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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.

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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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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.

Previous call for artists from J + K Isacson

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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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Far And Wide (Woodstock, NY) – Call For Artists

Far And Wide (Woodstock, NY) – Call For Artists

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) announces a call for artists for Far and Wide. Artists are invited to submit up to five works that are innovative in form and content or that have been created within the parameters of traditional genres but nevertheless break new ground. Open to artists living and working in the United States.

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Deadline: 17 Mar 2019

Juror: Kimberly Camp, former President and CEO of the Barnes Foundation. She has had a distinguished career in the arts, both as a museum administrator and practicing artist.

Far And Wide Artist Benefits

Applying to Far and Wide will bring your work to the attention of an important curator. Exhibiting your work at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum will put you at the center of an important arts renaissance happening now in the historic Hudson Valley just north of New York City. Exhibitions are well attended and our opening receptions attract hundreds of visitors. Shows are covered in the regional press and online media.

Win one of the following awards:

  • The Arthur Harris Best in Show Award ($500)
  • Nicholas Buhalis Award for Artistic Excellence in Abstract/Figurative or Figurative Work ($500)

Far and Wide is one of WAAM’s most important exhibitions of the year. It will be heavily promoted through print, social media, email, and their website. Visitors to WAAM will experience a unique national survey of the art currently being created across the country.

About Woodstock Artists Association and Museum

The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) is located in historic Woodstock, New York. They are celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year. Visitors will visit Woodstock in especially high numbers this year due to the 50 year anniversary celebration of the famous Woodstock music festival. WAAM’s own centennial celebration will feature many special events honoring the continuing importance of the historic Woodstock Artist Colony.

For more information, contact carl@woodstockart.org.

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Women’s Works 2017: 30th Anniversary Show – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application / registration

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.

Women's Works 2017: 30th Anniversary Show - Call For Artists

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.

For more information, contact womensworks2017@naac4art.org.

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