Mayor's Arts Awards

Nominations open for the 31st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Do you know someone special who deserves to be recognized for all they do for the arts in Dearborn and its surrounding communities?

The City of Dearborn Office of the Mayor, Dearborn Community Arts Council and Dearborn Community Fund invite you to help honor the artists and members of the arts community of 2018 as they announce the 31st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. This special event offers an opportunity to look back in appreciation of the artists, arts educators, arts volunteers and arts supporters who keep the arts strong and exciting throughout Dearborn.

Art often makes an impression beyond words, but the DCAC understands the importance of acknowledging those who make art in all its forms, as well as our community’s many generous supporters of the arts. Their profound impact improves lives as well as the lives of our neighborhoods and cities.

The public is welcomed to participate in the nominating process by submitting nominations and accompanying materials by the deadline date of March 1, 2019.

The award categories for 2019 are:

  • Artist Performer Award
  • Arts Organization Award
  • Arts Patron Award
  • Arts Educator Award
  • Volunteer Award

Click here to see a list of past Mayor's Arts Awards winners.

You can make a nomination one of three ways:

  1. Online - click here to fill out and submit a nomination.
  2. Download the nomination form (click here) and mail your nominations to:
    DCAC Mayor’s Arts Awards Review Committee
    15801 Michigan Ave.
    Dearborn, Michigan 48126
  3. Email nomination forms and materials to DCAC Director, Ralph Valdez at

Last year was another productive and creative year and the public is once again invited to take an active role in selecting those who have enriched our lives and our communities with their talent and dedication to the arts the Dearborn area community.

The Awards Ceremony is presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in “Studio A” located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

NOW OPEN: Submit your photos for DCAC Juried Photography Exhibition

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is proud to present the 24th annual Juried Photography Exhibition, set for Feb. 1-28, 2019 at the Padzieski Gallery. This year's show will honor well-known Dearborn artist, teacher and photographer Teresa Lousias, who passed away Dec. 5. Awards this year will include

The gallery is located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The exhibition is sponsored by photo and video gear store ProCam of Livonia.

Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit their works for consideration in the show.


The Opening Party & Reception with Awards will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 6-8 p.m. There will be a Special Memorial Gathering held Saturday, Feb. 2 at 12 p.m. to honor Teresa Lousias. Lastly, the Paczki at the Padzieski Gallery Talk with Polish treats and beverages, featuring the winning photographers discussing their work, will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

All three events are free to attend.


  • Open to both amateur & professional photographers
  • Jurying will be from actual work (no slides, websites, etc.)
  • The DCAC and the City of Dearborn are responsible for works on city premises, but not for work delivered early, in damaged condition or left after the close of the exhibit.
  • We reserve the right to determine qualifying categories.

There will be three separate categories: Black & White, Color and (Digitally) Altered

DCAC board members and local artists Lance Rosol and Gayle Dickerson

Best of Show: $100 cash plus $100 ProCam gift card

B & W First Place: $50 cash plus $50 ProCam gift card
B & W Second Place: $50 cash plus $25 ProCam gift card

Color First Place:$50 cash plus $50 ProCam gift card
Color Second Place:$50 cash plus $25 ProCam gift card

Altered First Place: $50 ProCam gift card
Altered Second Place: $25 ProCam gift card


  • $20 per entry (first two) and $10 (entries after first two)
  • You may submit up to two entries in each category


  • Artists submitting photographs for this exhibit must complete the entry form and checklist, sign the form, attach a label to the back of each piece and enclose the correct entry fee. Your label must include artist’s name, title, category, price.
  • All prints must be framed under glass or plexiglass and be ready for hanging with attached wire.
  • Size is limited to 36 inches by 36 inches, including frame
  • Photographers are responsible for delivery and pick up of their work.


Entries must be dropped off between 12-7 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16. Mailed works will not be accepted. Deliver entries to the Padzieski Art Gallery inside the Ford Community Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Avenue Dearborn MI, 48126.

Call 313-943-3095 with any questions.

All work must be picked up after the exhibition on Feb. 28 between 5-6 p.m. or on March 1 between 12-6 p.m. Any accepted or declined work NOT picked up by 6 p.m. March 1 becomes DCAC property.


Participants will be notified by email ONLY if their work is declined.  A return response will be requested. All declined work must be picked up on Jan. 24 between 2-6 p.m.


A 30 percent commission will be charged on all sales made during the exhibition. Please price work accordingly. All purchases to remain in gallery during exhibition.

Photography Exhibition Entry Form

Juried Photography Exhibition Entry Form

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Exhibition Payment via PayPal

Number of Entries

Shop local for unique art at the Holiday Boutique through Dec. 22

Each year, holiday shoppers and art lovers alike anticipate the transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique and gift shop of fine art, practical crafts and personal hand-made gift items.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council's Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online shopping by offering “one-stop shopping” in the relaxed atmosphere of the Padzieski Art Gallery, open daily through Dec. 22.

Proceeds from the Holiday Boutique benefit local artists, as well as the gallery, community programs and other services provided by the DCAC.


Sunday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3: 12-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 10: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: 12-6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17: 12-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 19: 12-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20: 12-6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21: 12-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22: 12-6 p.m.

For more information, contact Dearborn Community Arts Council Executive Director Ralph Valdez: or 313-943-3095.