Call for Exhibits: Exploring the World of Birds

The GNSI-Great Lakes Chapter invites all GNSI members living in states that border the Great Lakes to exhibit this spring at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, Illinois. The Brushwood Center seeks to nurture art, nature, and discovery in its mission of environmental education.


Subject matter can include birds, nests, eggs, bird-related plants, etc.  All media and styles will be considered. Brushwood Center hosts six art exhibitions a year that explore the intersection of art, science, and nature.  They exhibit work in all visual media (photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, drawing and video) that is inspired by, critiques or reflects on the natural world. 

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 6.
Show Dates: April 24th – June 6th
Opening reception: Sunday, April 24th, 1-3pm

To apply, please send the following application materials to Julia Kemerer at Brushwood Center (contact information below):

  • Name
  • Brief artist statement
  • jpgs of proposed work (up to 3 images - approx. 1000px wide) with descriptions (size, media, title)

Electronic submissions preferred. If your work is chosen to be included in the show, you will be notified by March 12, and you will then receive a contract to be signed and included with your artwork when it is dropped off or shipped to Brushwood Center.  Accepted work must arrive between April 11th and 18th.  All shipped work is at the artists' expense and must contain a paid return shipping label.

Ship to the attention of:
Julia Kemerer
Director of Arts and Administration
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

EXHIBITION POLICIES: Artists are responsible for framing their artwork at their own expense (all 2-dimensional artwork MUST be framed). Due to the historic nature of the building, there are some restrictions on the size of artwork and installation techniques, which can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.  Artwork should be wired for hanging when possible.  Artists are responsible for the transportation of their artwork to and from Brushwood Center.  Exhibiting artists are requested to be present at an opening reception whenever possible. Artwork may be made available for sale at the artist's discretion.  Brushwood Center will retain 15% of artwork sales.

Julia Kemerer
Director of Arts and Administration
[email protected]

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