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What’s Blooming On Harrison 2017 – Call For Artists

The Oak Park Arts District announces a call for artist for What’s Blooming on Harrison 2017. Event to be held on Saturday, May 20th, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm with an after party at the Taylor Street Beer Garden.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 Mar 2017

Building on the success of its autumn event, Art on Harrison, the Oak Park Arts District launched What’s Blooming on Harrison in 1999. 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.

What’s Blooming On Harrison 2017 artist benefits

Participating artists will benefit from the opportunity to sell their handmade goods to a wonderful, diverse, and enthusiastic community right outside the city of Chicago that actively supports the arts as a model for positive growth. Artists are encouraged to share their tools of trade and techniques and generate more business with affordably priced Maker Workshops created for an appreciative audience of all ages. This year’s festival will coincide with the annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk.

What's Blooming On Harrison 2017 - Call For Artists

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. It encompasses 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 the Eisenhower expressway connect the district easily to the whole Chicago metro area.

Several special events punctuate the year. What’s Blooming on Harrison is in May; Art on Harrison, the district’s signature event in October; and Holiday Lights, the year’s finale. Third Friday Gallery Walks are scheduled year-round.

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Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary Show – Call For Artists

Northwest Area Art Council announces a call for artists for Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary show, a juried fine art exhibit celebrating women artists.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Jan 2017

This show is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL. Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists. The show opens in March, in honor of Women’s History Month, and runs through the end of April.

In honor of the 30th Anniversary, the jurors for this year’s show will be the founders of the Women’s Works show, the artists of the Workshop for Contemporary Artists. The judge for this year’s show will be Brenda Oelbaum, the current president of the Women’s Caucus for Art.

Women artists 18 or older may submit any original work completed in the last two years. No previously accepted works in either Real People or Women’s Works will be accepted for Women’s Works 2017. If your work is collaborative please contact us so that we can make sure all information is collected. All work must be for sale.

Each show displays works by 115-120 artists to the greater Chicago area. Women’s Works has become a much anticipated area event and the show enjoys excellent media coverage and exposure. Along with the Opening Reception, other events are at The Old Court House Arts Center during the exhibition to encourage attendance.

The Northwest Area Art Council award $1500 in prizes for 1st-3rd, 3 Artistic Merits, and 2 other awards. In addition, this year the founders of Women’s Works will be choosing one artist to have a solo show at the Old Court House Arts Center later in 2017.

Women's Works 2017: 30th Anniversary Show - Call For Artists

About the Northwest Area Arts Council

The Northwest Area Arts Council (NAAC) is a regional arts council. It has operated in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for over 30 years. NAAC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the arts and connecting artists and the general public.

As of 2014, NAAC has been running the Old Court House Arts Center, located in the old McHenry County Courthouse building, which was built over 150 years ago. The Art Center occupies the second floor of the building and has over 7,500 square feet of usable gallery space. It has five distinct galleries and a consignment gallery for local art. The building is on the historic square in Woodstock, IL. The Art Center has been in operation for over 35 years. Each year NAAC and the Old Court House Arts Center jointly arrange for 25+ distinct local, regional, and national exhibits. Women’s Works is one of two international juried exhibitions held at the art center each year.

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Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops – Call For Artists

Open Scene is seeking four artists to lead Open Scene community engagement workshops for twelve youth (ages 16-24) and ten community stakeholders in Urbana, IL.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 5 Dec 2016

In spring 2017, each selected artist or artist group will lead a weekend intensive with participants to explore themes of social justice and/or community development through an art discipline. Activities will begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon.

This opportunity is open to all professional artists, age 18 or older, residing in the United States. Submissions will be evaluated based on demonstration of artistic quality; demonstration of experience in leading engagement activities, especially for youth and marginalized communities; and appropriateness of method for inclusive, youth-centered, public events.

Selected artists for the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will receive a total payment of $3,000 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. The Urbana Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support and incur the costs associated with promoting the events.

Artists will have the opportunity to bring positive change to the lives of youth in Urbana-Champaign, IL. The small and intimate setting of the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will allow artists to share their artistic practices and connect directly with all participants. Artists may learn valuable lessons from participating marginalized youth, whose voices are often times diminished in civic conversations. Through leading art workshops and arts-based dialogues, artists may find this experience an opportunity to reflect, research, and grow.

