[Sponsored Listing] The City of Woodstock, Illinois, seeks artists’ proposals for the North Benton Street Mural as part of an outdoor dining and entertainment area in its historic downtown district. The commissioning of a new mural in the historic district is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to give residents and visitors opportunities to engage with the arts.
The mural will be attached to the exterior, west-facing facade of a privately owned building at 220 North Benton Street. The proposed mural site is located on a street adjacent to the historic Woodstock Square and within the historic district. During summer months, the street is closed to vehicular traffic. It is used as an outdoor dining and entertainment space by several nearby restaurants. The site has high visibility and a significant amount of pedestrian traffic.
Residents and visitors come to the historic Woodstock Square to attend performances at the Woodstock Opera House and private music and movie venues, as well as numerous special events throughout the year. The award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market, locally owned shops, and popular bars and restaurants attract people to the Woodstock Square in large numbers.
Enter by: 25 Feb 2022
- Finalists selected: By March 4, 2022
- Design submissions: By March 25, 2022
- Mural agreement available: By April 15, 2022
- Project completed: By July 15, 2022
There is no submission fee. Artists may submit more than one proposed concept. Designs must be the artist’s own work and must not violate any copyright restrictions. Any artist with previous mural design and installation experience is eligible to submit a proposal. All correspondence and contracts are part of the public record. By submitting materials you are (1) consenting to the release of those materials by the City in response to requests under the Public Records Act and (2) agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the City for release of such information.
Artists shall submit the following for consideration:
- Artist Application
- Link to portfolio
- One to two paragraph narrative describing design concept, including substrate
City staff will review applications for completeness and eligibility. The City Council will determine final project award and contract terms. Designs may also be subject to review by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the City’s Arts Commission. After review by an art advisory group, finalists will be selected and notified to submit a full-color design for consideration. A $500 design fee will be paid to those artists not chosen as the finalist.
Proposals will be evaluated based on:
- Artistic excellence, vibrancy, and originality of the artist
- Appropriateness of the design for its site in Woodstock’s entertainment district
- Documented experience of the artist in completing similar projects
The mural will be mounted to the west-facing brick façade of a historic building. The space available for the mural is approximately 30 feet by 12 feet. Permission from the building owner has been secured. It is clean and in good condition for an installation. The wall abuts the sidewalk; there are no obstructions. The City will work with the selected artist to accommodate requests for access to power and water as well as overnight storage of materials. The mural should be installed to withstand weather and other site conditions for a term to be agreed upon by the selected artist and the City in the mural agreement. The mural is subject to removal by the City at any time during or after the agreed upon period.
- The selected artist must show proof of liability insurance prior to beginning mural installation. The City of Woodstock, Benton Street LLC, and any other parties participating in installation must be named as additional insured entities.
- Proposed designs remain the property of the artist unless the design is selected by the City. The selected design and installed mural will be the property of the City of Woodstock. As such, no royalties or fees, beyond the initial artist’s fee, will be attached to its ongoing use by the City.
- Any unapproved substitutions or deviations from the approved final design or proposed materials may result in termination of contract, removal of imagery, and non-payment of any amount due. City staff will monitor mural installation.
North Benton Street Mural Artist Benefits
The artist stipend is $12,000. This amount must cover the artist’s design fee, supplies and travel. The City of Woodstock will pay for the substrate and equipment necessary to complete the project onsite. One-third of the amount will be paid when the mural agreement is signed; one-third at the project mid-point; and one-third when the project is completed.
Woodstock prides itself as McHenry County’s epicenter of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and those who appreciate imaginative expressions in an area rich with visionaries. Located in a collar county, Woodstock is a commuter rail stop away from Chicago and acts as a uniquely urban city surrounded by rural amenities such as agri-tourism farms, designated scenic drives and conservation areas nestled within glacial topography.
Woodstock’s rich history and vibrant sense of community provide a far-reaching opportunity for interested artists to express themselves, spark conversation, and capture the essence of a modern place rooted in its rich past.
Interested artists will find that Woodstock’s far-reaching marketing and recognizable Real Woodstock brand, along with community support for the arts, is tailor-made to propel commissioned works to the forefront of national awareness. Coupled with City support through its newly formed Arts Commission, artists commissioned for inaugural exhibits will be featured prominently as the public arts program continues to gain momentum through well-curated 2-D and 3-D art installations.
About the City of Woodstock, Illinois
Woodstock is the arts and culture focal point of McHenry County, Illinois. The Historic Woodstock Square is home to the Woodstock Opera House, Stage Left Café, and numerous other arts and entertainment venues. In its most recent downtown development plan, the City identified the creation of public art in the Woodstock Square Historic District as a goal.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and named a Preserve America Community by the White House, Woodstock is a community unlike any other. The Historic Woodstock Square offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic atmosphere.
