Nortown Community Development Corporation issues call for artists

Call for artists

The Nortown Community Development Corporation is initiating its first call for art! NCDC is working on an art project at the historic Philetus W. Norris House located within the Village of Norris and is looking for local artists to contribute. This will be a paid opportunity for artists to showcase their work on a historic property in Detroit. While you may not be an artist yourself, please share this email with others who you think might be interested in applying.

The project will focus on creating wall-sized framing mechanisms on the fence of the home that will hold each piece of artwork. The submitted pieces must have a digital reproduction size of at least 3-feet on their long edge. Pieces will be printed on high definition vinyl that yields extremely good quality and will also stand up to our harsh Detroit weather.

Submission art should exemplify what life is like in North East Detroit and the Motor City as a whole, but those requirements are not binding.


How do I submit my artwork?
You can fill out the submission form here

When does the submission form close? 
The submission form closes on January 8th, 2021 at 11:59PM.

What is the Philetus W. Norris House?
The home was built in 1873 by a Civil War veteran named Philetus W. Norris. Mr. Norris was a successful real estate man, owned a newspaper, and eventually became the second superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. He retired back to Michigan when he left Yellowstone until his death in 1885. The Nortown CDC has been working to stabilize and rehabilitate the property, neighborhood, and district since the 1990s.

What kind of art is NCDC looking for?
We are looking for any art that has been inspired in some way by the Motor City that can be digitally reproduced! Digital art, photography, photographs of physical art you’ve made—anything you have created!

Do I need to submit an original piece for this project, or can it be a piece I have already created?
You can create a piece for this project or submit an existing piece of work.

How big does my file have to be? 
Your file must have a digital reproduction value large enough to be printed at 3 feet on its long edge. When submitting your file, please submit a scaled down version. If chosen, we will reach out for the large file. We want the art to be visible from afar, so we are going big!

How will NCDC select which art is chosen to print?
The Nortown CDC has assembled an Art Committee that will be judging the artwork and selecting their top 6 pieces that fit the criteria listed on the submission page.

How much will each artist be compensated for their artwork?
Each selected artist will receive $100 for their work. NCDC will handle all the printing and hanging of the work, so there is no cost to the artist to apply or if they are selected!

I have some questions, who can I ask?
If you have any questions about the project or submitting your artwork, please email Eric at [email protected] and he will get back with you as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the Nortown Community Development Corporation and their work to restore the historic Philetus W. Norris House and North East Detroit, please email Pat at [email protected] and she will get back with you as soon as possible.


Note: This post is meant to highlight and celebrate local programming by City of Detroit artists and arts groups. Detroit ACE is not affiliated with this production.