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Telling Stories: Fact, Fiction, Otherwise Prospectus & Application

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] January 13 – March 23, 2023
Online application period: Through November 9 at 11:59 pm EST 

Human beings have told stories with images since the beginning – from the Lascaux cave paintings, to the Bayeau embroideries, to Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, to Faith Ringgold’s story quilt Dancing at the Louvre. Some visual stories are personal. Others are communal. Visual stories record history, respond to and interpret events, comment on the state of humanity and the world. We live in a time when we are bombarded by storytelling images – so many pictures that it has become the work of a lifetime trying to discern which of these are real, which are inventions, and which are something entirely else. Even with all its mechanical properties, photography offers no assurance the resulting image is strict and true dictation – i.e. a simple recording untouched or influenced by personal bias and experience. For this exhibition:

What stories do you have to tell?

  • Are they ripped from the headlines, or funnelled out of your head?
  • Are they based in reality? Or, the basis for your own reality?
  • How do your materials help tell the tale?
  • Are visual elements sufficient to tell the story?
  • What happens when text becomes the visual element in the story?

Telling Stories: Fact, Fiction, Otherwise asks applicants to tell some stories of their own: true, false, or otherwise.

Looking For

Visual art in 2D + 3D, made by the applicant between 2020 and 2022.

Open To

2D and 3D work including paper, clay, fiber, metal, wood, glass, drawing, painting, photography, furniture, mixed media, weaving, sculpture, stitchery, 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 January 13 – March 23, 2023
  • Apply on-line: Through November 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Notification of acceptance: Mid-November 2022
  • Shipped work deadline: January 3 – 6, 2023
  • Drop-off: Friday, January 6 + Saturday, January 7, 2023 — 10 am — 2 pm both days
  • Pick-up: Friday, March 24 + Saturday, March 25, 2023 — 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.


Kaz McCue has spent the past thirty years working in the arts as a visual artist, educator, curator, and arts administrator and currently serves as Instructor of Visual Arts at the Leelanau School. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from Parson’s School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree in mixed media from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. As a professional artist, he has developed a reputation as a visual storyteller who creates works using sculpture, installation, printmaking, and photographer. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards as well as being featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally. As a curator, he has put together over 200 exhibitions and over 100 lectures and artist presentations. Kaz has taught at numerous universities, colleges and academies and has served in several arts administration positions.



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 unless it is part of the composition vs. a finishing detail.

The Telling Stories exhibition will be installed in the GAAC gallery, and viewable as 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 2020 – 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 | REQUIRED

Telling Stories applicants must submit a short [100 words max] statement that provides context for looking at the artwork. What story is being told by your art work?


  • 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.

Apply Here

The application period has ended.


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