Opportunities for Artists

Annual Call for Entries: Public Sculpture

WHERE: 6 or more sites throughout the Quad Cities
DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

Sculptors working within a 350 mile radius of the Quad Cities are invited to participate in an outdoor sculpture exhibition with 6 or more sites throughout the Quad Cities. (Artists residing further away will not be excluded, but must understand that no additional funds will be expended to cover mileage.)

Click here for more information and to apply!

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 March 11, 2017

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Galesburg, IL

The Galesburg Civic Art Center announces the opening of its national juried GALEX 51 Exhibition and Competition, on Friday, March 3rd, running through Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 3rd, 5-7pm, when prizes totaling over $2,500 will be awarded, including a $1,000 Purchase Award sponsored by Blick Art Materials.  Live music with Ada and The Shubies.  The Opening Reception and daily admission to the Art Center is FREE and the public is welcome.

This year was highly competitive with 106 artists, submitting 385 pieces of work.  Fifty artists from 12 states have been selected to participate in this show with a total of 62 pieces of art.  A variety of media will be represented including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography and sculpture.

The juror selected for this year’s exhibition is John Bakker. John Bakker is a Chicago-based artist and has shown extensively throughout the Midwest. His work is included in a variety of private and public collections including the city of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. He is a member of the faculty at Trinity Christian College on the south suburban fringe of Chicago. His current socially based projects include the Galesburg Portrait Project in which he painted portraits of over 400 people.

When asked to jury exhibitions, Baker refers to the critic Arthur Danto’s notion: for something to count as a work of art, it needs both embodiment and aboutness. Embodiment refers to the physicality of the object; aboutness alludes to the way it engages other discourses or cultural issues.

Additional prizes to be awarded for this year’s GALEX exhibition are the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Award of Excellence, the Merit Award, sponsored by Breslin’s Floor Covering and Stoerzbach Law Office, P.A., the Medallion Award, sponsored by McFall Monument Company, the Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, and the Robert Reed Memorial Sculpture Award.

This year, from the field of 50 selected artists, the following local artists and their work will be featured:

Trent Foltz of Geneseo, IL – photography, Snowy Saturday;

Elaine Rexdale of Rock Island, IL – acrylic, Mudhead;

Steve Sinner of Bettendorf, IA, and Joe Meirhaeghe, of Orion IL – wood turning, J&S 208 (Hickory) and J&S 209 (Cherry);

Wendy Van Dyke of Davenport, IA – pencil and colored pencil, Housework.

GALEX and other programs of the Art Center are sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main St. in Galesburg, Illinois.  Art Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is free. For more information about exhibitions, arts education programming, and events, please contact the Art Center at (309) 342-7415 or visit www.galesburgarts.org.


“Old & New”

Four Decades of Photography by Michael Godsil
March 7 – April 7, 2017
WCI Arts Center – Macomb, Illinois


Friday Gallery Strolls

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


2017 Young Artists at the Figge

Elementary art students from seven Quad-City area school districts will have their artwork featured at the Figge Art Museum for the annual Young Artists at the Figge exhibition opening Saturday.

Featured districts include Muscatine, Moline, Pleasant Valley, Geneseo, North Scott, Bettendorf and Davenport. Each school district has their own selection process to choose the top works of art to represent their district in this museum-school partnership.

In total, nearly 500 students will have their artwork on display in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery during their school’s selected dates between January 21–April 23, 2017.

This annual exhibition has spanned more than a decade. “It’s such a special opportunity for these young aspiring artists to have the chance to showcase their talents to not only their friends and family, but to all visitors at the Figge,” said Director of Education Melissa Mohr.

Each school will have their own recognition day honoring the participating young artists. Thanks to museum and donor support, admission will be free for all recognition days for everyone.

North Scott Schools • March 18-26
Recognition Ceremony:
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26

Bettendorf Schools • April 1-9
Recognition Ceremony:
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2
Sponsored by Mary Lujack

Davenport  Schools • April 15-23
Recognition Ceremony:
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Sponsored by the Horan Family

All of the participating artists and their families will be invited to stay after their recognition ceremony for an informal community workshop from noon-2 p.m. where participants will construct corn stalk sculptures and become the artist for the  MAiZE exhibition that will open in June at the Figge

The Young Artists at the Figge exhibition is sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation Fund and will be on display through April 23, 2017.


Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present

Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present is open in the fourth floor gallery at the Figge Art Museum.

Scrimmage features 78 artworks, dating from the 1850s to 2014, that take as their subject various aspects of the game of football. Rather than presenting a history of the sport, Scrimmage raises questions about sports, art, and their roles in our history and culture, revealing attitudes and transitions in American life over the past 150 years.

There are works by artists such as Winslow Homer and J.C. Leyendecker which illustrate the concept of the “strenuous life” championed by President Teddy Roosevelt, while works by Andy Warhol and Red Grooms embody the cult of the celebrity athlete that is so prominent today. Other artists address issues of class, ethnicity, gender and violence as they relate to the sport of football. Some works, such as Frederic Remington’s Touchdown, Yale vs. Princeton, are straightforward depictions of the early days of the sport, while others offer more ambiguous commentaries on football’s meaning in the larger society.

To compliment the exhibition, the Figge ground floor will feature objects and artifacts that highlight the rich history of football in the Quad Cities and in the region, including the Heisman Trophy won by John Lujack at Notre Dame in 1947. A longtime Quad Cities resident and community leader, Mr. Lujack is the oldest living recipient of the Heisman, one of the most prestigious awards in college sports.

Scrimmage is presented at the Figge with the support of the Thomas A. and Mary Waterman Gildehaus Memorial Fund, Tom Figge, and Jeff and Lynda Eirinberg and organized by Linny Frickman at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University at Fort Collins in partnership with Danielle Knapp at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

The exhibition will be on display through May 14.

Companion Events

Thursday, April 20
5:30 p.m. Social Hour / 7 p.m. Talk
Social hour and Exhibition Talk: Dr. Jaime Schultz

Thursday, May 11
5:30 p.m. Social Hour / 7 p.m. Talk
Social Hour and Exhibition Talk: Brett Biebel


The Art of Persuasion: American Propaganda Posters and the Great War

The Art of Persuasion: American Propaganda Posters and the Great War opens in the second floor Katz Gallery at the Figge Art Museum.

April 6, 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ declaration of war on Germany and its entry into World War I. The Art of Persuasion exhibition explores how some of the most important artists and illustrators of the day supported the war effort.

Prior to radio, newspaper ads and poster broadsides were the chief means of communicating ideas to the public. Posters, often placed in post offices, banks and businesses, played a key role in securing the country’s support for WWI. Focusing on the themes of liberty, patriotism and fear, artists created compelling imagery that inspired a reluctant country to not only support the war but also fund it.

Featured in the exhibition are artists celebrated for their illustrations of flirtatious young women, such as Howard Chandler Christy, Harrison Fisher and James Montgomery Flagg. They often created war posters featuring the same young women, seemingly asking men to “enlist” or to “buy bonds.”

Posters designed by noted illustrators such as Edward Penfield, J.C. Leyendecker, and important women artists including Ethel Betts Bains, Jessie Willcox Smith and Maginel Wright Enright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s youngest sister), also are featured prominently in The Art of Persuasion.

WWI artifacts from Quad-City area collections, as well as examples of WWI items manufactured in the Quad Cities, will also be on display.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Wallace, Figge manager of collections and exhibitions, and Ranelle Knight-Lueth Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Coe College, with the assistance of Christina Kastell, curator of history and anthropology at the Putnam Museum and Science Center and Mary Bennett, archivist with the State Historical Society of Iowa.

This program is part of World War I and America Project, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

During this exhibition the Figge will offer free admission with ID for active duty military, arsenal personnel and their families. Admission will also be free for Veterans.

The exhibition will be on display through May 14 and is sponsored by Triumph Bank and the World War I and America Project.

Companion Events

Curator Talk
Thursday, April 6
5:30 p.m. Social Hour / 7 p.m. Talk
Co-curators Dr. Ranelle Knight-Lueth, assistant professor of Art History and Gallery Director at Coe College, and Andrew Wallace, manager of collections and exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum, will introduce the exhibition and highlight certain works in the gallery. Free!

Film: A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Thursday, April 13
5 p.m. Cash bar / 6 p.m. Film
Based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel, this film is about a love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse in Italy during World War I. Directed by Frank Borzage, it stars Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou. 85 min. Free!


