Artist Opportunities

You can find various calls for proposals and other opportunities for artistic engagement here!

Special Service Area #33
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Request for Proposals: WPB Branded Photo-Op
SSA #33 is seeking proposals for the design and construction of a social media “photo op” or selfie prop. This could take the form of a frame, sculptural object, or other creative interpretation of providing a point of interest for people to gather and take photos, particularly “selfie-style” photos, for social media and similar use. This helps provide a fun and easy object for neighborhood visitors and residents with the added bonus of promoting Wicker Park Bucktown as a cultural destination. The object should include neighborhood branding [Wicker Park Bucktown] and be compelling and interesting enough to draw people to interact and engage with it. The object is not intended to remain in one location and should be portable by design, possibly even modular. The object will be used in different neighborhood spots and events throughout the year.
Deadline: EXTENDED

Request for Proposals: Artwork for WPB Public Wayfinding Kiosks
SSA #33 is seeking proposals for compelling two-dimensional artwork to be displayed on four new public wayfinding kiosks throughout the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhoods. Artwork should in some way relate to the neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Bucktown. This may include neighborhood history, architecture, aesthetic or social themes drawn from the area’s cultural fabric, or other original, relevant ideas that make reference to or engage with Wicker Park and Bucktown. Artists may submit proposals for one image to be shown on all kiosks or a series of four works to make use of all four kiosks. Proposed work will be in highly visible, highly trafficked locations and should not include subject matter that may be deemed inappropriate for a general public audience. Priority will be given to local, Chicago artists in the selection process.
Deadline: Ongoing



Agitator Co-operative Gallery

Call for Artists: Nook
Agitator Gallery is now accepting submissions to its monthly Nook. The gallery will now offer one section of wall space during its monthly member curated show to a guest artist. The guest artist at the Side Show can display one or several 2D artworks on one wall space in the middle passage way in the gallery. 
Deadline: Ongoing

Bucktown Gallery

General Artist Submissions
Bucktown Gallery accepts artist submissions for exhibition in the space and keeps records and files for when future opportunities arise to exhibit accepted artists. 
Deadline: Ongoing

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit

Call for Artists
The nineteenth annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit will begin to take shape in just a few months. Artists who create large-scale, three-dimensional works that are able to withstand Chicago weather extremes are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. 2020 promises new locations, promotions and added events to enhance recognition. The official call, submission requirements and applications are available on the CSE website.
Deadline: December 20, 2019

Jackson Junge Gallery

Call for Artists: General Submission
Jackson Junge Gallery appreciates interest in showing at the gallery and accepts artist submissions in all media for potential exhibition.
Deadline: Ongoing

Quimby's Bookstore 

Sell at Quimby's
Do you want to sell your zine at Quimby's? Has a new issue of your minicomic come out? Quimby's Bookstore sells local zines, comics, artist books, and more on consignment. This is for reading material, not postcards, crafts, stickers or owl-shaped ceramic soap holders you sell on Etsy.
Deadline: Ongoing

The Violet Hour

Facade Mural Painting Opportunities
The Violet Hour accepts and reviews proposals for temporary murals painted on the facade of their building.
Deadline: Ongoing

Volumes Bookcafe

Sell at Volumes
We love having local authors represented in our store, but unfortunately, we don't have room for everyone. We receive dozens of requests a week, and as such we don't always have the time to review each one. However, you have some options. We suggest you take a moment to fill out our Author Information Form If we think your book will make a good fit, we will reach out within a few weeks.
Deadline: Ongoing


Call for Artists: Photographers
Are you a photographer and would like to exhibit your photographs at YellowKorner? Send your application to YellowKorner's artistic committee who will deal with your request.
Deadline: Ongoing



Agitator Co-operative Gallery

Critique Night
Need feedback on your artwork? Agitator Gallery will be hosting an every-other month critique where you can present your work and get constructive feedback. All forms of art can be presented from performative to 2D/3D to sound/video to writing. 10 presenter spots available each critique with an $8 donation. Free to the public who are allowed to participate in discussion.
Next Critique: TBD - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Figure Tuesdays: Live Nude Model Drawing Sessions
We work from a wide range of models of all genders, ages, backgrounds and body types. A suggested donation of $8/$10 goes towards paying the model, purchasing supplies and to pay operating costs for the storefront gallery. We offer figure drawing sessions for a low fee to the local art community so it is accessible to more artists. Basic materials provided if you need them. And we now have drawing horses!
Every Tuesday - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Firefly Fiber Arts Stuido

