Artist Opportunities

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

The Arts For Illinois Relief Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community. In a statewide survey by Arts Alliance Illinois assessing the potential financial impact of COVID-related closures on the creative sector, 320 respondents estimated that their organizations will lose over $84 million in revenue due to a suspension of public-facing programs or exhibitions just through the end of April. 
These closures impact 24,124 individual events or performances, 3,563 full-time jobs, 13,144 part-time/contract jobs, and nearly 2.5 million audience members or participants, including programs intended for students.
The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. This includes all artists and artisans, including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers, and large to small arts organizations in all disciplines. Donations to the fund will go directly to artists and arts organizations throughout Illinois. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Individuals are encouraged to apply for one-time grants of $1,500, which are awarded expediently and based on a lottery system. Arts organizations grants are likewise based on a combination of need and lost revenue from the crisis. 
The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the broader philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois. It can accept donations from individuals, foundations, and public sources. The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is administered by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with 3Arts and Arts Works Fund, long-standing and trusted service organizations and grantmakers.

Special Service Area #33
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Sign Up for the WPB Artist Registry
SSA #33 is currently collecting the information of local artists who live, make work, or show work in Wicker Park Bucktown. If this applies to you, please fill out our Artist Registry form to be included in our public database to help connect the residents of and visitors to WPB to our exceptionally talented pool of local artist, artisans, and makers.
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

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

Little Broken Things

General Artist Submissions
Little Broken Things encourages local artists to share their work at their shop and salon, building a collaborative community. Artists interested in consignment sales or exhibitions are welcome to submit proposals to Little Broken Things.
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

Roots & Culture

Call for Artists: CONNECT
CONNECT is a ten week residency (6/27-8/29) supporting women of color curators with innovative curatorial practices while linking them to Roots & Culture’s community of artists and audiences. CONNECT is open to curators working locally, as well as nationally and internationally. The residency is exhibition-based. Applicants submit a proposal for a single exhibition that they will be responsible for organizing at the gallery. Roots & Culture will provide a stipend of $1,200, a shipping budget of $500, and the option of on-site housing to the successful applicant.

Call for Artists: Double Exposure 
Proposals for the spring 2021 season of Double Exposure will be due summer 2020. There are two options: submit a proposal for a two person show or submit a single artist’s portfolio. Single artist submissions are eligible for pairing by our Programming Committee. In our decision letters, we provide feedback to the finalist pool of the top 30% of applicants. 
Double Exposure supports primarily Chicago- based artists. Typical exhibitions run for 4-5 weeks. There is a five day installation period before the show. Accepted artists receive a $500 stipend. Roots & Culture also provides photo documentation of the installation.
Deadline: Summer 2020

Sideshow Gallery

General Artist Submissions
Sideshow Gallery is a truly unique and magical place with an ever changing creative spirit inspired by love of the occult, travel, obscure places, heavy metal music, and the most unusual and oddball and beautiful things. The shop features unique one of a kind natural specimens, skulls and taxidermy, handmade jewelry,  oddities and vintage treasures, candles, herbs and tools to perform magic, and lots of art! The gallery accepts inquiries from those interested in having artwork or products considered for inclusion in the shop.
Deadline: Ongoing

Springboard Arts

Call for Artists: General Submissions
Springboard Arts is currently seeking artist submissions in a variety of mediums to be featured in a solo or group show with terms ranging from three months to a year. Exhibited works will be available for sale both online and offline. During the gallery display period, the artworks will be exclusively for sale through Springboard Arts. Those interested should complete the submission form and include images or video, artist statement and CV, as well as any sales list or information. 
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



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.