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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.

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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 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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Art Of Humanity Figurative Art Competition – Call For Artists

The International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA) announces a call for artists for the 3rd Annual Art Of Humanity figurative art competition. Send your best depiction of art that features humans including portraits, the human body in full or partial form, abstract, individuals, and groups of people.

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Deadline: 25 Nov 2017

All types and mediums of fine art will be accepted. Prizes include magazine inclusion, solo promotion, home page feature, and 3D exhibit. This is an online art exhibition. Selected artists will be included in the 3rd Annual Art of Humanity figurative art competition group exhibition taking place from December 1st to 31st, 2017. Entry Fee: $15 for 1-3 images.

Art of Humanity Best of Show will receive a feature article plus three to five pieces of artwork included in Exquisite Arts Magazine (Digital Magazine/ Spring Edition). The magazine is promoted to over 30 million people via various social media channels. The winner’s bio and contact info will be featured on the IGOA website home and exhibition pages for one month. Their artwork and contact info will be promoted via social media. ​All selected artists will have their artwork, name, and contact info included in the art show. The exhibit will be viewed by gallery and museum directors, art executives, buyers, and art lovers. At the end of the show, the exhibit will be archived on the IGOA website. The show will be promoted via our social media outlets.

About the International Gallery of the Arts

The International Gallery of the Arts is an online gallery which highlights and promotes artists, artisans, musicians, and writers. IGOA celebrates the arts in its many facets and aims to promote positive forms of creativity. They assist persons with talent achieve their dreams by exposing their work internationally and to important persons within their industry. They host online art competitions, operate an arts magazine, support industry partners, and donate to charitable causes. Through business partnerships, exhibitions and digital publications are promoted to over 30 million people every month through social media.

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Figureworks 2016 – Call for Artists is calling artists participate in Figureworks 2016, our 7th annual figurative juried award show.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 7 Oct 2016

The show is open to artists who wish to submit works that represent the human form or parts thereof.

The Figureworks art show kicks off with a vernissage on November 22nd at at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts in Ottawa, Canada and runs until December 4th, 2016.

This year’s jury consists of Stefan St-Laurent, Tom Campbell, and Stephen Frew.

The top three works as determined by the jury will receive cash prizes along with additional prizes contributed by Atelier de Sculpture and Kama Paints. would like to thank Joël Prévost from Atelier de Sculpture du Village and Vincent Deshaies from Kama Paints for their continued support and additional prizes. is a not-for-profit organization promoting art of the human form. aims to provide an opportunity to celebrate visual art of the human form. The organization puts the spotlight on artists, their works, and the life models which are essential to nurture their creativity and whose profession is an art of itself.

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Figureworks 2016