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

Learn more about Dimo’s and what we’re all about!

Art in Motion artwork for Facebook invitation

Call to Artists – Art in Motion 2015

The 13th annual Art in Motion is a juried art exhibition of more than 100 emerging and established artists benefiting the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Art Therapy program.

Adjudicator: James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago

Awards: Top three pieces will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Finalists’ work will be on display at the Ryan Family Atrium of Northwestern’s Lurie Center (303 E. Superior) just two blocks from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  Selected pieces completed by patients in the Art Therapy program will also be on display. The exhibit will run June 11 – 18. All artwork will be available for sale, with 50% of sale price going to the artist and 50% benefiting RIC. Sale prices in previous years have been $200 – $5,000.

All submissions meeting the following criteria will be eligible for jury.

Artwork should have been completed within the last 3 years​;​
Follow the RULES & GUIDELINES of the Call to Entries​ (available at
A completed EXHIBITION ENTRY FORM (available at
Entry Form must be received by: April 6, 2015
​Artists must be at least 18 years ​old

Finalists will be notified of their selection on Friday, May 8, 2015 and will receive more information about attending the Opening Night Awards and Celebration to be held on June 11, 2015. Awards will be announced and granted at this event. The event has grown tremendously in recent years, having more than 350 attendees in 2014. The exhibition also received press attention from Chicago Gallery News and several art and social blogs in Chicago.

Thank you in advance for your support of our goal to provide valuable Art Therapy service to people living with disabilities served by RIC.


10th Annual Juried Photo Exhibit at Morpho Gallery

Morpho Gallery pleased to announce its 10th annual juried photo exhibit. Photographers are invited to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Size limitation is 36” maximum in any direction, framing included. Original photography only, any and all subject matters or photo processes welcomed.

Entry fee:

$25 for three (3) images, $5 for each additional image, limited to five per person. The fee is non-refundable.


Judging will be done from on-line .jpg images, submitted with the completed entry form and entry fee paid through Paypal (see details below). The official entry form can be downloaded at (on the links page). Entries will also be accepted by mail on CD, accompanied with the entry form and check, mailed to Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625.


First place award(s) is a month long solo exhibition at Morpho Gallery, including an opening night event, postcards and advertising. Award(s) will be announced at the opening night reception.


Christopher Schneberger is a Chicago photographer and has been a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council individual artist grant twice.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles; Dorsky Projects in New York; GeocartoInternational in Hong Kong and Printworks Gallery in Chicago where he is represented.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago and the College of DuPage. He is a founding member and on the board of directors of Perspective Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, a not-for-profit, community-oriented cooperative whose purpose is to promote photography as fine art. He has curated several exhibitions of photography including “Realms” and “This Particular Patch” at Perspective Gallery.

Chris received his BFA from the University of Florida and his MFA from Indiana University. He is also the drummer for the band Moon.

Exhibition calendar:

April 11 Final Entry Deadline
April 15 Notifications sent
April 17-20 Artwork received
April 24 Opening night reception and winner(s) announced
April 24 – May 31 Exhibition dates
June 5-6 Pick up art