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Letters & Leaves - Nature as Inspiration for Poetry

Call for student photographs

Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum announces a call for photographic art to be installed in the Matthaei gallery spaces during this year's holiday exhibit "Letters & Leaves - Nature as Inspiration for Poetry." We're looking for students' most inspired photographs to accompany and enhance the poems on display---images that explore and reveal the theme of the poetry of nature.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 31, 2014

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Artscapade Student Film Fest

Call for short films and videos

Arts at Michigan and UMMA are seeking student film and video shorts for the Artscapade 2013 Student Film Festival! As part of Artscapade, our yearly kickoff event, we’re looking for student films and videos to screen in the Helmut Stern Auditorium in UMMA throughout the night.

Submissions will be reviewed by Arts at Michigan and UMMA staff, and a selection will be chosen and featured at Artscapade on August 29th, 2013! All films and videos screened at Artscapade will receive an Arts at Michigan Prize Pack, and one submission will then be chosen for the Artscapade Best of Show Award, including $250 plus other cool stuff!

All students enrolled at the University of Michigan during the Fall 2013 semester are eligible, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, August 16th. Please see prospectus for full information!

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MPlanner Cover Contest

Call for Entries

Submission Deadline: 5:00pm Friday, November 16, 2012

The Office of New Student Programs is calling for entries in the annual contest to design the cover of the 2013-2014 MPlanner Cover. Entries will be displayed for popular student vote in November/December 2012 and the winner will receive $200 and a professional publication for their portfolios. Top five designs will receive a complimentary MPlanner for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Questions? Contact Deb Mexicotte,, 734-615-9581

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SAC 300 Student Production

Casting call- October 21 & 22nd, 2012

We are holding two casting call for two films. One is called "Immortal in Red" and the other is "Angel of Death." The casting calls are not specific to either film, and actors may try out for either/both films at both casting calls. The first casting call will be held on Sunday October 21st between 2pm-5pm in room 2161 of the Duderstadt Library. The second casting call will take place on Monday October 22nd in the Iss demo room (2nd floor of the MLB).

Actors must be available for portions of the following weekends, as we will be shooting on these dates: Weekend of october 26th-28th, November 2nd-4th, November 9th-11th, November 16th-18th.

Sides for the actors to read at auditions have been attached to this email. They will only be a couple of minutes in length. Actors may provide their own sides so that they have time to rehearse, but we request that they pick a dramatic piece if auditioning for "Immortal in Red"

The character descriptions are as follows:

Film #1 - Immortal In Red

A struggling journalist investigates a reclusive, influential artist with a dark secret.

JACOB ALMSTEAD - Looking for a male actor that can play late 30s to early 50s, any ethnicity or build. Jacob is a freelance journalist who is down on his luck and obsessed with the meteoric rise of Sam Guinn. He has lived a life of regrets, and desires a legacy.

SAM GUINN - Looking for a male actor that can play 25-35, of any ethnicity and possibly with a thin build. Sam is a charismatic darling of the art world who has become a recluse after his last collection stunned the art world. He is obsessed with perfection.

Film #2 - Angel of Death

A frustrated law student finds a loophole in Death's paperwork that allows him to have a second chance at making things right.

SAM LEONARD - Looking for a male actor that can play early 20's. Sam is a law student who can't tell Kallie what his real feelings are. Fortunately for him, he gets a second chance.

ABBY DAWN - Looking for a female actor that can play early 20's with a spunky attitude. Abby works for Death, who needs her to get paperwork accomplished before people die and aren't able to sign. She also does not like her job.

Contact Arielle Markowitz with questions:

Immortal Sides:

Angel Sides:

Civic Open ‘12

Call for Auditions

Civic Open ’12 is directed by Matt Steward and is the follow-up to 2008’s wildly successful musical theatre singing competition. Solo singers or duos 18 years old and over are encouraged to audition. The finalists will sing for local celebrity judges and an audience, with the top-two winners awarded cash prizes and the chance to sing on a local radio show. Auditions are: Friday, November 9 from 7-9pm & Saturday, November 10 from 4-6pm, Final Competition Dec 1, 2012 at The Last Word Bar in Downtown A2 All auditions at A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann St.

