Works in Progress is a design show celebrating the journey of bringing your ideas to life. As makers and designers, we know all about what goes on in the studio, in the workshop, and on the factory floor – behind the scenes – to create beautiful, functional works.

The first installment of the Works in Progress show will take place at the Ann Arbor Art Center (January 11–February 9, 2019). This show gives designers and makers a platform to showcase the beauty and chaos involved in bringing functional works to life. The exhibit’s curatorial scope of functional works includes fashion, graphic design, furniture, architecture, industrial design, and more.


All entries are due by MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME, DECEMBER 9TH, 2018.

To participate, complete the work submission form below, and upload your work samples.

In order to get the best and most inclusive submissions possible, we have decided to waive the $10 submission fee. All who have entered so far will be refunded.

However, upon acceptance, there will be a $20 exhibition fee for the selected individuals.

Work Samples may include:


Participants selected for the Works in Progress show will be responsible for transporting work to and from Ann Arbor Art Center. All applicants will receive a response by Dec. 17th, 2018.


Submissions Open – Nov. 12
Submissions Close – Dec. 9
Participants Notified – Dec. 17
Works Delivered - Jan. 6
Show Opens - Jan. 11

Further info will be communicated to selected participants via email.

Work-Related Questions
Maximum size of work?
Bigger than a grain of rice, smaller than an elephant.
If you’re not sure, email us at the address below.

Who’s organizing the show?
A handful of designers & makers in SE Michigan. Sophie, Chris, & Matt

Got further questions? Email us at


Sorry, but the entry period ended at midnight Eastern on December 9th, 2018. If you submitted an entry, you will receive an update on or before December 17th, 2018 with your status.