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Category Definitions

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Acrylics: Artistic creations using a paint comprised of pigment, acrylic polymer as the synthetic binder of the pigments and water on an appropriately prepared 2D surface.

Artisan Food Market: Pre-packaged food products made, created and designed for consumption. All food and beverage products must follow regulations set forth by the Muskegon Health Department.

Authors: May include authors, poets, writers, illustrators, producing and promoting original work. 

Clay-Functional: Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist-made molds. Objects need to be utilitarian in function: serving pieces, or dinnerware, storage pieces or wildlife usage. Functional pieces are utilitarian and decorative. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign and number each piece.

Clay-Non-Functional: Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist-made molds. Objects are decorative or sculptural and have no utilitarian purpose.

Digital (Computer) Art: This category includes original work created by using computer programs to significantly manipulate or alter source material(s) such as scans or digital files. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials. Digital photographers, i.e., those who use a digital camera or process images digitally to perform standard manipulations, (cropping, color/tone adjustment, sharpening, etc.) should apply to the Photography category. This includes photo collage and painting on photographs which need to be in the Photography category. Digital Art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision. In all cases, works need to be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.

Drawing/Pastels: An Artistic expression created through the use of chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Fibers Wearable/Decorative: Materials crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, doll making, papermaking, etc.

Glass: Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.

Jewelry: Non/Precious: Jewelry hand crafted from semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, paper, pebbles, glass, wood, lab created gems, found objects, etc. No production studio work is allowed.

Jewelry: Precious: Jewelry hand crafted from precious jewels and metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Metals: Any non-wearable, functional product that uses metal as its primary medium.

Mixed Media: The use of more than one basic material or object in a given work or the combination of one or more mediums to create an artistic expression on a 2D or 3D surface.

Oils: Artistic creation using a painting comprised of pigment on an appropriately prepared 2D surface.

Photography: Photographs made from the artist’s original image, both from film and original digital files, are included in this category. They must be printed by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision. Photo collage and painting on photographs, which are traditional photographic processes need to be in this category. If a photographer copies hand-painted photographs, that would be a “reproduction” and will need to adhere to our general reproduction policy. Whether the work is produced in a traditional wet darkroom or via digital processes, only “traditional” correction methods may be utilized. Work produced over and above that should apply in the Digital category. Please call should you have any doubt as to which category to apply. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials. In all cases, the work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.

Printing/Graphics: Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. Printed original works which are hand manipulated by using etching, engraving, silk-screening, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, etc. which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition of 250. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Sculpture: Traditional stone, wood, clay, metal, etc. (not utilitarian or furniture) in figurative or abstract in three-dimensional works.

Watercolor: A painting technique using pigments diluted with water to create transparent washes (including egg tempura).

Wood: 1) Woodworking primary material wood; process including power and hand-tool use, carving, etc. Wood pieces can be either functional or decorative. 2) Woodturning primary material wood, primary process lathe turning. Wood pieces can be either functional or decorative.