About Open Scene

Open Scene is a partnership between the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the City of Urbana, which aims to create a plan for reclaiming the city’s center through arts-based dialogues that directly incorporate the experiences of youth. These creative engagement and planning processes will be anchored at IMC’s emerging cultural facility located in the historic post office building in the heart of downtown Urbana.

Urbana is a community of contrasts. This college town has relatively low unemployment, yet over half of our young African-American men lack jobs. Higher incomes have soared, yet we have the third highest extreme poverty rate in Illinois. In response to this divide, the IMC was founded in 2000 by artists and organizers to provide space, resources, and atmosphere to draw artists and residents together to investigate local problems and design solutions.

Open Scene seeks to enhance the well-being of all city residents through the leadership of one of its most marginalized groups: youth. Our youth are savvy, connected, and creative, yet they are often overlooked in community planning projects. Through a process led by youth, guided by professional artists, and supported by diverse community partners, Open Scene aims to engage all sectors of our community to imagine the future of the IMC within Downtown Urbana as a vibrant space for cultural expression and community change.

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Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops


36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition – Call For Artists

Bradley University Galleries announces a call for artists for the 36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 18 Jan 2017

The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. This year’s exhibition will be held at four prominent Peoria Illinois Galleries, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Studios on Sheridan, Prairie Center of the Arts, and Heuser Art Gallery at Bradley University.

The 36th Bradley International will be juried by Kathryn Polk. Polk (born 1952) studied at the Memphis Art Academy and The University of Memphis. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she is the co-owner of L VIS Press, a lithography print studio.

Three cash awards will be selected by the juror. Purchase awards will be made by the University.


  • 1st Place – $3,000
  • 2nd Place – $1,750
  • 3rd Place- $750

36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition

Bradley University Galleries showcases graphic and print work of international artists in Peoria, IL.

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2nd Annual Holiday Boutique – Call for Artists

David Adler Music and Arts Center is now accepting applications for the 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique to held November 5-6.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 19 Sept 2016

We welcome fine artists, craftspeople, and artisan food vendors. The juried 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique will feature a highly-curated group of 25 vendors.

Artists will have the opportunity to display their work in the historic home of architect, David Adler. The family friendly, free-entry boutique will draw attendees from the Lake County area and beyond.

2nd Annual Holiday Boutique

The David Adler Music and Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to achieve three interrelated goals 1) art education, 2) cultural programming and 3) the care, renovation, and interpretation of the home and artifacts of noted architect David Adler.

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Chicago Art Source Gallery – Call for Artists

Chicago Art Source Gallery is looking for artists whose work takes on a contemporary perspective on pop art and deals with the themes of today’s popular culture.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Jan 2017

Artists whose work is selected will have the opportunity to exhibit, obtain representation by our gallery, and be featured on our website.

Chicago Art Source Gallery is a privately owned, commercial gallery. Our approach is unconventional in that we are dedicated to finding the right artwork for our clients versus displaying artwork and relying on walk-in traffic or personal relationships. This approach has won us numerous awards and our business continues to grow. We provide a full range of corporate and residential artwork program services including art consultation, art acquisition, custom framing, installation, and project management.  Chicago Art Source Gallery specializes in works of all media with the exception of video, sound, or performance works.

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Chicago Art Source Gallery


Global Matrix IV – Call for Artists

Purdue University Galleries announces a call for artists for Global Matrix IV, an international print exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 2 Sept 2016

Global Matrix IV exhibition dates are January 9 through February 18, 2017, after which it is intended that the exhibit will then travel through 2018.

Open to artists over the age of 18. Entries must be original fine art prints in any printmaking media including artist books. No photography or offset photo mechanically reproduced work will be accepted. Entries should not exceed 44 inches in paper dimension.

Jurors will be Kathryn Reeves, Professor of Art & Design at Purdue University; Kimberly Vito, Professor of Art & Art History at Wright State University; Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; and Craig Martin, Director of the Purdue University Galleries. Selections will be made from a review of digital images in the form of jpeg files (maximum dimension of eight inches in image size – maximum resolution of 300 dpi).

