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Become part of the permanent collection

Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition

The annual Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition is open to artists working in a two-dimensional format including photography inspired by the grounds and collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The objective is to collect high quality work that would celebrate the beauty and inspiration the institution provides.

Applications for 2024 will be accepted in early fall. 

The competition

Two $5,000 purchase awards (one for two-dimensional and one for photography) will be paid for the winning entries in addition to becoming a part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection.

  • Artists who have been inspired by Meijer Gardens are encouraged to submit original works.
  • Although not a requirement, artists are also welcome to work on site for inspiration. The winning entry will become part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection. It will be displayed and may eventually be reproduced (e.g. posters, note cards), with full credit to the artist, to promote the beauty and inspiration the organization provides.

History

Encouraging artists to enjoy and utilize Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as a source of inspiration has long been important to the Loeschner family. Ray, and his wife Nancy, who passed away in 2012, have been lovingly involved with the institution when it was still but a dream more than thirty years ago. In 2002, they unveiled the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition for two-dimensional art. This annual juried event encourages entries by artists inspired by Meijer Gardens but rendered in two-dimensional form: painting, drawing, prints, pastels and photography.

Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding your submission.

“We all loved the idea of artists visiting the gardens,” Ray recently reflected, “we weren’t interested in artists submitting just any work – it had to be inspired by their experience here.”

Past Winners

HOURS

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE

CONTACT US

scheduled grounds maintenance

On Tuesday, April 16, the Treehouse Village and Woodland Boardwalk in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden will be closed due to tree removal for the safety of our guests. Thank you for your understanding. 

Garden closures

Please note: The Harvey Lemmen Sculpture Gallery in the Sculpture Park will be closed May 20-21 for scheduled tree work. Thank you for your understanding.

Spring Break Hours

Extended Hours

Enjoy extended spring break hours until 9 pm on April 1-5.

Extended Member Early Hours

Each Sunday from 9-11 am during Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming and Saturday, April 6, from 8-9 am. 

HOURS

Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

RATES

Members (with ID) FREE
Adults (14-64) $20.00
Seniors (65 and older) $15.00
Students (with student ID) $15.00
Museums for All $2.00
Children (3-13) $10
Children (2 and younger) FREE