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.

Call For Exhibition Proposals

Arts + Public Life is accepting proposals for projects, solo exhibitions, and group exhibitions to feature in the Arts Incubator Gallery during the 2017/18 exhibition season.

Application due: Monday, October 9, 2017 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 2018.

Applications must be submitted online through Slideroom at



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