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Flags Prospectus and Application

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] May 27 – August 18, 2022
Online application period: January 1, 2022 Through April 6, 2022 at midnight

Flags are objects that are saturated with meaning. There are flags to represent surrender, allegiance, spirit, patriotism, culture. There are directional flags, identity flags, signal flags, standard flags that identify fidelity to a cause or a family, flags that send out wishes for peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom the beginning and the end of a race, a penalty in the game. Flags come with other meanings, both literal and symbolic: We plant a flag to claim something or someone. A red flag flies when there’s a danger alert. Something gets flagged for further and later consideration.

Looking For

Seeking work that explores and interprets the many facets and meanings of a flag, and moves beyond strict representation. Open to visual art in 2D + 3D; representational and non-representational; interpretive, realistic or abstract. Work must be made by the applicant between 2019 to the present.

Open To

2D and 3D work using materials that include clay, pencil/crayon, fibers, metal, mixed media, paint, paper, plastic, wood; in the categories of fiber-wearable, fiber-non-wearable, furniture, photography, sculpture, and more.

Size Restrictions

  • 2D work should not exceed 48” 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 May 27 – August 18, 2022
  • Apply on-line: January 1, 2022 through April 6, 2022 at midnight
  • Notification of acceptance: Week of April 18, 2022
  • Accepted artists’ statements due: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
  • Shipped work deadline: May 16 – 19, 2022
  • Drop-off: Friday, May 20 + Saturday, May 21, 9 am — 2 pm both days
  • Pick-up: Friday, August 19 + Saturday, August 20, 9 am — 2 pm both days
  • Reception: TBD


Emily Mitchell is a graphic designer with Nielsen Design Group in Traverse City, Michigan. Emily’s commitment to art and design began with a degree in textile design at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. She has worked as a studio artist in textile design and production, and has participated in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, New York, and the Textile Museum, Washington D.C. Since then, Emily has worked as a graphic identity and communication systems designer working closely with diverse client partners in service of community well-being, public parks, immigrant-friendly communities, youth empowerment, malaria research, early childhood, and the arts. Emily lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.


Three awards will be given: $300 Best of Show award Family Fund; and two, $100 Merit Awards. Awards are made possible by the Amy L. Clark-Carels Family Fund.


You may submit up to 2 works for the juror’s consideration.

  • You are required to submit an image of the overall work. You also have the option of providing 1 additional, detail image per work submitted.
  • Please provide well-composed, focused images of your work. This is the work people will view online. Present your work as well as you possibly can.
  • Do not photograph 2D work behind glass. If 2D artwork is framed, please do not include the frame in your exhibition image.

The Flags exhibition will be installed both in the GAAC gallery and as part of an on-line gallery on the GAAC website.


  • 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.
  • An entry may be comprised of multiple units [e.g. a diptych]; but may not exceed the maximum dimensions or weighs described below. If offered for sale, a single entry comprised of multiple units must be sold for one price. The individual units may not be sold separately.
  • Work submitted must have been completed in the last two years [made from 2019 – 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.

Artist’s Statement

Applicants selected to exhibit work in Flags will be asked to submit a short [100 words max] artist’s statement that provides viewers with some context for looking at the artwork. Artists statements are due by Tuesday, April 26, 2022.


  • 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.
  • 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.

NOTE: The GAAC staff and Exhibitions Committee reserve the right to the final selection of work to be shown in the exhibition. Accepted work may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.

For More Information

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

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