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Outdoor Gallery Prospectus

Mid-May 2020 – April 2021
On-line Application Period:  Through February 27, 2020

Prospectus: The Glen Arbor Arts Center has created an outdoor venue for the exhibition of visual art on the south and west exterior walls of its building. We seek to exhibit the original work of a single artist. The selected work will be eye-catching, compelling, colorful, and communicate the spirit of the Glen Arbor Arts Center with fresh originality. The selected work will be enlarged and reproduced on five, separate 5 foot x 5 foot square outdoor panels, which will be exhibited for one year.

Open to: All media.

Images: Digital images submitted with the application should be high-quality, and sized up to 1MB. Work selected to be exhibited in 2020-2021 will be reproduced from high-quality, high-resolution images [file size of each image must be 150 pixels/square inch]. The final images will be printed onto 5 foot x 5 foot square, weather-resistant, outdoor panels. Applicants are encouraged to submit work that fits this square format or work that can be cropped to this square format. 

Examples of the material on which the images will be reproduced are available for review at the Glen Arbor Arts Center.

Installation: The selected work will be installed by the Glen Arbor Arts Center. The GAAC will work in collaboration with the selected artist about the configuration of the five squares; but the final configuration will be the decision of the GAAC.

Application Fee

Applicants will submit five [5] images for the jurors’ consideration. The application fee is $40 GAAC member, $50 nonmember. This is a nonrefundable fee. A single applicant may submit more than one application.

Exhibition Calendar

  • Apply on-line: Through February 27, 2020
  • Jurying: March 2020
  • Report: Second week of March 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: Mid-May 2020 – April 2021
  • Artwork Delivery Dates: The final, high-quality, high-resolution digital images will be submitted to the GAAC by April 1, 2020. Final images used for reproduction must measure 150 pixels/square inch.
  • Opening Reception + Dedication: May 21, 2020, 6 – 8 pm


Hank Feeley is an author, painter, and sculptor whose second book Painting the Joy of Sleeping Bear County was published in 2016. He is a graduate The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Harvard Business School. He has been a Visiting Artist at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an Artist-in-Residence at Ox-Bow School of Art, and has taught at Roosevelt University and the Dennos Museum. His work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. He is represented in Chicago by Aron Packer Projects and, in New York, by First Street Gallery.

Emory Mead graduated from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, where he majored in Industrial Design. He began his career working for General Motors in Warren, Michigan as an exhibit designer. He did similar design work for both Ford and Chrysler. After moving to Chicago he worked for an international consulting firm before forming his own design firm where he spent 25 years designing print materials and packaging for small consumer products. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois and is a member of First United Church of Oak Park, where he has designed and created brochures, banners and participated in the Art Guild where many notable art installations have been located over the last 15 years. He has been a seasonal resident of Glen Arbor for 40 years where he spends time painting and enjoying this Paradise.


  • 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 acceptable.
  • Work submitted must have been completed in the last two years. Work created before October 2017 is not eligible for consideration.
  • 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 exhibiting artist will retain ownership of the original artwork. The GAAC retains the right to reproduce the selected images, and retains ownership of the reproduced images exhibited. Selected images will also be used in conjunction with promotions and marketing of the year-long exhibition.
  • The GAAC will offer the panels exhibited for sale at the end of the exhibition period.


After the exhibition is installed, the exhibiting artist has the option of taking part in a “Talk About Art” program – a facilitated discussion at the GAAC during which the exhibitor and Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal converse about the artist’s process and work.

For More Information

Contact the Glen Arbor Arts Center: 231/334-6112.

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