Call for Art: The Promise of an Acorn
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods is looking for Artwork for a Group Exhibition on the theme of Oak Ecosystems to be held in the summer of 2018.
WHAT IS AN OAK ECOSYSTEM?
So much more than just a type of tree, oaks are a keystone species that provide critical food and habitat for more than 600 species and create their own unique ecosystems by affecting the light levels, soil moisture, pH, and types of organic matter found in their surroundings. In addition, each large oak can reduce 5,400 gallons of storm water runoff and remove more than 1,000 lbs. per year of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They are also drought and heat tolerant, making them relatively well adapted to future climate impacts. Unfortunately, the number of these trees has been reduced by 80% in our local region, and they are in need of our help to make a comeback.
Our exhibition, The Promise of an Acorn, will focus not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture. Your artwork can focus on any part of this theme, and does not necessarily have to feature the oak itself. We welcome a wide range of styles, subject matter, media, and interpretations of the theme.
- Submission Deadline: May 27, 2018 – email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Artist Notification: June 1, 2018
- Show Dates: Sunday, July 22 (Opening Reception from 1-3pm) to
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Artists wishing to apply should email a completed Submission Form along with images of up to three pieces of work they intend to submit to: email@example.com no later than May 27, 2018. There is no fee to participate, Brushwood Center will retain 15% of all sales.
About Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il., Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community wellbeing, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. In doing so, we honor the legacy of those who came before us on this land and champion a region where people will care about and for nature.
For more information on oak ecosystems, we recommend starting with the Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystems Recovery Plan.
Calls for Proposals
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods hosts six art exhibitions a year that explore the intersection of art, science and nature. Brushwood Center reviews artists' work throughout the year and invites submissions of work in any visual medium (photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, drawing and video) that is inspired by, critiques or reflects on the natural world.
Exhibitions are generally six weeks in length and booked roughly six months to one year in advance. Proposals for both solo and group shows will be considered, and individual pieces may also be considered for inclusion in upcoming juried group shows.
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Exhibition proposal (if applicable)
- Artist statement
- 5-10 jpgs of proposed work
EXHIBITION POLICIES: Artists are responsible for framing their artwork at their own expense. Due to the historic nature of the building, there are some restrictions on size of artwork and installation techniques, which can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Artwork must be wired for hanging when possible. All other methods of display must be approved by Brushwood Center staff prior to exhibiting.
Our staff will work with the artist(s) to arrange and install artwork for the exhibition. Exhibiting artists are required to be present at an opening reception, generally held the afternoon of the first Sunday of the exhibition. Artwork may be made available for sale at artist's discretion. Brushwood Center will retain 15% of artwork sales.
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015