Call for Entry: Crooked Tree Arts Center 2019 DART for ART Call for Donations (Petoskey, MI)

Crooked Tree Arts Center 2019 DART for ART Call for Donations
Crooked Tree Arts Center
Attn: Lucy A. Blythe
461 E. Mitchell Street
Petoskey, MI 49770


Contact Email:
Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: International
State: Michigan
Entry Deadline: 6/28/19
Days remaining to deadline: 38

Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6 
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6

The Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) is seeking donations of original works of art for our premier fundraising event, DART for ART.  Held each July for the past two decades, DART for ART is unique in that guests leave with an original work of art created by artists of local, regional, and national acclaim.  Accepted artists will receive two complimentary tickets for DART Preview Night and their work will be published in the event catalog.  The proceeds from DART for ART help support CTAC’s year-round programs, including exhibitions, classes, school tours, scholarships for youth, and so much more.  

The success of this event largely depends on the generosity of our artists. This is the one time that we ask artists to donate their work.  Otherwise, we work diligently to promote and create opportunities for our artists.  DART for ART is a two-night event with 500 guests each evening, comprised of both resort and local community art patrons.  We hope you will join us in our mission and donate a piece of your art in support of Crooked Tree Arts Center!

How DART works!

DART for ART is not a sale or an auction, it is an art “event.”  The patrons that attend the event on Thursday night purchase a “ticket” (which start at $500 and go up to $22,000) that has the name of a famous artist on it.  Each person that has a ticket will have the opportunity to dart (run) for a piece of artwork.  The evening progresses as follows:  there will be wine and appetizers, mingling, and previewing all of the amazing artwork that is available; there will be live auctions; everyone will then enjoy a seated dinner; after dinner, we pull out a bingo ball cage which has about 15-20 bingo balls with names of famous artists on them; we then turn the ball cage and see which ball falls out first; this is where the fun begins – the auctioneer calls out the name of the artist and everyone who has the name of that artist on their “ticket” RUNS to pick their artwork; when the first round of people (about 15-20 people each round!) are done picking out their artwork, the auctioneer rolls the cage and picks out another name of a famous artist…... This goes on until all patrons have “DARTED” for a piece of original artwork.

Learn more about the DART for ART event.

Benefits to donating artists:

Donating artists are invited, along with a guest, to attend the Preview Night on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.  Guests will sample wines from a variety of California, Oregon, and Michigan vintners, enjoy hors d’oeuvres from area chefs, and meet the artists while previewing all of the art for DART for ART.  Preview Night goes from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. You and your guest may arrive whenever it is convenient for you.

DART donating artists also receive Two tickets to a Swirl of their choice for the 2019-20 season.

Minimum artwork value:

We ask that your original artwork have a minimum value of $300, and be exhibition ready.  CTAC and the DART for ARTcommittee politely reserve the right to decline a donation of art.  CTAC has a gift acceptance policy which offers both the donor and the organization a streamlined manner in which to accept and process non-monetary gifts.

Image – file size and format:

Digital images MUST be per standard CaFÉ specifications:

  • Format: JPEG only

  • Dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side

  • Resolution: 300 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

  • Size: 5 MB maximum

All donating artists will be included in the DART Artists Catalog.  The catalog began as an effort to further market our donating artists.  We have received numerous stories by artists being contacted at a later date through the catalog, resulting in art sales.  The full-color catalog includes your name, contact information (phone number, email, and website), and a list of galleries (up to three) where your work is exhibited.  1,500 catalogs are printed and distributed annually.  The catalog is given to each DART for ART guest and Preview Night attendee, and is also posted on CTAC's website and available in our galleries.  (Click here to view the 2018 catalog

Delivering artwork to Crooked Tree:
Please do not send your artwork until you are notified that it has been accepted.  All artwork received by Crooked Tree becomes property of the Arts Center. 

Important Donation Dates:
If you have a digital image of your work, please submit it through CaFÉ by Friday, June 28. The artwork itself should then be delivered to CTAC (Petoskey or Traverse City) by Monday, July 8 by 4:00 p.m.

If you do not have a digital image of your work, please drop off your work to either Petoskey or Traverse City by Friday, June 21 by 4:00 p.m.

If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Lucy at 231-347-7870 or


  • Deadline to submit artwork for CTAC to photograph: Friday, June 21

  • Deadline to submit image for catalog: Friday, June 28

  • Deadline to deliver artwork to CTAC (Petoskey or Traverse City): Monday, July 8