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 January 13, 2017

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Panel Discussion: Finding the right gallery for your artwork

Quad City Arts Gallery
1715 2nd Ave. Rock Island
Monday, January 30 6-8 pm

Artists:  Bring your questions. Bring your notebooks. Bring some food or beverages to share (if you’d like.) We will have some Bent River bottled beers and pretzels to offer.

Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Quad City Arts
Pat Bereskin-Bereskin Gallery
Tim Schiffer-Figge Art Museum
Claire Kovacs-Augustana Teaching Museum of Art
Randy Richmond-Experienced artist
Benjamin Fawks- Rozz Tox
Moderator: Nancy Schold

This will also be an opportunity to sign up for future artist development classes and meet fellow local artists.


“Pushing Paper” Exhibit by Dawn Wohlford

Morrissey Gallery @ SAU
Galvin Fine Arts Center, 2101 N. Gaines Street – between Locust and Lombard.

FREE and open to the public

RECEPTION |  Wednesday February 1, 5-7pm

EXHIBITION | January 10 – February 5

ARTIST Q&A |  Wednesday February 1, 4pm

Dawn Wohlford on “Pushing Paper”:

I love the idea of making paper. It is the ultimate form of recycling. From my old cotton clothing, to dead plants in my yard, to “weeds” growing unchecked in ditches, to the old jute doormat that came with my house, I can take these seemingly used up materials and create something new that will hopefully intrigue and bring joy to others for years to come.

Please come celebrate Dawn’s work with us on Wednesday, February 1st.  We will begin with an Artist Q&A at 4pm and follow with a reception from 5-7pm.

For more information, contact Christopher Reno at 563-333-6444 or Morrissey@sau.edu.


“Nearer to Nature” by Lee Kimball

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery
225 E. 2nd St., Suites 102 and 104,
Davenport, Iowa, 52801.

“Nearer to Nature” by local artist, Lee Kimball is on display until January 21st.

Mr. Kimball describes his art as a visual commentary on the land and the continuing cycles of life, particularly of his native Henry County and the surrounding Midwest in general. His attempt is to celebrate the beauty to be found in life and to embrace the words of the French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir, “There are enough ugly things in life for us not to add more.”

Following his graduation from St. Ambrose College in Davenport Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Mr. Kimball spent twenty-five years working in the graphic design and illustration field.

In 1994, Mr. Kimball began working in pastels, a medium that he found to provide an exciting avenue for his artistic goals.  In 1995, he made the decision to leave the design/illustration field to pursue a career in fine art on a full time basis.  He now creates landscape images in pastel, oil, and watercolor from his home and studio in rural Orion, Illinois.


“Silence and Song” by Leslie Bell

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery
225 E. 2nd St., Suites 102 and 104,
Davenport, Iowa, 52801.

You are invited to the opening of “SILENCE and SONG” an exhibit featuring the newest paintings by Leslie Bell on Friday, January 27th, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The show runs through February 17th, 2017 at the Beréskin Gallery.

“My subjects, girls, are being observed and noted at moments of personal growth and discovery. Growing up female has never been more complicated than it is today and my work paints a positive image of girls at a time vulnerability and potential,” reflected Bell.

“Silence can be a time of creative realization and productive thought, just as song can be an effective means of self-definition. I use both time-based endeavors – within the single – frame reality of a painting to pay attention and homage to the universally important process of growing up, discovering ones unique gifts and shouldering the burdens of a complex society.”


Friday Gallery Strolls

Outside the Lines Gallery
101 S. Main St. Galena, IL


“Tidy” by Matthew Mikulice

Gallery C
900 Jackson street | suite 113
Schmid Innovation Center | dubuque, iowa 52001

Gallery C is proud to announce the opening of “TIDY,” new works by Iowa artist Matthew Mikulice.

TIDY is an exploration of order and organization though a systematic approach.

The result: calm, tidy, detail and design.

Mikulice is widely known for his graphite geometric drawings.

This new exhibit explores the aesthetic of order and organization through, drawing, painting, installation, and deconstruction.

Matthew Mikulice is originally from Richland Center, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in studio art with an emphasis in drawing from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and has exhibited throughout the Midwest including Madison, Freeport, Ames, and Dubuque. He currently lives and works in Dubuque, Iowa. “My work is an extension of my personality,” Mikulice states, “I am one who is most calm in a neat, tidy environment and my favorite work by other artists reflects the same.”

Gallery C is pleased to host the artist at an Opening Reception on Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


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.


Guerrilla Girls

Augustana College: Centennial Hall
3703 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
January 18, 7 pm.