Calling all Quad City female artists!

Call for Area Women Artists to Make History for Women’s History Month
Friday, March 31, 7 p.m. | MidCoast Gallery, second floor

The group photograph will be taken on March 31 in the second floor MidCoast Gallery as part of Bucktown’s Final Friday that regularly occurs the last Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m. All women artists are encouraged to attend for the photograph that will be taken at 7 p.m. by Boho Chic Gallery photographer Heidi Brandt.

Brandt is among a number of women artists who have developed art careers at Bucktown. She is experienced in graphic arts, marketing and photography. She currently co-owns with Dee Schricker the Boho Chic Gallery in Bucktown and works as a real estate photographer.

We invite all area women visual artists–painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, potters, filmmakers, etc.,–to join us for an historic photograph that will emphasize the importance of visual art culture in our community. Participating artists will be asked to fill out a slip with their name, media practiced and a contact email address if they would like to receive a low-res version of the photo image. There’s no charge for participating.


Muscatine Art Center

Paths of Camille Pissarro

This spring, the Muscatine Art Center welcomes back Carol Ehlers, art history speaker, to present a two part program on the life of artist Camille Pissarro. Using his works of art, guests will follow Pissarro’s life with a focus on the interactions between his artistic styles and political ideas. The “Paths of Camille Pissarro” program will explore how the artist’s work changed during his lifetime. The programs will be held on Thursday, May 18 and Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Center’s Music Room.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Thursday, May 18, 2017: Paths of Camille Pissarro: All Roads Lead to Impressionism

Camille Pissarro was a major influence on the development of Impressionism and exhibited in all eight impressionist exhibitions. The first of this two part art history program looks at Camille Pissarro’s early journeys in the Caribbean, South America and Europe. The program features images that illustrate how Pissarro’s work was influenced by the Barbizon school in Paris and from his time in Pontoise and Louveciennes. Changes to Pissarro’s personal life, such as his marriage to Julie Vellay, are also reflected in images and photographs.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Paths of Camille Pissarro: Crossroads in an Artistic Career

In the mid-1880s, Pissarro settled in Eragny, a suburb of Paris, where he became interested in the scientific theories of George Seurat and Paul Signac. The second program in this two-part series follows Pissarro as he moves from Seurat’s Pointillism to rural landscapes and finally to city scenes. A known anarchist, Pissarro used his artwork to express his political views. Pissarro’s public protest of the Dreyfus Affair, his views on urbanization, and his personal health struggles are among the topics covered in the program.

1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761    563-263-8282


Galesburg, IL

In the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery…
GALEX 51: National Juried Exhibition and Competition

Figure Drawing Studio Sessions
WHEN: Wednesdays
March 8, 22, April 12, 26
6:30 – 9pm
COST: $15 member/$20 nonmember per session
Preregistration required.  Call 309-342-7415 to learn more.


Living Proof Exhibit – Full Circle Project

Art therapy workshop transforms hospital gowns into journals for cancer patients. Full Circle Project debuts April 8.

Living Proof Exhibit is now taking registration for its Full Circle Project, a unique art therapy program that transforms hospital gowns into journals for cancer patients.  The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. There is no cost to attend.

Registered seminar participants will cut up hospital gowns, which will be converted to pulp.  The pulp later becomes paper, the paper is assembled into books, and the books become journals for cancer patients to use. The Full Circle Project will be led by artist Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Kathryn Anderson of St. Ambrose University, and Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center.

Living Proof Exhibit enriches the lives of those impacted by cancer including patients, survivors, families and caregivers, through the therapeutic benefits of the arts. The non-profit organization provides monthly art therapy sessions, special events, an annual exhibit to showcase the creative spirit of the survivor as well as permanent exhibits at cancer centers.

“A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, both physically and psychologically. It is well documented that use of the creative arts provides a release from stress and significantly promotes healing,” said Living Proof Executive Director Pamela Crouch.  “Journaling allows the cancer patient, survivor and support team to organize one’s thoughts into snippets,paragraphs,or poems in order to help gather overwhelming emotions into something manageable. Participants draw energy from the release of these emotions and through that stress release are able to better focus their energy on healing.”

Funding for Living Proof Exhibit is provided by Humanities Iowa in partnership with the Figge Art Museum and UnityPoint Health – Trinity, that also donated the hospital gowns for use in the workshop.

