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Global Arts Festival – Call For Artists

Global Arts Festival – Call For Artists

Arts in Bartlett, the local 501 (c)3 nonprofit arts council in Bartlett, IL, presents Global Arts Festival, an event to celebrate the diversity within our community. Last year 3,000 enjoyed a colorful, exciting, inclusive weekend of multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation events that brought together people of nationalities represented in the area. Booths for ethnic artists, crafters, free trade shops, food artisans, and nonprofits will be throughout the park, with a family activity center. The main stage will feature musical acts and dancers. Another area will host participatory activities such as yoga, martial arts, dance lessons, drumming circles, and henna art. The Gazebo will contain a Family Global Story Circle and multicultural crafts.

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Deadline: 15 May 2019

Arts in Bartlett is now accepting booth and food vendors. Eligible booths are those that represent world cultures in art/crafts, artisan foods, and other world items. All artists must supply their own tents if needed, booth structures, as well as display boards, tables, and chairs. The cost is $175 per for-profit booth if paid by May 15. A limited number of 6 ft. tables are available for $10, first come-first served.

The audience comes from surrounding villages to attend the only multicultural festival in our area representing the diverse nationalities in the area. The setting is a beautiful shaded park in downtown Bartlett, a quaint village 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Singers, choruses, dancers, and instrumentalists representing many countries are a draw for this family oriented event. Two children’s activity areas and international games and sports are included. The festival begins with a children’s parade through the park carrying flags from 20 nations. Tours of the historic neighborhood surrounding the park are conducted by the Bartlett Historical Society at the beginning of the Festival. Bartlett’s demographics show an average annual family income of just over $100,000.

Global Arts Festival Artist Benefits

Arts in Bartlett advertises in print and digital media including various social media, websites, facebook pages, instagram, and twitter. The local newspaper devotes an insert to the festival with ads, artist listings, schedule of entertainment, and other events. The newspaper is delivered to 11,000 homes. Pizza shops attach postcard size ads to pizza boxes. The Village promotes heavily online. There are email blasts to subscribers and a print newsletter that goes to 44,000 residents. Banners and street signs attract passerbys.

About Arts in Bartlett

Arts in Bartlett is an all-volunteer, 16 year old arts council that has an emphasis on multicultural arts. The Arts Center in downtown Bartlett contains a gallery, classrooms for children, and adult art and music lessons. It has a large community room for concerts, recitals, parties, and receptions. The signature event is the Global Arts Festival.

For more information, contact art@artsinbartlett.org.

Previous call for artists from Arts in Bartlett

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64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland region. The fair features artists from all over the US. Artists exhibit in the areas of painting, print-making, photography, wood, fiber arts, glass arts, and jewelry.

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Deadline: 4 May 2019

Booth fees are $175. Jurying fee is $35.

The Village of Park Forest sponsors a music fest on the Saturday of the Fair. The fest features a variety of bands and a mixture of musical styles including jazz, folk, and popular music. The village hosts a beer and wine tent in coordination with the music fest. On Sunday, fest-favorite Patchouli performs folk music. There are typically four to five food vendors.

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair Artist Benefits

Prize money totals $3,000. Awards are for two-dimensional, three-dimensional art, and jewelry. Newspaper stories are submitted to newspapers in the artists’ hometowns which feature photographs of the artist and his/her artworks. The fair is advertised in regional newspapers, WBBM radio during drive times, and on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is exceptionally artist friendly with help unloading and reloading, volunteers providing bottles of water all day and providing bathroom breaks, a light breakfast each day, and a wonderful dinner for artists. The audience includes many people who visit the fair year after year and whose goal is to buy art.

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association operates an art gallery in the area of the fest. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, and will feature the works of many Tall Grass juried artists during the fair. Artists who pass jurying for the fair become juried artists in the gallery. Their artworks may be sold in the Tall Grass Gift shop. The commission for sales in the gallery and gift shop are split 70% for the artist and 30% for the gallery – a split that is more generous than most galleries in the Chicagoland area.

For more information, contact tallgrass367@sbcglobal.net.

Previous call for artists from Tall Grass Arts Association

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Public Art – Call For Artists

Public Art – Call For Artists

The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces its’ third annual Call for Public Art. The ECAC is searching for two new pieces of public art as part of the “new works program” as outlined in the City’s Public Art Plan: one 2D piece and one 3D piece.

