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

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
REGISTER HERE 


ARTS FOR ILLINOIS
The Arts For Illinois Relief Fund
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.
APPLY OR DONATE HERE

 

CALLS FOR ARTISTS


3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International

Call for Curators
With the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning, 3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International requests proposals from independent curators for 3 groups exhibitions in 2021. Curators shall consider working with current CSI artists as well as emerging-non-CSI-affiliated for two of the shows. A third show aims at curating a solo show by a CSI artist. Each group show runs 6 weeks unless noted. A modest stipend of is available.
Deadline: TBA
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Call for Neon Artist
3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International is calling for a neon artist to display one piece (approximately 24" x 24") in the storefront window at the exhibition space.
Deadline: TBA
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Call for Resident Artist
3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International seeks proposals for thematic residencies that will align with curated exhibitions. Called “Stairway to________” invites artists to re-imagine an odd architectural feature of the space, a stairway that has been sealed at the top.
Deadline: TBA
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Call for Woodworker/Sculptor/Carpenter
3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International is seeking an artist working with wood to construct a modified, high-end picnic table and planters to display and use outside at the exhibition space.
Deadline: TBA
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Call for Workshops & Instructors
3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International requests proposals from instructors for workshops for our community outreach and professional series.
Deadline: TBA
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Free Street Theater 

Auditions: Free Street Youth Ensemble
Free Street's Youth Ensembles are made up of 14-19 year olds looking to create original plays about issues affecting Chicago youth. Youth ensembles meet multiple times per week to rehearse and train in order to make this all possible. Free Street hires professional designers to work with the ensemble and directors to create the play of their dreams. This opportunity is open to any teen, regardless of theatrical experience. 
Audition Dates: Thursday, September 23 & Saturday, October 2 
MORE HERE 

Call for Artists: Cultural Asset Map Project 
Does your work reflect, reimagine, highlight, or commemorate your neighborhood? Free Street Theater is looking for multimedia artists, writers, poets, musicians, storytellers, hood historians, and performers to be a part of a pedestrian exhibit across the neighborhoods of Englewood, Back of the Yards, Gage Park, Brighton Park, and McKinley Park. Artist submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media addressing this theme. Proposals for short form oral history interviews will also be considered and supported. 
Deadline: Ongoing 
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Gallery Café

Call for Artists: Mural Opportunity 
Ever wanted to paint your own mural in Chicago? Nows your chance! Gallery Café wants art on their outside wall and are looking for local artists to do the mural! The plywood measures 7' x 9' and can be designed with creative freedom. Stipend provided to cover cost of materials. 
Deadline: Monday, September 20 
MORE HERE 

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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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JOB LISTINGS


3D4D by Chicago Sculpture International

Communications Manager
This position would manage the contacts (email list in Google contacts), actively seeks out new contacts to add to list, send email communication to various segments of our contact list (thank yous to donors, news updates, etc), help write and send press releases, write copy as needed.
Deadline: TBA
MORE HERE

Grant Writer & Fundraising
This position will research NPO grants, manage a list of applicable grant sources for 3D4D, write narratives and collect required materials to apply, attend grant related events, help write applications and follow up reporting.
Deadline: TBA
MORE HERE


One Strange Bird

Artist Needed to Teach Adult BYOB Painting Classes
One Strange Bird seeks an energetic, outgoing, and talented artist to lead their adult BYOB painting classes and join their growing team. If you are outgoing, able to multi-task, and fearless about demonstrating paintings to large groups of adults this is the job for you.
MORE HERE 


Springboard Arts

Art Gallery Assistant Needed
Springboard Arts is 
a new art gallery and this position presents a great opportunity to work with fine art and be a critical part of a fast-paced team. This is a part-time position with the potential to transition to a full-time position. 
MORE HERE

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES


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
MORE HERE


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 (Mid-October - Mid-June 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 (Mid-October - Mid-June 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
MORE HERE 

 

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.