call for artists

Are you familiar with the Illinois State Snow Sculpting Competition? Beautiful works of art will come to life in snow this January. We’d love to have artists from your area form a 3 person snow team. They’ll represent your town at this wonderful event. Register on line or contact us: Fran Volz: 630-306-8853
When: January 17-20, 2018.
Location: Rockford, IL.
Accommodations provided: Hotel and food provided free.
Register before Nov. 6, 2017- click the link below
* 3 person teams carve a 10 foot tall block of snow in 3-1/2 days, using
hand tools. (This is snow not ice so no power tools.)
* Trophies and an Award Ceremony.
Winner advances to the National competition in Lake Geneva, Wisc.
* Never carved snow before? Speak with an experienced sculptor to explain techniques, tools and the event. Call Fran Volz.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

RATIO Architects Champaign Studio location is looking to partner with a community artist to transform a downtown Champaign Parking Space into an interactive experience for the 2017 annual Parking Day Event.

This installation will provide a temporary one day public open space themed around the concept of "enhancing community". RATIO as a firm is partnering with community members in each of our four offices around the country to partake in this national event held on the third Friday in September.

As an organization we have conceptualized utilizing recycled media for the installation to reduce or repurpose waste. If you are interested in learning more please respond to the contact listed below. Be sure to include a link of your work or samples of your work in the email.

The Urbana Park District is calling for proposals from local area artists to create a painted barn quilt on the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center at 2808 South Race Street in Urbana. 

This project seeks to celebrate the cultural importance of this historical art form, to provide an opportunity for a local artist to create artwork and display it in a public location, and to offer a free public event to provide the opportunity to learn about and experience art. This project was awarded an Urbana Public Arts Grant and is separate from the operating budget of the district.  

The barn quilt is intended to be replaced at a certain time depending on exposure and upkeep of the quilt. The park district will provide two MDO 4’ x8’ primed panels to the artist selected. The final quilt will need to be painted by the artist with exterior paint with UV coating. The recommended brand of paint to be used is PPG Porter Paint and the panels should be arranged with the seam being vertical. 

It is the mission of the Urbana Park District to:

  • Improve the quality of life of its citizens through a responsive, efficient, and creative park and recreation system
  • Pursue excellence in a variety of programs, parks and special facilities that contribute to the attractiveness of neighborhoods, conservation of the environment and overall health of the community 


1. Submission Deadline is July 31, 2017.

2. Conditions of entry: All artists based in Illinois are invited to apply. Artists residing or working in Champaign County and its neighboring counties may receive preference from the selection panel.

3. Quilt image may depict a traditional quilt block, a newly created quilt block, or pictures representing the history, culture, flora or fauna of Champaign County.

4. There is no entry fee to apply. Limit 3 entries per artist.

5. The chosen artist will receive a $100 honorarium and the district will reimburse them for paint and supplies up to $500. 

6. Submissions should be sent to: Community Program Manager Janet Soesbe, 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana, IL 61801

7. Each entry should include:

  • a. Artist’s contact information  
  • b. Short artist statement
  • c. List of exhibitions and awards
  • d. Description and narrative of the quilt image
  • e. Proposed image for quilt – may be hard copy of color sketch or a digital image

8. The selection panel may include Urbana Park District staff members and members of the district’s Arts and Culture Matrix Team.

9. Proposed images for selection may be a hard copy of a sketch or a .jpg file, no larger than 10MB.

10. Any shipping or delivery costs are at the expense of the artist

11. The panels will be installed on the barn by Urbana Park District staff: we will frame them with trim pieces before installation.  

12. Selected work: once the jury makes a final decision, artist and district will sign an exhibition agreement. The district and chosen artist will work together to ensure a safe and smooth installation.

13. Deadline for work to be completed: September 1, 2017. Work will be installed and have an opening celebration during the district’s Meadowbrook Jazz Walk event on Friday, September 8.

14. The Urbana Park District and selection panel reserve the right to reject any entries, to waive any proposal technicalities, or to terminate the selection process at any time for any project. 

