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2021-2022 Outdoor Gallery Prospectus

Mid-May 2021 – April 2022
On-line Application Period: Through February 25, 2021

Prospectus: The Glen Arbor Arts Center’s OUTDOOR GALLERY is a 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, original work will be enlarged and reproduced on five, separate 5 foot x 5 foot square, weather-resistant outdoor panels, which will be exhibited for one year. A $500 prize will be awarded to the selected artist.

Open to: All media. Original work can be any shape or size as long as it can be photographed at a high resolution.

Images: Digital images submitted with the application should be high-quality, and sized up to 2MB. Work selected to be exhibited in 2021 – 2022 will be reproduced from high-quality, high-resolution images submitted by the artist. The submitted digital file size of each image must be 150 pixels/square inch. Again, the art displayed will be digital reproductions of the original work: Original artwork will remain with the artist and will not be exposed to the outdoor elements. The final images will be printed, at the GAAC’s cost, 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. 

Read more about the OUTDOOR GALLERY and the inaugural exhibition here. Or, visit the GAAC at any time to see the 2020 display in place.


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 juror’s consideration. The application fee for the submission of one application is $25 GAAC member, $35 nonmember. This is a nonrefundable fee. A single applicant may submit more than one application. An application fee is required for each submission.

Exhibition Calendar

  • Apply on-line: Through February 25, 2021 at midnight.
  • Jurying: March 2021
  • Report: Second week of March 2021
  • Exhibition Dates: Mid-May 2021 – April 2022
  • Opening Reception + Dedication: TBD
  • Digital Images Delivery Dates: The selected exhibitor’s final, high-quality, high-resolution digital images must be ready by April 1, 2021. Final images used for reproduction must measure 150 pixels/square inch.


Artist Mark E. Mehaffey is the inaugural, 2020 winner of the GAAC’s OUTDOOR GALLERY competition, and will act as the 2021 juror. Mark worked as an art instructor in the Lansing Public Schools from 1973 to 2002, working and teaching students from elementary to high school. Mark is a member of many watercolor societies, both domestic and international; as well as the International Society of Experimental Artists, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters among others. He is the recipient of multiple awards. He wrote Creative Watercolor Workshop, published in 2005; it was rereleased as Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing. Mark’s latest book, En Plein Air Acrylic, was released in 2019 by Walter Foster Publisher.  Mark has also created 12 instructional videos.  He has contributed to a wide range of other publications, and exhibits throughout the United States, Mexico, and China. Mark resides in Empire, Michigan.


  • 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 2018 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.

More Information

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

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