Bay seeks art for Wizard of Oz exhibition

ESCANABA — Markings its 80th anniversary in 2019, “The Wizard of Oz” is widely considered to be one of the best films in cinematic history, an iconic fixture of American pop culture, and celebrated for its affirming message that home is truly where the heart is.

Bay College will honor the 80th anniversary of the beloved classic with a community theater adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” in a full scale musical. The family-friendly collaboration, directed by Jamie Peterson with musical direction by Travis Dubord, will take Bay College and the community by storm starting with auditions Sunday, Aug.18 through Aug. 25 and culminate with performances Nov. 1 through Nov. 9.

Coinciding with “The Wizard of Oz” musical, Bay College has issued a call for art for a special “Wizard of Oz Art Exhibition” to be displayed at Bay College’s Escanaba campus from Sept. 25 till Nov. 12. The call is for submissions in a variety of mediums that explore the significant contributions “The Wizard of Oz” has had as a cinematic and literary art form, its historical and cultural significance in American culture, and the complex and multilayered meanings of the story. Entries in all media are accepted including but are not limited to sculpture, film, video, sound, drawing, performance installation and photography. The works can explore and are not limited to the topics of childhood, play, home, utopia, mortality, witches, family, and more. Entries will be accepted until Aug. 7 at 11:59 PM EST by going to the website https://www.baycollege.edu/on-campus/events/the-wizard-of-oz/art-exhibition.php.

In addition to transforming Bay College’s campus to the “Land of Oz” by helping bring the story of “The Wizard of Oz” to life through various art forms in conjunction with its theater adaptation, the “Wizard of Oz Art Exhibition” has competitive prizes including a Curator’s Choice Permanent Collection Acquisition Award of $500.00 and an Audience Choice Award of $200.

For more information about the call for art, including all instructions, important dates, and rules, contact Kristine Granger, visual arts instructor/coordinator, at 906-217-4252 or Kristine.granger@baycollege.edu.

More information about the musical, including audition and performance dates and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities may be found at the website www.baycollege.edu/Oz.


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