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Deadline: 4 Mar 2019

Available locations for the 2D work include the first floor of the Spring Street Parking Deck and the Highland Avenue bridge underpass along the riverwalk. Available locations for the 3D works include Newsome Park, Walton Island, or a pedestal on Riverside Drive. As part of the application, the artist must select a location from those available and propose their new public art piece specifically for that location. Artists must provide a completed application along with a narrative, design illustrations, budget, resume, work samples, references, and supporting materials (if applicable). The honorariums offered are $6,500 for each of the two new pieces of public art.

Applications are scored blindly by the ECAC based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. City staff, to ensure installation feasibility, will evaluate the top three pieces scored. The ECAC will make a final determination based on the scores and recommendations by staff. Winners of the honorariums will be announced in late spring. After selection, production of the new works is expected to begin in early summer and be completed and installed in time for the annual Art Harvest event in late October.

Public Art Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of up to $6,500 for their work and the support of the City of Elgin for their project. Being that the artist can select the location from those listed on the application, it is up to the artist to determine how they wish their work to impact the community. Once installed, the work will be on display for a length of time set by the artist. It will be included in the city’s public art map and online database. The work will be officially unveiled at the annual Art Harvest event at the end of October. Art Harvest is a family-friendly event that encourages our community to visit the public art installations around the downtown area. It is attended by about 400 people each year.

About the City of Elgin

The City of Elgin tasked it’s Cultural Arts Commission with creating a public art plan in 2016. Part of that process was to determine the needs of the community and how best to fit those needs. Components of the plan include other projects such as utility box wrapping and neighborhood public art grants. Since the plan’s implementation in 2017, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has selected and installed five new pieces of public art. The community has been extremely vocal not only in support of the pieces that were selected, but also in support of public art and how it impacts their daily lives.

For more information, contact harris_a@cityofelgin.org.

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63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the second oldest juried fair in Chicagoland. It is known as an exceptionally artist-friendly fair. Artists may apply to exhibit two or three-dimensional fine art or fine crafts. This includes painting, printmaking, photography as well as works in wood, metal, fabric, and jewelry.

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Deadline: 4 May 2018

The jury is composed of three professional artists and includes a professional photographer. Artists who pass jurying also become Tall Grass Gallery Artists. They are eligible to exhibit in the Tall Grass Gallery and have works carried in the Tall Grass Gift Shop.

63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair Artist Benefits

The Park Forest Art Fair offers assistance at set-up and take-down, a breakfast each day, and a sumptuous dinner on Saturday night. Volunteers visit the fair, all day, to provide water and bathroom breaks. Tall Grass offers $3,000 in prize money in the categories of two-dimension artworks, three-dimensional artworks, and jewelry. There are purchase prizes and one special purchase prize for the Tall Grass permanent collection. Artists report that the visitors to the fair are friendly and stop to chat with the artists. The fair is promoted on social media, regional press, and on WBBM and WFMT. Tall Grass receives no portion of sales made at the art fair.

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association is almost as old as the Village of Park Forest, having incorporated shortly after the Village. During all those years, it has operated a gallery that exhibits the works of artists.  The exhibits change approximately every two months.  It operates an art school and the Park Forest Art Fair.  Located in a diverse region, the organization reflects and celebrates the diversity of the region in its Board, members, volunteers, and artists.  The fair is operated by volunteers who get to know the artists well because of their volunteer activities. For that reason, the $175 booth fee was never raised during the recession. The fee remains in place today and reflects the support the organization has for artists. Unlike most galleries, the commission paid for works sold in the gallery and gift shop is 70%.

For more information, contact tallgrassexhibit@gmail.com.

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World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

The City of Evanston, Illinois, announces a call for artists for the World Arts and Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This year’s festival takes place the weekend of July 21-22 at Dawes Park in Evanston.

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Deadline: 20 Apr 2018

The World Arts and Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and partially supported by the Illinois Art Council, a state agency. This free event features art, family craft activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues.

Since 1986, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The premier event of its kind, the festival is a celebration of cultural diversity featuring over 75 art and crafts vendors from many different regions of the world. Re-imagined and renamed in 2017, the World Arts and Music Festival continues with the tradition of celebrating diversity. Evanston is a diverse and thriving community that borders Chicago.

