Category Archives: Art Contests

It’s Time to ‘Vote 4 The Best’ – Park West!

2012 Vote 4 The Best,, Park West Gallery

It’s that time again! Park West Gallery is competing for the title of “Best Art Gallery” in metro Detroit.’s annual Vote 4 The Best contest will determine the area’s favorite local businesses, in categories ranging from Best Pizza Chain to Best Neighborhood Bar.

In 2011, visitors to the WDIV Local 4 website chose Park West Gallery as the best in metro Detroit! We need your votes to help us keep our title!

You may vote once per week, now through September 3. Vote now at

Thanks for your support!

MIGreatArtist Contest Launches at Park West Gallery

MIGreatArtist contest, Park West GalleryPontiac, Mich. (June 27, 2012) – Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Park West Gallery Chief Executive Officer Albert Scaglione launched the MIGreatArtist™ contest today for artists who live, work, or go to school in the Economic Growth Alliance region of Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair counties. Artists will be able to submit pictures of up to five original paintings, drawings or sketches to the MIGreatArtist website,, beginning Friday, June 29, through July, 20, 2012 for public voting.

“The MIGreatArtist contest will encourage artists in the EGA region to showcase their creativity to art lovers throughout Michigan,” said Patterson. “MIGreatArtist joins the many premier regional quality of life events in Oakland County.”

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The MIGreatArtist winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; five submitted artworks framed by Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend FastTrac® NewVenture Oct. 2 – Dec. 4, 2012, offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value $700); will have their artwork featured on a poster to promote one of Oakland County’s signature quality of life events TBD, printed by Park West Gallery (value $700); a solo exhibition at McLaren Hospital, Pontiac; and a solo exhibition at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield.

Four runners-up will each receive a $250.00 cash prize; framing of five artworks included in the submission, Park West Gallery (value $500); a group exhibition at Park West Gallery with Award Ceremony & Reception, Sept. 4 – 28, 2012; a scholarship to attend one Business Basics workshop offered through the Oakland County Business Center (value not to exceed $50); a one-hour consultation with an Oakland County business development representative; and a two-month solo exhibition in the Oakland County Galleria in Waterford.

Artists must be at least 18-years-old. Entrants who have created 2-D works of art will be able to upload up to five images and descriptions of their work for public voting.  From the top 20 artists, a seven-member jury of arts professionals will select five semi-finalists. The winner then will be determined by a combination of jury score and public vote.

The judges are Elliott W. Broom, vice president of museum operations at the Detroit Institute of Arts; Dominic Pangborn, founder of Pangborn Design Collection and former professor at the College of Creative Studies; Kristie Everett Zamora, arts, culture & film coordinator for Oakland County’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs; Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Gallery; and Don Tocco, an artist whose work includes award-winning photography, paintings sold to high-end art collectors, portrait sculptures of famous global leaders.

Public voting online will open July 25 through Aug. 17, 2012. The top 20 artists will be posted at on Aug. 18. Beginning that day, the judges will review public voting results and narrow submissions down to the five semi-finalists who will be announced on Aug. 24. The semi-finalists will be on display at Park West Gallery Sept. 4-28. The winner will be announced Sept. 14 at an awards ceremony at Park West Gallery.

MIGreatArtist is open to all original art work submitted by the original creator that is 2-D, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, and collage, among others. Photography and digital artworks are excluded from the competition.

MIGreatArtist partners include Oakland County, Park West Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, McLaren Oakland, Economic Growth Alliance,, Medical Main Street, and Prosper® magazine.

For more information, visit

American Art Awards Selects Park West Gallery as 2012 Michigan Judge

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The American Art Awards annually selects the country’s top galleries as contest judges. This year, Park West Gallery was chosen once again to represent the state of Michigan. In August, a total of 25 esteemed galleries will vote on art images entered by emerging artists from all over the country.

“This is a group of galleries anyone would be proud to be associated with,” said awards host Thom Bierdz, best known for his role as Phillip Chancellor III on the popular CBS program The Young and the Restless. “They excel in different areas. We have the largest galleries in the nation here, some of the top-sellers, some of the most innovative, and some of the most reputable. Some sell Picasso’s, some champion undiscovered artists. In August, all these established gallery eyes will see every piece of art submitted.”

Gallery Director Morris Shapiro will be judging on behalf of Park West Gallery for the fourth year in a row.

“What the American Art Awards gives artists, as well as a few cash prizes, is validity,” said Bierdz. “These artists can forever add to their resume that 25 of the best American galleries voted their art a winner. This is an important credit.”

