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64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland region. The fair features artists from all over the US. Artists exhibit in the areas of painting, print-making, photography, wood, fiber arts, glass arts, and jewelry.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 4 May 2019

Booth fees are $175. Jurying fee is $35.

The Village of Park Forest sponsors a music fest on the Saturday of the Fair. The fest features a variety of bands and a mixture of musical styles including jazz, folk, and popular music. The village hosts a beer and wine tent in coordination with the music fest. On Sunday, fest-favorite Patchouli performs folk music. There are typically four to five food vendors.

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair Artist Benefits

Prize money totals $3,000. Awards are for two-dimensional, three-dimensional art, and jewelry. Newspaper stories are submitted to newspapers in the artists’ hometowns which feature photographs of the artist and his/her artworks. The fair is advertised in regional newspapers, WBBM radio during drive times, and on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is exceptionally artist friendly with help unloading and reloading, volunteers providing bottles of water all day and providing bathroom breaks, a light breakfast each day, and a wonderful dinner for artists. The audience includes many people who visit the fair year after year and whose goal is to buy art.

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association operates an art gallery in the area of the fest. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, and will feature the works of many Tall Grass juried artists during the fair. Artists who pass jurying for the fair become juried artists in the gallery. Their artworks may be sold in the Tall Grass Gift shop. The commission for sales in the gallery and gift shop are split 70% for the artist and 30% for the gallery – a split that is more generous than most galleries in the Chicagoland area.

For more information, contact tallgrass367@sbcglobal.net.

Previous call for artists from Tall Grass Arts Association

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Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 – Call For Artists

Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) seeks fine artists and fine crafters for the Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 (LAF) on August 17th and 18th in Michigan City, Indiana. This popular festival is currently in its 38th year. Exhibitor categories include 2-D art, fine craft, jewelry, photography, sculptural objects, and wearable art. LAF takes place on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to dynamic programming and exhibitions.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 29 Mar 2019

LCA selects individual fine artists and fine crafters through a jury process. Additionally, LCA’s galleries will be available for use by regional galleries that represent the best in emerging contemporary art. LCA anticipates 75 to 100 exhibitors in total.

Lubeznik Arts Festival 2019 Artist Benefits

LAF is extensively marketed via social media, radio, TV, print, and promotional signage. This year’s festival will take place during LCA’s summer blockbuster exhibition, “The Chicago Imagists: Before and After.”

$3,000 in cash awards will be distributed between:

  • Best in Show
  • 1st Place Artist
  • 1st Place Artisan
  • Neil Kienitz Award for Representational Art
  • Juror’s Awards (2)

Amenities for exhibitors include:

  • Parking – Designated parking areas for artists are located adjacent to LCA property.
  • Hospitality – Complimentary water and snacks are provided during Friday setup and throughout the festival.
  • Indoor restrooms will be accessible during setup and festival hours, in addition to portable restrooms outside.
  • Security – Off-duty police officers will be onsite both Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Booth Sitters – Volunteers will be available Saturday and Sunday to provide short relief breaks for exhibitors.
  • Art purchase pick-up service is available for patrons at Office Trailer/Entrance.

About Lubeznik Center for Arts

Lubeznik Center for Arts (LCA) serves as a hub for arts and culture for the entire region. They strive to ensure that everyone in their community receives equal access to high quality cultural experiences. In order to accomplish this, they provide:

  • World class contemporary art exhibitions, open to the public at no charge
  • Educational tours and artmaking for approximately 1,800 students annually
  • After school art education programs at eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school
  • Free visual arts classes for adults with cognitive disabilities at no charge to participants
  • Scholarships to help ensure all children have the opportunity to attend our art classes and camps
  • Free First Friday cultural events
  • A gallery shop featuring one-of-a-kind artisan-made items

For more information, contact artinfo@lubeznikcenter.org.

Previous call for artists from Lubeznik Center for the Arts

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63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the second oldest juried fair in Chicagoland. It is known as an exceptionally artist-friendly fair. Artists may apply to exhibit two or three-dimensional fine art or fine crafts. This includes painting, printmaking, photography as well as works in wood, metal, fabric, and jewelry.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 4 May 2018

The jury is composed of three professional artists and includes a professional photographer. Artists who pass jurying also become Tall Grass Gallery Artists. They are eligible to exhibit in the Tall Grass Gallery and have works carried in the Tall Grass Gift Shop.

63rd Annual Park Forest Art Fair Artist Benefits

The Park Forest Art Fair offers assistance at set-up and take-down, a breakfast each day, and a sumptuous dinner on Saturday night. Volunteers visit the fair, all day, to provide water and bathroom breaks. Tall Grass offers $3,000 in prize money in the categories of two-dimension artworks, three-dimensional artworks, and jewelry. There are purchase prizes and one special purchase prize for the Tall Grass permanent collection. Artists report that the visitors to the fair are friendly and stop to chat with the artists. The fair is promoted on social media, regional press, and on WBBM and WFMT. Tall Grass receives no portion of sales made at the art fair.

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association is almost as old as the Village of Park Forest, having incorporated shortly after the Village. During all those years, it has operated a gallery that exhibits the works of artists.  The exhibits change approximately every two months.  It operates an art school and the Park Forest Art Fair.  Located in a diverse region, the organization reflects and celebrates the diversity of the region in its Board, members, volunteers, and artists.  The fair is operated by volunteers who get to know the artists well because of their volunteer activities. For that reason, the $175 booth fee was never raised during the recession. The fee remains in place today and reflects the support the organization has for artists. Unlike most galleries, the commission paid for works sold in the gallery and gift shop is 70%.

For more information, contact tallgrassexhibit@gmail.com.

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Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 – Call For Artists

Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 – Call For Artists

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for their Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018, designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support service. Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. The Fall 2018 season runs from August 1st through November 30th, 2018.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 13 May 2018

New in 2018, High Concept Labs’ Summer and Winter Intensives provide artists with a dedicated studio space to develop their projects. Through the intensive, artists have the opportunity to create durational, long-term performances, installations, and exhibitions.

Sponsored Artist Program Fall 2018 support services include:

  • Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space (8-10 hours per week on average
  • 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 that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing. Projects are geared toward a workshop-showing 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. HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public.

About High Concept Labs

Since its foundation in 2009, High Concept Labs has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. HCL began by sharing space, a warehouse located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, that artists could use 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.

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

For more information, contact billie@highconceptlabs.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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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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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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