Animal Life: Art from the Kalevala

Art from the Kalevala is an annual exhibition in coordination with the City of Hancock’s Heikinpäivä mid-winter celebration on January 27 and Kalevala Day on February 28.

The Kalevala is a 19th century work of poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology. It is the national epic poem of Finland and is one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. The Kalevala is rich with imagery of animals including pike, swan, stag, bear, and many others.

Artists are invited to delve into the Kalevala and find a reference to one of the many animals that are integral to the stories. Artists may submit up to three works in any medium and are asked to provide the lines or passages from the Kalevala that inspired the work. No entry fees.

Deliver submissions any time up to December 23 or on Saturday, January 20 between noon and 4 p.m. For questions or to make special arrangements please contact Cynthia Cote at with “Kalevala” in the memo line. Public reception with Finnish fare on Saturday, January 27 from 2:30-4pm.

Animal Life, Art from the Kalevala will be on display in the CCCAC Kerredge Gallery January 27 through February 29, 2024.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock, Michigan and is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.