Open Calls for Entry & Upcoming Exhibitions in 2021

City Gallery Art Stroll 2021

February 12- April 2

Press Release – City Gallery Art Stroll 2021

The Art Center Highland Park and Art Makers North combine efforts to create a unique exhibit , ‘What the World Needs Now . . .’ The answer, of course, is twofold: Love AND Art!

This ‘pop up’ exhibit is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 12th, as a positive step to countermand the difficulties of exhibiting art during a pandemic and provides a safe activity for those who have been homebound. The interpretation of the theme ‘Love’ will be loosely interpreted.

TAC and AMN will coordinate with local storefronts (mostly the empty storefronts though stores in operation are welcome) to create an art stroll in different neighborhoods of beautiful Highland Park. Our goal is to make art accessible to all, showcasing artists while providing a COVID-19 safe way for artists to display their work to community members and visitors from the entire Chicagoland area to see, experience, and hopefully purchase, original works of art.

One to three entrees are accepted by the jury. TAC will play ‘matchmaker’ between the accepted artists and the available window spaces. Artists will be given a building manager’s information and will arrange directly with them when they can install art per city codes (directions provided with notifications.) Help with installation is available for a small fee. Artwork can be shipped to TAC and postage return boxes should be included.

Maps will be created for the public to have access to the work and prizes will be awarded to artists.

Areas to be covered (as of this printing) include the Central/Downtown business district and Ravinia Business Districts.

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Important Dates:
January 22: Call for entry deadline
February 1: Notifications sent
Installation: Week of February 8: Google sign-up to follow
February 12: opens to the public
April 2: Last day of exhibit
Pick up: Week of 2/3/21, by arrangement

Please label all work with name and title. Contracts will be sent after notifications.

Once you ‘submit this entry’ with payment, you may not re-enter to make changes.

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US: All People Everything 

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THEM: All People Everywhere

February 19- April 3, 2020

(Due to Covid restrictions there may not be a reception but visitors are welcome to view the exhibit M-F from 9-5 pm in small groups.)

Susan Block
Robin L. Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US: All People Everything

In a polarized world, what does it mean to be an ‘us?’ Is it grouping people together personally, as in the us of our family or community? Or is it political, grouping us by party, by race, by gender, or by place of origin. Robin Power and Susan Block define US by connecting all people, everything. Their sense of form represented in their work is based on the commonality of the human condition.

THEM: All People Everywhere

TAC Galleries, with guest jurors Susan Block and Robin Power, is searching for work for the juried exhibition, THEM: All People Everywhere. We are exploring how systems of labeling “other” lead to systemic discrimination, racism and conflict. In this extremely divisive era, how do we overcome the “us versus them” mentality? What brings US together? Inspired by the call to action by Toni Morrison, 

“THIS IS PRECISELY THE TIME WHEN ARTISTS GO TO WORK. THERE IS NO TIME FOR DESPAIR, NO PLACE FOR SELF-PITY, NO NEED FOR SILENCE, NO ROOM FOR FEAR. WE SPEAK, WE WRITE, WE DO LANGUAGE. THAT IS HOW CIVILIZATIONS HEAL.

I KNOW THE WORLD IS BRUISED AND BLEEDING, AND THOUGH IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO IGNORE ITS PAIN, IT IS ALSO CRITICAL TO REFUSE TO SUCCUMB TO ITS MALEVOLENCE. LIKE FAILURE, CHAOS CONTAINS INFORMATION THAT CAN LEAD TO KNOWLEDGE — EVEN WISDOM. LIKE ART.” — 

TAC Galleries are replacing the word versus with the conjunction AND in order to break down these kinds of divisions. Our hope is to redefine “other” or “them” to encompass a larger use of “us,” reflecting a more realistic mirror image, providing feedback of what is around us in a more inclusive representational way.

Susan Block and Robin Power are featured artists and guest jurors.

Chicagoland native, Robin Power received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute, Chicago.  Her primary areas of study were Figure Sculpture and Drawing.  She is an exhibiting and teaching artist. Currently Robin holds a faculty position at Stirling Hall Art Center in Lake Forest where she teaches Ceramic Figure Sculpture and Hand-building. “The underling theme of my work is about the human condition and our interconnectedness.”

Susan Block is an Artist/Stage Actress/Painter/ Sculptor. She holds an M F A from The Art Institute of Chicago. Susan has appeared in dozens of stage plays.  She was nominated for best actress of the year for her performance as Martha in, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee.  Susan has shown her paintings nationally and internationally. She has had one person shows in galleries all over the United States. She has also had one-person shows in Europe; including across from the National Gallery in London and in Dublin.  Susan has also shown her work in Paris. “I believe in the gift of being born in America.  My work is always about breaking boundaries and being free.”

Important Dates:

  • January 22, 2020: Call for entry deadline 
  • February 19- April 3, 2020: Exhibition Dates
  • February 15- drop off: Google sign-up to follow
  • February 16-19: Installation
  • February 19: opens to the public
  • (Due to Covid restrictions there may not be a reception but visitors are welcome to view the exhibit M-F from 9-5 pm in small groups and there may be a zoom reception)
  • April 3: Last day of exhibit
  • April 5: Pick up- Google sign-up to follow

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Nature VS Nurture

June 18-July 31, 2021

Opening Reception: June 18, 2021 5:30-8:00pm

        

Nature vs. Nurture theme is inspired by the a concurrent “Famil-E” exhibition with featured artists/guest jurors Sheila Elias, Joshua Elias and Joyce Elias. As a mother/ child trio the question of whether we are born with the artistic abilities or whether it is a matter of influence and exposure will be explored through this call for entry. TACHP is looking for work that is influenced or inspired by familial connections or explores topics of nature vs nurture in general. A wide interpretation of the theme will be accepted.

Guest jurors and featured artists:

Sheila Elias, Joshua Elias, Joyce Elias in famil-E

 Photograph by Danny Arnold (NY Times Miami Art Basel

THE IMPORTANT DATES/ INFORMATION FOR THE SHOW ARE AS FOLLOWS:
May 21, 2021: Deadline to Submit
May 28, 2021: Notifications Sent

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