The World Arts And Music Festival is an opportunity for artists, vendors, and performers to share their culture with the estimated 20,000 people who enjoy this annual event. There is a hospitality tent open on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival that provides provisions for participating artist vendors. Food and beverage items such as muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and water will be available.

About the City of Evanston

Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities and a successful public school system. Evanston is home to the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. It has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

For more information, contact mtompkins@cityofevanston.org.

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Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 – Call For Artists

Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 – Call For Artists

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for their Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018, designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support service. Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. The Fall 2018 season runs from August 1st through November 30th, 2018.

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Deadline: 13 May 2018

New in 2018, High Concept Labs’ Summer and Winter Intensives provide artists with a dedicated studio space to develop their projects. Through the intensive, artists have the opportunity to create durational, long-term performances, installations, and exhibitions.

Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 support services include:

  • Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space (8-10 hours per week on average
  • Administrative and production assistance
  • Communications and design support
  • Audience development and media outreach
  • Artistic consultation
  • Photo and video documentation
  • Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
  • Teaching and workshop opportunities
  • Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
  • Field-based or cross-disciplinary mentorship

Projects that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing. Projects are geared toward a workshop-showing after a period of incubation. The purpose of the showing is to gauge the development of the work and see how it changes in the presence of an invited audience. HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public.

About High Concept Labs

Since its foundation in 2009, High Concept Labs has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. HCL began by sharing space, a warehouse located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, that artists could use to develop their projects. Over the course of its first year, HCL evolved into a full-fledged arts service organization, assisting artists with administration, publicity, and production. From inception, HCL’s goal was simple: to grow art.

In 2010, HCL created the Sponsored Artist Program, a four-month residency program available to selected artists from a range of artistic disciplines, designed to provide customizable support services. The program serves as HCL’s artistic foundation. Program applicants submit a project or proposal which they would like to develop during their residency. Vetted by HCL’s Artistic Advisory Council, artists accepted into the program receive access to a 2,000 square foot studio space; artistic, marketing, and event support; equipment access; and documentation services (photography and video) at no cost.

For more information, contact billie@highconceptlabs.org.

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Art Of The Blues – Call for Artists

Art Of The Blues – Call for Artists

Water Street Studios announces a call for artists to enter Art of the Blues, a juried exhibition of 2-D and 3-D art inspired by or relating to blues music. The timing of the gallery exhibit will correspond to the annual Chicago Blues Festival (the largest free blues festival in the world) and the 3rd Annual Blues & Roots on Water Street Festival held on June 9, 2018 attracting 300+ blues enthusiasts to Water Street Studios.

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Deadline: 1 May 2018

Art of the Blues entry fee: $25

The Water Street Studios Gallery Committee will award a $500 prize for the artist that wins Best of Show. Notice of acceptance: May 11, 2018. This award will be juried by the Gallery Committee and announced at the Gallery Opening Reception on June 8, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. Exhibition on display until Sunday, July 8, 2018. Water Street Studios often has an estimated 500 individuals that visit their galleries on a monthly basis.

About Water Street Studios

The Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization in the state of Illinois in 2009. Their mission is to help make the arts accessible to the Fox Valley area and beyond. Their vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest.

The Gallery program offers 24 exhibitions annually exhibiting an estimated 200 local and regional artists every year in both The Dempsey Family Gallery and The Kane County Chronicle Gallery. Our Education program provides art classes for ages five to over sixty-five in a variety of mediums including drawing, printmaking, painting, ceramics, metal-working, and jewelry-making. The Outreach program offers free art instruction for low-income families at Batavia Apartments and provides free arts programming to the surrounding community through over thirty strategic partnerships including local nonprofits, senior centers, public libraries, park districts, and local businesses.

Water Street Studios has 26 artist studios for artists to work in a highly creative and collaborative environment. Resident artists are given the opportunity to exhibit, sell artwork, teach classes and workshops, and participate in on-going events and fundraisers to further their own artistic businesses and passions.

For more information, contact gallery@waterstreetstudios.org.

