Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation

The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation

2011 Visual Arts Competition

Submission Deadline:

About the Competition:

March 15th, 2011 by 11:59pm

The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation will award up to $17,000 for excellence in the 2011

Visual Arts Competition. There is a general category and a photograpy category

Who: Visual Arts students between the ages of 18 and 30 in Undergraduate or Graduate Academic Arts Programs in the Chicago Metro Area.

Location: Union League Civic & Arts Foundation

65 W. Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60604

Questions: Email us at

Call us at (312) 435-5916



Monday, January 24, 2011

2011Creative Chicago Survey

Please contact Barbara Koenen at
The 2011Creative Chicago Survey, available online in Spanish and English from February 4 - 25, will invite creative practitioners who live and work in Chicago to describe who they are and what they need to thrive, including specific space and business assistance information. This information will help the City determine policies and programs to support its Creative Sector, and be shared with interested organizations, research and advocacy efforts. The Creative Chicago Survey is unique because it invites the creative community to opt-in and define itself, rather than working from a pre-determined list.

To have the greatest impact, our goal is to hear from all creative people who live and/or work in Chicago. We are enlisting your organization's help to cast a wide net by inviting your creative community to opt-in and participate.

Who is a creative? An artist or an architect, a chef or DJ, a member of a church choir or a fashion designer, a teaching artist or playwright, an arts administrator or a filmmaker, a knitter or an industrial designer. Not just professional artists, but every person who engages in a creative practice as their job or their hobby is considered "a creative."

Many members of your staff, your audience, your board, your neighbors all engage in creative practice, and we'd like your help to invite them to take this online survey.

Here's How Your Organization Can Help:

LINK - Add a Logo and Link for the Creative Chicago Survey to your website. Download it here

EMAIL - Send emails to your entire list throughout the month of February - either as dedicated eblast or simply add a section about the survey to your existing email. We'll send you several messages in the next few weeks, and you can download the logo here

SHARE - If you'd rather not send out several emails, and would prefer to share your list with us, DCA will use it for survey purposes only.

FACEBOOK - Share the Creative Chicago Survey Facebook page with your group.

SOCIAL MEDIA - In addition to Facebook, share the link via your Twitter, Myspace, blog and other social media.

OTHER IDEAS? - Let us know if you have other ideas for getting the word out.

Survey Dates are February 4 - 25, 2011.

Project Background and Goals

In 2000, the City conducted the Chicago Artists Survey, which led to the development of the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website and the Creative Chicago Expo, and informed numerous artist housing developments and other policies and programs. Alot has transpired in the past decade, and results of the 2011 Creative Chicago Survey will help support and grow Chicago's current creative sector, and be an important resource for advocacy and planning. Survey results will be presented at a public meeting later this year, and disseminated online. Additional reporting and targeted analysis of specific sectors are available options.

The Creative Chicago Survey research is being conducted by Slover-Linett Strategies, a highly regarded research consultancy, while DCA is spearheading the marketing and outreach. The 2011 Creative Chicago Survey is funded by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

Your questions and suggestions are welcome.

Please contact Barbara Koenen at

Thank you for your support and assistance

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Annual Dinner Party for Newcomers & UAR Volunteers

Urban Art Retreat 1957 S. Spaulding, Chicago


I am writing you today to remind you that the URBAN ART RETREAT Annual Dinner for Newcomers is coming up soon! I am also writing to ask you to consider nominating a deserving and talented person with much to offer to the UAR board of Directors.

Annual Dinner Party for Newcomers & UAR Volunteers

January 29, 2011 (Saturday), at Lou Malnati's Restaurant

Corner of Cermak & Ogden in N. Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago

Time: 5:30 p.m.

$7.00 per person plus tip.

Each year UAR volunteers, members, and interested new comers gather to break bread and share our stories, find out what UAR did in the past year and what UAR has planned for the upcoming year. before.

Nominating UAR Board Members

UAR volunteers, board members, & general members, meet weekly at a 3 p.m.

Saturdays at UAR to keep informed about UAR goals & objectives. Board members are required to attend a minimum of one organizational meeting per month. Each board member is asked to contribute in some way on a monthly basis or more if they can. Some things they can contribute are - helping with fundraising, helping with grant writing, and representing the UAR at off-site and during outreach activities.

URBAN ART RETREAT is an all-volunteer organization. UAR relies on volunteers to provide programming, raise money for operation costs, and ensure the future of UAR. UAR offers great opportunities for volunteers to gain access to terrific on the job training & work experiences. Our volunteers do the work of UAR, not just stuffing envelopes. For those looking for a meaningful volunteer experience- look no further than UAR.

Please visit our website and check out our programming and mission. We offer, among other things -

1. Women’s resident, furnished bedrooms, library, kitchen, full bath, on the 2nd floor of our building, onsite laundry.

2. Art studio program specially minded artists, (both artists and non-artists are welcome)

3. Off-site program that provides therapeutic art programming for all populations at
other sites who don't have an art program. We serve diverse peoples with diverse issues.

