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Power Tools Prospectus


If state-mandated COVID-19 closures continue into September and prevent us from installing the exhibition in the GAAC gallery, the Power Tools exhibition will be converted entirely to a virtual exhibition.

Eleanor McCain, Oil Spill, 2014, quilt, 60” x 60”

Oil Spill is part of McCain’s Oil Stains, a series of 14 quilts representing the artist’s reaction to the 2010 BP oil spill and its effect on Florida’s Gulf Coast. https://www.eleanormccain.net.

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC]

September 11 – November 5, 2020
On-line Application Period: Through August 12, 2020
The application periods closes August 12, 2020 at midnight.

Power Tools is an exhibition built on the belief that the visual arts provide powerful tools of expression.

Visual artists have long been vital contributors to conversations about the issues of their times – social, cultural, ecological, political. The visual arts offer creative, non-literal, symbolic ways to communicate, critique, examine and explore all manner of concepts – whether easy or difficult, dangerous or safe, contentious or congenial, conservative or radical.

Using the visual arts, makers can present a wide range of realities in ways that the purely literal cannot. The literal has its place, but it is not always embraceable or persuasive.

Think: Picasso’s Guernica https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernica_(Picasso)

Think: Chagall’s The Birthday https://www.marcchagall.net/the-birthday.jsp

Power Tools is an exhibition about ideas – new and old, familiar and foreign. Power Tools is an exhibition in which an old chestnut offers true meaning: One picture is worth a thousand words.

Looking For

Visual art – 2D + 3D — worth a thousand words.

Power Tools seeks work that shows what the maker is thinking about, stewing about, working through, irritated and/or amused by – or any other thing/state/emotion seeking expression. We seek innovative, original work that moves beyond dictation; that interprets + communicates a concern, an idea, an issue [global or local, personal or universal, comic or deadly serious, existential or nihilist] in representational, non-representational, and/or abstracted work.

Open To

2D and 3D work, including clay, collage, drawing, fiber, furniture, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood.

Size Restrictions

2D work should not exceed 44” in width or 65 in length. 3D work must be freestanding and easily moved, not to exceed 35 pounds. Because of companion programs planned in conjunction with the exhibition, 3D work will be occasionally and temporarily relocated in the gallery and in the GAAC.

Application Fee

Applicants may enter up to two [2] submissions for the juror’s consideration. $25 GAAC member, $35 nonmember. This is a nonrefundable fee.

Exhibition Calendar

  • Exhibition runs September 11 – November 5, 2020
  • Apply on-line: Through August 12, 2020. Application period ends August 12 at midnight.
  • Jurying: August 13 – 16, 2020
  • Applicant reporting: August 18 – 19, 2020
  • Drop-off: Friday, September 4, 9 am – 3 pm; Saturday, September 5, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Pick-up: Friday, November 6, 9 am – 2 pm; Saturday, November 7, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Reception: Friday, September 11, 6 – 8 pm


Conor Fagan obtained his graduate degree in Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He recently completed a year as an artist-in-residence in Roswell, New Mexico at the Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program [2017 to 2018], and was the Richardson – Spica Artist in Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy [Fall 2018]. Conor’s work is contained in numerous public and private collections worldwide including the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in New Mexico, and the Museum of Modern Art in Baei-Saint-Paul, Quebec. His recent shows include Your New York at Gitler & in Manhattan; and This Is Not That at the Roswell Museum of Art in Roswell, New Mexico. During the academic year Conor teaches drawing, painting, printmaking and photography at Interlochen Arts Academy. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan.


Three awards of merit will be given, including a $150 award made possible by Amy L. Clark-Carels Family Fund.


  • Work submitted must be one-of-a-kind, innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a workshop with the collaboration of an instructor is not accepted.
  • Work submitted must have been completed in the last two years [made in 2018 to the present].
  • Work must be gallery ready when submitted. Paintings and other wall works should be finished or framed. Please use gallery wire. No saw tooth hanging hardware is allowed. No wet paintings, or work submitted on warped canvases will be allowed.
  • No work will be accepted after the dates and times for delivery listed on the prospectus.
  • The artist’s contact email provided on the application must remain active during the submissions and exhibition process. The artist is responsible for checking their email for exhibition acceptance and/or decline, and other information regarding the exhibition.
  • The sale price written on the application is the FINAL price if the work is accepted in the exhibition. Exhibitors may not change sale price after the work is accepted for exhibition. If the work is NOT for sale, please indicate that information by writing “NSF” the appropriate space provided on the application.
  • The GAAC will retain a 40% commission on work sold during the exhibition. Artists receive 60% of the final selling price. Artists will receive payment following the close of the exhibition.
  • The GAAC staff and Exhibitions Committee reserve the right to the final selection of work to be shown in the exhibition.

NOTE: Accepted work may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.


As with every GAAC exhibition, there will be a full array of companion programs scheduled during Power Tools, including artist interviews, panel discussions and other activities. Companion programs are an opportunity to explore the exhibition’s themes in more depth and from other perspectives. Watch the GAAC website EVENTS page for more details.

Classes | Non-gallery programming

The GAAC will offer a variety of creative activities, classes and workshops that springboard from the themes of Power Tools. For more information, go to GlenArborArt.org and click on CLASSES.

For More Information

Contact Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC Gallery Manager: 231-334-6112.

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