"Groovin'," by Dennis Preston, graced the Aug. 10 cover for last year's Summer of Art

After a successful inaugural year, City Pulse and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing are teaming up once again to put local artists on our covers all summer. Last year’s Summer of Art featured 15 artists ranging from local stalwarts to aspiring creatives to talented hobbyists.

So how does it work? Starting today, local artists can submit original works of art to the Arts Council through lansingarts.slideroom.com. If selected, the artist agrees to donate the art to the Arts Council to be auctioned off at its annual Holiday Glitter fundraiser. Last year’s auction raised over $2,200, with over $660 going to the artists and the rest benefitting the Arts Council.

It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved. We get great cover art, the Arts Council gets great art to auction off at the end of the year and the artists get great exposure and 30 percent of the auction price. (You can’t pay the bills with exposure, after all.)

This summer, City Pulse will feature local art on our cover for up to eleven issues: June 14-Aug. 30, excluding our Aug. 16 anniversary issue.

Submission guidelines:

· Anyone living in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties may submit entries.

· Submissions should be print quality (300 dpi) at the dimensions listed below.

· The available space is 10.25 inches wide by 6.5 inches high. Your art need not be exactly that, but it needs to be a rectangle of roughly those proportions — or able to be cropped to those proportions — for us to make it work.

· We have three dates with specific themes — Gay Pride (June 14), the Food Issue (June 21) and Independence Day (June 28) — and artists are encouraged to submit art that fits those themes. For those issues, we reserve the right to make our own covers if we don’t get any viable submissions. The rest of the summer is open season; artists can submit anything they’d like.

We’re looking forward to another wonderful Summer of Art!

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