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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Julia Kemerer

Our Future: Youth Perspectives on the Environment

Sunday September 19th – Sunday October 31st, 2021
Across the world, youth are rising up in defense of our shared planet. From youth-led organizations like Zero Hour, the U.S. Climate Strike, and the Sunrise Movement, young climate activists are leading marches, rallies, summits, and lobby days. Young leaders are building strong coalitions across sectors, borders, and demographics, demanding that our government, and governments around the world, take action on climate. To celebrate and elevate these youth voices, Brushwood Center is creating the “Our Future: Youth Perspectives on the Environment '' exhibition. We invite young artists in the Chicago region, ages 12 - 22, to submit work reflecting on climate justice and healing through the power of community. Artists may explore many themes within this topic area including nature, environmental justice, climate change, and/or their own experiences engaging in the outdoors. We are accepting work in all media and styles that feature or are in some way related to this theme, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, digital artwork, video, performances, poetry, and music. Physical pieces should be no more than 16 in x 20 in (exceptions can be made for group projects or larger collaborative pieces) and two dimensional pieces should be framed and wired for hanging. All pieces, regardless of media, must be in some way related to the theme.

  • Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2021
  • Artist Notification: September 3rd, 2021
  • Drop off: Accepted artwork should be dropped off at Brushwood Center* between September 8th and the 15th.
  • Exhibition Opening and Celebration: Sunday, September 19, Art Reception from 1-2 p.m.; Family Concert from 2-3 p.m.
  • Pick up: Artwork can be picked up during open hours the week of November 1st.

The exhibition is a part of Brushwood Center’s 38th Annual Smith Nature Symposium taking place through October. To learn more about the Symposium, visit
*Brushwood Center Drop off / Pick up hours: Wednesday 10 am - 3 pm, and Sunday 12 - 3 pm. If you are unable to come to Brushwood Center during these dates & times, off-site (including Chicago/Evanston area) or after hours drop off / pick up also may be possible with enough notice. Please mention this asap.
Submission: Artists wishing to apply should fill out our online application with up to three images of examples of the work they intend to enter:
Any questions can be sent to There is no fee to apply or participate in this show.
About Brushwood Center at Ryerson WoodsLocated 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.

Name: Julia Kemerer
Address: 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Phone: 2246332426