The Sky Is Always There

Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC] Exhibition: January 10 – March 20, 2025
Application period: Through November 7, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST

The sky is vast, and always there. Is it so familiar that we forget to consider it? Acknowledge it? Is the sky just more psychic wallpaper?

The sky has many guises:

  • Big sky.
  • Winter sky.
  • Summer sky.
  • Night sky: a place of constellations, the Aurora Borealis, comets, and the chalkboard on which we create stories that help us explain ourselves and the world to ourselves.

There’s a blue sky overhead, and there’s blue sky-ing — creative or visionary thinking, unconstrained by practicalities, that take place in the head.

The sky is a busy place. It’s the place where gods live. It’s the place through which birds, kites, drones, and planes fly. And that guy on the chair with the balloons.

The Sky Is Always There is an exhibition that asks applicants to move beyond direct representation, and into interpretation; to think beyond portraits of puffy cloud, and, instead, dive into those clouds. The sky’s the limit. Juried.

Looking For: Visual art in 2D + 3D, made by the applicant between 2022 – 2024. Innovative, fresh responses that move beyond the easiest answer.

Open To: 2D and 3D work including paper, clay, fiber, metal, wood, glass, drawing, painting, printmaking, furniture, mixed media, photography, weaving, sculpture, stitchery, and more.

Size Restrictions

  • 2D work should not exceed 48” in total width or 65” in total length.
  • 3D work may be freestanding or wall mounted. FREESTANDING: Work must be 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. WALL MOUNTED: Work must weigh 15 pounds or less, and be wired or mounted with a French Cleat system. Please call the GAAC/Gallery Manger Sarah Bearup-Neal if you have questions about the system of hanging of your entry.

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 10 – March 20, 2025
  • Apply on-line: Through November 7, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Notification of acceptance: mid-November
  • Shipped work deadline: December 30, 2024 – January 2, 2025
  • Drop-off: Friday, January 3, 10 am – 2 pm; Saturday, January 4, 10 am – 2 pm
  • Reception: January 10, 2025, 5 – 8 pm

For more information and to apply click here.