Winners will be named in each of 55 categories, ranging from painting to sculpture, and some will be awarded cash prizes. All entries must be received by July 31, 2012.

For more information, including contest submission guidelines, please visit

Vote for Park West Gallery in the 2012 Fascination Awards

park west gallery, 2012 fascination awards, blogsThe Park West Gallery Blog has been nominated for a 2012 Fascination Award!

Sponsored by Accelerated Degree, the annual Fascination Awards “seek out blogs that are truly fascinating; blogs that excite, motivate, and inspire their audience.”

Click here to VOTE for Park West Gallery ( »

Contest ends March 6, 2012.

Thank you for voting!

Vote for Park West Gallery in Hour Detroit’s Best of 2012 Contest

best of detroit, hour detroit, park west galleryIt’s time to vote! Park West Gallery is competing in HOUR Detroit’s “Best of 2012” contest! The annual poll celebrates metro Detroit’s finest restaurants, services, businesses and people.


1) Visit and complete the “Your Information” section.

2) Scroll halfway down the page to the “SHOPPING” section. Toward the bottom of that section is the category: “BEST PLACE TO BUY ORIGINAL ART (GALLERY).”

3) Type PARK WEST GALLERY in the blank space, then scroll to the end of the page and click SUBMIT! [Note: You do not have to complete the entire ballot. Only vote in the categories of your choosing.]

Polls close March 15, 2012.

Thank you for voting for Park West Gallery!

WDIV Voters Name Park West Gallery “The Best” in Detroit

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The contest has ended. The votes have been tallied.

Over 270 local businesses competed under the “Art Gallery” category in WDIV Channel 4’s “2011 Vote 4 The Best” Contest. And the First Place Winner is…

…drum roll, please…


We won! For the second year in a row, voters have named Park West Gallery as “The Best” Art Gallery in Detroit! We appreciate all of your support and a BIG thank you to everyone who voted for us.

To see all of this year’s “Vote 4 The Best” Contest Winners, please visit

Around Town: ArtPrize, Detroit Design Festival, B’ham Art Fair

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This coming weekend is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy the first days of autumn. Fortunately, a variety of popular art events are happening all around Michigan, including:

Detroit Design Festival, Park West GalleryDETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL
The DDF is a city-wide week-long crowd-sourced design festival developed to showcase the talents and abilities of Detroit’s creative community. A variety of happenings will take place, including studio tours, panels and roundtable discussions, fashion shows, and art battles. Detroit Creative Corridor Center established DDF to connect creatives with one another, expose them to new markets and consumers, and to display the creative talent that will help Detroit become a global center of creative innovation.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Wednesday, Sept. 28
Where: 50 venues throughout the Detroit Creative Corridor [map]

ArtPrize, Park West GalleryARTPRIZE
Part arts festival, part social experiment, ArtPrize is an international contest decided solely by public vote. The competition is open to any artist in the world who can find space, anybody in the city who wants to create a venue and open to a vote from anyone who attends. It’s mission is to be a catalyst for collisions and connections between artists and communities, for the sake of infusing vitality and courage into culture. For two weeks, 1,582 artists from 36 countries and 43 states will show their work in 164 venues within three-square miles. Each artist will compete for the world’s largest prize for art, $474,000 ($250,000 to 1st place).

When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
Where: Downtown Grand Rapids [map]

Birmingham Art Fair, Park West GalleryBIRMINGHAM STREET ART FAIR
Birmingham’s 37th Annual Art Fair will feature more than 160 fine artists from around the country. Ceramics, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, wood and more will be showcased, along with the annual art auction to raise funds for the outstanding work of Common Ground, Oakland County’s nonprofit agency providing emergency help for families in crisis.

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Downtown Birmingham [map]

And if you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, stop by for a visit! Park West Gallery will be open Friday, 9am – 6pm and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm [map].

Park West Gallery Blog Wins 2011 CBS Detroit MVB Award

CBS Detroit's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011, park west galleryCBS Detroit's Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011, park west galleryThanks to you — our loyal blog readers — “The Official Blog of Park West Gallery” has been chosen as the People’s Choice in CBS Detroit’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011!!

Park West Gallery very much appreciates each and every one of your votes in this year’s inaugural MVB contest.

We look forward to continuing to provide compelling art and artist news from all around the web, as well as keeping you updated on all the exciting happenings here at Park West Gallery.

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