Competition features works inspired by Meijer Gardens


Entries for a West Michigan art competition later this year all will have one thing in common: the beauty of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The 18th annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition is open to artists from around the world with the only stipulation being that the works are inspired by Meijer Gardens.

Artists who are college-aged and older are asked to submit an original two-dimensional work — such as a drawing, print, pastel, painting or photograph — by Oct. 25. Delivery of the pieces must be made by Nov. 15 and winners will be chosen by Jan. 31, 2020.

Two $5,000 purchase awards, one for two-dimensional and one for photography, will be paid for the winning entries. Those entries will become part of the venue’s permanent collection.

Since 2002, the Loeschner Art Competition has sought outstanding artwork inspired by Meijer Gardens. The objective is to collect high-quality work that celebrates the beauty and inspiration that the venue provides.

For more information, including application forms, visit Meijer Gardens’ website.

Previous Loeschner Art Competition winner “Fall Migration on the Frey Boardwalk” by Justin Kellner. Photo via

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