Call for Entries


Call for Entries
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design’s Third Biennial Juried Exhibition


Exhibition dates: April 6 – August 25, 2019
Opening reception Saturday April 6, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Museum on Main Street
part of the Washtenaw County Historical Society
500 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2019
Entry Fee: $35 for 3 images payable by check, money order or PayPal

The Butter exhibition is comprised of three complementary components – historic, invitational and juried.  This exhibition has been described as a “butter dish extravaganza” by one invited artist. The intention of this juried exhibition is to showcase the best in contemporary dinnerware as it relates to the theme Butter, either functional butter dishes, butter pats, drawn butter servers, butter knives, or related butter paraphernalia, or a sculptural work relating to butter no larger than 18” in all dimensions, as created by artists in all media from the United States and Canada.  The International Museum of Dinnerware Design is the only museum in the world devoted to the subject of dinnerware, international in scope, no material limitations, including functional ware, ancient to futuristic, and fine art referencing dinnerware.

Eligibility and Rules: 

No media restrictions.  Open to all artists in the U.S. and Canada.  Each entry must demonstrate the artist’s personal interpretation of the theme “butter” whether that be in the form of a functional piece or sculpture. Work should be no larger than 18” in all directions.  Entries will be juried on creativity and artistic merit.  If an entry is a butter dish or related functional piece, then one of the 3 images must include actual butter in or on the work.  No wall pieces will be accepted.  All work must have been completed in the last two years.  Work submitted may not include perishable materials. Please include the dimensions of the work, as well as materials, along with a brief biography and artist’s statement about this particular work.  The work does not need to be for sale.  However, the International Museum of Dinnerware Design will retain a 30% commission on any work sold during exhibition.

Juror:  Anne Meszko 

Juror’s statement:  Anne Meszko is co-founder of the Sculpture Objects Functional Art (SOFA) expositions in Chicago, New York, and Santa Fe. She created the lecture and special exhibition programs, working with galleries, artists, art museums, and arts organizations from around the world. Her work is hand built and low fired, drawing from the forms and surfaces of the plant and animal kingdoms. She studied/majored in ceramics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Invited Artists:

Undine Brod, Bill Brouillard, Nancy Bulkley, Mary Louise Carter, Sunshine Cobb, Michael Connelly, Paul Donnelly, Paul Eshelman, Sanam Emani, Léopold Foulem, Paul Kotula, Joe Kraft, Yiu Keung Lee, Frank Martin, Polly Ann Martin, Kate Maury, Colleen McCall, David McDonald, Dganit Moreno, Pete Pinnell, Judith Salomon, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Linda Sikora, Debbie Thompson, Kate Tremel, Gwendolyn Yoppolo, Kay Yourist.

Application deadline and fees: 

Application forms can be submitted via mail or scanned into an email. Get Entry Form. High resolution digital images can be submitted by email.  Information about each image should be included on the entry form. Also include an artist’s statement and brief biography. Email to Artists will be notified of acceptance of work by February 15, 2019.  Accepted work must be received no later than March 1, 2019.

Entry fee: $35 for 3 images, payable by check, money order or PayPal.

Liability and insurance:

Artists must maintain their own insurance. Artists are responsible for insurance on in-bound and out-bound shipping as well as while on the exhibition site.  Every reasonable precaution will be taken during the receiving, installation, exhibition, and return of work.  The International Museum of Dinnerware Design will assume no responsibility for any loss or damage.

Receipt and return of art work:

Artwork must be shipped (at the artist’s expense) via UPS, FedEx or USPS in a sturdy reusable container. No COD shipments will be accepted.  No loose Styrofoam packing peanuts will be allowed in packing. All accepted work shipped and hand delivered must be received no later than the March 1, 2019 deadline.  Hand delivered work must be delivered to Ann Arbor by prior appointment during office hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Accepted artists shipping their work must include prepaid charges for return shipping.

Online catalogue:

An online catalogue will be created from images and label copy submitted by the artist and will be available at the International Museum of Dinnerware Designs website at


  1. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibition April 6 – August 25, 2019.
  2. The museum reserves the right to photograph works for publicity and other purposes.
  3. Payment of the entry fee signifies the artist’s understanding and acceptance of the rules and conditions of the competition.
  4. All entrants must include their name, address, city, state, zip code, country, phone, email, title of work, date of work, materials and techniques, dimensions, price.


February 1, 2019 – Deadline for entries
February 15, 2019 – Notification of accepted work
March 1, 2019 – Deadline for receipt of accepted work
April 6 – August 25, 2019 – Exhibition dates
September 15, 2019 – Return of all work will begin


Dr. Margaret Carney, Director
The International Museum of Dinnerware Design
520 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
607-382-1415 cell

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