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 February 24, 2017

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Judy Gray Exhibit

Long-time artist and Bettendorf native, Left Bank Art League member, Judy Gray passed away this past Christmas. Ber鳫in Fine Art Gallery and Studio is honoring her with an exhibit representing her life’s work.

For the past 15 years Judy has been a well-known and locally involved artist; a member of Quad City Arts, Figge Art Museum, The Collective Arts, Left Bank Art League, MidCoast Arts, MRVAT, The Art Garage, and Davenport Art Museum – Life Drawing.  Her art pieces have been displayed in numerous art shows and local galleries.

Gray worked religiously at her craft. She explored a variety of mediums in expressing from photo realism to whimsical fantasy. Her passion, as a lifelong learner, brought her to many locations across the United States to study with some of the finest artists of our time. Original work, along with prints will be made available to the public with a portion of the proceeds to go to a scholarship fund created in her honor. “Many of Judy’s friends, community and art patrons wanted to know how to acquire some of her work”, says Pat Bereskin, owner of Bereskin Gallery. “We met with the family and they were touched and happy to make her work available for this worthy cause.” As a teacher, herself, Gray was well aware of those gifted students who were unable to study further because of financial restraints.

The show runs through March 18th, 2017. For additional information on the show please contact Pat at the gallery, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport, IA or bereskinartgallery.com.

Bereskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio represents 8 full time artists along with rotating guest artist exhibits. They offer classes for all ages and skill levels through the gallery and Mrs. B’s School of Art. Their goal is to provide the community with a warm and friendly environment conducive to collaboration and learning about art.


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.”


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.

Pleasant Valley Schools • February 18-26
Recognition Ceremony
12:30 and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 26

Geneseo  Schools • March 4-12
Recognition Ceremony:
12:30, 1, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5

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, March 9
5:30 p.m. Social Hour / 7 p.m. Talk
Social hour & Author Talk with Dr. Thomas Oates

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

Exhibition Tours
1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25
1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18


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!

Exhibition Tours
1:30 p.m. March 11, 19

Free with membership or paid admission


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.


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

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

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:

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!


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: 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 Entries: Dubuque, IA

Debra Alleyne
Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
50 West 13th Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864
Office (563) 690-6059


To apply, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/aotrApply, and fill out the required information.
The application is free and the deadline is March 6th.
Please feel free to distribute this e-mail to your community as well.

Thank you for your time and attention. For more information and to stay connected check us out on facebook.
If you have any further questions feel free to e-mail me back at edinteor@cityofdubuque.org or at artontheriver@cityofdubuque.org


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


Call for Entries: Quad Cities

NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative is seeking area artists to create new works to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and create a new revenue source for NormaLeah to improve the promotion of early detection and prevention.

For The Bodice Project, artists will be given a bodice (dress form) to decorate. These works of art will be displayed around the community in August/September, culminating with a silent and live auction at the Figge Art Museum on Sept. 23.

Interested artists are required to submit a concept proposal by March 1, with photos of current/past artwork and the completed Call for Entry form.The finished piece of art must meet the following requirements:

— Retain the approximate shape of the dress form (stands may be covered as artist sees fit).

— Be rated “G” for general audiences.

— Be sturdy enough to be transported three times.

— Artists should provide ropes and stanchions to protect their creations, which must fit within a 6-foot-by-6-foot space.

The 25 artists chosen will receive a dress form and a $200 stipend to help create the work that patrons can display in their homes or businesses. The stipend may be used to cover the cost of materials. All costs above $200 are the responsibility of the artist and are tax-deductible.

The NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Initiative will hold girlpARTs fest2 on May 7 — the kickoff event for The Bodice Project — at the Redstone Room in Davenport. It will include live music by area performers and an artist market. At that event, the names of artists picked for the Bodice Project will be announced.

The Call for Entry form can be found at form.jotform.com/NormaLeah/2017-bodice-project-artist-call-for.

Contact Mary McNeil with questions.
(o) 309.794.0009
1612 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201


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.


2017 DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  DubuqueFest is back May 19-21, 2017. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first time that DCFAS founders Ruth and Russ Nash brought this one-of-a-kind arts festival to Downtown Dubuque.


2017 Art Fair applications will be juried through Zapp. Artists have until March 15th to apply. contact artfair @dubuquefest.org for details


Help us celebrate the festival’s birthday with a ’70s themed dance party at The Lift on Friday, March 10th

*Art Fair applications are now open*
*Anniversary Party Fundraiser Friday March 10th*
*Open call for Musicians and Food Vendors*


Want to be part of the festival? We are currently scouting for food vendors and local music acts for 2017! Friday night will feature World Music. Saturday is open to all genres! Contact townclock @dubuquefest.org


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.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Arts Organization Grants

2017 CityArts Program

Application Deadline is February 28, 2017 at 5pm CST

DCASE is pleased to announce the 2017 CityArts Program grants program, providing general operating support to Chicago-based, arts and culture-focused, non-profit organizations with budgets under $2 million. Grant guidelines, applications and more information are available at chicagoculturalgrants.org.

Artist & Arts Organization Calls

Taste of Chicago Vendors

Application Deadline is March 3, 2017

Do you have a favorite neighborhood restaurant? Is it represented at the Taste of Chicago? Let them know that DCASE is now accepting applications for food vendors – 5 day vendors, 1-2 day “pop-up” vendors and food trucks – for this year’s event on July 5-9. Information and applications are available at cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Albany Park Branch Library Video Art

Application Deadline is March 12, 2017

DCASE–working closely with the Chicago Public Library, Alderman Laurino and community stakeholders–invites professional artists working in video to submit their interest and qualifications for a public art commission at Albany Park Branch Library. Four artists/teams will be commissioned at $4500 each to create original video artworks for the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. For details about this opportunity, including how to apply, please visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.


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 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






A Free Online webinar teaching methods to find galleries to exhibit in and how to approach them as well as how to write a better Artist Statement and Bio. All those who register for the webinar get a free booklet right away on how one artist got invited to the Whitney Biennial. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bit.ly/2iyfuco


RHS Photographic Competition want to inspire young and old alike to get outdoors with a camera and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be. Amateur and professional photographers can enter the updated competition. No Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/2dz6iVt


We sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions, and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States, and current year graduates. Entry Fee. Details: http://bitly.com/1T8JsnW

“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.