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Curiosity (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

Curiosity (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

J + K Isacson announces a call for artists for Curiosity, a five week national fine art exhibition focused on exploration of the unusual and the human need to discover.​​ Art can be a journey of exploration into the unfamiliar, or unknown, and has the power to introduce us to the new and unusual.​

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Deadline: 20 Nov 2019

Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores their own personal curiosities about themselves and the world or artwork that is, itself, an unusual curiosity. All mediums are welcomed for submission. ​As an artist, what intrigues you? Is your artwork a journal for your new experiences and obsessions? Show us how you have explored new experiences or ideas through your artwork. Exhibition curated by J + K Isacson in partnership with the Old Courthouse Arts Center.

Curiosity Artist Benefits

Best in show & Honorable mention awards presented opening night. Artists/artwork from the exhibition will receive promotion online and via promotional videos sent to mailing lists and shared on social media. Artists from exhibitions that go on to a museum location are encouraged to be in invitational versions of the exhibition. Steady foot traffic throughout the week. There is good traffic flow during this exhibition due to Woodstock’s Groundhog Day festivities, which brings in tourism.

Social Equity

J + K Isacson intentionally curates for inclusion. Some themes expressly highlight artists whose voices have not been heard, including artists from different ethnicities, psychological disorders, religions, gender identity, and sexual orientation. They seek to give a platform to artists whose style of artwork or whose personal characteristics have provided them with limited opportunity to show in all our exhibitions.

About J + K Isacson

J + K Isacson works with emerging, mid-career, and museum-exhibiting artists. J + K Isacson are curators for the exhibition, working in partnership with the Northern Area Arts Council and the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock, IL. It overlooks historic Woodstock square, which you may recognize from the film Groundhog Day.

The Old Courthouse was constructed in 1857, a classic brick structure designed by one of the country’s most prominent architects, John Mills Van Osdel. The adjoining Sheriff’s House & Jail was built 30 years later. After 115 years as the focal point of McHenry County government, the county outgrew the buildings in 1972 and the complex was to be demolished for a parking lot. It was saved from the wrecker’s ball by Woodstock residents Cliff and Bev Ganschow. The Ganschows bought the buildings and began an extensive renovation program completed for American’s Bicentennial in 1976. Because of the buildings’ architectural and historical significance, both the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House & Jail are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, contact info@xculturearts.com.

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Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 (Rock Island, IL) – Call For Artists

Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 (Rock Island, IL) – Call For Artists

Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities to submit a proposal for the Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020, a gallery exhibition in one of two gallery spaces during 2020-21 (Downtown Rock Island, IL and MLI airport in Moline, IL). Exhibitions will occur September 2020 through August 2021.

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Deadline: 15 Sept 2019

Artists who have exhibited at one of Quad City Arts’ galleries within the past two years will be considered for exhibition in the alternate space. For example, if you were selected for a show at the airport during 2019-2020, you are eligible to exhibit at the Rock Island Gallery.

  • All media will be considered
  • There is no cost to enter
  • Cohesive bodies of work are highly desirable
  • You may apply as an individual or group
  • Artists will be notified by 18 Oct 2019

Quad City Arts Exhibits 2020 Artist Benefits

Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery is located in what was once a department store in 1908, with the original wood floors and a 14′ high, tin ceiling. The exhibition gallery has 1500 sq. feet of space and 106 running feet of wall space. There are floor-to-ceiling north facing windows looking out on the Mississippi River.

Art @ the Airport is in front of the main arrival/departure seating area in the Quad City International Airport. It houses 1,600 square feet of exhibition space in floor to ceiling glass cases. Over 2 million visitors pass through this space annually.

Exhibitions at our Rock Island gallery also include an opening reception on the first Friday of the exhibit.

About Quad City Arts

Quad City Arts Council, founded in 1970 as an arts advocacy organization that operated a visual arts gallery and re-granting program for local artists, launched Visiting Artists, Inc. in 1974 as an educational residency program presenting multi-disciplinary performing arts through residencies in schools and at community sites. Due to high demand for the residencies, Festival of Trees debuted in 1986 as a fund raiser for the program.

​The organization’s dual role of presenting the arts and humanities, as well as serving as an arts resource, allows them to serve more than 350,000 people annually in the Arts Center in Rock Island and at over 200 rural and urban community sites.

For more information, contact dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com.

