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Vessels Prospectus and Application

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] August 26 – October 27, 2022
Online application period: March 14 through July 13, 2022 at midnight

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: The GAAC will offer an on-line version of Vessels 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.

Vessels are containers in which things can be carried, and/or moved from one place to another, either literally or metaphorically. For instance: A vessel can be vase; or a container ship; or a person who has a particular quality, or who is used for a particular purpose. Or this: Boxes can be cardboard; or they can be situational, e.g. being boxed in/trapped. Or, this: Baskets go to market; or become a metaphor for sorting and organizing. Seeking work that interprets vessels in innovative and fresh ways, and demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking about vessels and their form, function, and meaning.

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 August 26 – October 27, 2022
  • Apply on-line: Through July 13, 2022 at midnight.
  • Notification of acceptance: July 19 – 22, 2022
  • Shipped work deadline: August 15 – 18, 2022
  • Drop-off: Friday, August 19 + Saturday, August 20, 2022 — 9 am — 2 pm both days
  • Pick-up: Friday, October 28 + Saturday, October 29, 2022 — 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.


Deborah Cholewicki has “always been drawn to the beauty and artistic expression of nature – its bold colors, extraordinary textures and sculptural forms.” Her free-form weavings reflect that passion. As a self-taught fiber artist, she incorporates a variety of natural fibers, including hand dyed/hand spun art yarns, and plant materials (willow, natural vine, inflorescence, and dyed reed to name a few) into one-of-a-kind, 2- and 3-D weavings. Along with discoveries of unusual or exotic woods which become the framework for a piece, Deborah emphasizes that “the PROCESS of creating is what excites and empowers me most.  I love the challenge and joy of allowing my work to evolve, often into something very different from what I had initially envisioned.”

Deborah’s art has been exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), Ludington Area Center for the Arts (Ludington, MI), Ecumenical Center for Arts and Spirituality (DeWitt, MI) and the Lansing Art Gallery. In addition to managing Grove Gallery & Studios (East Lansing, MI) for more than 10 years, Deborah had her working studio there until the gallery closed its doors in 2019.  She has taught free-form sculptural weaving workshops for more than 20 years and has been a fiber arts instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for three years. In April, 2016, Deborah was one of four Michigan artists featured in the documentary, “The Art of Art,” which explored the creative process of each artist. Currently, Deborah’s work can be seen at the Nelson Gallery, Lansing Art Gallery (both in Lansing, MI) and at the Shiawassee Arts Center (Owosso, MI).



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 Vessels 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

Applicants selected to exhibit work in Vessels 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.


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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