Call for Artists: Chicago Innovation Foundation

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 9.54.44 AM

My name is Paul Kitti and I am the Program Coordinator for the Chicago Innovation Awards, an organization dedicated to celebrating, educating, and connecting Chicago’s innovation community.

I am reaching out because we are holding a benefit auction through our non-profit arm, the Chicago Innovation Foundation, on May 21st. We would love to feature work from the artists of Art World Chicago in our auction. This would not only give our attendees something exciting and unique to bid on, but would provide great exposure for contributing artists while supporting an essential cause in Chicago.

The event will be attended by 300+ of Chicago’s key industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovation supporters.

If you are interested in donating one of your creations to our Un-Gala, or if you have any questions, I’d be happy to speak with you. I can be reached through email ( or by phone at 312-988-1543.

Also, here is the link to our event landing page:

57th Street Art Fair

The Garden -detail-

Above: “The Garden” By Brianna Martray

The 57th Street Art Fair invites artists with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be part of 67th annual event in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, June 7-8, 2014. The fair features a range of glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics and fiber art from artists around the country. The jury is seeking high-quality fine art, handmade by the artist, one piece at a time. Applications must be received by January 15, 2014 to be considered for the jury.

Considered the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair, The 57th Street Art Fair attracted 250 artists and 20,000 attendees to this premier art and cultural event in 2013. The upcoming two day fair is scheduled at the beginning of the Summer and headlines Chicago’s busiest festival season providing an outstanding opportunity for exhibiting artists to sell to tens of thousands of qualified and enthusiastic shoppers.

Artists interested in applying for the 67th annual 57th Street Art Fair are asked to visit Artists may apply in more than one category, but must submit a separate application and separate images for each medium. If accepted, the artist may exhibit only in that category for which they have been juried in. Artists may not apply more than once in the same category.

A selection committee will jury applications. The jury comprised of professionals working within the art community review a set of three images provided by each artist. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The panel is convened to discuss their rankings and the artists with the top scores will receive invitations to exhibit. High-scoring artists who are not initially invited to exhibit will be added to a wait list and offered the opportunity to exhibit should an invited artist decline to participate in the Fair.

Medium Category Descriptions:

Original functional and non-functional work made of clay and porcelain by the potter’s hand are accepted. No machine made or mass produced work will be accepted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Artwork crafted from fibers, including embroidery, weaving, and tapestry No machine-tooled work, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted.

Functional and sculptural work made primarily by the hands of the applying artist, using kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting as well as cold working processes are permitted. No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelers must be the designers and hands-on makers of their work. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work.

No machine tooled, machine-screen printed or other forms of mass production accepted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, allowed.

Mixed Media
This category includes collage, handmade paper, fiber that is not wearable and objects which are “decorative” rather than “useful.”

Original compositions on a flat surface created by the artist’s hand using oils, acrylics, watercolors or dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are accepted.

Flat and three-dimensional works made with paper are accepted.

Photographs must be either printed by the hands and/or under the direction of the photographer. Work must be in signed and numbered editions, on archival papers using inks, and emulsions. Photographs may not be printed on canvas. Reproductions by any means are not allowed.

Only artist hand pulled original mono-print, serigraph, lithograph or similar prints in signed and numbered limited editions are allowed. No commercial or reproduction prints are allowed.

Art that is three-dimensionally sculptural and is original work done in any medium.

Wood Objects/Hand-Crafted Furniture
Original hand-tooled, machine worked or carved work.

To recognize artists of outstanding merit, the Committee distributes $5,000 in cash awards each year. Prizes include: 57th Street Art Fair Committee Award; Katrina Hadley Award for painting, sculpture or photography; Nettie Hart Award for crafts; Mary Louise Womer Award for excellence; Vi Uretz Award; Ruth Kaplan Award; Newcomer Awards; and Honorable Mention.


The 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago campus and President Barak Obama’s home. Considered the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, the fair typically features the work of 250 exhibitors. Most are returning artists, but each year between 50 and 75 new exhibitors are invited to participate by a jury made up of collectors, critics, curators and artists. The goal of the 57th Street Art Fair is to provide a venue for creators of quality fine art and fine craft to meet with the art-buying public. The 57th Street Art Fair is an Illinois not for profit corporation organization and all proceeds are used to produce the annual Fair.

Chait Galleries Call for Artists

Benjamins Buttons_Web (1)

Juried show at The Chait Galleries Downtown in the diverse city of Iowa City!

Everyone is influenced and challenged by his or her own experiences: people, places, things, events, or ideas that have had a significant impact on them.  What impacts you or pushes your buttons? We want to see what influences have shaped your life. We are looking for entries of original work that offer intense, dramatic, distinctive and imaginative imagery. Additionally each piece entered must be elucidated by a “tweet”, a statement no more than 140 characters. The tweet is an integral component of the piece: your entry will not be considered complete without a “tweet” for each image.

The Chait Galleries Downtown in Iowa City, IA will host the exhibition February 14–March 29, 2014 which is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the United States.  All 2D and 3D media accepted except photography.

The Chait Galleries Downtown was established in Iowa City, IA in 2003. We represent many of the finest artists in the Midwest.  Exhibits are diverse and continuously changing and feature local, regional and international artists. Works of jewelry and tiny oil paintings give way to large expansive works in all media. Our service shop offers framing, lighting, installation, and an array of fine art services.

Benjamin’s Buttons is a juried show. The jury panel will consist of a qualified panel of artists who are looking for originality, composition, technique and a “tweet”, no longer than 140 characters that informs the work. All decisions of the jury are final.


Competition in the Arts


Harper College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization invites artists, arts administrators and organizers, curators, scholars, museum professionals, educators, and other members of the visual and literary arts community to submit works of ANY FORM AND SCALE that address the theme of “Competition in the Arts”. Submissions can be documentation of realized projects, and/or proposals for unrealized, or unrealizable projects. This may take the form of a proposed arts exhibition on behalf of a curator, an arts program developed by an arts educator, a panel discussion developed by an art historian, or a special event to be presented at a museum. We will compile these proposals as a scholarly digital catalog. This catalog will be released on a dedicated website in Spring 2014. Our aim is to compile a variable perspective of the theme from those that contribute to our culture’s notion of art and its operations.

Submit proposals and questions to

Call for Artists: ART/TECH: Interface

In December 2013, ARC will present “ART/TECH: Interface”

Interface: [n. in-ter-feys; v. in-ter-feys] 1. A common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.

The relevance of technology to our culture is undeniable.  It has altered and adjusted the way we interact, receive, interpret and share information.  Has this changed our perceptions of what art is?

This juried exhibition invites artists to submit work that investigates, discusses, or is influenced by these issues.  For example, submitted work can:

· Address the issue of cultural impact as a concept

· Use technology as a medium for a creative concept

· Be directly informed by technology though might not necessarily use technology within the artwork itself or as a sole means of expression.

· Focus on how technology has altered artists’ perception of their vision and work

All media will be considered. Please read the sections on Submission Requirements / How to Submit Work, and Acceptance Requirements before beginning submission process.


Jan Tichy is a contemporary artist and educator working with video, sculpture, architecture, and photography. Born in Prague in 1974, Tichy studied art in Israel before earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is now Adjunct Professor at the Department of Art and Technology Studies. He is represented by Richard Gray Gallery.


Deadline for Submission of Applications: October 4, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email October 31st and November 1st, 2013


All media will be considered. Show is open to all artists, nationwide and international