A rare opportunity to gain inside knowledge from the nationally-recognized Guerrilla Girls​!

Two members of the Guerrilla Girls collective will share trade secrets about how they use facts and humor to expose discrimination and corruption in art, politics and pop culture.

More details available here: http://artsquad.quadcityarts.com/event/guerilla-girls/


Kids Month at the Galesburg Civic Art Center

Galesburg Civic Art Center
114 East Main Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

FREE for elementary age children (Kindergarten – 5th grade)
King Cakes – Masks – 2nd Line Parasols – Fleur de Lis Prints – Spirit Tree Installation

January 10, 12, 17, 19, 6-8pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
January 7, 14, 21, 11am-2pm (Saturdays)

YOUNG ARTISTS (6-8th grades) – Saturday, January 21, 11am-2pm
Spirit Trees

FREE fun, Creation Stations and volunteers available during the times above!
Children go at their own pace with the help of volunteers.

Parents of elementary age children are expected to stay during the sessions.


Benefiting Galesburg Civic Art Center


Buchanan Center for the Arts

Opening Reception
Friday, January 27th 5-7pm in the BCA gallery
Exhibition on display January 24th – February 25th

Peace of My Mind American Stories
Wednesday, February 8th 10am in the BCA gallery

Gallery Talk
Wednesday, February 8th 7pm in the BCA gallery
Exhibition on display January 14th – February 8th

See you in the gallery!
Kristyne Gilbert, Executive Director


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!


Winter Art Classes at the Bereskin Gallery

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 classes go to http://www.bereskinartgallery.com/art-classes/

Upcoming Classes:

Snow, Snow, Wonderful Snow
(Grades: K to 3rd)
Saturdays, January 7,14, 21, 28 (8:30am – 10:00am)
Painting snow scenes for younger children using acrylic. Using basic color theory, value, and light source, the children will explore snowmen and sledding scenes. Materials provided.
Instructor: Patricia Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Fantasy and Fairytales: Beginners Pen and Ink
(Grades: 4th to 8th)
Saturdays, January 7,14, 21, 28 (10:30am – 12:00pm)
An introduction into the illustrative quality of pen and ink drawing. Students will explore mark making and how it relates to values. Hatching, cross-hatching, and stifling techniques in addition to colored pencils. Materials provided.
Instructor: Patricia Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Monet Impressionism
(Grades: K to 3rd)
Saturdays, February 4,11, 18, 25 (8:30am – 10:00am)
Exploring the aspects of Impressionism through Claude Monet for younger children with acrylic paint. Learn about and imitate Monet’s ways of painting water, cities, and nature using warm and cool colors. Materials provided.
Instructor: Patricia Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Degas Impressionism
(Grades: 4th to 8th)
Saturdays, February 4,11, 18, 25 (8:30am – 10:00am)
Exploring the aspects of Impressionism through Edvard Degas for children with pastels. We will be learning the basics of pastels painting while studying still life and dancer in motion. Materials provided.
Instructor: Patricia Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Landscape and Beyond – Acrylic
Thursdays, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Explore landscape painting with not only the how’s, but also the whys. Local and atmospheric color will be explored. Material list provided upon request.
Instructor: Brad Bisbey – Class Fee: $125

Oil Painting 1 & 2
(Adult & H.S.)
Saturday’s (9:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
Learn to first see values and edges, then how to mix the color you want by making your own color charts. We will learn how composition creates unity then under- stand that light has a temperature and how it affects color when painting. We will start with still lifes then using what was learned in the rst session each ongo- ing series of classes will continue to build upon the last in moving students forward in the art of oil painting. New incoming students should contact the gallery and a class syllabus and material list will be provided.
Instructor: Dave Anderson – Class Fee: $125

Watercolor Basics 101
(Adult & H.S.)
Tuesday, December 6 (6 – 9 p.m.)
OR Saturday, December 10 (9 – 12 noon)
OR Wednesday, January 11 (6 – 9 p.m.)
OR Saturday, February 4 (9 – 12 noon)
Tips I wish I’d have known 40 years ago. After years of study, exposure to master watercolorists, and paint- ing on acres of paper, Bob has taken all the bits of knowledge most helpful to him and accumulated them into one short course. It’s like 10 years of watercolor tribal knowledge in 3 hours. There will be informational handout sheets, but you’ll also want to take notes.
Instructor: Bob Zeidler – Class Fee: $50

