‘Art of the Wild’ call for submissions

The Columbia Art Gallery hopes to engage artists who share a love of nature and all things wild.

“Art of the Wild,” a juried show of work which will celebrate wilderness and the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, is planned for presentation in August 2014 but the deadline for artist applications is March 1, 2013.

The concept for the show originated with the U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Adams Ranger District. It is being organized and curated by CAG in Hood River, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

The Wilderness Act, which was signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson, established the National Wilderness Preservation System. The act declared a national policy “to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness” defined as “lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition.”

The show will present works in any media that represent the spirit of wilderness and that derive inspiration from the specific official Wilderness Area that the artist will visit.

Creation of art for the show will involve travel into one of the six wilderness areas located in the mid-Columbia region to search for inspiration and to begin creation of the work.

Artist travels will occur between late April 2013 and July 2014. The six wilderness areas are: Indian Heaven, Trapper Creek and Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest; the Mark O. Hatfield in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area; and the Mount Hood and Badger Creek in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The show will be hung in Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River during August 2014.

Artists selected for the show must be able to attend an orientation meeting in April 2013 (date to be announced). At the conclusion of this meeting artists will choose a wilderness area in which to work and create a plan for their time.

For more information about how to apply, the selection process and details about showing work at Columbia Art Gallery visit www.columbiaarts.org or call 541-387-8877, ext. 115.

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