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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 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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Exhibition Proposals – Call For Artists

Exhibition Proposals – Call For Artists

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College seeks exhibition proposals in all genres of contemporary approaches to art making by solo artists, collaborative groups, or curators. The gallery is a professionally designed gallery devoted primarily to education through contemporary art. Giertz Gallery hosts seven exhibitions per year including two student exhibitions, one Art and Design Faculty Show, and a National Invitational. Other shows vary depending on applications and the vision of the Art Gallery Advisory Board. Exhibits are scheduled for approximately six weeks.

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Please submit 20 images; an identifying list of titles, sizes, dates, and media; a resume; and an artist statement related to this body of work. Only complete proposal packages including all information listed in the Proposal Guidelines will be reviewed. Exhibition proposals are accepted on an on-going basis for future review. However, application materials must be received by March 15, 2019, to be included in the next review cycle. The artist is responsible for expenses and insurance while the artwork is being transported to the gallery. Giertz Gallery provides return shipping or an honorarium to defray return travel expenses.

About Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Giertz Gallery is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to exhibitions, arts, and education programs and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation, or disability. We are a section 504/ADA-compliant institution and are free and open to the public.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Donna Hyland Giertz Gallery is a teaching gallery, striving to serve the educational and cultural needs of a diverse community. Each year through its exhibitions and programming, the gallery seeks to promote the development of artists’ talent and aesthetic awareness while at the same time expanding the audience’s appreciation of various art forms. The gallery presents exhibitions by contemporary artists of regional and national status. Artists are selected to illustrate a wide range of traditional and innovative work of all media.

For more information, contact giertzgallery@parkland.edu.

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Global Arts Festival – Call For Artists

Global Arts Festival – Call For Artists

Arts in Bartlett, the local 501 (c)3 nonprofit arts council in Bartlett, IL, presents Global Arts Festival, an event to celebrate the diversity within our community. Last year 3,000 enjoyed a colorful, exciting, inclusive weekend of multicultural music, art, crafts, dance, food, and audience participation events that brought together people of nationalities represented in the area. Booths for ethnic artists, crafters, free trade shops, food artisans, and nonprofits will be throughout the park, with a family activity center. The main stage will feature musical acts and dancers. Another area will host participatory activities such as yoga, martial arts, dance lessons, drumming circles, and henna art. The Gazebo will contain a Family Global Story Circle and multicultural crafts.

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Deadline: 15 May 2019

Arts in Bartlett is now accepting booth and food vendors. Eligible booths are those that represent world cultures in art/crafts, artisan foods, and other world items. All artists must supply their own tents if needed, booth structures, as well as display boards, tables, and chairs. The cost is $175 per for-profit booth if paid by May 15. A limited number of 6 ft. tables are available for $10, first come-first served.

The audience comes from surrounding villages to attend the only multicultural festival in our area representing the diverse nationalities in the area. The setting is a beautiful shaded park in downtown Bartlett, a quaint village 35 miles northwest of Chicago. Singers, choruses, dancers, and instrumentalists representing many countries are a draw for this family oriented event. Two children’s activity areas and international games and sports are included. The festival begins with a children’s parade through the park carrying flags from 20 nations. Tours of the historic neighborhood surrounding the park are conducted by the Bartlett Historical Society at the beginning of the Festival. Bartlett’s demographics show an average annual family income of just over $100,000.

Global Arts Festival Artist Benefits

Arts in Bartlett advertises in print and digital media including various social media, websites, facebook pages, instagram, and twitter. The local newspaper devotes an insert to the festival with ads, artist listings, schedule of entertainment, and other events. The newspaper is delivered to 11,000 homes. Pizza shops attach postcard size ads to pizza boxes. The Village promotes heavily online. There are email blasts to subscribers and a print newsletter that goes to 44,000 residents. Banners and street signs attract passerbys.

About Arts in Bartlett

Arts in Bartlett is an all-volunteer, 16 year old arts council that has an emphasis on multicultural arts. The Arts Center in downtown Bartlett contains a gallery, classrooms for children, and adult art and music lessons. It has a large community room for concerts, recitals, parties, and receptions. The signature event is the Global Arts Festival.

For more information, contact art@artsinbartlett.org.

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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.

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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.

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Public Art – Call For Artists

Public Art – Call For Artists

The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces its’ third annual Call for Public Art. The ECAC is searching for two new pieces of public art as part of the “new works program” as outlined in the City’s Public Art Plan: one 2D piece and one 3D piece.

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Deadline: 4 Mar 2019

Available locations for the 2D work include the first floor of the Spring Street Parking Deck and the Highland Avenue bridge underpass along the riverwalk. Available locations for the 3D works include Newsome Park, Walton Island, or a pedestal on Riverside Drive. As part of the application, the artist must select a location from those available and propose their new public art piece specifically for that location. Artists must provide a completed application along with a narrative, design illustrations, budget, resume, work samples, references, and supporting materials (if applicable). The honorariums offered are $6,500 for each of the two new pieces of public art.