Approaches to Watercolor Application 102
Saturdays, Jan.14, 21, 28, (9:00 a.m. -12 noon) OR evenings Jan.16, 17, 18, 19 (6:00 – 8:30 p.m.) OR Saturdays, Feb.11, 18, 25, (9:00 a.m. -12 noon)
Suggested Prerequisite: Basic Watercolor 101
As a follow up to Bob’s “Watercolor 101 Basics” course, this class will focus on three of his favorite ways to apply the paint to different paper qualities. He breaks down each type of application into three easy steps, so that the student will understand and begin producing their own lively, brilliant watercolor paintings. Classes will consist of demos by the instructor and time for the student to paint along with constructive guidance.
Instructor: Bob Zeidler – Class Fee: $125

Painting the Portrait – Acrylic
Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Explore the aspects of portrait painting from pose and expression to color mixtures and backgrounds. Material list provided upon request.
Instructor: Brad Bisbey – Class Fee: $125

Think Like a Painter – Acrylic
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Explore the many aspects of painting. How to begin exploring a variety of subjects including gure, portrait, landscape, and abstract work. Material list provided upon request.
Instructor: Brad Bisbey – Class Fee: $125

Exploring the Values Drawing & Painting Still Life (Adult)
Wed. Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)
Class will focus on a sequential study of values, per- spective, shape and light in a unit dealing with still life. We will look and discuss still-life paintings and develop a personal genre to explore. Acrylic painting techniques to create the illusion of three-dimen- sional space and convey texture in will be explored. Perfect for the beginner or those more experienced painters interested in honing their skills. Materials: Sketch pads, Ebony pencil, kneaded eraser and a 11 x 17 canvas
Instructor Pat Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Seascape Painting
Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)
Take a break from winter and paint seaside in without the plane fare. The class will review some basics of acrylic painting using seascape and cityscape to explore composition, massing building form, light and shadow, mark-making, along with atmospheric distance. Students will work in their own style and are invited to bring in photos of their own to work from. Beginners welcome. Materials: Sketch pads, Ebony pencil, kneaded eraser and a 16 x 20 or 20 x 24 canvas
Instructor Pat Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Cityscape Painting
Wed. March 1, 8, 22, 29 (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)
Value study in the city will allow student to explore a variety of skills in acrylic using only black, white and grays. The focus will be on creating light and shadows through glazing techniques that give objects depth and form. Materials: Sketch pads, Ebony pencil, kneaded eraser and a 16 x 20 or 20 x 24 canvas.
Instructor Pat Bereskin – Class Fee: $125

Upcoming Seminars:

Shake It Up; Shape It Up.
(Grade 11 – professional)
Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, 29th (1 – 3 p.m.)
How do you – an up-and-coming artist – get to the next level of art making? Do you want to make art in a new way, but don’t know how? This is not a technical course but rather a discussion of methods for profession-alizing and maturing your art practice. This course will offer a multitude of resources to help you achieve your art goals. Extensive handouts. Critiques, visual presentations, guest speakers etc.
Instructor: Les Bell – Class Fee: $125

Art Talk by the Artist – Meet & Greet
Friday, March 24 (6 – 8 p.m.)
Richard Luschek will discuss his work in both his paint- ing and illustration studio. He will discuss his training and the lessons he learned studying the Boston School Techniques. He will then set up and do a quick painting demo in oils. Some of his nished works will be on view.
Cost: Free to all seminar registrants, Public $10.

Richard Luschek Illustration Seminar
Saturday, March 25 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Richard will discuss the art of visual storytelling, gener- ating Ideas, copying, and how to do put pen to paper. Discussion of the traditional tools to complete an as- signment will be explored. Using a series of images, we will combine them into a new and unique creature. We will sketch out the ideas, and then complete a pen and ink illustration. If time, add color to the image with col- ored pencils or watercolor. Material list will be provided.
Costs: Students $100, Adults $125

Boston School: A Still Life Seminar
Saturday, March 25 (1- 5:30 p.m.) & Sunday, March 26 (noon – 4:30 p.m.)
Learn the greater art of “seeing” as practiced by the Boston School and how it is applied to Painting Still Life. Students will bring a collection of their own still life objects and be directed to set up a powerful center of interest. Do a few sketches to check composition and then do a ‘start’ in oil on canvas. Enrolled students will receive suggestions for still life objects to bring, and an art supply list.
Cost: $200

You can find more information about our classes on our website at https://www.bereskinartgallery.com/art-classes/


Wisconsin Art Classes

Barb McKinlay will teach art glass classes starting in January:

  • Fun Garden stakes class on Saturday April 1st 10am-12noon at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, 585 County Z. To register, call 608-748-4411.
  • Jewelry making class (glass cabochon bracelets, pendants and earrings or rings on silver findings) on Saturday June 10th 10am – 12noon at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, 585 County Z. To register, call 608-748-4411.
  • Tray, ruffle dish or bowl class on Saturday August 12th 10am – 12noon at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, 585 County Z. To register, call 608-748-4411.

