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Art Fri Jul 10 2015

Call for Submissions: 20th Annual Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Artists Month (CAM) features the creative work of Chicago-based artists and organizations through various events around the city. This year marks the 20th annual CAM event which will take place from October 1 through November 15.

This year, the theme is "The City as Studio," which will invite artists, performers, designers, writers, and community organizations, to look at the city of Chicago as a studio. Our environment serves as a means for productions, investigation, experimentation, and innovation. Through exhibitions, performances, installations, screenings, festivals, and more, Chicago is filled with events that sustain the creative community. For the 2015 theme, CAM will celebrate how the artists of Chicago are inspired by urban architecture, design, materials, people, history, and surroundings. Previous artists who have participated include: Yuri Lane, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Victoria Martinez, and Ian Ferguson. CAM is looking for "experimental" and "innovative projects with a strong and original artistic vision".


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S. Nicole Lane

Call for Artists Tue May 12 2015

Call for Art and Artifacts: Submit to The Barack Obama Presidential Library

Dr. Jorge Lucero, from the University of Illinois, is calling for artifacts, readymade or handmade, to be presented in the exhibition, The Barack Obama Presidential Library. The works submitted will be curated and organized by Lucero and then presented with a descriptive placard that will be written by the contributor of the artifact. The artifacts are made to serve as a dialogue about the 44th presidency. The question arises: "How complex can a history be and who gets to 'write' it?"

The show will be the first exhibition in the new location space of the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), which is now located at 1448 E. 57th St.

The exhibition will be on view for the months of June, July and August. Please submit artifacts before June 1, 2015.


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S. Nicole Lane

Art Mon Feb 02 2015

Call for Artists: ACTIVATE

The downtown Chicago alleyways were filled last summer. Music, creative participants, performers and drinks were offered by the Chicago Loop Alliance in an event called ACTIVATE. The Chicago Loop Alliance strives to promote urban experiences which involve performance, art, and culture. The event attracted on-lookers, buyers and artists from all over the loop and beyond. This summer, CLA is activating again.


Artists, curators, designers and all-around creatives are invited to submit (PDF) their ideas and work in a chance to work closely with ACTIVATE. Creative exhibitions filled up the alleys of the loop last year and transformed the urban landscape of Chicago into an interactive party. Last year, 143 artists participated and 14,000 people attended the event.

Submissions are due by 11:59pm March 27. For further info, call 312-782-9160 or email

S. Nicole Lane

Art Tue Jan 27 2015

Call for Plants for (Provisional) Park at Co-Prosperity Sphere

Calling all plant lovers and plant parents! (Provisional) Park would like you to place your plants on temporary loan for a project in Bridgeport.

(Provisional) Park

(Provisional) Park will be a temporary indoor park made up entirely of your wonderful green and tropical houseplants, located inside of Co-Prosperity Sphere at 3219-21 S. Morgan St. The project was created by artist Allyson Packer, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a BFA in 2009. The park will free and open to the public March 6-April 3 between 6am and 11pm.

If you would like to lend your plant to Packer for the duration of the park, email to schedule a pick-up or feel free to bring your plants to Co-Prosperity Sphere between 10am and 5pm on Sunday, March 1. Have no fear, your plants will be returned in April once the project is completed!

S. Nicole Lane

Call for Artists Tue Jan 20 2015

Call for Proposals: Out of Site Chicago

Out of Site Chicago is a curatorial project which focuses on public space and performative work. The goal of Out of Site is to invite the public to the artists practice and bring forth a cultural experience for everyone involved. The current call for proposals is for a public performance in Chicago.

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Out of Site Chicago is interested in presenting an "interactive experience for the public" that would take place in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood, for a duration of two hours. Revitalizing the current notion of public performance is what applicants should focus on for the 2015 call for proposals. Dance companies and performance artists are encouraged to apply. The 2015 jury panel is Felicia Holman, Carron Little and Roberto Sifuentes.

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S. Nicole Lane

Call for Artists Wed Jan 14 2015

Ragdale Ring Project Calling for Proposals

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Calling all artists, architects and designers! The nationally acclaimed artist residency, Ragdale, is accepting proposals for the third annual Ragdale Ring, an outdoor performance and theater space.

For the project and residency, Ragdale is seeking a "full-scale project and installation" which will be similar to the original Ragdale Ring created and designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912. The recipient will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project, a large studio, room and board for up to 10 people for 18 days in May.

