Saturday, August 7, 2021
1PM - 5PM
4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan 48201


Emerge! is an art festival presented by Hannan Center, open to emerging artists 55 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 Hannan Center.

Enter the Emerge! Competition

Application submission deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021, by 11:59PM
There is no fee to enter. All media types accepted.

An emerging artist is 55+ and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Is a dedicated hobbyist
  • Has worked over the last five years or less to develop a career as a professional artist
  • Has developed an original body of work with a clear identity or theme
  • Came to art later in life or as an encore career
  • May operate on a semi-professional basis
Questions – For questions, please contact Richard Reeves, Jr., Director of Arts and Culture, at or 313.833.1300 x25

Hannan Center hosted the 2020 Emerge! Art Festival on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Seventy-seven works were submitted and then narrowed down by a jury of professional artists to determine the top three awardees.  Additionally, 6,667 votes were cast for the People’s Choice Award.

Special thanks to…..
Randal Charlton, Hannan Center Trustee
The Charlton Foundation
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Jurors: Asia Hamilton and Shirley Woodson Reid


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First Place Winner (Juried)

Walter Bailey, Women at the Well of Creation,  Acrylic Fusion Art

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Second Place Winner (Juried)
People’s Choice Award

Anita Gibbs, At Last After Quarantine, Acrylic on Canvas

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Third Place Winner (Juried)

Victoria Hart, Hope, Acrylic on Canvas

Founding Sponsor

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 95 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 or call (313)833-1300.