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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.

Click here for the application / registration

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.

Click here for the application / registration

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.

Click here for the application / registration

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.

Click here for the application / registration

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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2018 St Charles Fine Art Show – Call For Artists

2018 St Charles Fine Art Show – Call For Artists

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership announces a call for artists for the 2018 St Charles Fine Art Show. This event showcases the work of 100 juried fine artists.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2018

Mediums include clay/ceramics, digital art, drawing/illustration, fiber (non wearable), jewelry, photography, glass, mixed media, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.  All are exhibited and available for sale during this outdoor and free to the public event. Single ($395) and double ($795) booths are available for the outdoor show.

Located along the banks of the scenic Fox River in the heart of the vibrant downtown during Memorial Day weekend (rain or shine) on Saturday, May 26 from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, May 27 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

2018 St Charles Fine Art Show Artist Benefits

The St Charles Fine Art Show attracts over 30,000 art buyers and supporters. They come from all over Chicagoland and beyond during this two day show. These supporters generated over $83,000 in our Purchase Award Program last year.  Artist amenities include:

  • Complimentary coffee, water and soda available Saturday and Sunday
  • Complimentary Artist Box Lunches on Saturday and Sunday
  • Strong advertising and media coverage and on-going social media promotions
  • 24 hour security on show site and secured artist parking
  • More than 30,000 art enthusiasts, collectors and buyers in attendance in 2017
  • Over $6000 in Artist Awards, including Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Judges Awards
  • A friendly committee of Volunteers working to make it a great show for you
  • A surrounding downtown that’s anything but mainstream with entertainment, recreation, shopping and dining all within walking distance of the St. Charles Fine Art Show

About The Downtown St Charles Partnership

The St Charles Fine Art Show is presented by the Downtown St Charles Partnership, a non profit organization dedicated to the economic viability and preservation of the beauty and history of downtown St Charles. St Charles is a lively urban oasis that has long been a destination for the arts and unique festivals. It offers authentic dining experiences, lively entertainment, outdoor adventures, and walkable shopping. The show is run completely by art-loving volunteers, many who have been doing it since its inception.

For more information, contact infoDowntownStCharles@gmail.com.

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Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program – Call For Artists

Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program – Call For Artists

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for the Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program The season runs from February 1st through May 31st, 2018.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 15 Nov 2017

The Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program is designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including:

  • Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space
  • 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 are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent artists from a range of artistic disciplines. HCL sponsors three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.

  • Incubation – projects that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing.
  • Workshop – projects that are geared toward a workshop-showing of work 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.
  • Exhibition/Performance – HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public (may or may not include a period of incubation and/or workshop).

Successful applicants to the Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program are artists or collectives with a history of successful work (need not be in same discipline as application project) with clear goals for their residency. HCL does not accept artists currently enrolled in any form of degree program. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.

Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program Benefits

High Concept Labs has two main programs for working artists: the Sponsored Artist Program (a four-month residency) and an Institutional Incubation Program (a year-long residency). The goal of both programs is simple: to facilitate dialogue between HCL’s artists, audience, and staff through a diverse range of programs each season. Programs include Artist Talks, Works-in-Progress Showings, Workshops, Performances, and Critique Sessions. Through conversation, artists have the opportunity to solicit feedback from participants and audience members. This provides them with valuable insight as a work progresses. Audience members are able to see works in progress and engage with the artists while an artistic work is still in its nascent phase.

About High Concept Labs

High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

Since its foundation in 2009, HCL has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. Over the course of its first year, HCL evolved into a full-fledged arts service organization. It assists artists with administration, publicity, and production. From inception, HCL’s goal was simple: to grow art.

In 2010, HCL created the Sponsored Artist Program (“SAP”), a four-month residency program available to selected artists from a range of artistic disciplines, designed to provide customizable support services. The SAP serves as HCL’s artistic foundation. SAP 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 SAP receive access to a 2,000 square foot studio space, marketing support, event support, equipment access, artistic support, and documentation services (photography and video) at no cost.

Additionally, HCL hosts two major events each season: an Open House and a Send-Off. The Open House takes place halfway through each season. Historically, these events have brought in 200-300 attendees and feature installations and performances by past and current Sponsored Artists. The Send-Off takes place near the end of each season. It is the last opportunity for the Sponsored Artists to showcase their art in a more intimate environment.

For more information, contact info@highconceptlabs.org.

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3rd Floor Market – Call For Artists

3rd Floor Market – Call For Artists

The Fulton Street Collective presents a call for artists for the first 3rd Floor Market to be held on Jul 18th. The event will include food trucks, a loft style industrial environment, cash bar, beautiful artwork, live music, and handmade crafts.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 12 Jul 2017

Event Time: July 18th, 2017 at 5 – 8:30 pm CST (artists/creators check in at 3 pm CST)

Table registration:

$50 if you bring your own table

$75 if you rent our table (we only have 2 available now!)

About Fulton Street Collective

The venue is an art gallery where talented local artists’ work is featured in a funky interior-industrial loft gallery with exposed brick walls. Artwork is rotated in the gallery. The building is a collaboration for different art organizations. All members are very delightful and dedicated to promote the local Chicago art scene. The collective offers exhibition space and artist residency programs.

