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.
Rock Island Gallery
• Visiting Artist Series
• Public Sculpture Program
• Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship
• Arts Dollars Grants
• Visual Art Opportunities
• Artworks Expo
• High School Art Invitational
• Chalk Art Fest
• Run for the Roses Derby Party
• Riverssance Festival
• Festival Of Trees
• Performing Arts Signature Series
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Quad City Arts is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. The organization’s dual role of presenting the arts and humanities, as well as serving as an arts resource, allows us to serve more than 350,000 people annually in the Arts Center in Rock Island and at over 200 rural and urban community sites.
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