Old Courthouse Arts Center announces a call for artists for Real People 2019, a national juried fine art exhibition celebrating the arts through faces and figures. Submitted work must depict the human form or face in some manner that is recognizable. Real People made its debut in 2000 at the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois, located outside of Chicago, Illinois.
Deadline: 7 Jul 2019
The Real People exhibition has become a much-anticipated area event which enjoys excellent media coverage and exposure. Works previously shown at the Old Courthouse Arts Center are not eligible for entry.
Artists will be notified by Sunday July 14th. There is a $40 fee to apply. Artists may submit up to three images for consideration. There is a $10 discount available to artists who applied to either Real People 2018 or Women’s Works 2019. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a discount code.
The Old Courthouse Arts Center is very excited to have Joyce Polance as the Judge for this year’s show. Joyce Polance is primarily known for her figurative oil paintings – both expressionistic portraits and large, painterly groups of nude women which explore emotion and relationships. Polance has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of multiple grants and awards including six Chicago CAAP grants, a George Sugarman Foundation grant, two Judith Dawn Memorial grants, and a Cliff Dwellers Artist in Residence award.
The exhibit will run from Wednesday, August 21st through Saturday, September 28th, including an artists’ reception gala on Saturday September 14.
Real People 2019 Awards
Cash prizes totaling $1,500.00 for the First, Second, Third Place, Gallery Award, and Three Artistic Merit Awards. In addition, the online artist management platform Biafarin, has donated 2 Gold one year memberships and 2 Blue one year memberships as awards.
About the Old Courthouse Arts Center
The Old Courthouse Arts Center was built in the 1860s. It is on the national registry of historic buildings. The entire second floor has been converted into an arts center, which houses four separate gallery spaces. The Old Courthouse Arts Center runs 30 shows each year in the space, with new shows opening on average every two weeks. This brings in a constant flow of repeat visitors from the area and a broader audience for gala openings. The Old Courthouse Arts Center has been operating for 29 years. It is run by the Northwest Area Arts Council which has been operating in the area for over 30 years.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Deadline: 12 Jul 2017
Event Time: July 18th, 2017 at 5 – 8:30 pm CST (artists/creators check in at 3 pm CST)
$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.
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