Applications are now open for High Concept Labs’ (HCL) Fall 2017 Sponsored Artists Program, which will run from August 15 through December 15, 2017.
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.
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stARTup Art Fair announces a call for artists for stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2017, a juried contemporary art fair for independent artists.
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.
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La Grange Business Association invites artists to apply to the La Grange West End Arts Festival in Illinois. Booth fee of $300.
Deadline: 30 Mar 2017
2017 La Grange West End Arts Festival dates: Saturday, September 9th: 10 am – 6 pm (optional evening hours) and Sunday, September 10th: 10 am – 4 pm.
Artist amenities include:
- Coordinated loading and unloading
- Friday check-in and set-up
- Treat bag plus continental breakfast both days of the show
- Booth sitters available
- Overnight security
- Festival program with listing of artists attending
- Name badges and booth signs
- Free day and overnight (no RV’s) parking
- Professionally judged with cash and ribbon awards
- Friendly volunteers willing to assist you
- Strong festival marketing and publicity campaign supported by the La Grange Business Association
La Grange West End Arts Festival ribbons, recognition, and cash prizes:
- Best of Show: $500
- 1st Place: $250
- 2nd Place: $150
- 3rd Place: $100
In addition, award winners are invited back to the show for the following year with jury fee waived.
This juried fine arts festival has become a popular end-of-the-summer event for the community and high-caliber artists from across the country. This is due to its strong reputation as being well-organized and very artist friendly.
The West End Arts Festival has been taking place for over 20 years in La Grange, IL. It is located just west of Chicago and rated by Chicago Magazine as one of the top places to live. The community boasts more than beautiful homes, award winning restaurants, fashionable boutiques, and a thriving business community. This is also an established cultural scene of art galleries, dance, and music studios.
The staff and members of the vibrant La Grange Business Association, in cooperation with the Village of La Grange, plan, host, promote, and support the artists and festival through numerous marketing channels.
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The Oak Park Arts District announces a call for artist for What’s Blooming on Harrison 2017. Event to be held on Saturday, May 20th, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm with an after party at the Taylor Street Beer Garden.
Deadline: 13 Mar 2017
Building on the success of its autumn event, Art on Harrison, the Oak Park Arts District launched What’s Blooming on Harrison in 1999. Over the years, this family-oriented May street festival has highlighted the Arts District through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances, and an art fair featuring select guest artists and local crafts people.
What’s Blooming On Harrison 2017 artist benefits
Participating artists will benefit from the opportunity to sell their handmade goods to a wonderful, diverse, and enthusiastic community right outside the city of Chicago that actively supports the arts as a model for positive growth. Artists are encouraged to share their tools of trade and techniques and generate more business with affordably priced Maker Workshops created for an appreciative audience of all ages. This year’s festival will coincide with the annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk.
About the Oak Park Arts District
Beginning life as the Harrison Street Business Alliance in 1993, the rebranded Oak Park Arts District captured the new reality of a growing artistic community on Harrison. It encompasses the half mile of Harrison Street from Austin Boulevard west to Elmwood. The area is home to a thriving artistic community and diverse variety of small enterprises. In addition to galleries and workshops focusing on the visual and performing arts, visitors can find businesses offering personal care services, health care and wellness, clothing and jewelry, restaurants and cafés, pet services, social services, and building services.
The Arts District presents a refreshing model of creative reuse, restoring vitality to a small-scale and walkable urban neighborhood. The semi-residential character and leafy streets create a user-friendly atmosphere for visitors. Access is superb: the CTA Blue Line and the Eisenhower expressway connect the district easily to the whole Chicago metro area.
Several special events punctuate the year. What’s Blooming on Harrison is in May; Art on Harrison, the district’s signature event in October; and Holiday Lights, the year’s finale. Third Friday Gallery Walks are scheduled year-round.
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Northwest Area Art Council announces a call for artists for Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary show, a juried fine art exhibit celebrating women artists.
Deadline: 31 Jan 2017
This show is presented annually by the Northwest Area Arts Council at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL. Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary provides an opportunity to showcase the creative artwork of women artists. The show opens in March, in honor of Women’s History Month, and runs through the end of April.
In honor of the 30th Anniversary, the jurors for this year’s show will be the founders of the Women’s Works show, the artists of the Workshop for Contemporary Artists. The judge for this year’s show will be Brenda Oelbaum, the current president of the Women’s Caucus for Art.
Women artists 18 or older may submit any original work completed in the last two years. No previously accepted works in either Real People or Women’s Works will be accepted for Women’s Works 2017. If your work is collaborative please contact us so that we can make sure all information is collected. All work must be for sale.
Each show displays works by 115-120 artists to the greater Chicago area. Women’s Works has become a much anticipated area event and the show enjoys excellent media coverage and exposure. Along with the Opening Reception, other events are at The Old Court House Arts Center during the exhibition to encourage attendance.
The Northwest Area Art Council award $1500 in prizes for 1st-3rd, 3 Artistic Merits, and 2 other awards. In addition, this year the founders of Women’s Works will be choosing one artist to have a solo show at the Old Court House Arts Center later in 2017.
About the Northwest Area Arts Council
The Northwest Area Arts Council (NAAC) is a regional arts council. It has operated in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for over 30 years. NAAC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the arts and connecting artists and the general public.