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Lighthouses On The Mag Mile – Call For Artists

Lighthouses On The Mag Mile – Call For Artists

The Chicago Lighthouse is hosting a public art display, Lighthouses on The Mag Mile, and invites artists to participate. Chosen artists will design a provided fiberglass lighthouse sculpture, 6 foot tall by 30 inches in diameter, for The Magnificent Mile. The sculptures will illustrate what it means to be a beacon for access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

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Deadline: 19 Mar 2018

Chosen artists for Lighthouses On The Mag Mile will receive a stipend of $750.00 for completing the project. Their work will be installed on The Magnificent Mile from June 19 – August 11, 2018. The artist name(s) will be on a plaque attached to the sculpture for the exhibition. Artists names and bios will be shared on a mobile app. All artwork, design materials, and artists’ statements may be used in print and electronic media for the purposes of promoting and publicizing The Chicago Lighthouse Public Art Display and may be reproduced in a book, itinerary, or other publications and communications developed by The Chicago Lighthouse.

About The Chicago Lighthouse

The Chicago Lighthouse is a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities. Recognized as a pioneer in innovation since 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse provides vision rehabilitation services, education, employment opportunities, and assistive technology for people of all ages. Through 39 unique programs and services, the organization helps clients optimize remaining vision, meet developmental and educational milestones, find employment, and lead more independent lives. In 2012, The Chicago Lighthouse expanded to include a location in Glenview. The new location offers comprehensive vision care services to patients and clients in the north and northwest suburbs. Each year, The Chicago Lighthouse serves more than 67,000 people.

For more information, contact callforaritsts@chicagolighthouse.org.

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What’s Blooming On Harrison 2018 – Call For Artists

What’s Blooming On Harrison 2018 – Call For Artists

The Oak Park Arts District announces a call for artists for What’s Blooming On Harrison 2018. Over the years, this family-oriented May street festival has highlighted the Arts District through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances, and an art fair featuring select guest artists and local crafts people.

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Deadline: 12 Mar 2018

The What’s Blooming on Harrison Committee is currently seeking participants for the festival including artists, vintage goods sellers, musicians, food vendors, and food truck operators. What’s Blooming On Harrison 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 19th, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm with an after party at the Taylor Street Beer Garden to follow. The festival coincides with Oak Park’s Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk, an event that opens local Frank Lloyd Wright homes to the public and draws a big crowd from all over.

Participating artists can sell their handmade goods to a wonderful, diverse, and enthusiastic community outside the city of Chicago. Artists are encouraged to share their tools of the trade and techniques with Maker Workshops created for an appreciative audience of all ages. Artists may network with other artists, art oriented businesses, and the community at large.

About the Oak Park Arts District

Beginning life as the Harrison Street Business Alliance in 1993, the rebranded Oak Park Arts District captured the new reality of a growing artistic community on Harrison. Encompassing the half mile of Harrison Street from Austin Boulevard west to Elmwood, the area is home to a thriving artistic community and diverse variety of small enterprises.  In addition to galleries and workshops focusing on the visual and performing arts, visitors can find businesses offering personal care services, health care and wellness, clothing and jewelry, restaurants and cafés, pet services, social services, and building services.

The Arts District presents a refreshing model of creative reuse, restoring vitality to a small-scale and walkable urban neighborhood. The semi-residential character and leafy streets create a user-friendly atmosphere for visitors.  Access is superb. The CTA Blue Line and Eisenhower Expressway connect the district to the whole Chicago metro area. Several special events punctuate the year. What’s Blooming on Harrison 2018 in May is succeeded by Art on Harrison, the district’s signature event in October, with the year’s finale, Holiday Lights. Third Friday Gallery Walks are scheduled year-round.

For more information, contact whatsblooming@oakparkartsdistrict.com.

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Summer Artist Residency Program – Call For Artists

Summer Artist Residency Program – Call For Artists

The Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) announces a call for artists for their Summer Artist Residency Program which takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin.

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Deadline: 4 Mar 2018

Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers, and curators, the program provides the opportunity to expand upon individual practices and take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops.

Summer Artist Residency Program Artist Benefits

Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, wood shop, ceramics studio, fibers studio, an art and tech facility, and a sound studio. Shared accommodations are furnished with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and decks. All meals are provided and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.

Each resident is offered an exhibition opportunity at ACRE’s 1000 square foot gallery or one of a number of alternative exhibition spaces ACRE has partnered with in Chicago. Residents are given access to an online flat file, where they can develop customizable pages to present their work. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.

Scholarships are available.

About Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions

Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago. They are devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices. They provide forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

For more information, contact info@acreresidency.org.

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