Call For Exhibition Proposals

Arts + Public Life is accepting proposals for solo and group exhibitions to feature in the Arts Incubator Gallery during the 2019 exhibition season.

Application open: Monday, June 25, 2018
Application due: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:59pm CST

We invite Chicago-based artists, curators, and creative thinkers to propose fresh and original ideas that feature exceptional artists, designers, and thinkers, challenge contemporary curatorial practice, and consider the unique audience of Arts + Public Life–which includes, but is not limited to, artists and residents of the Washington Park area, students and faculty of University of Chicago, and the wider Chicago arts community.

Proposals should also seek to push beyond the traditional use of the gallery space through experimentation with ideas, technology, mediums, exhibition design, and audience engagement.

This call for proposals is open to artists, curators, designers, and innovators without preference to those with a high amount of curatorial experience. Recipients will receive marketing and production support as well as a $3,000 exhibition budget. Applications will be considered for multiple exhibition opportunities in 2019.

Applications must be submitted online through Slideroom at


Contact Nikki Patin at

Current Exhibition:

 The Art of Living in Black Chicago

Everyday Resistance: The Art of Living in Black Chicago
May 23–July 6, 2018
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 23 | 6:00-8:00 pm

The South Side Home Movie Project presents an exhibition of private film footage gathered from residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. In collaboration with Arts + Public Life, this exhibition features home movies captured by amateur South Side filmmakers animating a domestic space and offering a visual record and aesthetic of Blackness from the 1940s through the 1980s. This rich visual inheritance tells us much about Black control over the Black image and gives viewers the opportunity to witness moments of leisure and performativity lived within the constraints and confines of racism and anti-Blackness.

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Upcoming Exhibition:

Carrying A Place Called Home: New Works by Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

Opening Reception: Friday, July 20, 2018 | 6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition on view: July 20–August 31, 2018

Carrying A Place Called Home is the culminating program for the 2017-18 resident artists, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Arif Smith, and Victoria Martinez. The exhibition features new works the artists produced during their ten-month residency at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park that reflect on identity, memory, and place through painting, collage, dance and video.

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The exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space.

Exhibitions are realized throughout the entirety of the building and the surrounding Washington Park area, fusing temporal, public space with the dedicated interior. This coupling is echoed with the public programming efforts, as we introduce the work of national artists to the local conversation.


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