Pop-Up Art Loop™ is offering you the opportunity to showcase your work in exciting, unique new exhibition sites in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. We are currently seeking proposals from artists and curators for our 2013 Pop-Up Art Loop™ gallery locations.
How it Works
Unlike traditional galleries, Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop™ does not own or rent gallery space. Instead, we secure temporary exhibition sites inside vacant storefronts and public spaces. The locations range from windows that may be viewed 24/7 to storefront and interior spaces. Beginning with three locations in 2009, our plan is to add new exhibition sites throughout Chicago’s central business district. There is no entry fee or rental fee to the artist. Each space is available thanks to the generosity of Loop property owners and the Chicago Loop Alliance.
Pop-Up Art Loop™ is looking for artwork in a variety of media from individuals and groups:
Every exhibit-site relationship has its own set of guidelines in terms of size, visibility, and other physical requirements. Typically you will supply all the materials as well as hardware for mounting your exhibit. You should be prepared to remove your work within 30 days should the space be rented. You must agree to leave each location in the same or better condition than you found it. This means that Chicago Loop Alliance or the property owner will not sustain costs to restore the location to an acceptable condition as a result of the installation.
Every installation is a one-of-a-kind experience that requires all parties to communicate about appropriate and inappropriate content for a specific gallery space. Pop-Up Art Loop™ doesn’t censor any artist’s work, but is sensitive to the needs and limitations of the property owners and particular locations. Art that will be visible from the sidewalk should abide by the content restrictions that apply to public art.
If an artist’s work is not consistent with what had been discussed and agreed upon, the exhibition will be terminated at CLA’s sole discretion.
To have artwork considered, please fill out the application form below and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the preferred method.
To submit a proposal by mail, send it to:
Pop-Up Art Loop™ Proposal
c/o Chicago Loop Alliance
27 East Monroe Street, Suite 900A
Chicago IL 60603
For questions, email email@example.com.
Complete the application form and submit by email:
For all artists:
For 2D visual work and sculpture: Please include photographs or Web site links of your work along with 10 to 20 Prints or JPGS. All prints must be labeled with your name, title, medium, date and dimensions. Please mark each one and number them corresponding to an image list. All JPGS should be 72 dpi and no larger than 7” in either direction. Disk should be labeled with your name. Please number each JPG file to correspond to the image list. For Prints and JPGS: The numbers on the image list should correspond with the numbers marked on the print or JPG. Include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and a brief description of the work (less than 50 words for each slide). If framed work will be show, please also provide a description of each frame.
For installations: Please include diagrams and sufficient additional description to clearly convey your concept
For video work: Please include the title, credits, length, date, and format. For curatorial previewing, please supply QuickTime data files on either CD or DVD (non-encoded). Video segment should be no longer than 5 minutes and cued to the appropriate segment for panel to view. Only moving images, ie. time-based media, video art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted. Please do not submit videos of documentation of artistic process.
For live art: Please include photographs or web site links that document previous work; title, credits, length, date, and format for proposed work), and a description of content and concept of proposed work.
For artists outside of Chicago: Please include a brief statement showing your means to get to Chicago and availability to assist with staffing of the gallery.
We will confirm the receipt of your proposal and contact you about installation dates and locations if accepted. Please be patient as a response may take several months and our need for artwork is ongoing as space becomes available.
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