Artist Opportunities

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

Artist Response Program
The City of Chicago is facing a critical moment in its history as the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies systemic racism and the history of disinvestment on the South and West sides of the city and presents an opportunity to rebuild towards equity. Recognizing that artists have always played an important role in advancing the causes of justice and equity, DCASE seeks to support artists in developing projects that engage the public in a constructive, civic dialogue that will propel our collective action, facilitate progress, and make Chicago a model city for the nation as it faces the difficult work ahead.
Through the Artist Response Program, DCASE will select 5 – 10 artists/artist teams to implement ambitious public art projects and 3 – 5 Re-granting Partners to distribute funds to artists.
To learn more about Direct Grants, please join us for a webinar on Friday, January 15 at 11:00am.

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



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


Call for Submissions: The Light Youth Festival
We're seeking submissions of work 7 minutes or less in length; of short plays, devised theatre, dance, and spoken word from young people 21 and under throughout the Chicagoland area. We seek work that showcases the talent and power of Chicago’s young artists and uses the festival as a platform for art as activism.
Deadline: Monday, February 1 at midnight

Call for Submissions: Peacebook 2021
The 6th annual Peacebook will feature theatre, dance, and spoken word of 7 minutes or less about Peace from artists throughout Chicago and beyond. Peacebook will occur in August and September of 2021, either onstage or as a virtual video festival. Based on the uncertainty of live public performance in 2021, we are exploring live and video options. Please signify if your submission is suited for theatre, video, or both.
Deadline: Monday, February 15 at midnight

Gallery Café

General Artist Submissions: Artist's Corner
We're constantly on the look out for great local art to showcase in our Galleries. If you are a local artist with an interest in showing your work at the café, please reach out to us.
Deadline: Ongoing

Heaven Gallery

Call for Submissions: 2021 Open Call
Are you an artist or curator who would love to exhibit at Heaven Gallery?⁠ It's time for Heaven Gallery's 2021 open call for submissions! Submissions will be considered for Heaven Gallery's exhibition programming between September 2021–November 2022. 
Deadline: Friday, January 15

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: Double Exposure
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 and must include an artist statement, a list of submitted works, and a current CV. Submission fees have been waived due to the pandemic.
Deadline: Friday, January 15 at 5:00pm

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

Virtual 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. We offer virtual figure drawing sessions for a low fee to the local art community so it is accessible to more artists.
Every Tuesday - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.