Participants will have until 5 p.m., Friday, March 24, to pick up their gowns at the Figge and then return their bag of cut fabric to the same location by 5 p.m., Friday, March 31.

The seminar is open to cancer patients, survivors, and patient caregivers.  While there is no cost to attend, registration is required due to space being limited. Participants must provide their own lunch. To register please email livingproofexhibit@gmail.com.  For more information about Living Proof Exhibit’s programming and services, visit www.livingproofexhibit.org.


Living Proof Exhibit – Full Circle Project
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Figge Art Museum
225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA


9-9:30 a.m.
Lobby check-in; Studio 4 opening remarks/introductions

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Papermaking in Studio 4 – Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, facilitator

12-12:30 p.m.
Brown bag lunch in Board Room
**Participants to provide their own lunches/beverages

12:30-2 p.m.
Bookmaking in Studio 4 – Kathryn Anderson, facilitator

2-4 p.m.
Writing/journaling in Board Room – Ryan Collins, facilitator

Pamela Crouch
Executive Director | Living Proof Exhibit


Glass Classes, Tri-State Area

Barb McKinlay will teach the following art glasses this spring and summer in the Tri-state area.

* Fun Garden stakes class on Saturday April 1st 10am-12noon at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, 585 County Z. Sinsinawa WI. To register, call 608-748-4411.

*Fun Garden Stake Class on April 5th  Wednesday 5:30pm at Frame of Mind, Dubuque Iowa to register call 583-2422

* Fun garden stake class on May 3rd Wednesday 5:30pm at Jo Daviess VoTec center Elizabeth, IL contact Barb to register bzmckinlay@aol.com

* Jewelry making class (glass cabochon bracelets pendants earring rings on silver findings) on Saturday June 10th 10am – 12noon at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center, 585 County Z Sinsinawa WI To register, call 608-748-4411.

*Tray, ruffle dish or bowl class on Saturday August 12th 10am – 12noon at Sinsinawa Mound, 585 County Z. To register, call 608-748-4411.

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



Spring Classes at the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA has announced upcoming classes from March – May.

Click here for full schedule.

For more class information and registration call 563.326.7804 x2045 or 2006. Class supply lists can be found on the Figge website at www.figgeartmuseum.org/education/classes.


Geneseo, IL

On Saturday, March 25th, an art workshop titled “Exploring Fluid Acryllics” will be held at the Smith Studio and Gallery in beautiful downtown Geneseo. This creative event is your chance to learn “Fluid” acrylic painting from Illinois artist Nancy Early. Nancy is an accomplished artist in the Quad City area with over 30 years of experience. Her creative abstract “fluid” paintings have attracted wide attention.

Ms. Early’s current class offering is an opportunity for participants to learn how to paint freely and use their inner creativity to develop a work of art. Using special mediums, Nancy focuses on abstracts with acrylic paint. You will learn about composition, color theory, and letting go of expectations.

In this all day event you will create several canvases. For just $100.00 all materials, canvases, snacks and beverage are included. A mid-workshop lunch will be on your own at one of our fine Geneseo restaurants. Join us on a wonderful spring day to expand your artistic knowledge. Come for the learning, the fun and friendship. Spaces are limited so call 309-945-5428 to reserve your spot …and a spot for a friend. NOW is your chance to learn from the artist.


Art Workshop: Maquoketa, IA

Should you have an interest in one of our workshops but need financial assistance to participate, please contact MAE at 563-652-9925 or email us: maq.art.exp@gmail.com to determine what assistance might be available. It is our belief that no one should miss out on art due to financial constraints. Art is for everyone!

Cancellation Policy: Class sizes are limited. Reservations for space are on a first come, first served basis. Payment in full is required in order to reserve space in any workshop or activity costing less than $50. A deposit of $50 guarantees a place in any workshop with a cost greater than $50. All registration fees must be paid in full before participation begins.

Tom Christopher |Pastel Painting and Beyond

Class Description:

Saturday April 1 -Sunday April 2, 2017

9:00 am to 5:00 pm Each Day

Tom will begin each day of the workshop with a demonstration of pastel painting using various techniques for under-painting on gator board . The attending student artists will then receive instruction and prepare their own textured surface for pastel painting. Throughout the workshop, the artists will receive additional instruction on plein air painting as well as studio techniques. This workshop is also open to artists not currently working in pastel.   The central focus of the instruction is on understanding value, color, and texture in the Midwest  landscape.