Placement on the north side of the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, 2808 South Race Street: 

Submission Deadline: AUGUST 24
Notification: SEPTEMBER 8
Delivery of Accepted Work: OCTOBER 2-10
Public Reception: OCTOBER 13
Exhibition Closes: NOVEMBER 3
Pick Up of Work: NOVEMBER 4-8

In this 21st Century digital age of social media and handheld photo editors, we are inundated with images of our friends, family and cultural icons. One would think this proliferation of photographs would generate a greater acceptance of varying body types. But more than ever, images are projected in the gaze of societal norms and conventions of what is beautiful and ideal. The differences and imperfections that make a human body unique reveal much about one's personal narrative and rarely align with the common standard of young, slim, white, able and whole.

As part of the Oak Park Art League's Art for Social Change initiative, We are Enough calls for art that explores the many facets of body image and its relationship to self-acceptance and love. How is one's body image affected by inherent differences such as race, gender, sexuality, form and disability; or by changes due to aging, illness, or major surgery? We are looking for art of any media that explores issues of body image and self-worth.

Related exhibits will include a display of plaster cast busts of breast cancer survivors, customized by Chicago-area artists, plus an interactive installation for cancer survivors to contribute offerings or messages to an effigy in the form of a traditional Madonna.

Juror: Susan Sensemann
Susan Sensemann is an artist, educator and arts administrator who has lived and worked in Chicago since 1979. She is professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Design and has lectured at institutions in Italy, Germany, Korea and China among others in this country. Awards include a MUCIA grant to South Korea, a British Arts Council grant for Belfast, and Chicago Artists International Program grants to Prague and Turku, Finland. She has curated numerous exhibitions including “Obsessions,” “Physiotasmagorical,” “Pleasures beyond Guilt,” “Brain/Body,” and “Skew the Unruly Grid.” Her non-digitally produced photomontages, paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Visit Susan’s website to learn more about her practice at:

Submission fee: $12 per entry (Artists may submit up to six entries @ $12 each)
Submission fee increases to $15 per entry after August 1st.
For submission guidelines and entry to OPAL's “We Are Enough" exhibition, go to:

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Oak Park Art League
Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) is one of the longest, continually-running non-profit arts organizations in Illinois. OPAL fulfills its mission through its offering of high quality art education to people of all ages and skill levels, programs and guest lectures, artist demonstrations and critiques, plus monthly exhibition opportunities in our art gallery.

ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE programs and exhibitions are sponsored in part by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Community Foundation of Oak Park-River Forest, and the Illinois Arts Council; a State Agency.

Struggle with mental illness? Your words paint a picture others want to see, a story others share. Nautical Life Press is seeking the poetry of those living with or in the shadow of mental illness. Cash prizes will be awarded to three writers and each winning poem will be recognized as such within the chapbook anthology. A portion of funds raised from sale of "Flecks of Red" will benefit the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance as well as other upcoming poetry chapbooks on similar topics from Nautical Life Press. Email for submission guidelines.

Moraine Valley Community College’s Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2017-2018 season. The space is located in the Fine and Performing Art Center in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, and artists exhibiting in this 2016-2017 season include Fidencio Martinez, Kate Shannon, Charles Matson Lume, Joshua Brennan, and Mariah Karson.

The call is open to ALL artists, and as part of the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, one exhibition during the season will highlight the work of a Muslim-American artist. The work should have a focus on an exploration of narratives related to being Muslim in America, and more information about the grant can be found here. A small stipend is included.

The proposal should be submitted as a zip file to and include a cover letter outlining the exhibition proposal and artist statement, CV, portfolio of proposed or recent works (15-20 jpegs), and an image list.

The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2017, and artists will be notified in early March. 

Open Scene Announces Call for Artists: Now taking applications for artists to join in community collaboration 

Urbana, IL – The City of Urbana and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) are thrilled to announce the start of the second phase of Open Scene: Debuts of Youth’s Views in Downtown Urbana.

We are now taking applications for artists to participate. Four artists will be selected to lead arts workshops for twelve youth and ten community stakeholders that serve as project leaders. Each selected artist will lead a “weekend intensive” that allows participants to explore themes of social justice and/or community development through an art discipline.