As of 2014, NAAC has been running the Old Court House Arts Center, located in the old McHenry County Courthouse building, which was built over 150 years ago. The Art Center occupies the second floor of the building and has over 7,500 square feet of usable gallery space. It has five distinct galleries and a consignment gallery for local art. The building is on the historic square in Woodstock, IL. The Art Center has been in operation for over 35 years. Each year NAAC and the Old Court House Arts Center jointly arrange for 25+ distinct local, regional, and national exhibits. Women’s Works is one of two international juried exhibitions held at the art center each year.
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Open Scene is seeking four artists to lead Open Scene community engagement workshops for twelve youth (ages 16-24) and ten community stakeholders in Urbana, IL.
Deadline: 5 Dec 2016
In spring 2017, each selected artist or artist group will lead a weekend intensive with participants to explore themes of social justice and/or community development through an art discipline. Activities will begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon.
This opportunity is open to all professional artists, age 18 or older, residing in the United States. Submissions will be evaluated based on demonstration of artistic quality; demonstration of experience in leading engagement activities, especially for youth and marginalized communities; and appropriateness of method for inclusive, youth-centered, public events.
Selected artists for the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will receive a total payment of $3,000 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. The Urbana Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support and incur the costs associated with promoting the events.
Artists will have the opportunity to bring positive change to the lives of youth in Urbana-Champaign, IL. The small and intimate setting of the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will allow artists to share their artistic practices and connect directly with all participants. Artists may learn valuable lessons from participating marginalized youth, whose voices are often times diminished in civic conversations. Through leading art workshops and arts-based dialogues, artists may find this experience an opportunity to reflect, research, and grow.
About Open Scene
Open Scene is a partnership between the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the City of Urbana, which aims to create a plan for reclaiming the city’s center through arts-based dialogues that directly incorporate the experiences of youth. These creative engagement and planning processes will be anchored at IMC’s emerging cultural facility located in the historic post office building in the heart of downtown Urbana.
Urbana is a community of contrasts. This college town has relatively low unemployment, yet over half of our young African-American men lack jobs. Higher incomes have soared, yet we have the third highest extreme poverty rate in Illinois. In response to this divide, the IMC was founded in 2000 by artists and organizers to provide space, resources, and atmosphere to draw artists and residents together to investigate local problems and design solutions.
Open Scene seeks to enhance the well-being of all city residents through the leadership of one of its most marginalized groups: youth. Our youth are savvy, connected, and creative, yet they are often overlooked in community planning projects. Through a process led by youth, guided by professional artists, and supported by diverse community partners, Open Scene aims to engage all sectors of our community to imagine the future of the IMC within Downtown Urbana as a vibrant space for cultural expression and community change.
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Bradley University Galleries announces a call for artists for the 36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition.
Deadline: 18 Jan 2017
The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is 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 four prominent Peoria Illinois Galleries, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Studios on Sheridan, Prairie Center of the Arts, and Heuser Art Gallery at Bradley University.
The 36th Bradley International will be juried by Kathryn Polk. Polk (born 1952) studied at the Memphis Art Academy and The University of Memphis. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she is the co-owner of L VIS Press, a lithography print studio.
Three cash awards will be selected by the juror. Purchase awards will be made by the University.
- 1st Place – $3,000
- 2nd Place – $1,750
- 3rd Place- $750
Bradley University Galleries showcases graphic and print work of international artists in Peoria, IL.
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South Haven Center for the Arts announces a call for artists for their 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Great Lake’s Best.
Deadline: 26 Sept 2016
South Haven Center for the Arts wants to feature new works and showcase the talent of Great Lakes artists. Open to artists in the following states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
There will be cash prizes for the 7th Annual Juried Exhibition based on the number of entries – the more people who enter, the more prize money. The juror will pick 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and there will be a People’s Choice award for a 4th prize.
South Haven Center for the Arts is located along the waterfront of Lake Michigan. We serve the surrounding community and a large visitor population who come from all over the country for our beautiful beaches and nature trails.
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David Adler Music and Arts Center is now accepting applications for the 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique to held November 5-6.
Deadline: 19 Sept 2016
We welcome fine artists, craftspeople, and artisan food vendors. The juried 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique will feature a highly-curated group of 25 vendors.
Artists will have the opportunity to display their work in the historic home of architect, David Adler. The family friendly, free-entry boutique will draw attendees from the Lake County area and beyond.
The David Adler Music and Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980 to achieve three interrelated goals 1) art education, 2) cultural programming and 3) the care, renovation, and interpretation of the home and artifacts of noted architect David Adler.
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Purdue University Galleries announces a call for artists for Global Matrix IV, an international print exhibition.
Deadline: 2 Sept 2016
Global Matrix IV exhibition dates are January 9 through February 18, 2017, after which it is intended that the exhibit will then travel through 2018.
Open to artists over the age of 18. Entries must be original fine art prints in any printmaking media including artist books. No photography or offset photo mechanically reproduced work will be accepted. Entries should not exceed 44 inches in paper dimension.
Jurors will be Kathryn Reeves, Professor of Art & Design at Purdue University; Kimberly Vito, Professor of Art & Art History at Wright State University; Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; and Craig Martin, Director of the Purdue University Galleries. Selections will be made from a review of digital images in the form of jpeg files (maximum dimension of eight inches in image size – maximum resolution of 300 dpi).
No entry fee will be charged.
Purchase Awards and Awards of Merit will be presented at the discretion of the curators and sales will be encouraged. Artists may submit up to five (5) images of original works completed in the last three years (20013 – 2016).
Purdue University Galleries has organized three previous Global Matrix exhibitions which have featured printmaking artists from around the world.
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