For audition info and song ideas click here or call 734-971-2228

Wolverine Soft

Call for Artsists, Musicians, Programmers, and Dreamers

Wolverine Soft, a student organization devoted to developing video games, is looking for artists, musicians, designers and programmers. Their Mass meeting is Friday Sept 14 at 5:30 in the Anderson Room at The Union, and their weekly meetings take place on Thursdays at 6:30pm at the Windows Training Room on the 3rd floor of the Duderstadt Center.

Learn more here:


U-M CashCourse Video Challenge

Call for Entries

The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid, CashCourse and LSA's Students Promoting Financial Literacy are sponsoring the U-M CashCourse Video Challenge this fall, encouraging U-M students to help spread the word about financial literacy. Students enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus during Fall Term may create and submit videos of up to 3 minutes in length, using topics from the CashCourse website. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift certificate to the U-M Computer Showcase in the Michigan Union. The deadline to enter the challenge is Oct. 31, 2012. Visit or for rules and entry forms. Judging will be coordinated through the U-M Office of Financial Aid.

Exhibit in the Unions

Seeking Exhibit Proposals

The Center for Campus Involvement offers exhibit space to student and non-student artists, student organizations, departments and staff in each of the three unions (Michigan Union, Michigan League and Pierpont Commons)

Exhibits are organized and staffed by volunteers. Student volunteers working in exhibits gain a variety of valuable experience working to install exhibits, write press releases and run the juried competition.

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Artscapade Student Film Fest

Call for short films and videos

Arts at Michigan and UMMA are seeking student film and video shorts for the Artscapade 2012 Student Film Festival! As part of Artscapade, our yearly kickoff event, we’re looking for student films and videos to screen in the Helmut Stern Auditorium in UMMA throughout the night.

Submissions will be reviewed by Arts at Michigan and UMMA staff, and a selection will be chosen and featured at Artscapade! All films and videos screened at Artscapade will receive a $20 Selection Award, and one submission will then be chosen for the Artscapade Best of Show Award.

View full details and download the prospectus:


Call for artwork

Work: Detroit seeks artwork submissions for the upcoming show, Dissidence, curated by Ryan Heberholtz. Voices of dissent have become increasingly audible across the globe. These voices express the need to speak out against pollution, corporate waste and global injustice in the here and now. In this time of economic insecurity and general turmoil the potential for change is great. Come out and advocate for the change you want to see in the world. Submissions are due September 28th, 2012

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Call for artwork

Looking for submissions to AMERICA!, an exhibition about America’s obsession with itself.

In recent years, America, as a place, a culture, a concept, has increasingly become the material of artists. We see the repurposing by artists of all things American, including corporate brands and logos, music and fashion, flags, Presidents, taxidermied deer and bald eagles, American Indian motifs, and political advertisement references. This show will include works that address this broad concept with widely varying perspectives and agendas, including nationalistic pride, political and social commentary, and fascination with images and forms that are essentially American.

The show will be curated by Joe Levickas, and be on view July 27th, 2012 – August 24th, 2012 at The Work: Detroit Gallery.

Submit your work for consideration here:

UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council

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Want to get involved with UMMA? Apply to serve on the STUDENT PROGRAMMING AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Student Programming and Advisory Council (SPAC) serves as a direct link between UM students and UMMA. It is dedicated to helping support UMMA’s mission of commitment to students and engagement with the arts. Check out our blog:

Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome. Applicants must be able to serve for three semesters. Please send a resume and letter of interest to by Friday, March 16, 2012.

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MPassioned Art

Call for design Submissions

MPassioned Art is a new and exciting arts project for the UofM community!

Center for Campus Involvement is holding a campus-wide search for ten talented student artists, who will be selected to customize a 4’x4’x6” wooden “M”. Completed “M”s will become part of a campus-wide art installation designed to showcase the talent and diversity that make the University of Michigan great. We welcome student submissions as individuals, student organizations, and campus departments. Show us your talent, and you could be one of the ten to leave your legacy on campus!

All submissions must have a completed application, including a sketch and description of your proposal. For more information, or to submit a completed application, please email

Submissions are due Monday, March 5th, 2012.

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Fluxus Events at UMMA

Call for proposals

The UMMA Education Department and Student Programming and Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life exhibition at UMMA, invite UM students to host their own performances of Fluxus Event Scores throughout the month of March!

