West of Center: Art That Pushes Boundaries

The Northville Art House is seeking original works of art in all two and three-dimensional media to be juried by sculptor, exhibiting artist, and art history and studio instructor Sergio de Guisti.

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Exhibition Dates: August 30 – September 24, 2022

In its 14th year, West of Center is about pushing beyond what is comfortable to create the unexpected. The center is safe and a repetition of the same formula over and over. This exhibition encourages artists to:

  • think outside the box and push past boundaries of creativity and personal comfort
  • use tools, processes, and skills in unconventional ways
  • take risks with style by experimenting with color, media, details (less/more), and technique (loose/tight)
  • consider scale (painting larger), materials (upcycled objects), ideas (go farther), and subject matter (contemporary)
  • release expectations, be playful, and have fun


Sergio De Giusti earned a B.F.A. &, M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. His work has been widely exhibited in both the U.S and Europe in such places as The Detroit Institute of Arts; The Newark Museum; The Tampa Museum; The Smithsonian; The British Museum in London, England; The Council of Cultural Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden; The Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, Hungary and at The Institute of Culture in Zacatecas, Mexico. He has produced bronze panels for The Church of San Vito in Maniago, Italy, official medallions for The Department of The Treasury in Washington D.C., and reliefs for The Labor Legacy Monument in Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Learn more at www.sergiodegiusti.com


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Eligibility: Artists, 18 and over, may submit a maximum of 3 original works of art created in tw0- and three dimensional media, within the last 5 years, and not previously exhibited at the Art House. The maximum size including any frame is 60” in any direction. No prints, gicleé, film, video, or electronic.

Procedures: Artists submit up to 3 works of art. Enter title, medium, image size, and price for each piece; enter NFS for works not for sale. Only one image for 2D pieces and up to two images for 3D pieces may be submitted. Accepted works that differ dramatically from the submitted images may be refused. Submit bio, artist statement, and social media to be used for promotion purposes only.

Images: Submit digital images in jpg format less than 4MB labeled as LastName-ArtworkTitle.jpg.

Fee: Non-refundable fees of $35 for non-members and $25 for Northville Art House members

Entry Deadline: All entries MUST be submitted by Sunday, July 10, 11:59 PM EST.

Notification of Acceptance: Artists will be notified by email on Friday, July 30.


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

Admission and Hours: Free. Tuesday – Thursday 10 am – 5 pm and Friday – Saturday 11 – 3 pm.


Reception: Live at 5, Friday, September 9, 5 – 8 pm with Awards Presentation at 7:00 pm. Live music, local fare and drink vouchers. Free for accepted artists with discounted tickets for up to 4 guests. Event information www.northvillearthouse.org/liveat5.

Awards: Over $850+ in awards for 1-4 Place: $350, $200, $100, and $50; Honorable Mention Awards. 1st Place winner also receives the opportunity to exhibit at The Northville Gallery, 123 E. Main St., in Downtown Northville.


Delivery Dates

  • Pre-paid shipped artwork should arrive on or before Monday, August 22.
  • Hand-delivered artwork drop-off times are Sunday & Monday, August 21 – 22, 12 – 2 pm. 
  • Artwork should be labeled with name and title. A temporary label to be provided.
  • 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 any special instructions for installations.
  • Please email tracking number to exhibits@northvillearthouse.org.


  • Artwork must be in excellent condition, ready for secure installation, and properly labeled.
  • 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.
  • Video and digital equipment supplied by artist.
  • Unsuitably prepared, hazardous, unstable, or extremely fragile work will be declined.
  • Submit alternative installation methods for consideration to exhibits@northvillearthouse.org.


  • Artwork may be picked-up on September 25 – 26, 12 – 2 pm
  • And after during regular gallery hours, Tue – Thu 10 am – 5 pm and Fri- Sat 11 – 3 pm
  • Artists call or email ahead to authorize a representative to pick-up their work.
  • Return artwork will be packed in the same / similar materials and shipped by September 30.
  • 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. Art may not be removed during the exhibition.

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

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