No entry fee will be charged.

Purchase Awards and Awards of Merit will be presented at the discretion of the curators and sales will be encouraged. Artists may submit up to five (5) images of original works completed in the last three years (20013 – 2016).

Global Matrix IV

Purdue University Galleries has organized three previous Global Matrix exhibitions which have featured printmaking artists from around the world.

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Sound and Color Exhibition – Call for Artists

David Adler Music and Arts Center (DAMAC) announces a call for artists for the Sound and Color Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 22 Jul 2016

What does sound look like? What do you hear when you create your art? How are you inspired by sound and color? Abstract and representational works are welcome featuring work inspired by music and color.

The artwork needs to be 12″x 12″ or smaller including the frame, for sale, and priced at $100 or less. The fee is $25 to be in the exhibition. DAMAC will retain 25% commission of sales.

The first 20 3-d artist submissions will be accepted.

The mission of the DAMAC is to educate, promote, and preserve the arts.

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Sound and Color Exhibition


On the Shelf – Call for Artists

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for a photo book exhibition, On the Shelf, juried by artist and co-founder of Skylark Editions, Kelli Connell.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Aug 2016

On the Shelf is an open theme and Connell is interested in showcasing well-conceived, original, and compelling photo books. Eligible entries include all types of photo books, whether self-published, handmade, or commercially published. Books by or featuring the work of more than one photographer/artist are eligible.

On the Shelf will open September 16th at Filter Space and will remain open through Filter Photo Festival and EXPO Chicago with a reception during the Festival to coincide with Power and Politics, concurrently on display at Filter Space. A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded.

The Juror’s choice award comes with a $500 cash prize.

Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Filter Photo’s mission is two-fold: first, to serve and support the photographic communities of Chicago and the Midwest; and second, to highlight Chicago as a vital center of the national photographic community.

Since 2009 Filter Photo has organized the annual Filter Photo Festival, a multiday celebration of photography that includes workshops, lectures, exhibition receptions, artist talks, and other diverse programming. A primary component of the Festival is the portfolio reviews, through which photographers are able to connect with national and international curators, gallery directors, editors, and other elite professionals.

In 2015 Filter Photo opened Filter Space, a permanent gallery and project space located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood at 1821 West Hubbard Street, Suite 207. Filter Space hosts regular social, educational, and professional development activities including exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.

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On the Shelf


Sense of Place – Call for Artists

Elmhurst Art Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 with its first open call exhibition, Sense of Place.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Sept 2016

The theme of the exhibition, Sense of Place, recognizes the seminal role of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and the forward-thinking group of teachers, artists and community organizers who founded the Museum in their hometown with the belief that people from all walks of life and professions can learn how to see and think differently through the study of art, architecture and design.

Artwork submitted must have been created since 2014. All candidates must submit an artist’s statement of up to 250 words describing their general body of work. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration and up to two high-quality images of each work. For each work, artists must list title, date, material, dimensions, and up to 100 words on how it relates to the theme of the exhibition. Works must be able to fit through 95 x 66 inch doorways for installation purposes. A non-refundable fee of $35 is required with submission. Members of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild may submit for a discounted application fee of $20.

The exhibition will be curated by Frank Tumino, Curatorial Chair of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild; Carrie Secrist, owner of Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago; and Jenny Gibbs, Executive Director at Elmhurst Art Museum.

Candidates will be notified of decisions by October 15, 2016. Exhibition dates are December 10, 2016 to February 12, 2017. Accepted works must be delivered to the museum (at the expense of the artist) between November 28 and December 7, 2016. Once on the museum’s premises, the works will be insured under the museum’s policy until the close of the exhibition. Artists are responsible for arranging and covering expenses for the return of their work, which must be picked up between February 13 and 17, 2017.

The brainchild of a forward-thinking group of teachers, artists, and community organizers, the Elmhurst Art Museum was founded with the belief that people from all walks of life and professions can learn how to see and think differently through the study of art, architecture, and design. The Museum has always placed education on equal footing with exhibitions. It values architecture/design as much as the fine arts. Its broad approach was first realized with the acquisition of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House, the second of only three houses that he built in the United States.

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Sense of Place



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