Event Scores involve simple actions, ideas, and objects from everyday life recontexualized as performance. Event Scores are texts that can be seen as proposal pieces or instructions for actions. The idea of the score suggests musicality. Like a musical score, Event Scores can be realized by artists other than the original creator and are open to variation and interpretation. Submit a proposal to perform your Event Score at UMMA during a special Fluxus-themed Student Late Night event from 10pm to midnight on March 30, 2012.

Visit UMMA's student blog, The Annex, for more info:

The New Year

Open Call for Auditions

Casting principal and supporting roles for The New Year, a 15-minute, Super- 16mm, color film to be shot by University of Michigan students in March, 2012.

Audition Dates:
Saturday, February 18th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 19th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

ISS Media Center Demo Room Room # 2001, Modern Languages Building 812 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

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North Campus Photo Competition

Deadline March 5

Photo Competition Rules and Criteria Criteria for entries:
-must be a two dimensional image
-submitted as a jpeg, gif, or pdf file
-resolution must be at least 300 dpi.

Examples of entry: photograph, photograph/mixed media (2D), photoshop etc... image must depict or represent any or all parts of North Campus. Short description of the content and how it represents North Campus.

Submit entries to:
- attach as a jpeg, gif, or pdf file attachment
-include Submission Form with entry. Deadline for submission: March 5, 2012 by 11:59pm EST
-One entry per person. Up to 3 images per entry, they shall be judged together.

Judging Process: The winners shall be selected by a diverse panel of judges. The judges shall select “Honorable Mention” pieces first. Then, from the "Honorable Mention" pool, the judges will select first, second, and third place winners. Prizes will be as follows: First Place: $300, Second Place $150, Third Place $75, Honorable Mention will receive a small gift. Winners will be notified via email. All Honorable Mention Pieces will be up for display in the Duderstadt connector from March 12 - 16.

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"Duvid" short film auditions

Casting Call

Auditions are Friday, Feb. 3rd from 2-6pm & Saturday, Feb. 4th from 11-4pm

The short film "Duvid" is auditioning several supporting roles for scenes to be shot in late February and mid-March (schedules vary by role). See roles and film summary descriptions below for more information about the parts.

Audition dates are Friday, Feb. 3rd from 2-6pm and Saturday, Feb. 4th from 11-4pm. Auditions are by appointment and will be held on University of Michigan's central campus. To schedule an audition and receive sides, please send an email with resume and headshot to the producer Jackie Turner at Please include in the email which roles you are interested in auditioning for and which day (Friday or Saturday) you would like to audition.

THE FILM In the world of Hasidic Judaism, a man is expected to be married with children by the time he reaches his early twenties. As he reaches this age, Duvid Stern begins to feel immense pressure from all sides to settle down and find a wife. Sensing that perhaps this is not how Duvid wants to spend the rest of his life, his best friend Yoli introduces him to the underground world of Electronic Dance Music. It is here that he meets Lindsay Miller, a fun-loving rave girl who is just as intrigued by his strange customs and manner of dress as he is by her Technicolor hair and party-hard attitude. However, as Duvid falls for Lindsay and the techno rave lifestyle, he begins to sense that there is more to Toba, the quiet girl from back home who everyone expects him to marry, than the typical Hasidic housewife he first judged her as.


ZALMAN:S male, can play Hasidic, early 20s. Yoli?s older brother. He has left his ultra-orthodox community to live a party lifestyle in the city.

SHEINA REIZEL: female, can play Hasidic, early 20s. Zalman's wife. Had major issues with the role of women in the Hasidic lifestyle, was integral in Zalman's decision to leave.

CHAYA RIVKA: female, can play Hasidic, early 20s. Yoli's wife. Very traditional, has a baby with another on the way. Her marriage with Yoli is troubled.

DAN: male, early 20s, a secular hipster. Lives an openly gay lifestyle, goes to university.

SHANA: female, can play Hasidic, 40s. Duvid's mother. Very traditional. She loves her son very much and wants him to settle down and start a family so that she can have grandchildren to love as well.

BORUCH: male, can play Hasidic, 40s. Duvid's father. Very stern and very traditional. Wants Duvid to settle down with a family because that's what men his age should do.

