Dreams & Nightmares

Dreams & Nightmares

Dreams and nightmares have long been a part of creative imagination and expression. Following the curiosity of ancient philosophers, artists, particularly from the sixteenth to the 20th century and later, have turned their attention to the subject of dreams. This exhibition seeks to highlight work inspired by thoughts, images, emotions and sensations experienced in the mind of today’s artist.

May 1 – May 30: DREAMS & NIGHTMARES: Juried All-Media Exhibition



  • Submissions are open to the artists’ interpretation based on the dreams & nightmares theme.
  • Subject matter may be spiritual, romantic, surreal, fantasy, strange, dark, disturbing, or misguided, etc.
  • Work may be inspired by a dream during sleep, a daydream, a hypnotic occurrence, or an out-of-body experience.
  • Work must be created within the last 5 years and not previously exhibited in the gallery at the Art House.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 works of art created in any media, except video or electronic.
  • The maximum size of all artwork including the frame is 54” in any direction.

Enter Dreams & Nightmares Here

DEADLINE: All entries MUST be submitted by Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 pm EST.


Location: Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167 www.northvillearthouse.org

Gallery Admission and Hours: Free public exhibitions on view Tuesday – Friday 12 – 5 pm and Saturday 12 – 4 pm.

Notification:  An email will be sent on Friday, March 31 to confirm acceptance.

Reception: Friday, May 1, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm with Juror’s Talk and Awards Presentation at 7:00 pm.

Awards: $650 in cash awards for 1st – 4th place, $300, $200, $100, and $50, respectively; Honorable Mention Awards.

Juror: Denise Rhode, Ann Arbor, MI www.deniserohde.com


Denise Rohde received a BFA from Rutgers University and studied photography at the University of Illinois with renowned American photographer Art Sinsabaugh. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Michigan, Illinois, Georgia and Florida, received awards from Eastman Kodak Company and Planned Parenthood, and has work in many private collections.

“I have used and abused my own photographic images to journey to a world of my own sometimes fun, sometimes strange, and sometimes frightening. I never know where they will take me or where I’ll end up. The works continue with a surreal theme. The inner play of juxtaposed images lends to the mystery and surprise of each piece.”


Delivery Dates:

  • Pre-paid shipped artwork should arrive by Monday, April 27.
  • Hand-delivered artwork drop-off times are Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27, 12 – 2 pm. 
  • Work may be delivered the week prior during regular hours Tue – Fri 12 – 5 pm and Sat 12 – 4 pm.
  • Artwork should be labeled with name and title. A temporary label will be supplied.
  • Accepted works that differ dramatically from the submitted images may be refused.


  • All costs, including packing, shipping and liability for damage, are the artist’s responsibility.
  • A pre-paid return label, stamps or payment for shipped artwork must be included as well as instructions for special installations.


  • Artwork may be picked-up on May 31, 12 – 2 pm, and after during regular gallery hours, Tu-Fr 12 – 5pm, Sa 12 – 4 pm.
  • Artists call or email ahead to authorize a representative to pick-up their work.
  • Return artwork will be packed in the same or similar materials and shipped by June 5.
  • Artwork not picked up 30 days after the exhibition will be considered abandoned and become the property of Northville Art House.


Art Sales: A 35% commission will be charged on all art for sale. Work is preferred to be for sale. Art may not be removed during the exhibition.

Presentation: See Presentation Standards for recommendations.

  • Artwork must in excellent condition, ready for secure installation, and properly labeled before delivery.
  • All 2D work must be framed and ready for hanging with hooks and a wire. Sawtooth hangers are not accepted.*
  • Canvases may be framed, wrapped or have painted sides.
  • All 3D work must be free standing, stand on a pedestal, or hang securely with wire or rod.
  • Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile work will be declined.
  • *Submit alternative installation methods for consideration to Ryan at exhibits@northvillearthouse.org.

Terms and Conditions: Submissions to the exhibition shall constitute an agreement to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in this entry and in the Art Exhibition and Sales Agreement.

Questions? Email Ryan Kaltenbach, Creative Director at exhibits@northvillearthouse.org.