(WKBN) – There is a new opportunity for local artists. Meijer is asking area artists to submit their work for the chance to be featured in products in their stores in 2023.
“Art can be from photography, pencil, painting, chalk, whatever that could look like that could potentially be on our products,” said Kavy Lenon, supplier diversity manager for Meijer.
Meijer is seeking local artists to partner with them on a Culturally-Inspired Product Collection. Specifically, the retailer is looking for art that celebrates the following cultural events:
- Black History Month
- Women’s History Month
- Pride Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Local Themed
“For this, imagine it can be in our kitchen towel, in our plate, in our cup, so think about a collection, maybe even water bottles and puzzles and tote bags,” Lenon said.
In total, 15 pieces of art will be chosen, two from each category, and artists can submit more than one piece. The chosen artists will receive $5,000 for each piece that is chosen. They will also be able to partner with Meijer to pick a nonprofit organization to receive 10% of the proceeds of the products.
Louis Zona, director of the Butler Institute of American Art, said this is a great opportunity for area artists.
“I think our area has some of the really great, talented artists in this country,” Zona said.
The Butler Institute of American Art also takes pride in showcasing local artists. Every year, it sponsors an exhibition called the Area Artists Annual.
“Artists from around the five county area will bring work to the Butler Institute for judging, and out of these works, an exhibition is put together,” Zona said.
All submissions must be made through Meijer’s website by November 7.
The winning art pieces will be announced just before Thanksgiving.
The Butler Art Museum will be accepting submissions for its exhibition through October. Zona says artists should just call the museum at 330-743-1107 if they’re interested.