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 20 and the selected month for the residency is in May. Ragdale is located at 1260 N. Green Bay Rd. in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago. If you are interested in participating in the Ragdale Ring Project, begin the application here. For more questions, call 847-234-1063 or email:

Ragdale hosts up to 150 artists, writers, composers and various creatives at any stage in their career for 18-25 days each year. The residency grounds are made up of 50 acres of prairie, family style dinners, and supportive interactions in the program.

S. Nicole Lane

Call for Artists Thu Apr 11 2013

Calling All Positive Youth Spoken Word Artists


Totally Positive Productions is searching for positive youth Spoken Word Artists for their upcoming "Education" Spoken Word Talent Competition 2013. The competition will be held at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Bucktown on Saturday, April 27, and the winner will be taking home $300. For a chance to compete, you need to audition either on Saturday, April 13 from 1pm to 3m or Sunday, April 14 from noon to 3pm to make sure that your performance has a positive messages and does not use profanity.

According to Totally Positive Productions organizer and founder Tai Jones:

"The winner will not only be judged on style and delivery, but their content must be clean and family friendly. We don't allow our participants to use any derogatory or negative language in their music and spoken word piece in our competitions. We are about promoting our youth who uplift and respect themselves. This is to give them an outlet and to showcase those youth doing right."

To register for auditions or for more information, contact Totally Positive Productions at 773-488-9553.

Caitlin Bergh

Benefit Fri Mar 30 2012

In Full Bloom

The Burlington continues its current line-up of great events with Bloom-n-Boom, hosted by the Subject to Change collaborative which, "aims to create a space of "no shame," when it comes to the music we enjoy and the people we love and care about -- our family (both blood and chosen) and our community." The event celebrates the early arrival of spring and the ongoing blooming of the trans community with the Chicago Women's Health Center's Trans Greater Access Project (TGAP). The project promotes services such as trans-affirming healthcare by providing hormone therapy, trans-sensitive gynecological exams, and counseling.

The night kicks off at 9pm with DJ sets by Josie Blush, Miss Summer Clearance, and Panakin Skywalker. Although no guests will be turned away, patrons are encouraged to give a $5 suggested donation.

In addition to the music, Subject to Change will also be selling a companion zine featuring works from people who have used the TGAP program as well as others who have trans health and affirming-related work to share. Submissions for this zine continue through Sunday, April 1 and acceptable works include prose, essays, photography, drawings, comics, and poetry. Submissions can be sent to

Bloom-n-Boom takes place at The Burlington, 3425 West Fullerton at 9pm.

Britt Julious

Call for Artists Wed Sep 07 2011

Call for Artists: Joffrey Ballet's 'Choreographers of Color'

If you are a minority choreographer, The Joffrey Ballet has exciting news for you--a call for artists--with a chance to be one of the recipients of the Choreographers of Color Award. The award, now in its second year, is designed to heighten awareness of the work of minority choreographers.

A synopsis of the guidelines is as follows:

  • Applicants must be age 18 and up.
  • All choreography must be original work.
  • The completed work must last 10-12 minutes.
  • Interested applicants must complete the online application, submit a letter of interest, a 5-minute or less DVD of their choreography, a headshot and curriculum vitae with 3 references. Note: There is no submission fee.
  • All material must be mailed to: The Joffrey Ballet, Attn: Choreographers of Color Competition Selection Committee, 10 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL, 60601.
  • The application deadline is October 1, 2011; all winners will be notified by November 1, 2011.

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Event Tue Aug 30 2011

MDW Part Two + Hand-in-Glove Conference


The wildly popular and successful MDW Fair of last spring is happening again this October 21-23 at the Geolofts. Formed as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls, the MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area -- basically what NEXT was eight or nine years ago, but on a larger scale.

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Kelly Reaves

Call for Artists Wed Nov 03 2010

Too Hard to Keep?

Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus has started an archive of photographs deemed "too hard to keep," and he's looking for submissions from the public. Submissions may include photos of friends, family, pets, places/objects that are too painful to view again. If you've got photos to send him, be they digital or analog, click here for submission details.

Kelly Reaves

Call for Artists Wed Nov 03 2010

Call for Artists: Facebook @ Peanut Gallery

facebook.jpgPeanut Gallery is currently accepting submissions for their next show, Facebook. If you have art dealing with issues like privacy on the internet, relationships sabotaged by social networking, or portraits of other people's cats that have their own FB pages, now is your chance to show it. Or, consider this an opportunity to make something new. All mediums accepted by all people, though the show is curated so send stuff you're proud of. Send jpegs to by November 15. Send questions there, too. While you're at it, why not follow Peanut Gallery on Facebook?

Kelly Reaves

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

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