Maker Nights: Wine and Unwind
Unwind with us at the end of every week for a BYOB night of making! Every week we host maker nights for our wonderful community of makers! Whether you knit, crochet, weave, embroider, or make friendship bracelets, come join our maker nights and let's make together!
Every Friday - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Maker Nights: Crafttea Sunday
Sip a cup of tea and eat treats before we start the week with this relaxing makers afternoon. Every week we host maker nights for our wonderful community of makers! Whether you knit, crochet, weave, embroider, or make friendship bracelets, come join our maker nights and let's make together!
Every Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

OuterSpace Studios

Monthly Frequency Workout
Join JCSpaceRadio at our ongoing, monthly class at OuterSpace Studios. Upcoming workouts will be exploring movements and physical training of the astronauts on the International Space Station and considering our bodies' relationship to gravity through resistance and contact with other bodies. Each class starts with a playful, guided warm-up to tune into our own and each others' frequencies, as well as the frequencies of the space. The workout builds into a collective structured improvisation with opportunities for making sounds together. This class is open to anyone. Please do feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to continuing this work with you!
Monthly, select Thursdays - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Young Chicago Authors

Check the Method
Taught by YCA's Artistic Staff including Jamila Woods, Kevin Coval, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez, Check The Method is Chicago's premier writing workshop for 14-25 year olds. Come learn how to find inspiration in your daily life, write poems, and craft performances. Check The Method almuni have gone on to publish books and pursue professional writing careers. This workshop is open to all levels and is 100% free. Check The Method operates on a drop in model, so no registration is necessary. If you're ready to write, you are welcome to join us.
Every Saturday (October 13 - June 15 with winter breaks) - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Emcee Wreckshop
Emcee Wreckshop brings together rappers from all over the city. The session begins with a workshop taught by local rappers Add-2 and Defcee, in which students will study an exemplary work, write new material, and finally, exchange pens for microphones, taking to YCA’s stage in a performative cypher. Additionally, Wreckshop participants will have opportunities to feature their work at MC Olympics (a Louder Than A Bomb special event), on the Louder Than A Bomb annual Mixtape, and other high-profile events throughout the year.
Every Saturday (October 13 - June 15 with winter breaks) - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Queeriosity is a free monthly poetry salon for LBGTQ and questioning youth aged 12-25 to explore the world through a queer lens. Queeriosity events are hosted by YCA Teaching Artists H. Melt & Dominique James. Each month has a different theme and features a writing workshop, discussion and guest artist or speaker. There are also opportunities for live performance and publishing work in the Queeriosity Zine. This program is free and no prior experience with poetry or performance is necessary. There is no need to register for Queeriosity. Our workshops are open to all and work on a drop in model. If you want to come to Queeriosity, all you have to do is show up.
Every Second Thursday - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every Tuesday night, poets aged 12-25 come through Young Chicago Authors to participate in a writing workshop, perform their original work, and listen to music and poetry by artists of all genre and skill level. Some of the illest up-and-coming artists in Chicago have hung out and performed at WordPlay, including Chance The Rapper, Jamila Woods, Mick Jenkins, No-Name Gypsy, Saba, Nico Segal, and many others!
Every Tuesday: Workshop 6:00pm - Open Mic 7:00pm - Featured Artist 8:15pm


Artist Resources

Chicago Artist Resource
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) is an innovative arts service administered by the Chicago Artists Coalition. CAR is an online extension of the capabilities, resources and leadership of the city's cultural community and a demonstration of Chicago's commitment to the important contribution successful artists make to a vital, world-class city. CAR provides artists with information on a wide range of issues related to professional practice and a connection to local, national and international resources.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program’s goal is to play an active role in the development of Chicago’s arts and culture community by funding artists and arts organizations that have the potential to meaningfully contribute to the City’s cultural vitality.

Illinois Arts Council Agency
It is the mission of the Illinois Arts Council to build a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts. The Illinois Arts Council Agency serves the people of Illinois through a variety of grants and services. The Illinois Arts Council Agency was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. The agency is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.