This opportunity is open to all disciplines in the arts, including but not limited to creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, hip hop, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts (photography, videography, mixed media, animation, etc.), architectural arts, and emerging media. All genres, styles, and media will be considered.

Twelve community stakeholders and twelve youth will take part in the series of workshops and discussions. Together, youth and stakeholders represent Open Scene Leaders, who will develop criteria for artist selection, design the project’s guiding questions regarding livability and placemaking in downtown Urbana, and participate in four weekend intensives with selected artists. Using techniques learned from workshop intensives, they will help facilitate arts-based civic dialogue workshops for the community and publicly showcase creative work and research.

Those who would like to join Open Scene as artists can pick up application forms at the Independent Media Center or apply online here. The Public Arts Program will offer selected artists an amount not to exceed $3,000.00 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. All four arts workshops will take place in spring 2017, between February and April.

For more information, contact Blair Ebony Smith at (217) 344-8820 or Applications for artists will be due Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5pm CST.

To join in the conversation, use #OpenSceneUrbana on social media. More information about Open Scene can be found at and on our Facebook page Open Scene Urbana.

Hammerhead Coffee, an independently owned coffee shop in C-U, is on the hunt for local artists to display original artwork on our large gallery wall. From our industrial furniture to our coffee tables made from refurbished amps, our aesthetic can probably best be described as 90s rock meets industrial.

Let us tell you a bit more about the story behind our coffee shop...

Hammerhead Coffee derives its name from a record label that the owner, Todd Thorstenson, founded in Champaign 20 years ago called Hammerhead Records. Between 1993 and 2000, the label promoted and funded recordings for musical artists in and around the Midwest. Hammerhead Coffee carries on the tradition by featuring local artists’ music and artwork in a continuation of the label’s support of the local arts and, of course, have great coffee, great service, and a great welcoming space. Hammerhead Coffee sets itself apart to be the true coffee cultural experience for our customers. ​​​

If you feel that your artwork will be a good fit in our shop, stop by during our business hours (listed on our website) or schedule a time to meet with our GM, Sofia Yotis, by using the contact information below. Providing a portfolio and/or sample of your work is greatly encouraged. We look forward to seeing your work!

in downtown Danville Illinois is a not for profit gallery exhibiting a wide range of visual art primarily 2-d.
Curator David Nolan is a photographer so leans toward exhibiting Photographs all mediums will be condidered.

The gallery has been in existence for 6 years.

We take NO COMMISION for work sold but occasionally ask for donations for the opening receptions.

We will consider professional quality work of all kinds.
submit portfolios of work on cd,dvd,or photograph with Alley Gallery,113 N vermilion Danville Il.61832 Att. portfolio review.

This is an on going call.

"Like" our facebook page for on going news.

Apply Now! Deadline September 16:

Makerspace Urbana is electrified to announce 2016 Heartland Maker Fest! On Saturday, October 1 at Lincoln Square Mall in Downtown Urbana makers, tinkerers, creators, inventors, DIYers, craftsmen and musicians will gather together to share their work with the public.

The Call for Makers, Performers and Crafters is open now through September 16th. Groups or individuals interested in participating in this event should complete the simple application form at

In the spirit of Makerspace Urbana, we are calling for all local talent to share and play with other makers as well as the community at large. We need makers for the Heartland Maker Fest to show how art and science can meld together, all the while providing a hands-on approach for those who are inspired to create and learn. This is your chance to be a part of a community featuring rockets, robots, DIY science, technology, alternative energy, bicycles, unique and handmade crafts, music, as well as educational workshops and speakers.

The Fest’s mission is laid out in these three goals:

Inspire – by searching for creative and unique ways to exhibit at the festival. We hope the creative process of others inspires our attendees.
Empower – by focusing on hands-on experience, we hope people feel empowered to make their own project a reality.
Connect – by creating a free and open public festival we hope to connect attendees to the local resources they need to help make their ideas come to life.

A breakdown of the event, including past makers and new additions to this year’s fest, will be featured on our webpage:


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