Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of Rock Island, IL (most of Iowa, Illinois, parts of WI and MO.) to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition during 2022-23. Selected artists will be paired with one or two additional artists for a 2-month long exhibition between August 2022 and August 2023 in one of our two large exhibit spaces. Cohesive bodies of work are highly desired. All media will be considered. All exhibited work will also be featured and for sale online!
The purpose of the exhibition is to not only show your work but to further your career through sales of your work. If selected, most of the work exhibited should be for sale. We encourage new and up-and-coming artists to apply! Artists and gallery locations will be selected by the visual arts committee. Read more about our galleries below.
The application process is through the CaFÉ entry system. Used by more than 160,000 artists and over 700 arts organizations, CaFÉ is the leading online system to manage art calls and reach more artists. Creating a profile is simple and easy, please create a CaFÉ profile to submit your work.
Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery occupies a 1908 department store space near the banks of the Mississippi River. Features include original wood ﬂoors, a 14' high, tin ceiling, and a wall of windows that face the Mississippi River. The exhibition gallery has 1500 sq. feet of space and 106 running feet of wall space. This gallery is ideal for large work, both 2D and 3D, cutting edge or experimental work, very small work that requires close-up viewing, installation work, performance art, nudes, and everything in between. A free public reception for the artists is held at this space.
Art at the Airport Gallery is in front of the arrival/departure seating area in the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL. It houses 1,600 square feet of exhibition space behind ﬂoor to ceiling glass panels with a depth of 4 feet. Numerous electrical outlets and controlled lighting make this an ideal space for works incorporating neon or video. It can accommodate works up to 7’ tall and sculptures 4’ wide. Over 2 million visitors pass through this space annually. Due to the highly public nature of the space, no nudity nor highly controversial works will be displayed. Currently, no public receptions for the artists are held.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Quad City Arts to support Poetry Out Loud 2021-22 a FREE high school program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn of their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards.
WINNERS AT THE STATE LEVEL WILL RECEIVE: A $200 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., A $500 cash stipend for her\his school to purchase poetry materials, an opportunity to compete at the 2020 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize.
The competitions will begin at the school or classroom level to identify student winners to represent their school at the regional and state contests. The Regional Contest will be held via Zoom in February, date TBA and will be determined with help from the schools. State Finals will be held in March. The state winner will represent Illinois at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in late April.
Interested in getting your student(s) involved or learning more about Poetry Out Loud? Fill out our online form and Regional Coordinator, Tracy White will contact you! All resources and materials are provided!
More about Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.
Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
Poetry Out Loud provides free curriculum materials—all available online—including a poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, videos of student performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media resources. Hard copies of materials are available for teachers participating in the official program but anyone can access the online materials.
View the Poetry Out Loud 2021 National Champion in the video below, and start writing!
The 2021-2022 Visiting Artist Series continues this fall as artist present demonstrations to students in schools in Davenport, Bettendorf, and Pleasant Valley Schools. Invoke, a modern string quartet, kicked off the season of the Visiting Artist Series with 10 different outreach events, 745 people attended those events, 560 were students, and we partnered with 8 hosting sites to make this outreach possible. Thank you to all who attended and partnered with us to make the arts accessible to all!
The public will also have the opportunity to interact with our next Visiting Artist during these events throughout the Quad Cities (RSVP on Facebook!):
Bassel & The Supernaturals, Syrian-American funk and soul band, will be in residence Oct. 18-21
Jazzy Ash, presenting traditional African-American music for kids, will be in residence Oct. 25-28
Lowdown Brass Band, all-horn brass ensemble, will be in residence Nov. 17-19
These public events reflect several new hosting partnerships that allows Quad City Arts to reach a different audience, expanding on our outreach efforts in new venues. These partnerships are aimed at activating new spaces and reaching more people.
During the 2019-2020 season when artists last visited the Quad Cities, more than 26,600 students participated in the program. Experiences included drama workshops for high school students with an East Coast theatre ensemble, a technique discussion for junior high band students from a Toronto, Canada jazz ensemble, side-by-side concert performance with a Texas string quartet, hip-hop dance presentations on history and technique for elementary students— all arts experiences that students would otherwise not have access to.
Schools can currently schedule residency engagements for this fall and next spring by visiting our scheduling page. Community sites are able to schedule engagements for their patrons and clients through our community scheduling page. (Performance schedulings are prioritized for schools.)
Since 1974, the Visiting Artist Series has engaged Quad City residents of all ages in quality arts experiences with professional performing artists. Artists of various disciplines present demonstrations, workshops, and master classes at pre-K sites, elementary, intermediate, and high schools as well as college campuses and community organizations.
For more information on this residency program, visit www.quadcityarts.com/vas.