4. On-site art gallery program providing exhibition and consultation services for under-represented people. We call it a steppingstone art gallery and include both novice artists and artists with extensive resumes in each show. We show art by local artists, artists around the country, and artists from around the world.

5. Children's program after school in fall/winter and weekly in spring/summer. In addition to helping neighborhood children with their homework, reading, writing, spelling; we provide a healthy snack. We also provide a fun art experience each time the children attend. We take children on fieldtrips to see other parts of Chicago outside of their neighborhood.

6. During the nice weather, we offer a gardening program that includes learning to value nature, relaxing outside, and participating in gardening tasks.

Communication and Interaction Aspects of UAR

We provide various discussion formats so that people can express themselves and be heard, listen to and learn from others, hone their social skills, and become a better-rounded person. All of our programs include communication and interaction.

In all our programs there are some central themes. Some are about learning and expressing oneself about social justice issues, treating each other with kindness and respect, banning violence from our programs and property, working on improving ourselves and others regarding racism/sexism/homophobia/abelism, and other "isms". We value diversity, peace, tolerance and acceptance for all.

URBAN--Although we are located in an Urban environment, we make connections with the earth, and treat each other with the trust and kindness of country folks.

ART--Our middle name is Art and yes, plenty of what we do is about art and art-making for all (not just for artists), however, we are so much more than only art.

RETREAT---In addition to these themes and issues, we offer Retreat, relaxation and de-stress options for those who come to our site and/or off-site programs.Please consider attending, spread the word about this unique place; and take some time for yourself in the stressful, fast paced world we live in.

Dianna C. Long, is the Executive Director, of

Monday, January 17, 2011

14th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show

As previously announced, we are very excited to have the 14th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show at Chicago Urban Art Society located at 2229 S. Halsted.

Please review the following and contact us as soon as possible with details of the work you wish to submit in order to secure a spot in this year's show.
Opening Reception: Friday March 11, 6pm - Midnight
Coinciding with Pilsen's popular 2nd Friday gallery scene.
Closing Party: Friday March 11, 2011 6pm - 1am
Bike fashion show and live music following the Critical Mass ride.

Deadline for submissions Feb.19th, selection completed Feb. 25th

Art drop off Mar. 1st thru Mar. 5th.

We are looking for art in all media — painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, interactive, and fashion. Our only stipulation is that it be bicycle related. If you need extra time, we can be flexible as long as you communicate your plans with sketches, dimensions, and photos of work in progress.

We will be relying on CUAS Creative Director Peter Kepha to jury the show this year. Anyone with site specific art with special installation requirements is invited to visit the Chicago Urban Art Society gallery at 2229 S. Halsted to take a look at the space and meet the curators Saturday January 22, 2-5pm.

For each piece, email the following to:

1. Your Name

2. Title

3. Media

4. Dimensions

5. Installation requirements

6. Well lit high-res photo of work

At a time of Chicago's political transition away from the pro-bike Daley administration, we encourage work that explores our city's rich bicycle history and promotes a dialogue on improving our city's cycling future. We will be creating an informational space in the gallery to highlight recent developments in bike infrastructure and preview progressive plans yet to be implemented in Chicago. Please feel free to offer suggestions and consider collaborating with us on the following initiatives.

Mind the Gap: New street signs for the blind spots in Chicago's bike grid.
Bike lanes have made cycling in Chicago safer, but bridges and underpasses often have no space marked for bike traffic and make it dangerous for cyclists to cross the rivers, train lines, and highways that divide our neighborhoods. Join us in creating street signage that establishes a new visual vocabulary for motorists and cyclists negotiating critical gaps in our city's bike lane network. Contact us to contribute!

In 2009 we had a graffiti artist trick out some helmets. We have helmets available to paint if anyone wants to lend their artistic talents to making safety stylish. Stuart is planning a lightbox installation displaying x-rays from bike accidents, let us know if you have an x-ray of a bike related injury to contribute.

There are many initiatives looking to design and install sculptural bike racks throughout the city. We would love to have prototypes installed in front of the gallery on opening and closing night, and it's a great opportunity to promote creative solutions for bike parking. Contact us if you would like to create bike racks for the show.

Please pass this message along to any artists you know that fit the bill. As the time nears, we will be publishing more details, so stay tuned.

We look forward to your submissions —

Curators: Peter Kepha, Stuart Hall, and Steven Lane
14th Chicago Bike Winter Art Show
Chicago Urban Arts Society
March 11 - 25, 2011

Media Contact:
Lauren Pacheco, Executive Director + Co-Founder
T: 773.318.9407

overstocked arts pond: fish too big & fish too many

overstocked arts pond: fish too big & fish too many

Sunday, January 16, 2011