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: January 2019 (exact date TBD)



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

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

Jackson Junge Gallery

Call for Artists: Special Exhibition - All Politics Are Local
Jackson Junge Gallery is immediately seeking artists' submissions for their upcoming exhibition All Politics Are Local that will run concurrently with Chicago’s 2019 Mayoral Election. It has been claimed that all politics are local. Many of the current national issues are also relevant to the citizens of Chicago. The upcoming change of leadership will address and stir the debate about what is best for our great city. Hot topics include street parking, citizenship and our status as a sanctuary city, women’s rights, hourly wages, plastic straws, LGBTQIA rights, freedom of the press, and the list goes on and on. Artists in all mediums encouraged to submit artwork that is a commentary on this historic election. 
Deadline: December 31, 2018

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

Roots & Culture

Call for Proposals: 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. In our decision letters, we provide feedback to the finalist pool of the top 30% of applicants.
Deadline: January 2019 (exact date TBD)

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: December 3, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

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