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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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.

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


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.



Glass Classes, Tri-State Area

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


* 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.



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/


Wisconsin Art Classes

Barb McKinlay will teach art glass classes starting in January:

  • 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


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


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.