MENDEL: male, late 20s, Yoli's dealer. Makes a living selling drugs to Hasidic Jews. Has experimented a bit too much with a bit too many substances, has achieved a bit of a perma-high.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to

Love For Sale: You Know You Need It

Call for Artwork

Deadline for Submission: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The title, after both the Cole Porter song and another by the Talking Heads, is meant as an ironic gesture signaling the paradox of selling created need; that is, to make consumers want what you tell them to love. LOVE FOR SALE, the exhibition, is meant to address the image as a means of selling, of creating need.

Art and commerce have long been linked. The notion of the art market, of art to be sold as commodity, stretches as far back into history as the moment when the production of an image was followed by the trading, selling or stealing of that image. The more valuable the image becomes, the more highly sought after it is. Often this translates into the image being constructed to fulfill or live up to the desires of the market; to become a signifier of wealth. However, images have also been used to sell things other than the images themselves, to serve as advertisement– as the vehicle of seduction for other ideas, other objects, other beliefs, other images. This advertising image is constructed with an innate understanding of how to connect with those who may be looking for something to want; those with a need to fill.

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Get Your Photos Featured in the 2011-2012 Michigan Yearbook!

Call for Photos

Deadline for Submission: November 23rd, 2011

The Michiganensian Yearbook is calling out to all photographers seeking to get their work published in the ‘Student Photography’ feature section of the 2011-2012 Michigan Yearbook! Our staff invites YOU to help keep the memory of the University of Michigan alive for years to come by reflecting on your college years through photographs. The 20 finalists whose photos are selected for this year’s book will not only get their work published in one of the most successful publications on campus, but will also be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a FREE 2011-2012 YEARBOOK.

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Curate a Group Exhibition

Call for Proposals

The University of Michigan School of Art & Design is SEEKING PROPOSALS for exhibitions for Fall 2012 through Winter 2013.

YOU (an individual or a group) can propose to curate a group exhibition based on an interest, theme, topic, method of working, concept, etc. for work•detroit

In your proposal, tell us about your ideas and what type of work you'd ask artists to submit. Submit your preliminary proposal to the University of Michigan School of Art & Design Exhibitions + Performances Committee by Monday, December 5, 2011

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Michigan’s Best Dance Crew

Call for Auditions

Michigan's Best Dance Crew is calling out to all dance crews on campus that want to try out for this year's MBDC competition! Tryouts are Thursday November 10th in the UClub, from 7-10pm. RSVP to

City of Pieces: Street Interventions

Call for Street Art

Deadline: Submissions are due September 26, 2011

This is an open call to street artists and photographers working in and around Detroit to contribute images, videos, gallery maquettes and/ or installations of your work for the exhibit City of Pieces: Street Interventions, to be held at Work•Detroit Gallery in October/November 2011.

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Student Songwriter Series: The Ark at UMMA

Call for musicians

The Ark seeks submissions for the Fall 2011 Student Songwriter Series, held at UMMA. This fall, “The Ark at UMMA” will invite student songwriters from University of Michigan, Eastern University and Washtenaw Community College to submit their original music demo in order to compete for a live performance showcase at UMMA and a chance to perform at The Ark.

The Ark at UMMA Student Songwriter Series will feature three performance showcases on Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m., Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m, and Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. These showcases will feature the best of the student songwriters selected by the Ark staff from the contest submissions.

The Final performance on Friday, December 9 from 8 to 10 p.m. will feature all the performers from the October and November showcases performing in-the-round and will culminate in the announcement of the winner of the series. The winning singer-songwriter will booked for an opening performance at The Ark.

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Fortnight Literary Press

Call for poetry, prose and art

Fortnight is a student-run literary magazine from the University of Michigan that publishes student work. They take submissions of prose, poetry, art, and anything else they deem interesting. They accept submissions year round:

It’s just a simple two step* program:

1. Write a good poem/short story/longer story that we could probably only excerpt
Or take an amazing picture/draw or paint something interesting/make a collage

2. Send it to us as an attachment at

*Optional third step: await fame and fortune.

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As I See It Photo Competition

Juried Photo Competition

Arts at Michigan believes there is an artist inside each of us. The As I See It Photo Competition is your opportunity to share your photographic genius! Competitions will be held periodically throughout the year, with different themes for each round. Submissions are narrowed down by staff, and then the finalists are voted on by the public in the Unions and by the U-M Community online. Winners get great prizes, so be sure you're signed up for Arts Info, our weekly newsletter, so you'll hear about our future contests and opportunities.

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