First Bloem 2022

We are pleased to announce the 2022 First Bloem Festival Artwork Competition through which a work of art is selected for the official Tulip Time poster. Each year, the Festival invites a juror to select the Top 20 pieces for First Bloem. Mary Sundstrom, Visual artist and Exhibitions Director of the Holland Area Arts Council, will be the 2022 juror.

Artists in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties are invited to submit artwork. Submissions for the 2022 Festival Artwork Competition will be accepted September 27 – 30, 2021. The artwork theme should represent Tulip Time’s mission to celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community. The winner of the 2022 competition will be announced at the First Bloem Reveal, a special unveiling reception held in February.

Sept. 27-30, 2021
      Submission drop off Tulip Time office, 42 W. 8th St.
Office will be open 9am - 2:30pm these 4 days to accept submissions

Oct. 15, 2021
      Top 20 artists notified
Feb. 24, 2022
      First Bloem Reveal Party (poster winner announced)
May 7-12, 2022
      Viewers’ Choice Award voting
May 13, 2022
      Viewers’ Choice Award winner announced, 10AM at Warehouse 6, 136 E. 6th St. Holland

Download the full prospectus here

Download the submission form here

For additional details, artists are encouraged to contact Lorma Freestone at