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Color | A Juried Exhibition

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] January 10 – March 26, 2020
On-line Application Period: Until Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | 2 pm

Color. Everybody wants some during a Northern Michigan winter, when short, light days suggest a seasonal monochromatic palette. Color, the exhibition, is a celebration of chroma, hue, tone, tint, and value. Color – both the thing and the idea – plays a larger, more dynamic role than merely acting as a seasonal picker-upper. How is color used to express emotion? Tension? Shape? Energy? Action? Gesture? How is color used to tell the story?* What happens when the artist chooses to invent a palette for the subject – rather than be dictated to by the scene? How do original color choices change or invigorate an idea? Remove it from its most familiar context to suggest other ideas?

*When Dorothy was transported from the black + whiteness of her home in Kansas to the Technicolor world of Oz, the script flipped, didn’t it. 

Looking for: Innovative, original expressions of color usage in both representational, non-representational, and/or abstracted work. What’s your color story?

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 40” in width or 65 in length. 3D work must be freestanding and easily moved. 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

  • Apply on-line: Until Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Jurying: December 5 – 7, 2019
  • Report: December 8 -9, 2019
  • Exhibition Dates: January 10 – March 26, 2020
  • Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2020 | 6 – 8 pm
  • Artwork Delivery Dates: Friday, January 3, 2020, 9 am – 2 pm; Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Artwork Pick-up Dates: Friday, March 27, 9 am – 2 pm; Saturday, March 28, 9 am – 2 pm

    Joseph Lombardo is an accomplished plein air painter and instructor. He received an MFA in painting from Bowling Green State University and studied landscape painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland. Lombardo earned his BFA with the honor of Valedictorian at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He is a two-time Best in Show winner at the Ohio Plein Air Competition and participated in Cape Ann Plein Air 2017. He has served as Artist-In-Residence at Buffalo National River, Hot Springs National Park, and at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Lombardo teaches plein air painting workshops internationally and he is an Adjunct Instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Lombardo is represented by Art Access Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, and Center Gallery in Glen Arbor, Michigan. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Ohio State Supreme Court, the Hilton Downtown Columbus, and the Columbus Convention Center. www.josephlombardo.weebly.com

    Three awards of merit will be given.


    • 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.
    • 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 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 Color exhibition, 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 Color. For more information, go to GlenArborArt.org and click on CLASSES.

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

    Submit application here.

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