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West End Arts Festival (La Grange, IL) – Call For Artists

West End Arts Festival (La Grange, IL) – Call For Artists

La Grange Business Association announces a call for artists for the 25th West End Arts Festival, to be held on 9/12 and 9/13/2020 in suburban La Grange, IL. Located just outside Chicago, this upscale, family-friendly community holds this annual end of the summer event which attracts thousands. The event is free to the public. Parking is free. The event features art demonstrations, art activities for kids, food vendors, wine, jazz music, and culinary art.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 31 Mar 2020

Cash awards and ribbons are given to the top four artists at the West End Arts Festival. Artists are highlighted in advance in social media and in the program guide given to all attendees (and available online). Artists love the show for it’s ease of loading and unloading and for the strong support of the volunteers and attendees. The vibrant business association actively markets the juried artists and the event to the community at large.

  • “The customers were great and we had a good weekend in terms of sales and exposure to new potential clients for custom works of art.”

  • “The people that live in the area are a buying crowd that are knowledgeable about art and appreciate it.”

  • “I look forward to participating in the WEAF each year. The event is well organized and the other artists are excellent and friendly. The set up is very accessible and the artists are given breaks and snacks by helpers. I recommend it to all my friends who love the arts.”

  • “This show is a great suburban show that has been going on for years and draws a lot of the local and surrounding communities.”

About the La Grange Business Association

La Grange Business Association is an active association which has been involved in the West End Arts Festival for 25 years. The Village of La Grange is upscale and vibrant and arts-focused.

For more information, contact artfest@lgba.com.

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Women’s Works 2020 (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

Women’s Works 2020 (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL, announces a call for artists for Women’s Works 2020, a juried fine art exhibit celebrating women artists. Women’s Works provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists in North America and internationally. This year will mark the 33rd Anniversary of the show.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 26 Jan 2020

Women’s Works 2020 is open to all women artists in all media. There is a $40 application fee, but no further fees if accepted.

This year’s show will be judged by fine art photographer, Helen Smith-Romer. Romer works with collaged color photography using a repetition of human features to create bright, surrealist portraits and settings contrasted against a dark background. Romer states that her current body of work, “investigates the paradoxical beauty and mysticism of assemblages and the process of doing imagery.” Her work can be found in various collections across the country, including the University of Minnesota and the Chicago Historical Society.

Women’s Works 2020 Artist Benefits

Women’s Works has been a showcase for women artists from around the world for decades. It enjoys excellent visibility in the greater Chicago area and is viewed by visitors from over the course of its 6 week run.

The gallery hosts over 30 exhibits a year, with new exhibits opening every 2-4 weeks. This ensures a steady flow of repeat visitors and buyers who visit the gallery to view each show.

Accepted artists will have their work judged by local noted artist Helen Romer-Smith. Artists will have a chance to meet with Helen at the gala reception which will be held on Saturday March 14th.

The show also awards prizes worth over $1500 in cash prizes: First prize: $500; 2nd Prize: $300; 3rd prize: $200. 3 Artistic Merits ($100 each) and a gallery award of $250.

About Old Courthouse Arts Center

The Old Courthouse Arts Center is housed in the historic old McHenry County courthouse dating back to the 1860s. With over 5000 square feet of gallery space, the gallery presents over 30 different exhibits each year in its 4 gallery spaces, with new exhibits opening every 2 weeks. The art center also offers weekly life drawing, art classes, and workshops.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Old Courthouse Arts Center. It is one of the longest-lived institutions on the historic Woodstock Square. The Art Center – and it’s parent organization the Northwest Area Arts Council (which was founded in the mid 80s) – are also two of the older art organizations in the greater Chicago area.

For more information, contact womensworks2020@naac4art.org.

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Real People 2019 (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

Real People 2019 (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

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.

Click here for the application / registration

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 realpeople2019@naac4art.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.

For more information, contact realpeople2019@naac4art.org.

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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.

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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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