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New Views: Birdlandia Prospectus


Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] May 15 – July 16, 2020
On-line Application Period: Extended to April 15, 2020
The Birdlandia application period ends April 15 at midnight.

The Birdlandia show will go on! But the COVID-19 virus is requiring us to think out of the box: Birdlandia will be a virtual, on-line exhibition vs. our traditional, hung-in-the-gallery exhibition. As long as we are required to keep the GAAC’s doors closed, we will undertake a vigorous campaign of promoting the Birdlandia exhibition on various platforms including on the GAAC website, on Facebook [nearly 2,000 fans + friends], and through weekly email blasts [nearly 1,700 subscribers]. Click on the below links to see how we’ve been using virtual galleries to promote both of the GAAC’s current exhibitions:

In Between Back & White >>

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Birds offer an abundance of metaphors: Bird brain. Bird in a gilded cage. Bird’s eye view. Happy as a lark. Flight of fancy. Free as a bird. A feathered nest. Like a duck to water. An Albatross around his neck. Graceful as a swan. As scarce as hen’s teeth. Silent spring. Canary in the coal mine.

Birds, particularly, offer symbolic ways for us to describe our inner and outer lives, home, relationships, the state of the ecology, and more. Birds are some of the most accessible creatures to watch and study. They are at once both familiar and mysterious, real and mythic. A desire to meaningfully connect with the natural world has fostered a popular interest in the ubiquitous winged creatures that surround us daily. New Views: Birdlandia seeks 2D and 3D work that explores birds in fresh, original ways; provides a new view of bird life; what birds represent; interprets all-things bird from a realistic perspective, to an abstracted view, to something in between.

The GAAC’s New Views exhibitions are an annual event. They allow exhibitors – and, as a result, gallery visitors — to focus on a specific issue of community interest and concern, to dig deeply into the creative problem, and to discover a new view of it.

Open To

2D and 3D media/processes/materials including ceramics, drawing, fiber, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, plastic, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and imagination.

Work produced from a kit, commercial pattern, made in a workshop or class is not allowed.

Size Restrictions

2D work should not exceed 40” in width or 65 in height – whether framed or unframed, this are the maximum, finished dimensions allowed. 3D work must be freestanding, easily moved by one person, and should not exceed 50 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 dates: May 15 – July 16, 2020
  • Apply on-line: January 2 – April 15, 2020; The Birdlandia application period ends April 15 at midnight.
  • Jurying: April 16 – 17, 2020
  • Applicant reporting: April 18 – 19, 2020

Because of the ongoing order to remained closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Birdlandia exhibition will be virtual/images only. 

  • Drop-off: There is no drop-off.
  • Opening reception: Cancelled
  • Pick-up: There is no pick-up.


Joann Condino’s diverse studio practice includes work in fiber, painting, ceramics, and design. Her recent work involves mixed media assemblages emphasizing mark making using fiber, metal, and wood. A Shibori fiber artist, Joann uses wood pieces as mark makers to create the designs on her fabrics. Additional assemblages in found metal pieces and silk reflect Joann’s feelings about current social and political events. In February 2002, Joann established Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, Michigan, a working studio/gallery based on the principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement. She lives in Northern Michigan.


Two $75 Merit Awards sponsored by the Amy L. Clark-Carels Family Fund Award.


  • 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 [2018 to the 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 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.
  • 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. If the work is NOT for sale, please indicate that information by writing “NSF” the appropriate space provided on the application.
  • 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.

NOTE: Accepted work may not be removed before the close of the exhibition.


As with every GAAC exhibition, there will be a full array of companion programs scheduled during New Views: Birdlandia, including artist interviews, panel discussions and other activities. Companion programs are an opportunity to explore the exhibition’s themes in more depth and from other perspectives. Watch the GAAC website EVENTS page for more details.

For More Information

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

Submit application here

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