Opportunities for Artists


Artists with at least ten works of a similar style: apply for an exhibition! No cost to apply. No risk. Lots of benefits! Get your work seen! If you’ve shown with us in the past or been turned down before, it’s time to try again….

Quad City Arts Call For Exhibition Proposals:
Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of the Quad Cities to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition in one of our two gallery spaces during 2018-19.  (Exhibitions will occur August 2018-through July 2019.)

Our Rock Island Gallery is located in what was once a department store in 1908, with the original wood floors and a 14′ high, tin ceiling. The exhibition gallery has 1500 sq. feet of space and 106 running feet of wall space. There are floor-to-ceiling north facing windows looking out on the Mississippi River.



Quad City Arts @ the Airport is located in front of the main arrival/departure seating area in the Quad City International Airport. It houses 1,600 square feet of exhibition space in floor to ceiling glass cases. Over 2 million visitors pass through this space annually.


Artists who have exhibited at one of Quad City Arts’ galleries within the past two years will be considered for exhibition in the alternate space. For example, if you were selected for a show at the airport during 2017-2018, you are eligible to exhibit at the Rock Island Gallery.

All media will be considered. There is no cost to enter submissions.


To view the form or submit an entry, CLICK HERE.

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 August 1, 2017

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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/



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.


Art Deadlines List – DOZENS of Calls for Entry!

Visit: http://artdeadlineslist.com/




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




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