Barb McKinlay Art Glass
530 Bradley St.
Dubuque, Iowa 52003


Winter/Spring 2017 Classes from Nina Weiss/Art Endeavors Studio


Beginning January 10th!

Develop your painting skills and learn about technique, composition, content; canvas preparation, color and more in the sky-lit Art Endeavors studio.  Group dynamics with individual instruction!  Sessions are offered in five-week on-going blocks on Tuesdays for four hours each class, 11:00 – 3:00.  Studio supplies easels, tables, slop-sink, & on-site free parking.  Students can leave canvasses and supplies during registered classes.  Sign up for one, two; or all four blocks!

February 14, 21, March 7, 14, 21

April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 1

May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

No class March 28; Spring Break
$285 for 5-block 4-hour sessions

To reserve your spot; please register in advance
Thank you if you already have registered!


Saturday March 11  10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Join our popular, informative one-day intensive Color Theory Workshop. Strip away the mysteries of Color!  Students will learn the science and psychology behind color theory.  Color groupings and theories behind effective color usage will be explored.  Not just for painters; this class will reveal the secrets of color to artists of all disciplines.

Full day tuition:  $75
To register; please send check in advance to:

Nina Weiss/Art Endeavors
3150 Skokie Highway #12
Highland Park, IL

Material list will be provided with Registration!


Sometimes you just want to paint alone with one-on-one instruction! Painting, drawing, and color theory offered at the Art Endeavors studio to a limited number of students.  Students of all abilities welcome. Please inquire for availability!


Two-Day Workshop
Saturday- Sunday; February 4 – 5
10:00 – 4:00

Strip away the mysteries of color theory! In this expanded, two-day Workshop, students of all disciplines will gain an understanding of how effective color can be implemented. Psychological and scientific theories will be used to teach color relationships and mixtures. Students will create compositions using colored paper, colored pencils, and water based paints.


Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston,IL 60201


Wednesday Evenings 7:00 – 9:30
Classes Begin January 11th!
1/11 – 3/22 11 Classes

In this in-depth painting studio class, students will enrich and broaden their painting experience.  Emphasis will include formal painting concerns such as composition, gesture, line, and color study.  Painting techniques such as broken brushstroke, optical color mixing, layering and glazing will help students in their color exploration.  Students will be encouraged to work in the paint medium of their choice.  Individual instruction is tailored to help students of all levels advance at their own pace.  Group critique, hands on demonstration, historical reference and visual aids enhance the classroom experience. Join us in the classically beautiful studio of the NSAL!



2017 European Landscape Painting & Drawing Workshops
Returns to the La Romita School of Art
June 23 – July 7th

Join our group in Europe this summer for an unforgettable experience painting in Italy!  Study; paint and explore the beautiful landscapes & medieval hilltop towns of Umbria.

Read about the Italian Landscape Workshop HERE


Call for Entries: Moline, IL

Bubble Tea Company at South Park Mall is looking for some local artists who would be interested in showcasing their work. We have 6 shelves, all roughly 2-3 feet long, so I’d say we could showcase 12 smaller pieces, or 6 larger ones, or any combination. We are interested in any kind of paintings, as long as they are not profane or sexually explicit.  We would like to see samples of the work before approving it, however. Drawings and sculptures are up for consideration as well, if anyone would like to showcase those.

Contact Alex Triece at:
Cell: (480) 620-2132
Email: Alex.triece@gmail.com


Call for Entires: Quad City Area

Wells4Wellness, a local-nonprofit organization based in the Quad-Cities, is announcing a concept contest.

The mission of Wells4Wellness is simple: “Provide safe, clean drinking water to communities in Niger.”

We are opening the contest to our community to submit a concept for a traveling exhibit to be featured in local museums and venues to inform and educate the public about the need for water wells in Niger.

The winning concept will be announced on March 19, 2017. The winning team will receive up to $350 for supplies to build the exhibit. The team will win a $500 prize upon completion of exhibit required by May19th (60 days from announcement to complete the exhibit).  The winning exhibit will be presented at our event on May 21st, 2017.  All submissions will receive a letter of acknowledgement from Wells4Wellness.

Concepts may be submitted up until midnight Central Standard Time on the last day of the submission schedule posted as February 15, 2017. No artworks will be accepted past the posted deadline.