The student are encouraged to bring photographs as well as plein air sketches to use as reference material. The instructor will also have photos for reference use.

Tom  is careful to set aside sufficient time each day to provide individual instruction and goal planning for all student artists. Students are also encouraged to bring previous works for personal critiques and instruction.

Additional Topics covered…

  1. gallery representation,  2. advertising ,   3. networking (social media), 4. teaching workshops


Two Day Class | $258

One Day Class (Returning Students Only) | $130

(Max Class Size 15 Students)

Supply list:

  • Pastels bring as many as you normally use_medium to soft pastels works best.  Terry Ludwig, Sennlier, Unison, Mt vision.
  • Three or four 11ױ4 sheets of gator board or 4ply mat  board.    I order gator board through Uline shipping company.   I will bring a limited supply.
  • A small set of watercolors or acrylic paints  and brushes.
  • Landscape  reference photos ..personal  camera   note :  I have a good supply of reference photos
  • Drop cloths …apron…blue rubber gloves as needed.
  • Drawing pencils and/ or charcoal sticks.
  • Pastel paper.   I recommend Uart 400 to 500 grit.
  • Personal easel  or drawing board.


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:

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

Upcoming Seminars:

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!

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!


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!



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


Immersive Art: Door County, WI

I’m Excited to offer a NEW

Six-Day Immersive Water-based Media Class at

THE CLEARING in Door County, Wisconsin

June 4th – 10th

The Clearing is a folk school founded in 1935 by landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860-1951). This “school of the soil” is nestled within 128 acres of Door County forests and meadows and overlooks the dramatic Green Bay shoreline. It was built as a place where ordinary people could, as the name implies, “clear one’s mind” by reconnecting with nature and with one another.

The Summer Program is The Clearing’s oldest and the one that most closely resembles Jensen’s original folk school vision. The mainstay of the Summer Program is week-long classes, with 25 to 35 students and instructors living at The Clearing, eating family-style meals and renewing their spirit through close contact with the native landscape. The Clearing experience is made up of many special components. The classes, sense of community, forests, meadows, water, sunsets, home-cooked meals, traditions and history all blend to create a wonderful place to learn, relax, reflect and make new friends.

For Registration Information; click HERE

Where is The Clearing?  Click HERE


Call for Entries: Spring Gallery HOP!

Friday, May 5
Submission deadline: April 6

With the Downtown Rock Island Partnership, MidCoast is coordinating booth spaces for visual artists at Gallery HOP! The District of Rock Island will host local artists at a multitude of different venues the weekend before Mother’s Day (May 5).

A map will guide ‘Hoppers’ to each venue.  We may be adding a financial incentive for artist demonstrations to encourage interactive participation between artists and art lovers.

Deadline to enter as an artist is Thursday, April 6. To register or for more information, contact Sherry Maurer at info@midcoast.org, 563-424-1210.


Call for Exhibition Proposals: Davenport, IA

The Morrissey Gallery at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA is accepting applications for solo and small group exhibitions for the 2017-18 academic year

Submission deadline: received on or before Thursday, March 23, 2017

Notification of acceptance: by email, no later than Monday, April 24, 2017

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years of age or older, living within a 200-mile radius of Davenport, Iowa. Preference is given to

artists working with media that supports our academic majors in Book Arts and Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Painting/Drawing.

There is no application fee.

To Apply Go To: http://www.sau.edu/Morrissey_Gallery/Submission_Guidelines.html


Oak Park, IL

In May 2017, the Oak Park Art League will be presenting a Midwest Juried Exhibition that pays tribute to architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his iconic “Prairie” style, inspired by the natural environment and the American Midwest. The exhibition “Elevating Nature” is being presented in recognition of the architect’s 150th birthday, with exhibit dates coinciding with other Wright events that draw visitors from around the world to Oak Park.

