their social, educational, medical, financial and housing needs. For more information, visit www.hannan.org or call (313)833-1300.