The world changed in Glen Arbor on Aug. 2, 2015. An historic rain and hail storm with winds more than 100 mph hit, and in a matter of minutes brought down thousands of mature hardwoods and conifers. The immensity of the destruction – both in the natural and built worlds – left broken homes and broken hearts in its wake. There was a palpable sense of grieving and loss in Glen Arbor.
Art – visual, written, performance – has the power to help people process grief and sadness, to take on and explore impossible realities; and, to find the many creative, life-affirming Phoenixes that rise out of ash piles. For the maker, art is a vehicle for expressing ideas/feelings about difficult, dramatic, life-altering events. For the viewer, art helps put into more concrete form the unspeakable, the painful, the unimaginable. It gives voice to the difficult, and provides an avenue for transformation and hope. This exhibition is a creative opportunity to consider what one saw, experienced, heard, felt, and then to use those elements to describe and translate one’s personal experience, and the community’s resilience, using written and visual media.
Work that is interpretative rather than documentary. The Aug. 2 storm produced an extraordinary number of published photographs and words. That ground has been well and thoroughly covered. We seek submissions that express fresh ideas using innovative two- and three-dimensional art in all media, including: fiber, wood, reclaimed and recycled materials, paper, paint, metal. Written compositions will be accepted. Indoor and outdoor submissions will be considered. Literary submissions are limited to: prose and short story -1,000 words maximum, 2 entries total maximum; poetry – 1,000 word maximum per poem, 2 poems total maximum.
Barbara Krause spent 18 years as a docent at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. She earned a Masters in Art History in 1992 from the University of Michigan and went on to train docents and organize public gallery talks. She lives in Leelanau County.
Sheila Stafford recently retired from Northwestern Michigan College where she was adjunct photography instructor and also taught life drawing. She has a working studio practice and focuses on creating pinhole photographic images that are combined with other media. She lives in Grand Traverse County.
Aaron Stander spent most of his adult years in the Detroit area, where he taught English and trained writing teachers. In 2000 he and his wife left college teaching positions and moved permanently to their cottage near Traverse City. He is also the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, and reviews, and the host of Michigan Writers on the Air on Interlochen Public Radio. He has published eight books in the Ray Elkins mystery series.
Entry and Exhibition Fees
The non-refundable entry fee is $25/non-members, $20/2016-members for up to two (2) entries.
Sales and Commission
The GAAC will retain a 30% commission on work sold during the New Views exhibition. The artists will receive 70% of the final selling price. Artists will receive payment in 10 business days after the close of the exhibition.
An on-site jury will select first-, second-, third-place awards and honorable mentions.
• Artwork Size Restrictions: There are no size restrictions for indoor work; but practical size and weight should be considered for display purposes. Outdoor work must be freestanding.
• Online submissions only.
• Submitting Images Online: It is important to provide professional, high-quality images. Artists must supply digital images of 1 MB or less. Applicants may submit up to two (2) works for consideration by the jury. No slide entries will be accepted. Only digital images will be accepted for consideration.
• Please provide a short statement about your entry. The purpose of this statement is to provide the jurors with insights into the thinking behind your entry. Your application WILL NOT BE considered complete without this statement.
• The artist contact email provided on the on-line application must remain active during the submissions and exhibition process. The artist is responsible for checking their email for acceptance and/or decline and other information regarding the New Views exhibition.
• Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a workshop with the collaboration of an instructor is not acceptable.
• Work must be gallery ready when submitted. Paintings and other wall works should be framed or finished. Please use gallery wire. No sawtooth hanging hardware is allowed.
• No work will be accepted after the dates and times for delivery listed in the Calendar of Events below.
• Sale price that is noted on the on-line application is the FINAL price if the work is accepted into the New Views exhibition. If the work is NOT for sale, please indicate that information by writing “NFS” in the appropriate space provided on the on-line application.
• The GAAC reserves the right to the final selection of work to be shown in the New Views exhibition. Accepted works that differ dramatically from what is represented – either in subject, execution or quality – in the digital image submitted will not be shown.
• Insurance: The GAAC does not provide insurance during exhibitions.
Calendar of Events
• March 1, 2016: New Views application is available on-line.
• May 1, 2016: Deadline for on-line submissions.
• May 2-4, 2016: Jurying of applications.
• May 4-6, 2016: Notification of accepted and declined work.
• June 6, 2016: Drop-off work at the GAAC 1-4 p.m.
• June 7, 2016: Drop-off work at the GAAC 9 a.m.-noon.
• June 10, 2016: Exhibition opens, 6-8 p.m.
• June 23, 2016: Exhibition closes, 4 p.m.
• June 24, 2016: Artist pick-up of entries, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• This exhibition will be open June 10-23, 2016 during regular GAAC office hours, Monday through Friday; and Saturday, June 11, 2016, noon-4 p.m.