For more information, contact chris@fultonstreetcollective.com.

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Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program – Call For Artists

Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program – Call For Artists

Applications are now open for High Concept Labs’ (HCL) Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program, which will run from August 15 through December 15, 2017.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Jun 2017

Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. HCL sponsors three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.

Successful applicants to the Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program are artists or collectives with a history of successful work and clear goals for their residency. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.

Sponsored Artists do not receive direct financial support. If you intend to participate in the program but do not live in Chicago, then you will be responsible for your housing and travel arrangements.

HCL’s Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program customizable, no-cost support services include:

  • Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space
  • 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

About High Concept Labs

High Concept Labs is an arts service organization based in Mana Contemporary Chicago. HCL supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.

Since its foundation in 2009, HCL has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. HCL began by sharing the only thing it had to offer – space – specifically, a warehouse located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Artists could use the space 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.

High Concept Labs has two main programs for working artists: the Sponsored Artist Program (a four-month residency) and an Institutional Incubation Program (a year-long residency). The goal of both programs is simple: to facilitate dialogue between HCL’s artists, audience, and staff through a diverse range of programs each season. Programs include artist talks, works-in-progress showings, workshops, performances, and critique sessions. Through conversation, artists have the opportunity to solicit feedback from participants and audience members. This provides them with valuable insight as a work progresses.

Additionally, HCL hosts two major events each season: an Open House and a Send-Off. The Open House takes place halfway through each season. Historically, these events have brought in 200-300 attendees and feature installations and performances by past and current Sponsored Artists. The Send-Off takes place near the end of each season. It is the last opportunity for the Sponsored Artists of each season to showcase their art in a more intimate environment.

For more information, contact info@highconceptlabs.org.

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stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2017 – Call For Artists

stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2017 – Call For Artists

stARTup Art Fair announces a call for artists for stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2017, a juried contemporary art fair for independent artists.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 7 Jul 2017

The fair runs September 15-17, 2017 at the ACME Hotel in the River North District, within blocks of the Navy Pier where EXPO Chicago takes place the same weekend.

Those selected will each take over a hotel room to present a solo show of their work. Through its democratic, online application, stARTup Art Fair gives artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by an impressive, diverse range of art world professionals that includes:

  • Diana Al-Hadid, Widely exhibited, New York-based artist
  • Allison Glenn, Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Sabina Ott, Artist, educator, curator, and Founder of Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
  • Andrew Rafacz, Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

There are application and exhibitor fees.

stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2017 artists will have a fantastic opportunity to expose new work to a thousands of collectors, curators, gallery owners, art consultants, and writers who will be coming to Chicago for a weekend of contemporary art. All sales proceeds belong 100% to the artist.

About stARTup Art Fair

stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. The intimate, boutique fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, fostering new relationships and creating a new exhibition platform for thought-provoking contemporary artwork in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. stARTup Art Fair’s mission is to provide a marketplace that gives artists the power to present and sell work on their own terms.

Consumers experience artwork unfiltered and direct from artists via social media. Artists report building a thriving client base by selling works straight from the internet. stARTup Art Fair is forward thinking. It mirrors the art market by creating direct access between consumer and artist without sacrificing quality. Each fair assembles a panel of curators, gallerists, and professional artists to vet our exhibiting artists. This ensures a thoughtful and dynamic group of artists that will impress and inspire our attendees.

For more information, contact ray@startupartfair.com.

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La Grange West End Arts Festival – Call For Artists

La Grange Business Association invites artists to apply to the La Grange West End Arts Festival in Illinois. Booth fee of $300.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Mar 2017

2017 La Grange West End Arts Festival dates: Saturday, September 9th: 10 am – 6 pm (optional evening hours) and Sunday, September 10th: 10 am – 4 pm.

Artist amenities include:

  • Coordinated loading and unloading
  • Friday check-in and set-up
  • Treat bag plus continental breakfast both days of the show
  • Booth sitters available
  • Overnight security
  • Festival program with listing of artists attending
  • Name badges and booth signs
  • Free day and overnight (no RV’s) parking
  • Professionally judged with cash and ribbon awards
  • Friendly volunteers willing to assist you
  • Strong festival marketing and publicity campaign supported by the La Grange Business Association

La Grange West End Arts Festival ribbons, recognition, and cash prizes:

  • Best of Show: $500
  • 1st Place: $250
  • 2nd Place: $150
  • 3rd Place: $100

In addition, award winners are invited back to the show for the following year with jury fee waived.

This juried fine arts festival has become a popular end-of-the-summer event for the community and high-caliber artists from across the country. This is due to its strong reputation as being well-organized and very artist friendly.

The West End Arts Festival has been taking place for over 20 years in La Grange, IL. It is located just west of Chicago and rated by Chicago Magazine as one of the top places to live. The community boasts more than beautiful homes, award winning restaurants, fashionable boutiques, and a thriving business community. This is also an established cultural scene of art galleries, dance, and music studios.

The staff and members of the vibrant La Grange Business Association, in cooperation with the Village of La Grange, plan, host, promote, and support the artists and festival through numerous marketing channels.

For more information, contact artfest@lgba.com.

La Grange West End Arts Festival - Call For Artists

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