Submission for this exhibition is open to artists from Midwest states including, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Artists are invited to submit 2D and 3D work of any media that references nature and/or the Midwestern landscape. Jurors Brian Ritchard and Brent Fogt will select works that embody the progressive spirit of Wright and the essence of the American Midwest. Over $2,000 in cash prizes for Best of Show and Juror Awards will be presented in two categories:

  • Most innovative interpretation of the Midwestern landscape
  • Best use or representation of natural materials or nature elements

For submission guidelines and entry to OPAL’s “Elevating Nature” exhibition, go to:

Midwest Juried Exhibition: Elevating Nature


Monmouth, IL

Deadline Last accepted Date for Entry June 15, 2017; click here for more information

Buchanan Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Lucas Cowan as the 2017 juror for this year’s 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition.

Cowan became The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously he directed the Public Art Program for the Maryland State Arts Council, where he spearheaded the passage of legislation requiring all state-funded capital projects to include public art in their construction, and was the Senior Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in Chicago, IL. He has curated and managed dozens of public art commissions and exhibitions of work by artists such as: Mark di Suvero, Jun Kaneko, Thomas Sayre, Shinique Smith, Sui Jianguo, and Lawrence Weiner.

Cowan has served on juries and panels across the United States, and has consulted on cultural park planning for cities such as San Francisco and Chicago. Cowan was most recently elected to the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council and previously served on the board of trustees for the International Sculpture Center, publishers of Sculpture magazine. Cowan is a founding member of the Advisory Council for Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Vermont.

Visit the BCA website at www.bcaarts.org for entry details.


Rock Ridge High School

Rock Ridge High School is hosting an art festival for our regional athletic conference of schools. Jillian Morrison, Art Teacher at RHS, is recruiting people to present workshops. The fest will be held at Rockridge High School on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. The workshops will run from 3:30 – 5:00pm. Presenters will be compensated for their time.

Basically, the presenter comes in, all materials are ready, they give the kids instruction, facilitate and supervise for 1.5hours.

Contact Jillian at jmorrison@rr300.org


Call for Entries: Freeport, IL

The 4th Biennial Mini Masterpieces is a fundraising exhibition where artists donate miniature artworks to the museum for a silent auction event. The purpose of this show is to raise funds that will benefit the Freeport Art Museum while also offering artists a chance to support the arts by challenging themselves to create artwork on a small scale and then display their talents within the galleries. FAM is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which receives no direct tax support. Proceeds from the silent auction will contribute to FAM’s mission and ensure the future of the arts and art education in our community.

To participate, artists need to RSVP by sending an email to FAM by June 1st, 2017.

Email the following information to info@freeportartmuseum.org (or complete the RSVP form online):

1. Artist Name: • Mailing Address: • Email Address: • Artist Website (if available): • Will you definitely donate artwork or should we consider your donation as a maybe? • How many pieces do you plan to donate: 1, 2, or 3 pieces; What type of medium will your piece(s) be?: acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, graphite, fiber, jewelry, etc.

2. Size-Each completed piece must measure no more than 6 inches tall, wide, or deep. This INCLUDES the framing, mounting, or display mounts. A 6 inch piece with a 7 inch frame is over the 6 inch maximum.

3. Media-Media may be any traditional or non-traditional materials as long as the finished/displayable artwork (including all frames and display materials) fits within a 6 inch by 6 inch by 6 inch space. Original works only: prints of larger original pieces will not be accepted. Please call with questions.

4. Display-Each piece must be ready to hang (wire or hanging hardware on the back) or sit on a pedestal.

5. Titles and Artist Statements-Email the titles and media of each piece along with a brief 3-4 sentence artist statement (one statement per artist, NOT one per piece) (Late statements may not make it into the printed catalog.)

6. Delivery-Print clearly and attach an information tag to the back/underside of each piece. Artists may hand deliver or mail donated minis to FAM, during regular business hours between June 1-30, 2017.

7. Event-The 4th Mini Masterpieces Fundraising Exhibition will have an opening reception with a silent auction of all donated artworks. The auction starts at 5 pm and ends at 7:30pm. Admission is $10. Artists who donate to the exhibition may attend for free. (Artists are encouraged to bring guests, but please know that free admission is only available for exhibiting artists, even if the artist has donated more than one piece.)

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING FAM! 4th Biennial Mini Masterpieces Fundraising Exhibition: July 21st –Sept 1st, 2017 Reception and Silent Auction Event: July 21st, 5-8pm


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


Rock Island, IL

Chris Starman, the producer and director of Skellington Swerve (www.facebook.com/SkellingtonSwerve) is booking diverse talents of the Quad Cities for a live, monthly variety show!!  Any artists interested in having pieces displayed during Swerve events, or any visual performers are welcome to perform at their events!

