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Paperwork Prospectus and Application

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] January 14 – March 24, 2022
Online application period: Through December 1, 2021 at midnight

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: The GAAC will offer an on-line version of PaperWork that will be viewable on the GAAC website. A traditional, in-gallery version of the exhibition will be designed in response to State of Michigan COVID-19 operating guidelines.

This exhibition is about works on paper, and works made from paper. It focuses on paper used in a wide array of applications – works on paper [prints, paintings, drawing], books, paper constructions + sculptural objects; work that explores new ways of using this common material for uncommon ends, or introduces paper to contexts where it is not expected; work that manipulates/recycles/reuses paper in fresh, unexpected ways; work in which paper is cut, folded, glued, stamped, sliced, pulverized, marked, soaked, saturated, ripped, torn. Paper is a common, ubiquitous material. How can it be reinvestigated and redeployed?

Looking For

Visual art in 2D + 3D. Work must be made by the applicant between 2019 and 2021.

Open To

2D and 3D work on or of paper, including paper used in combination with clay, drawing, fiber, furniture, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, wood and more. If used in combination, the paper material must stand out as the featured material.

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 January 14 – March 24, 2022
  • Apply on-line: Through December 1, 2021.
  • Notification of acceptance: December 7 – 9, 2021
  • Shipped work deadline: January 3 – 6, 2022
  • Drop-off: Friday, January 7 + Saturday, January 8, 10 am — 2 pm both days
  • Pick-up: Friday, March 25 + Saturday, March 26, 9 am — 2 pm both days
  • Reception: An opening reception in the GAAC gallery will be dependent upon State of Michigan COVID-19 operating guidelines.


Geo Rutherford creates prints, artist’s books, and large-scale mixed media works focusing on notions of invasiveness, impermanence, and the unseen in relation to the Great Lakes. She received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Geo taught High School art in Chelsea, Michigan for five years. Today, she is the Art Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, running the #WhyYouMatter non-profit, teaching as an adjunct professor at UWM, and exhibiting work around the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her dog, Padfoot.



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


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 framed, please do not include the 2D artwork’s frame in your exhibition image.

The PaperWork 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 PaperWork will be asked to submit a short [100 words max] artist’s statement that provides viewers with some context for looking at the artwork.


  • 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

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