Opportunities for Artists

Gallery Shop

We have an ongoing call for entry for the Quad City Arts Gallery Shop located in downtown Rock Island. For details, visit the Rock Island Gallery page.

Other Opportunities for Artists

as of October 29, 2016

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Figge Art Museum

The exhibition features a collection of 22 etchings by the Dutch master that explore the relationship between the artist and the Jewish residents of Amsterdam. Rembrandt lived in Amsterdam’s prosperous Jewish neighborhood, where he found patrons and models for his work. In his interpretation of Protestant Old Testament narratives, Rembrandt consulted Jewish theologians for a varied perspective of these familiar subjects. He also painted and etched portraits of prominent Jews in the city.

As a companion to the exhibition, additional prints by Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Albrecht Dürer and other artists drawn from the collections of the Figge, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art and artifacts from the Pella Historical Society and Museums, will be on view. The exhibition will explore Rembrandt’s printmaking process and the technical and formal innovations that Rembrandt brought to the traditional medium of etching.

Rembrandt and the Jews is organized by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. The presentation of the exhibition at the Figge is made possible through the support of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Jeff and Lynda Eirinberg and Dr. Ralph Saintfort of Medical Psychiatry Services, LLC.

Free Family Day
Saturday, December 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scheduled Activities
Enjoy free admission all day, with special activities relating to current exhibitions.


Portrait of Maquoketa

Artist Rose Frantzen’s Portrait of Maquoketa will be on view at the Figge Art Museum for the first time since it was acquired for the permanent collection beginning Saturday, October 1.

The exhibition is a multi-panel artwork that includes 180 12×12” oil portraits of people from Maquoketa, Iowa, as well as a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa painted on 34 vertical panels ranging in length from four to ten feet and suspended from the ceiling. The panels are arranged in such a way that when a visitor sits at one end of the installation, all of the panels come together and align as one unified view of Maquoketa as seen from the hills outside of town. The other sides of the landscape panels display all 180 portraits. An audio element by the artist’s brother, John Frantzen, completes the scene.

The project dates back to 2006, when the Frantzen invited townspeople to sit and have their portraits painted in a public studio she set up in a downtown storefront. Over the course of several months, her subjects ranged in age from a few weeks to over 90 years. The portraits were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., prior to creation of the landscape element.

Created with an initial grant from the Iowa Arts Council, the work was acquired by the Figge Art Museum for its permanent collection in 2013, thanks to the generous support of multiple donors.

The exhibition will be accompanied by three of Frantzens’s early sketches for the landscape view as well as four recent large scale oil paintings from important local collections.

The exhibition will be on view through February 12, 2017 and is sponsored by the John Deere Foundation, Cottingham & Butler, Andy and Debi Butler and Ohnward Bancshares, Inc.

Free Family Day
Saturday, December 10
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scheduled Activities
Enjoy free admission all day, with special activities relating to current exhibitions.



Figge Art Museum 2016 Fall Classes

Supply lists can be found on our website: www.figgeartmuseum.org.  Go to EDUCATION/CLASSES or call Lynn at 563-326-7804 x2006.


January 2017

Acrylic Painting – Lovely Landscapes – Beg/Int
Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
12 – 3pm   Fridays, January 20, 27 & February 3, 10, 17
$95/member; $105/non-member
Artist Pam Ohnemus will explore color theory and share techniques artists use to create texture, pattern, depth of field, natural highlights, shadow and more in this acrylic painting class.  Students will enjoy creative studio time and paint a canvas that captures the splendor of the outdoors!



Register today …

Class sizes are limited and registration is required. All classes include materials (unless otherwise noted), instruction, and refreshments. BCA members receive a 10% discount as part of their annual membership. Call 309-734-3033 for more details or to reserve your spot.

Fused Glass Ornaments

Instructor: Judi Minor
Saturday, December 3rd 11am-12:30pm
$20 for adult
Free of charge for students 18 and under

Fused Glass Hands – Child/Parent Class
Instructor: Judi Minor
Thursday, December 8th 6-8pm
$20 for adult
Free of charge for students 18 and under


Maquoketa Art Experience

Maquoketa Art Experience is offering more art classes for kids (1st – 12th grade) and adults at various times of the year – They’re seeking to employ an art teacher to provide lessons and skills to participants of these classes!

Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE)
124 S. Main Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
Nancy Kilburg 563-249-6200


Autumn Art Classes at the Bereskin Gallery

Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio have listed classes for Autumn 2016!  Various art classes for kids, teens, adults, and young adult artists with special needs.  They offer a wide variety of mediums as well as dates and times to accommodate your interests and schedule!  Whether you’re seeking a social environment to be creative, or to push your artistic ability, the Bereskin Studio Art Classes are a valuable creative outlet.  To Register for Autumn Art classes go to http://www.bereskinartgallery.com/art-classes/



2017 MidCoast Exhibitions

The MidCoast Call for Entries application for 2017 is coming!

Artists will be able to submit a digital portfolio and application to be considered for exhibitions at three possible sites: Bucktown’s MidCoast Gallery, Gallery West and Moline Centre Station.

If you’re uncertain if you’re on our artist mailing list and would like to be included, please contact Sherry Maurer at info@midcoast.org.


Rock Island

Show your work at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Rock Island, IL facebook.com/KarpelesRockIsland
The Karpeles Museum has available wall space to showcase artists’ work. To be considered, contact Margie Caine at kmusemrki@aol.com. They have space to showcase 4-5 pieces, depending on size, and the artists will have the opportunity to direct viewers to contact them directly regarding sales.



The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the country. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. This year’s exhibition will be held at four prominent Peoria Illinois Galleries, The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Studios on Sheridan, Prairie Center of the Arts, and Heuser Art Gallery at Bradley University.  The 36th Bradley International will be juried by Kathryn Polk.  Polk (born 1952) studied at the Memphis Art Academy and The University of Memphis. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she is the co-owner of L VIS Press, a lithography print studio.

Three cash awards will be selected by the Juror. Purchase awards will be made by the University. AWARDS:
1st Place – $3,000
2nd Place – $1,750
3rd Place- $750

Apply online at: http://art.bradley.edu/bug/35th-bradley-international-call-for-entries/


Embracing our Differences


Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its juried art exhibit celebrating diversity held April – May 2017 in Sarasota, FL USA. National and international submissions accepted. $3,000 in awards. No submission fee. Details: 941-928-0567 OR http://embracingourdifferences.org/submit-art OR MJS@EmbracingOurDifferences.org




The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) continues its recognition of exceptional Wisconsin artists with an invitation to submit proposals for solo and collaborative exhibitions (2-4 individuals) for the 2017/2018 season of the Ploch Art Gallery. Exhibitions and receptions bring together artists and visitors from across the region with the goal of increasing appreciation, awareness, and participation in the arts.

To learn more about the Ploch Art Gallery or view past exhibitions, visit www.wilson-center.com/ploch-art-gallery/.
All of the following requirements should be submitted in one PDF:

  • Artist Statement – a maximum of one page.
  • Resume with exhibition history or CV – a maximum of four pages.
  • Current contact information – email address, mailing address, and phone number (if submitting a group proposal please include all participating artists’ information).
  • Video, installation, and media artists – Include links to video hosting platforms. Submitted videos excerpt or documentation of work should be no more than 5 minutes in length.
  • Image List – Should include artwork title, year of completion, medium, and dimensions. If work is 2D, provide unframed dimensions.

Images should be attached separately.

  • 6-10 JPEG images – JPEGs should be 72 dpi resolution and 1400 pixels wide on the longest side of the image. Title each JPEG with the first and last initials of your name and numbered in the order you want them viewed. The number should also correspond with your image list. (Example: FL1, FL2, FL3).

Please note that work submitted must be representative of the work you would propose to exhibit at the Wilson Center unless the work has been approved by the Visual Arts Manager not less than 30 days in advance of the show opening.

Please submit all proposal requirements to PlochSubmissions@wilson-center.com by December 1, 2016

There is no fee to submit your proposal.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive | Brookfield, WI | 53045


Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities seeks Big Brothers, Big Sisters!

The Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities is looking for Big Brothers Big Sisters. You can start kids on the right path to big things!!

  • One-to-one Community- Based mentoring program
  • Matches a CAA student (6th, 7th or 8th grade) with a Big (adult volunteer).
  • Twelve month commitment
  • 6-10 hours per month
  • Participate in activities planned by CAA and BBBS sponsored activities
  • Attend career exploration tours and career preparation workshops through BBBS’ COMPASS Program
  • Do fun activities that interest both of you- riding bikes, visiting a museum or the library, or going to sporting events!

For more information call Sarah Walker at BBBS 563-323-8006


Art Deadlines List – DOZENS of Calls for Entry!

Visit: http://artdeadlineslist.com/




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