Artist Information: Michiana Annual Art Competition

Artisan and Small Business Studios

Submission Deadline: April 7, 2024
Artist Notification: April 22-26, 2024
Art Drop-Off: May 5, 12:00 – 4:00PM; May 6 & 7, 3:00 – 6:00PM
Exhibit Dates: May 17 – July 7, 2024
Opening Reception: May 19, 2024, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

The Michiana Annual Art Competition, MAAC, is a local juried fine art exhibition intended to recognize, foster, and reward excellence of artists in Southwestern/Western Michigan and Northern Indiana. The MAAC is held annually at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan and is supported by our association members, area businesses, and corporate sponsors.

Step One:

Submit Application

Step Two:

Pay Entry Fee

Applicant Information

This multimedia competition is open to residents of Southwestern/Western Michigan and Northern Indiana. Entrants who are residents of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Barry, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties in Michigan or Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart counties in Indiana will be given preference. Entrants may submit up to two works of art, which must be original in concept and execution, created within the last three years, have not been completed under instruction and have not been previously exhibited at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. No reproductions will be accepted. Entries must be received online by April 7, 2024.

Qualifying Categories include:

  • Photography (Black and White)
  • Photography (Color)
  • Painting (Oil)
  • Painting (Water media – Acrylic/Watercolor/Gouache)
  • Fiber Arts (Fabric/Fiber Arts – Weaving/Quilting/Knit/Crochet/Baskets)
  • 3D (Sculpture/Glass/Ceramics/Assemblages)
  • Drawing (Pastels/Pencils/Pen & Ink/Printmaking)
  • Mixed Media

Non-refundable Entry Fee:
$25 for one piece or $40 for two pieces. Payment must be made via the payment button above on this page. Entries will not be complete until the application, images files, and payment have all been submitted. Artists may only enter once for a maximum of two pieces of art.

Notification of Acceptance:
Artists will be notified of entry into the MAAC show via an online posting at Please do not call the Box Factory for confirmation—our volunteers won’t know the status of your entry.

Framing and Presentation:
All entries must be clean and prepared for exhibit. Canvas and two-dimensional art must be prepared and wired for hanging (no sawtooth or similar hangers will be accepted). All three-dimensional art must be self-supporting. Sizes for all art must not exceed 72” at its largest dimension or exceed 100 pounds. Pieces larger than this or installation art pieces will only be considered with the approval of the Board President of the Box Factory. The Box Factory reserves the right to refuse any work that is inappropriate, presented inadequately, or is misrepresented by the entry image.

Sale of Art: will be subject to a 30% commission charge that will go to the Box Factory for the Arts. Artists will receive 70% of all art sales. All art must either have a sales price or be marked NFS (not for sale). No “price on request” markings will be accepted. Works for sale will be sold as exhibited with no substitutions or copies of the same work permitted. All art remains the property of the artist unless sold.

MAAC in the Box 2024 Prizes include:

  • Best of Show, $1500
  • 1st Place Best of Category, $500
  • 2nd Place Best of Category, $100
  • People’s Choice Award, $100

Judging the MAAC in the Box for 2024 is Anne Corlett. Ann is a full-time artist, working and showing out of her studio on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Michigan. Website:

All art is submitted at the owner’s risk. Although every precaution will be taken, the Box Factory does not insure work either in transit or while it is on the premises. By submitting work, the artist waives any claim against the Box Factory for the Arts/Berrien Artist Guild for loss or damage.

MAAC in the Box 2023, Best of Show* & Category Winners