Applications are scored blindly by the ECAC based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. City staff, to ensure installation feasibility, will evaluate the top three pieces scored. The ECAC will make a final determination based on the scores and recommendations by staff. Winners of the honorariums will be announced in late spring. After selection, production of the new works is expected to begin in early summer and be completed and installed in time for the annual Art Harvest event in late October.

Public Art Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of up to $6,500 for their work and the support of the City of Elgin for their project. Being that the artist can select the location from those listed on the application, it is up to the artist to determine how they wish their work to impact the community. Once installed, the work will be on display for a length of time set by the artist. It will be included in the city’s public art map and online database. The work will be officially unveiled at the annual Art Harvest event at the end of October. Art Harvest is a family-friendly event that encourages our community to visit the public art installations around the downtown area. It is attended by about 400 people each year.

About the City of Elgin

The City of Elgin tasked it’s Cultural Arts Commission with creating a public art plan in 2016. Part of that process was to determine the needs of the community and how best to fit those needs. Components of the plan include other projects such as utility box wrapping and neighborhood public art grants. Since the plan’s implementation in 2017, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has selected and installed five new pieces of public art. The community has been extremely vocal not only in support of the pieces that were selected, but also in support of public art and how it impacts their daily lives.

For more information, contact harris_a@cityofelgin.org.

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37th Bradley International Print And Drawing Exhibition – Call For Artists

37th Bradley International Print And Drawing Exhibition – Call For Artists

Bradley University Galleries announces a call for artist for the 37th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. This year’s exhibition will be held at seven prominent Peoria, Illinois Galleries, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Prairie Center of the Arts, Studios on Sheridan, Illinois Central College, Peoria Art Guild, and on campus at Bradley University at Heuser Art Gallery and Hartmann Center Gallery.

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Deadline: 11 Jan 2019

Any artist 18 years of age or older is encouraged to submit original prints or drawings produced within the last three years (2015-2018). Experimental techniques are encouraged. Open to all graphic media. The entry fee is $10 per artwork entered, non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

37th Bradley International Print And Drawing Exhibition Artist Benefits

The 37th Bradley International exhibition has three major cash awards that will be selected by the juror Janet Ballweg. Ballweg is currently a Professor of Creative Arts Excellence and the head of the Printmaking program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio. 1st Place – $3,000, 2nd Place – $1,750, 3rd Place – $750. In addition, purchase awards will be made by the University.

This opportunity will showcase involved artists through their work’s display at seven Peoria partner gallery locations and through the PR efforts of each involved gallery. The public relation efforts include physical mailers, email blasts to members, and social media initiatives. All artists names will be posted and published online on the gallery website.

About Bradley University Galleries

The Gallery Program at Bradley University is designed to create a challenging environment that stimulates discourse among students, faculty, staff, and the public as they explore the range of ideas addressed in contemporary art. The gallery program at Bradley University serves the Peoria and Central Illinois region. There are three formal exhibition spaces, one in the Heuser Art Center where the art department is located, one in the Hartmann Center where the theatre department is housed, and a student project space located on the 2nd floor of the Heuser Art Center building.

In addition, every year the Department of Art and Design brings to campus a roster of internationally renowned artists, designers, and critics through the Visual Voices Professional Lecture Series, who address the full spectrum of art disciplines. Visiting artists make a public presentation as well as lead workshops, visit classes, and meet with students in their studios.

For more information, contact ezellefrow@bradley.edu.

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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.

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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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World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

The City of Evanston, Illinois, announces a call for artists for the World Arts and Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This year’s festival takes place the weekend of July 21-22 at Dawes Park in Evanston.

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Deadline: 20 Apr 2018

The World Arts and Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and partially supported by the Illinois Art Council, a state agency. This free event features art, family craft activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues.

Since 1986, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The premier event of its kind, the festival is a celebration of cultural diversity featuring over 75 art and crafts vendors from many different regions of the world. Re-imagined and renamed in 2017, the World Arts and Music Festival continues with the tradition of celebrating diversity. Evanston is a diverse and thriving community that borders Chicago.

The World Arts And Music Festival is an opportunity for artists, vendors, and performers to share their culture with the estimated 20,000 people who enjoy this annual event. There is a hospitality tent open on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival that provides provisions for participating artist vendors. Food and beverage items such as muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and water will be available.

About the City of Evanston

Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities and a successful public school system. Evanston is home to the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. It has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

For more information, contact mtompkins@cityofevanston.org.

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