The Promise of an Acorn

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. 


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. 

 Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: May 27, 2018 – email to

Artist Notification: June 1, 2018

Show Dates: Sunday, July 22 (Opening Reception from 1-3pm) to Sunday, September 2, 2018

Submission: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: 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.

Basic Info
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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Julia Kemerer
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Contact Address: 
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods  Illinois  60015
United States