ISEA is proud to present the 24th Annual Art Symposium

September 20th - November 29th 2015

Since its inception in 1991, the International Society of Experimental Artists has hosted an annual art exhibit with work submitted from around the world. Works are selected by leading art authorities from thousands of submissions representing experimental techniques and attitudes. The ISEA Art Exhibit has become not only a showcase for ground-breaking art but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of exploring new avenues in a variety of media.


Traverse City, Michigan

This years exhibit will be held in gorgeous Traverse City Michigan. The Traverse City area features varied natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, vineyards, a National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests. In 2009, TripAdvisor named Traverse City the number two small town travel destination in the United States. In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S., by U.S. News. The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. Near the time of cherry harvest, the city hosts the annual week-long National Cherry Festival in the first full week of July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest.

Dennos Museum Center

Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center provides a distinctive and elegant space to host special events. Be it a performance, lecture or meeting presentation in the Milliken Auditorium, or a stand-up reception or sit-down dinner in the grand space of the Museum's Sculpture Court, the Dennos Museum Center's unique atmosphere, beautiful exhibition galleries and comfortable gathering spaces can provide the environment to make any event an exceptional.


Rufus Snoddy

Texture is very important. From the moment we draw our first breath, shocked by the texture of the very air that gives us life–we crave an unexpected sensory experience. That is where my work comes from: from a small boy running his hands through the cool dirt under a ramshackle porch on a scorching East Texas afternoon, delighting in “doodle-bugs.”

From a child so craving knowledge of a hot stove he burned the whole palm of his hand; from a young man stroking the smooth fender of his first automobile; from a father holding the soft, pulsing newness of his own child, whom he has just delivered from his wife’s womb.

Important Dates

Entry Submission Period: March 15th –May 30th 2015

Acceptance Notification: June 30th 2015

Artwork Due: September 10th 2015 (tentative)

Museum Members Reception: September 19th 2015

Exhibit Dates: September 20th – November 29th

Symposium Dates: September 23rd – 29th 2015

ISEA Awards Reception: September 27th 2015

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