Call out to artists! Get your Shakespeare on!


Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, part of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, is calling artists for submissions.  I get their newsletter and in this week’s newsletter is the following:

Calling all artists, Shakespeare lovers—everyone!

Illuminate a Shakespeare-inspired page and send it to us. Basically, illuminated manuscripts feature text that is accompanied by ornate or elaborate decoration such as letters (sort of like the large first letter of a magazine story, for example), borders, and illustrations. We’re not trying to be historically accurate here so you don’t have to be either (of course you’re welcome to). Context: Shakespeare in the Arb has been canceled again this year so we are paying homage to what would otherwise be the immersive live performances we all know and love.

To begin, choose your favorite Shakespeare quote (plays or sonnets) but keep it to two or three lines. See our samples here for an idea of where you can take this concept. Be as over-the-top as you want. When it’s ready, take a high-res photo (or set your phone camera to high quality), snap a photo of your work from as directly above as possible, and email it to . We’ll post a gallery of entries in a few weeks.


It doesn’t give a deadline but if they are posting entries “in a few weeks”…

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark S says:

    That sounds like it could be a fun contest! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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