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Ottawa County Art Trust

The Art Trust tangibly demonstrates the importance of creativity and culture to Ottawa County while preserving a legacy of assets for generations to come.

Ottawa County and the Holland Area Arts Council have joined forces to establish the Ottawa County Art Trust. An art trust allows the County to build a collection of works to be both displayed and cataloged for generations to come. To build the collection, Ottawa County and The Holland Area Arts Council collaborate for the annual Ottawa County Art Trust Exhibition.

During the juried show, a number of works are purchased and become part of the permanent art collection of Ottawa County. In addition, businesses and private individuals purchase works to be donated to the Art Trust collection.

Sponsors and residents are encouraged to purchase works for the collection in the honor of another and a special honorarium tag will be added to the work and cataloged. Artists and art appreciators can register here to be notified of Art Trust Exhibitions.

2022 Prospectus & Call for Artists

Ottawa County and The Holland Area Arts Council are collaborating again for the fourth year with the Ottawa Count Art Trust. This is a juried art collecting program featuring Ottawa County resident artists. The juror for 2022 Grand Haven artist and Lakeshore Visual Arts founder Maggie Bandstra. Banstra will select works to be purchased and collected by the County. Become part of the collection.

This exhibition is open to Ottawa County residents or property owners ages 18 years and older. Those employed in Ottawa County are also eligible.

Submission Details

  • Number of Entries
    An Artist may submit up to two original works in any medium except video, reflecting the rich range of cultural traditions, activities or natural features that represent life in Ottawa County, Where You Belong.
  • Eligible Entries
    Only original works completed in the last three years are eligible. Commercial reproductions will not be accepted. Traditional print media, photography and digital art are not considered reproductions. 2-D pieces may not exceed 48" high by 60" wide, and 3-D pieces may not exceed 6‘ high x 3‘ wide. Only work easily handled by two people will be accepted.
  • Bio
    Artists must also email a bio, no more than 250 words to mary@hollandarts.org
  • Fees
    There is a $15 entry fee for one or two works. You may pay personal check, money order or pay in cash at the time you drop off your art.
  • Art Sales
    Purchase awards will be subject to a 30% commission to the Holland Area Arts Council and a 10% Ottawa Art Trust for a total of 40%. Price your work up accordingly.
  • Entry Condition
    Works must be ready for presentation. Artwork must be framed securely with a wire. No saw tooth hangers. An unframed gallery wrapped canvas with a depth of 1.5” with a wire is acceptable. Any works improperly framed without a wire will not be accepted. Works must not be wet to the touch. Unsuitably prepared, framed or hazardous, or unstable works will be declined. Email mary@hollandarts.org for questions.
  • Art Drop-off
    Be sure to label your works and complete an entry form. Works may be dropped off between 10am and 12pm on June 13 and June 14 at the Fillmore Complex Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460. Use Parking Lot C and enter the main lobby.
  • There is limited exhibition space and some works may not be juried in to the show.
    We will ask artists to pick up unaccepted works on June 16 between 10am and 12pm.
  • Reasonable care will be given to the artwork delivered, but neither Ottawa County and its agents or HAAC assume liability for loss or damage of the artwork while in its possession.
  • By submitting your work you authorize Ottawa County and HAAC the use of your images for promotion.

Accepted Works Pick-up Date

Exhibit Ends - August 20
Pick Up Dates - August 23 and 24, between 10am and 1pm..

Submission Form and Art Labels

Artists with questions should contact Mary Sundstrom, Artistic Director, Holland Area Arts Council

Important Dates

  • June 13 & 14 - Art drop-off. 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • June 21 - Exhibition opens (Reception, 4:00 to 5:00pm)
  • August 23 - Exhibition ends
  • August 24 & 25 - Art pick-up, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Ottawa Area Art Trust Frequently Asked Questions