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: Window Works
SSA #33 is excited to launch our vacant storefront activation program, Window Works. The program will pair contemporary, local artists with participating properties to activate underutilized storefronts with artwork and installations. Window Works provides artists with a stipend and proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Next Review: TBD
FULL RFP AND DETAILS HERE

 

CALLS FOR ARTISTS


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
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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
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gallery no one

General Artist Submissions
gallery no one is an artist run gallery and queer space that provides a platform for conversation, exhibition space, supports emerging artists, and generates discourse. Please feel free to submit a proposal for exhibition, screening, performance, or other art event.
Deadline: Ongoing
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Jackson Junge Gallery

Call for Artists: Special Exhibition - Off the Streets 2
Jackson Junge Gallery is immediately seeking artists' submissions for their upcoming exhibition Off the Streets 2 that will open May 3. The goal of this exhibition is to explore the nuances of artistic practices often associated with art seen and or made in public spaces. Muralists and artists who make work with or in public spaces are encouraged to submit artwork that is an extension of their public or street based practices. The gallery is also open to artwork that is a part of out of studio practices from artists who typically make work in the studio. Artists that work in or with public spaces are welcome to submit artwork that can be shown in a gallery.
Deadline: March 17, 2019
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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
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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
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Roots & Culture

Call for Proposals: Connect
Connect is a three month residency supporting women of color curators with innovative practices, while linking curators to Roots & Culture’s community of artists and audiences. CONNECT is open to curators working locally as well as nationally and internationally. The residency takes place June through August. The residency is exhibition based.
Deadline: March 22, 2019 by 5:00pm
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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
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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
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YellowKorner

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
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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


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: February 2019 (exact day TBD) - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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Anysquared Figure Tuesdays: Live Nude Model Drawing Sessions
We work from a wide range of models of all genders, ages, backgrounds and body types. Facilitated by Gretchen Hasse and Andrea Kaspryk, this is more of a session than a class, but everybody is willing to share knowledge. $12 suggested donation to pay model. Basic materials provided if you need them. Beer and wine for additional donation too.
Every Tuesday - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Queeriosity
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
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WordPlay
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
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