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LSSU journal Border Crossing seeks art submissions

Posted: February 20th, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The editors of Lake Superior State University’s journal of art and literature, Border Crossing, are hoping this year’s long winter is conducive to creativity as they prepare to accept art submissions for their 2014 issue. The theme for the cover this year is “earth.”

Upper Peninsula artist Jeanne Mannesto, a former member of the LSSU faculty, will serve as guest art editor for this issue. Submissions are open to residents of Michigan and Ontario only, as part of the mission of Border Crossing is to provide an outlet where area artists may showcase their work.

Mannesto, a Sault Ste. Marie native, holds a BA in education from University of Michigan, with a minor in English and fine arts, and a master's degree from Central Michigan University. Her strong interest in the natural world has guided her artistic endeavors. She has held exhibits in the Alberta House Art Gallery, with the Eastern U.P. Craftsmen, the Les Cheneaux Arts Council, at the Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts, and in the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library art gallery.

CONNORS' FIRE -- The cover art theme of the
2013 issue of Border Crossing was "fire."
The featured artist was Melissa Connors
of Ontario, whose photography has been
exhibited at a number of local venues and
featured on National Geographic's Daily Dozen.

Artists should submit work inspired by, or work which inspires reflection upon, the theme of “earth.” Along with this themed piece, artists may submit work in any theme they choose. One artist will be chosen and his/her work will be displayed on the cover and in the interior of the journal. The artist will receive two copies of the journal and a showing of his or her artwork during the issue's launch party and reading. Any medium is welcome, as long as the digital representation submitted can be featured in black and white.

The deadline for submissions is April 4. There is no entry fee. Artists interested in submitting their work should read the full submission guidelines and submit work through Border Crossing’s online submission manager, located at submishmash.

Find out more about Border Crossing here.

For more information, contact Prof. Julie Barbour, or 906-635-2657, or Prof. Mary McMyne, or 906-635-2327. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Mary McMyne, 635-2327,; Prof. Julie Barbour,, 635-2657