2015 Chicago Artadia Awards

The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2015 Chicago Artadia Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked throughout Cook County, IL for two years or more. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Artadia Awardees are selected through a two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading curators and artists. A preliminary panel will evaluate all online submissions and select 10 finalists in early August. A second panel of curators will visit Chicago in late August to conduct studio visits with each finalist and select Awardees to receive unrestricted Artadia Awards between $5,000 and $20,000. The 2015 Chicago Awardees will be announced and exhibited at EXPO Chicago, September 17 – 20.

The Chicago Artadia Awards are:

– Open to anyone living in Cook County
– Free of application fees and project outline requirements
– Merit-based
– Unrestricted

Apply If You:

– Have lived in Chicago for 2 years or more
– Are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program
– Would like to have your work seen by a panel of prominent curators


Online Application:


Midwest Jewish Artists Lab

Arts and culture are an essential part of what makes a Jewish community vibrant and interesting, so I’m excited to share information about the Chicago launch of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, starting this fall at Spertus Institute with support from the Covenant Foundation. The program (which was piloted in Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis) works to develop a close-knit community for local Jewish artists regardless of medium, fostering collaboration and deepening individual work.

Ten to twelve artists will be selected to meet monthly meetings to learn about Jewish texts, discuss topics and themes relating to Jewish art, and have opportunities to critique each other’s work. The program ultimately culminates in an exhibition of participants’ work, to be displayed at Spertus in late spring 2016.

All Jewish artists living and working in the Greater Chicago area are eligible to apply. Applications are due August 3.


The Free Art Machine

by Chicago The Beautiful (

We create walls of free art in unexpected places, each piece selected from artist submissions. Pieces are free to take at any location. Chicago the Beautiful gives exposure to artists and art to art-lovers.


All donations from this project are put back into the machine to create more art. The project supports local Chicago artists while simultaneously cultivating art appreciation.

-Anyone can submit art to the Free Art Machine.

-Your art will be seen all over Chicago

-Your information will be on the back of each piece


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Inaugural Show to Feature More Than 300 Juried Artists from Across North America.

Building on the phenomenal popularity of the annual One of a Kind Holiday Show, Vornado Realty Trust | Merchandise Mart will, for the first time, offer artists the opportunity to showcase their work to Chicago-area shoppers in the spring season when it debuts the inaugural One of a Kind Spring Show April 29 – May 1, 2016. The show will be presented at the Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor, and will feature a juried selection of more than 300 artists working in a wide array of media, as well as gourmet foods, musical performances, fashion shows, special demonstrations, amenities and more.

“Each year, we get dozens of inquiries from artists hoping to return to Chicago for a second edition of the One of a Kind Show,” said Show Director Kathleen Hogan. “Artists know that Chicago is a great market for art, and as the snow melts in the spring, everyone seems to want to refresh their living space with something unique and beautiful. The first edition of the One of a Kind Spring Show will feature an elite selection of great home décor, jewelry, fashion and more, as well as great gift options for graduations and  Mother’s and Father’s Day.”

Now approaching its 15th year, the Merchandise Mart’s annual One of a Kind Holiday Show, presented annually the first week of December, has become Chicago’s “go-to” destination for shoppers seeking unique items, attracting more than 65,000 guests annually.

Applications for booth space for spring 2016 are now being accepted.  Artists may display work in the following categories: accessories, ceramics, fashion, fiber art, furniture, glass, gourmet, home, jewelry, kids, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, sculpture and wood. Booth spaces are approximately 10’ x 10’ and are priced at $1,800, with a limited number of corner spaces available for $2,200.  All exhibitors must be the artist/designer of the displayed work, and must be present each day of the show.  Additional selection criteria apply. The application deadline is Oct. 6, 2015.   Applications can be accessed via

About Merchandise Mart

Vornado Realty Trust | Merchandise Mart, a division of Vornado Realty Trust, is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings, as well as trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer shows, and conferences each year. We are committed to creating sustainable environments in the properties we manage and the communities we serve. Vornado Realty Trust, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real-estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.


Call for artists: Dimo’s Pizza

Dimo’s Pizza is a community oriented organization. One of the purposeful passions that drive our work is Art. We are always looking for local artists to showcase their work on our walls. Please feel free to send your contact info, a portfolio (website preferred) and a brief bio for consideration.

Please email any interest or questions to

Thank you

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