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The Bonifas is always looking for new artists to showcase their work in gallery exhibits. Each year we host a variety of exhibits for artists to participate in, including the annual favorites of Northern Exposure, Bonifas Membership Show, and Youth in Art. Work is displayed in our beautiful Powers and Studio galleries at the Bonifas, and duration of shows last 6 to 8 weeks on average. All mediums are in consideration for display. Work will need to be submitted for approval by the Bonifas staff, but you need-not be a professional artist to submit—just a love of creating!




September 21 – November 2, 2023
Reception: September 21, 6 – 8 pm


The More Than A Uniform Exhibit highlights service members, veterans, family members and caregivers and the art they make.

We want service members, veterans, family members and caregivers’ art to be seen and their voices to be heard. We hope that you will find a sense of understanding in this exhibit, that as the art is shared, the stigma around mental health and suicide will fade away in the face of a shared understanding.

A friendly reminder to any of the Veterans that have taken free classes offered at any of the partner art centers, you can submit that work into this show as well.

Artwork and application must be brought in by September 14 by 5:30 pm during our business hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 - 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 - 3 pm

There is no fee to enter this show. Thank you for your service!


For more information about this exhibit and how to enter,

Download Application (PDF)


This exhibit opportunity is brought to you, in part, by the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center of Iron Mountain, MI. 



Northern Exposure XXX

November 9 – December 28, 2023
Reception: November 9, 6 - 8 pm


Northern Exposure is entering its 30th year and we would love for you to be a part of it. This is a juried show—meaning that you enter digital images of your work, we submit the photos to the juror, they select who gets into the show, and then we contact you letting you know if you made it in or not. Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for jurying. The judging will be based on three equally weighted criteria: Creativity, Originality & Craftsmanship. Once a piece has been juried into the show, no substitutions will be accepted.


Digital Submissions are due by Oct. 6th, 2023 

Download Application (PDF)

Pay entry fee here



Barb Symon Scholarship

Submissions due by June 6th, 2024


The Barb Symon Scholarship was established by Charles Symon in memory of his wife Barbara who was a highly respected weaver and a founder of the East Ludington Gallery. This scholarship is offered to encourage further study in an artist’s field of arts or crafts through workshops or classes.

Download Application here (PDF)



Bonifas Membership Show

June 27 – August 8, 2024
Reception: June 27, 6 - 8 pm


A 40+ year tradition, the Bonifas Membership Show, has encouraged members to share their creative explorations at every level of ability. This show is open to all artists 18+ who are current members of the Bonifas. All work must be the artists’ own design, original in concept and execution and not previously exhibited in the Bonifas Gallery. The artwork should have been created within the last two years. Original works only (no prints). Any medium, traditional or experimental, qualify for entry. There are no size limitations.


Download Application (PDF) forthcoming

Pay entry fee here

Get a Bonifas Membership





The Studio Gallery


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Do you love to sell your creations at art markets and fairs? Well, the Bonifas hosts 2 of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the central U.P.! The Waterfront Art Festival and Holi-day Art Fair draw large crowds each year and are a great way to sell your pieces. The summertime Waterfront Art Festival also includes a Young Artist Market that allows young upcoming artists and crafters an opportunity to sell products.




Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Saturday, November 4
10 am - 3 pm


Applications must be received by October 11.  Space is limited.

Eligibility: All media welcome, including but not limited to: fine art, photography, wood work, pottery, glass, fiber, basketry and jewelry. All work must be of original design and made by applying artist.

Entry & Jurying: If you participated in 2021 or 2022 Holiday Art Fair or Waterfront 2022 you do not need to be juried in. All deadlines still apply.

New artists or crafters must submit three images that are representative of the work to be displayed. Each image should be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and medium. The Art Center reserves the right to reject any work which is not of the same quality as shown in the images. Include with your images, the entry fee, application form when submitting.


Download Application (PDF)
Pay entry fee here



Waterfront Art Festival

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

10am - 4pm


We are calling all our artists and food vendors to register for this year's Waterfront Art Festival. Now is the time to register and be a part of the biggest Waterfront to date!

Artists: This is a juried show if you have not participated in the past 2 years of Waterfront Art Festival or Holiday Art Fair you will need to send us images or samples of your work ahead of time to be considered for the 2024 Festival.

Applications must be received by July 21, 2024

Artists must complete an application to go with your payment. You can download, print, and fill out the application from our website and mail it to the Bonifas. Or email the completed PDF to events@bonifasarts.org.

Eligibility: All work must be the artist’s own design/concept/execution. Only original works or signed/numbered prints may be exhibited, with no more than half of the work displayed being reproductions. Reproductions must be labeled as such. Examples of unacceptable work: commercially-made products, kits or settings of jewelry or lapidary work, items from commercial fabric forms.


Download Application here (PDF)
Pay entry fee here




Young Artist Market

Saturday, August 3, 2024
10 am - 4 pm


Applications must be received by July 23, 2024
Any artist age 18 and under can apply to have a small space under the young artist tent at the Festival. There will be a $10 fee per 4’ space, and the Art Center will provide a card table and two chairs if desired. Please RSVP if you would like to reserve a table. Artists can bring their own display if they want, as long as it fits in the space. Come prepared for rain or sunshine. Adult supervision as needed will be provided by parent or guardian.


Download Application here (PDF)

Pay entry fee here



We are always looking for new classes and instructors to teach innovative and exciting classes! For more information on teaching a class, call us at 906-786-3833.


The Bonifas loves partnering with other organizations, and encourages you to call us at 906-786-3833 to discuss collaboration!