Throughout the year, Woodstock is host to many events, festivals, and fairs, from Fair Diddley Art Fair, to Summer Band Concerts, award-winning Farmer’s Market, to HarvestFest, and Groundhog Days–celebrating Woodstock’s starring role as Punxsutawney, PA in the 1992 Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. The beautiful Gothic style Opera House serves as the cultural entertainment center of Woodstock, featuring plays, concerts, and performances throughout the year, including the Midwest Mozart Festival each summer.
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High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for their flagship program, the HCL Artist in Residence, designed to promote the growth of artists and their work by providing an environment of experimentation and discovery that is accessible and supports the artist. It is fundamental for High Concept Labs to provide tangible, direct, and nimble resources for artists that meet their specific needs to continue to grow their practice. Artists across disciplines are invited to apply for support of the creation of new work in any stage of development.
Deadline: 25 Sept 2020
Artists receive free studio space, documentation, marketing, and fundraising support. They have the opportunity to show work at every stage of creation with HCL producing support. In 2020, HCL is instituting a $1,000 cash stipend per Residency, to be remitted over the course of the residency year. During the residency, artists are encouraged to further their research, funding, and development support for their project. In addition, they may organize and are encouraged to participate in HCL-organized events designed to open the studio in order to spur, develop, examine, and articulate ideas, including:
- peer-to-peer showings
- facilitated dialogues
- digital documentation as a process tool
- reflective writing
- access to the resources of partners, research institutions, and the civic community
HCL Artist In Residence Studios
The total studio size is 1,700 square feet. It has 6 pillars that run three feet from the length of two walls. The room is enclosed by two glass walls visible from the common hallways and two solid walls. The studio floor is three inches high from the hallway floor, requiring a small step up. The room has three lockable exit/entry doors.
The studio provides 1,500 square feet of sprung wood flooring with marley. It is equipped with 1 ceiling-mounted projector, PA system, baby grand Steinway piano, 20 folding chairs, 4 stools, floor cushions, and 2 folding tables.
The two glass walls of the studio allow in the lighting from the common hallways. They have motion sensors programmed by Mana Contemporary. The glass walls may create a reverberant space for sound and music. For full privacy, sound management and light control, black cloths are available by HCL. HCL can schedule temporary shutoff of the sensors by special request. For any installation requiring drilling or hanging into wall and ceiling surfaces please consult with HCL staff.
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 the only thing it had to offer – space – specifically, 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.
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J + K Isacson announce a call for artists for Heaven and Hell, a national fine arts exhibition in Woodstock, IL, northwest of Chicago. The exhibit will be in the Old Courthouse Arts Center, a 5,000 sq ft gallery located on Woodstock’s historic square. Heaven and Hell is a juried exhibition that explores the concepts of good versus evil and the idea of a link between our experiences during life and after death.
Deadline: 31 May 2020
Jury fee is $30 for up to 5 images.
Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores:
- heaven or hell
- either good or evil
- good versus evil
- heaven or hell as a metaphor
- your hopes, fears, beliefs, and feelings relating to either
All mediums will be accepted for consideration. Installation, 2D and 3D submissions welcomed. No hanging fee.
Exhibition date: August 2020.
Artist awards valued at $1,500 USD. Additional virtual exhibition online. Accepted artists will be eligible for video interview promotional feature for exhibition. Awards will be presented opening night. Awards will be given for 1st Place & Honorable Mention and an additional 2 Blue and 1 Gold artist management prizes sponsored by Biafarin Artist Management designed to further empower winning artists to sell their artwork. Combined value of prizes is valued at $1,500 in US dollars.
Exhibition videos: In addition to promotional videos created for the exhibition, for this show, accepted artists will be encouraged to submit video of themselves talking about themselves, their process, and artwork for an online video version of the exhibition.
“Wonderful show…Kathleen Isacson and Joe Isacson did a BRILLIANT job curating and pulling this show together. Highly recommend…” – YB, artist
“The members of FAM would like to send out a huge thank you to Joe and Kathleen Isacson for sending the exhibition If You Only Knew to the Freeport Art Museum. Without their hardwork, creativity, and dedication, this exhibition would not be possible. As their brainchild, If You Only Knew reflects their outstanding talent and professional acuity in the realm of curating and exhibitions. By organizing the work of exceptional artists, Joe and Kathleen have allowed for unique stories to be heard and wonderful pieces to be shared with the larger community. Your work does not go unrecognized!”
– Public announcement from staff, Freeport Art Museum
“I have been in two shows and they both were fabulous! I am already getting repeat business! Kathleen and Joe Isacson are just a fantastic couple…very supportive and well organized.” – DL, ceramacist
About J + K Isacson
J + K Isacson have curated and produced over 100 fine art exhibitions and events for over a decade. Their partnerships include a variety of galleries, museums, and art centers. As fine artists themselves, they relate to what artists find important and, as curators, have a focus on providing a platform to genres of artwork that are under represented.
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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.
Deadline: 14 Apr 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.
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Previous call for artists from the La Grange Business Association
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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.
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.
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