There are no entry fees

Prize Payment:  The cash prize of $500 will be paid upon completion of the exhibit in May.

For full requirements and submission information, go to Wells4Wellness.com


Call for Entries: Quad Cities

The NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative is a 501(c) 3 organization established to create public awareness, promote early detection, and support research for ovarian cancer.

Enter online: https://form.jotform.com/70046084901147

Artist Fact Sheet

The goal of girlpARTs fest2 and The Bodice Project is to raise awareness of ovarian cancer while creating a new source of revenue for NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative’s educational programs. Participating artists will receive a complimentary ticket to both events and a $200 stipend.

girlpARTs fest2 is the kick-off event for The Bodice Project and will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Redstone Room at River Music Experience in Davenport from 1 to 5 pm.  It will include live music by area performers and an Artist Market.  At this event, we will announce the names of the artists chosen to participate in the Bodice Project.  All artists chosen will be offered a free 10’ x 10’ area in the Artist Market.

Artist call for entry submissions are due March 1st.

Artists are required to submit a concept proposal to the selection committee along with photos of current/past artwork and the completed Call for Entry form. The selection committee reserves the right to choose the participating artists and request alternate concepts to ensure a balanced variety.

Artists can pick up the dress form at our office (1612 Second Avenue in Rock Island) on April 11th and April 12 between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.  If an artist is not available those days, special arrangements will be made.

All bodices must be completed by July 15th and a photo submitted to NormaLeah for assignment of a location.  Artists will be responsible for transporting the bodice to the assigned location.

The bodices will be displayed throughout the community (indoor) during August and September. Each bodice will be labeled, stating the artist, sponsor and title of work.


Call for Entries: LaGrange, IL

Celebrating all aspects of art for the 22nd year. Apply Now. Join us in La Grange, IL!

2017 West End Arts Festival Dates:

Saturday, September 9: 10 am ‐ 6 pm (optional evening hours too)
Sunday, September 10: 10 am ‐ 4pm

 Coordinated loading and unloading
 Friday check‐in and set‐up
 Treat bag plus continental breakfast both days of the show
 Booth sitters available
 Overnight Security
 Festival program with listing of artists attending
 Name badges and booth signs
 Free day and overnight parking
 Professionally judged with cash and ribbon awards
 An interested buying crowd that enjoys supporting the arts
 Friendly volunteers willing to assist you
 Art activities for all ages
 Strong festival marketing and publicity campaign supported by La Grange Business Association
 Booth fee of $300


Call for Entries: Chicago, IL

DCASE is now accepting applications for the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project, which will provide up to $1 million to create new public artworks throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2017 the “Year of Public Art.” The 50×50 initiative was inspired by Chicago’s 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two of the city’s most iconic public artworks–the Picasso in Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect which once stood on the South Side.

Artists–including painters, photographers and sculptors–interested in brightening and enhancing the city– are invited to submit their qualifications for the project at bit.ly/2jcP8wz before February 24.

For more information on the Year of Public Art, including a year of exhibitions, performances, tours and other public events, visit cityofchicago.org/yopa.


Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) is now accepting entries for the 2017 DuMA Biennial, a highly competitive juried exhibition presented every two years. The 2017 DuMA Biennial dates are May 27 – August 20.

Now in its sixth installment, the DuMA Biennial showcases the quality and diversity of contemporary art found throughout the Tri-State region of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. The DuMA Biennial is a premier exhibition opportunity for early to mid-career artists who are actively producing and presenting new work.

This year’s juror is Amanda C. Burdan, Ph.D., Associate Curator of the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Artists selected for the 2017 Biennial will be eligible for cash prizes, purchase awards and recognition, to be announced at an opening reception on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Past DuMA Biennial jurors have included Jim Welu, director emeritus of the Worchester Art Museum in Worchester, Massachusetts; and Jane Milosch, director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Smithsonian Institution.

Artists 18 years of age and older who currently reside within a 200-mile radius of Dubuque, Iowa are invited to apply. All artistic media will be considered; however, all entries must have been created within the past two years.

The deadline for entries to be received online is Sunday, March 5, 2017, 11:59 PM.

Additional eligibility and application requirements can be found in the complete Call to Entry.
Questions may be directed to info@dbqart.com or (563) 557-1851.


Studio Space

“Desoto Pottery Studio is looking for fellow artisans/crafters to share our space. Conveniently located in Rock Island.”

Contact Joel at309-786-7432 or Amber at 309-738-9142 or bobooriginals@gmail.com for more information.


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.


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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