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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



stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2016 – Call for Artists

stARTup Art Fair announces a call for Chicago for independent artists for the stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2016, to be held September 23-15, 2016 at the MileNorth Hotel, Chicago.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2016

Selections will be made by an esteemed, six judge panel.

This three-day fair takes place at the same time as the nearby Expo Chicago gallery fair. Participating artists will have a fantastic opportunity to expose new work to a myriad of collectors, curators, gallery owners, art consultants, and writers who will be coming to the city for a weekend of contemporary art.

stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2016

The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide a marketplace that gives artists the power to present and sell work on their own terms. All sales proceeds as well as professional contacts made during the fair belong 100% to the artists.

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5th Annual Sculpture Walk – Call for Artists

The Village of Oak Park announces a call for artists for the 5th Annual Sculpture Walk to be held from June 5 to Sept. 5, 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Apr 2016

The walk will feature a mix of sculpture and site specific installations (12 works of art in total) which will be prominently placed within Oak Park’s Mills Park. Published guides will provide information for self-guided walking tours throughout the summer.

All chosen artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000. At the conclusion of the event, the Village may consider the purchase of a piece for its permanent collection.

The Village of Oak Park is known as a progressive, culturally rich community convenient to Chicago, but with its own unique identity. Each year, more than 200,000 tourists come to Oak Park to explore our culturally rich and architecturally beautiful community.

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5th Annual Sculpture Walk


Stars and Stripes Show – Call for Artists

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, Water Street Studios is seeking artwork inspired by the American flag for the Stars and Stripes Show.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 10 May 2016

The exhibition is part of a city-wide celebration of Flag Day and its founder, Batavia resident, Bernard Cigrand.

Best of Show Award: $300

Feature your work in one of the most unique and high quality galleries in the Chicago area. On average, 400 people attend our gallery openings each month with another 100-200 throughout the month. We have a community of working, emerging, and professional artists on-site as well as many strategic partnerships that provide added exposure and support for artists exhibiting in any of Water Street Studios galleries.

Water Street Studios in Batavia is a nonprofit 501(c) 3, committed to making the creative arts accessible to the Fox Valley community. Our mission is to be a vibrant organization dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the arts, and supporting our core community of Water Street Studio artists, patrons, and students.

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Stars and Stripes Show


5th Annual Creek Gallery Open Exhibition – Call for Artists

J + K Isacson announces a call for artists for the 5th Annual Creek Gallery Open Exhibition.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 18 Jul 2016

Open call for artists for a fine art exhibition NW of Chicago in a large, modern church. Submit to be one of the 60 artists included in this month-long show. No submission or hanging fees.  Open to all artists, mediums, and themes.

Artists of different faiths (or no faith) are encouraged to submit. We’re seeking art of all kinds (such as anything from manga to sculpture to graffiti) and a variety of musicians/performers (hip-hop, performance art, classical, rap) for our opening night event.

5th Annual Creek Gallery Open Exhibition is a juried show with hundreds of submissions. Following the prospectus guidelines is extremely helpful to us as we consider your work.

There is no commission taken from work sold. The show enjoys thousands of regular visitors weekly and curatorial/docent tours will be given to local groups in the community. The public is invited to attend opening night which typically has 400-500 visitors.

Creek Gallery is an event to celebrate artists of all backgrounds. Last year, the 4th Annual Creek Gallery exhibition included the work of 50+ artists and nearly 100 pieces of fine art from the local emerging, mid-career, and museum exhibited artists in the 2015 show. Every year, we have included the work of two international guest artists.

In conjunction with this exhibition, we will invite a keynote speaker to teach on an aspect of art business. Recent speakers have included international artist and curator, Sergio Gomez and artist/Chicago gallery owner, Dan Addington.

This is event is hosted by Willow Crystal Lake and directed/curated by J + K Isacson. We work in partnership with different arts foundations/non-profits to curate and produce art events.

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5th Annual Creek Gallery Open Exhibition


Quad City Arts – Call for Artists

Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition in one of our two gallery spaces during 2017-18.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 11 Sept 2016

All media will be considered. There is no cost to enter. Artists who have exhibited at one of Quad City Arts’ galleries within the past two years will be considered for exhibition in the alternate space.

Cohesive bodies of work are highly desirable. You are welcome to enter as an individual or as part of a group. Please keep in mind that the purpose of the exhibition is to not only show your work but to further your career through sales of your work. If selected, most of the work exhibited should be for sale.

Notification of acceptance by 15 October, 2016.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island, Illinois.

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Quad City Arts


Bartlett Festival of the Arts – Call for Artists

Arts in Bartlett announces a call for artists for the Bartlett Festival of the Arts.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Apr 2016

The juried arts festival offers the work of returning and new artists in a wide range of 2-D and 3-D media including paintings, photography, fiber, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood, and more.  Those applying by March 10 get an early-bird, discounted jury and booth space fee.

The festival includes nonstop entertainment on the main stage, children’s art activities, and food. In addition, the culinary arts and literary arts will be added to this year’s event.

This is a locally produced event which is much anticipated by the community (not a commercial producer). Free breakfast both mornings. Price money for 1st place 2-D and 3-D, Mayor’ Prize, Best of Show, People’s Choice, and several Excellence Awards. Each media cannot exceed 25% of the show.

Arts in Bartlett is a 14-year old 501c3 all-volunteer organization with a downtown Arts Center and gallery, children’s art studio, piano, cello, violin, and voice studios.

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Bartlett Festival of the Arts


Art and Beyond Studio – Call for Artists

Art & Beyond Studio is accepting applications to be published and exhibited with Art & Beyond Print Edition Magazine at the Art! Vancouver Fair 2016.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 21 Mar 2016

Artists whom apply for the exhibition will be published in the Art & Beyond Print Edition and promoted to galleries, museums, and art consultants.

Art & Beyond is a promotional service for artists in the form of both an online and print edition magazine which is distributed to galleries, museums, and art consultants.

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