Chris is currently booking for upcoming shows on March 30th and April 27th.

Chris Starman
Skellington Swerve
(563) 528-5465


Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL is accepting art exhibit proposals for the 2018-2019 school year.  Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for solo, two-person, and group exhibitions. The University Art Gallery will provide accepted artists with a reasonable honorarium to assist with travel and shipping expenses, depending on needs and circumstances.

Your exhibition proposal must include:
Artist statement
Exhibition thesis and description of proposed exhibition
15-20 images labeled with title, size, date, and medium

Please submit these materials as a single PDF file (no larger than 10MB) to: TA-Hennings@wiu.edu


Ames, IA

The Community of Artists exhibit aims to encourage our local emerging and professional artists to try a new idea or get acquainted with juried exhibits. This all-media show accepts 65-70 pieces of artwork made by artists who live within 150 miles of Ames, Iowa.

Cash awards are given at the opening reception.

All Media Eligible: Including paintings, photos, jewelry, sculpture, etc.

Submissions due April 16
Artists notified Tuesday April 23


OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Artwork delivered to Octagon May 8-12
Opening June 2
Show Closes July 29
Artwork picked up by August 4

ENTRY FEES:  There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 ($15 for members) for the Octagon Center for the Arts Community of Artists Exhibit. For $20, artists may submit up to 3 artworks. Payment is accepted by check or by credit card.

email exhibits@octagonarts.org
call 515.232.5331

THE OCTAGON CENTER FOR THE ARTS is a non-profit community art organization located in downtown Ames, Main Street cultural District. The Octagon has been a cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966, serving more than 30,000 people annually through education classes and outreach programs, rotating community exhibits, retail gallery shop, and special events such as the Festival of Trees and the Octagon Art Festival. Thank you for supporting this important community organization through your participation and donations.


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


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Calls for Artists

Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair

Application Deadline is March 31, 2017

Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival showcases FREE live performances by Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists. The event’s Art Fair takes place Friday, September 1, through Sunday, September 3, in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square from 11am to 9:30pm. Application and guideline information can be found at chicagojazzfestival.us.

Calls for Musicians

Performance Applications Open for DCASE Festivals

Applications are open for some performance opportunitiesat DCASE festivals and venues. Please check cityofchicago.org/dcase for more information.

Calls for Filmmakers

ChicagoMade Short Series

Application Deadline is March 31, 2017

The Chicago Film Office is now accepting entries from local filmmakers for the Chicago Made Short Series that screens one independent short film prior to each feature screening of the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, Tuesdays, June 13-August 29. Selected short films will screen once to an audience of 8,000-10,000 and receive a screening fee of $250. Chicago-based filmmakers are invited to submit original, entertaining short films no longer than 8 minutes at chicagofilmoffice.us.


Studio Space

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

Contact Joel at 309-786-7432 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/




Fellowship Resource



11th Aesthetica Art Prize

I am delighted to announce that the 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for artists, both established and emerging, to further their career in the art world and showcase their work to a wider audience.

It is an internationally renowned award that nurtures and supports talented practitioners from around the world. Prizes include £5,000 for the Main Art Prize winner courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition for shortlisted artists and publication for 100 longlisted and shortlisted artists.

We would really like artists in your network to know about this opportunity. If you could share this news at Quad City Arts that would be fantastic, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please find some suggested copy and tweets below. For images, please contact me.

Facebook/ Enews:

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world.

The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize


360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist & Writer’s Residency

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist and writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency Dec 14, 2017 – Jan 13, 2018.

Winter applications are due July 30, 2017 thru CAFɦnbsp; www.callforentry.org

We also have a personal residency program for artists and writers who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 6 months). For more information visit: www.360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-overview/

More information on our new website: www.360xochiquetzal.com

Join and Like our 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page (lots of pictures!)

Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal

“Like” Quad City Arts on Facebook, so you’ll get to see our featured art of the week, see photos of our gallery openings, get the scoop on our Visiting Artist performances and more! Give us a thumbs up!

If you would like to have your artist opportunity listed here, please email the text to dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com.