About the Exhibit
For thousands of year's humans have used creativity to capture interaction between animals and humans as seen in earliest caveman drawings. American ecologist E.O. Wilson coined the term "Biophilia" (life loving) in an attempt to explain the humans strong attraction to living creatures. Wilson theorized that Humans learn to assign value to certain aspects of nature based on ecology and co-evolution with flora and fauna. Animals offer a direct link to nature, piquing human attraction and interest. Humans may express a variety of emotions toward animals (positive, neutral or negative), however, the appeal of becoming more connected to nature through animal encounters encouraged early humans to develop an assortment of relationships with the creatures in their environment. This exhibition highlights the importance of the Human-Animal bond in today's society by capturing the artists feelings about the importance and the role of wildlife and pets in today's society.
The Gaylord area Council for the Arts (Gaylord Arts) invites Michigan artists (full-time and part-time resident) to enter the 2023 "Pets & Wildlife...Exploring the human-animal bond" Exhibition. Entries are due between February 15 - 18, 2023. Awards will be given in two categories: Wildlife and Pets, as well as “People’s Choice”. An Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony will be held on February 25th, from 5-7 pm. The accepted entries will be on display at the Gaylord Arts Center from February 22 - April 1st with guest speakers schedule (TBD) to discuss the importance of animals in today's society.
Ribbons & REcognition in Two Categories
"Pets" and "Wildlife"
- 1st place ribbon
- 2nd place ribbon
- 3rd place ribbon
- Honorable Mention & people's Choice Ribbons
Michigan photographers 14 years old and older and seasonal residents may enter. All entries must be original works of the artist’s own creation. Works exhibited in previous Gaylord Arts shows will not be accepted. Entries will be accepted in these two categories:
- Pets: Works in any media ( 2D & 3D) that depict and capture the human-animal bond and the importance of pets in today's society.
- Wildlife: Any art work that captures and expresses the artists feelings about the importance of wildlife and/or tells the story of the struggle of wildlife in today's society.
Conditions of Entry:
- All artwork must be ready to hang or display and professional attention to detail is required. (ie. if framed, frame is in good condition, back of art piece is finished and clean, etc.).
- 2-D artwork must be wired at the time of submission--no sawtooth hangers will be accepted
- 2-D pieces must be clearly labeled on the back and 3-D in an inconspicuous place with
- artist's name,
- Selling price or if not for sale, "Exhibit Only"
- Artwork will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, as space allows, Entry fee covers up to maximum entries of four.
- Submissions must be in the categories of Pets or Wildlife (i.e. 3 "pets," and 1 in
"Wildlife" or any other combination).
- Gaylord Arts reserves the right to reject any work for any reason.
- Completed Entry form, payment and art submissions must be received no later than February 18, 2023 (See submission procedure below for more details).
- Entry fee: Member- $20.00, Non-member - $30.00. (covers 4 entries maximum)
- Gaylord Arts will take reasonable precautions to ensure the protection of artwork appearing in this show, but you are exhibiting at your own risk. You may obtain insurance on your own artwork for this show, however, Gaylord Arts does not insure exhibitor's art and is not responsible for loss or damage to artwork appearing in this show.
- You agree to leave accepted entries on display in the Gaylord Arts' center for the duration of this show. If the piece is sold during the show, the buyer has the option to remove the piece at the time of sale.
- All unsold pieces must be picked up by the deadlines. Art work not retrieved within 30 days become the property of Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, unless arrangements are made.
- Pickup pieces: March 29 - April 1, 2023 during gallery open hours.
- Entering this show constitutes giving Gaylord Arts permission to photograph art work for publicity or archival purposes.
Gaylord Arts will retain a 30% commission on sales of work sold during the exhibit. The sale price must include any matting and framing if applicable. All entries that are for sale will be featured on Gaylord Arts' on-line Art Market Store: gaylordarts.org. It is the responsibility of the artist to supply photographs of artwork for the on-line store. If a photo of the piece has not submitted, it will not appear in the on-line store. Digital only entries will not be eligible for sale.
- Complete entry form (on-line see below or download, print and submit via mail or in-person at the gallery. Must be received no later than February 18, 2023 by 2:00 p.m. Entries with missing information will not be accepted.
- Submit Entry Fee Payment (on-line payment, click "Entry Fee Payment" below or pay with check via mail or in-person at the gallery). Payment must be received no later than February 18, 2023 by 2:00 p.m. to be accepted. Checks payable to: "Gaylord Area Council for the Arts."
- Drop off art pieces between February 15 - 18, 2023 to Gaylord Area Council for the Arts gallery | 125 E. Main St., Gaylord, MI. 49735 during open hours
- Submit Digital Photos if wishing to appear in on-line store (Instructions below):
SUBMIT DIGITAL PHOTOS: MUST USE THE DIGITAL SUBMISSION FORM BELOW:
Please note: All photos must be
- File naming format: Title_lastname_firstname_Pets_Wildlife.png
- File format: jpeg or png format
- Not to exceed 20MB each