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Ragdale Residency – Call for Artists

The Ragdale Foundation offers creative professionals of the highest caliber an inspiring, supportive environment where they can produce enduring, inventive works. More than 150 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 May 2016

Each session, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work on a 5-acre historic campus beside a beautiful 50-acre prairie, 30 miles north of Chicago. With live/work studios, all meals provided, and unmatched staff support, Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work.

Time and space

  • 18- or 25-day residency sessions
  • Private room
  • Personal studio spaces for visual artists
  • 24-hour access to studio and communal spaces

Supportive community

  • Attentive staff
  • Family-style dinners prepared by Chef Linda
  • Opportunities to share work with and to gain feedback from other residents
  • Easy access to the cultural resources of Chicago and Milwaukee

Inspiring atmosphere

  • Library of past resident works
  • Historic home and garden
  • Creative atmosphere, surrounded by peers
  • 50-acre native prairie
  • Recreational access to gym, beach, biking and walking paths

The Ragdale Foundation is a nonprofit artists’ community located on the former country estate of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.

More than 150 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Ragdale residents represent a cross-section of ages, cultures, experience, and mediums, for a diverse and vibrant community.

In each session, 13 artists-in-residence enjoy uninterrupted time for work, a supportive environment, dynamic artist exchanges, 50 acres of idyllic prairie, and a family-style dinner each evening.

For more information, contact amy@ragdale.org.

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Local Goods Chicago – Call for Artists

Local Goods Chicago is home to over 100+ artists who create handmade works of art and that live and work in the Chicagoland area and Illinois. We rent space to artists and also accept consignment sales.

Call for artists application

Deadline: Ongoing

Local Goods Chicago is open 6 days a week and will promote you and your artwork through our Facebook page, website, and local community – The Edgebrook Community on the northwest side of Chicago is very supportive of Local Goods Chicago.

For more information, contact info@localgoodschicago.com.

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Midwest Jewish Artists Lab – Call for Artists

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is pleased to announce the Chicago launch of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, generously supported by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 3 Aug 2015

In Chicago, the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab program will select a cohort of ten to twelve artists. Monthly meetings — facilitated by Spertus Institute faculty and outside experts — will include opportunities for Jewish text study, discussions of topics and themes relating to Jewish art, and occasions for critical evaluation of participants’ work. Jewish art from Spertus Institute’s world-class collection will provide examples for discussion and inspiration. An exhibit of participants’ work will be mounted at Spertus Institute in late spring 2016.

A central theme for 2016 will be selected by representatives of the five participating communities at a conference in Milwaukee in August 2015. Past themes have included Wandering, Light, Text/Context/Subtext, and Water.

The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab addresses the need to broaden the impact of the arts in Jewish life, helping foster meaning, community, identity, and spirituality. For the participating artists, the project will provide a community of creativity, support, and enrichment.

At Spertus Institute, we believe that Jewish arts and culture are critical to a vibrant Jewish community. So we are proud to serve as the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab site in Chicago, adding this initative to our mix of Jewish arts and cultural offerings.

For more information, contact isegal@spertus.edu.

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Edwardsville Art Fair – Call for Artists

Edwardsville Art Fair is a juried art fair that takes place in beautiful downtown Edwardsville on September 25th, 265th and 27th, 2015. $15,000 in prizes will be awarded, and local music, food, and drink will be available.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Jun 2015

$15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to artists by the jury at the Art Fair. Best of Show is $1,500, six Named Award prizes of $750, twelve Best of Category prizes of $600, and nine Merit Awards of $200. Artists keep all profits.

The Edwardsville Arts Center is a non-profit organization that provides the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community with free art exhibits, and educational and cultural opportunities. The Edwardsville Art Fair is one of our favorite annual events, and we look forward to providing local, regional and national artists with the opportunity to show and sell their work in a fun environment.

For more information, contact office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com.

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Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival – Call for Artists

The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking artists, crafters, and vendors to sell merchandise at Jeff Fest 2015. This is a 2 1/2 day festival.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Jun 2015

Artists can sell merchandise to our estimated 10,000 attendees and keep 100% of the profits.

The festival committee continues to focus on the Arts as Jefferson Park is home to a number of theaters, concert venues, performances spaces, galleries, public art installations, children’s theatre, and so much more.

For more information, contact fest@jeffersonpark.net.

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