Calls for Art

The Arts Council has several opportunities throughout the year for artists to display their work in the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. This page is for all the open and upcoming call for artists. Artists can also find links to opportunities on this page. Arts Council team members are here to help you through the process to help you get your work featured.


Haynie’s Corner Arts District
2024 First Friday Season

The fountain at Haynie’s Corner during a 2021 First Friday event. Photo by Zach Evans

Click the link below for more information and the online registration form.

Please note that this application is NOT for music or food vendors. There is a separate application for food vendors. Completing this application as a food vendor will delay your participation in food vending.


Exhibit: 2024 Art in the City

Art in the City is the Arts Council’s annual members-only exhibit, and a chance for local artist members to showcase their current work. Each member receives one free entry into the exhibit. 

Membership:

Dues are $50.00 for 12 months of benefits. To review these benefits, visit our membership page at https://www.artswin.org/members

Cash, credit & debit, and checks accepted. Checks made payable to: Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 212 Main St., Evansville, IN 47708

Eligibility & Guidelines:

  • All media are eligible. 
  • Each artist must pre-register to enter.
  • Art MUST be original works and completed within the last two years. Entry cannot have been displayed in any Arts Council juried exhibition or have won a cash award in any regional exhibition.
  • Artist must sign a hold harmless agreement at the time artwork is delivered
  • Accepted art must remain on display for the entire duration of the show.
  • All sales generated from Art in the City will be subject to the 35% commission policy, established by the Arts Council. Each artist should price their work accordingly, if the piece is for sale.
  • Artists may enter one piece of work into the exhibit.
  • Submissions must be appropriately matted, framed and securely wired. No sawtooth hangers. 
  • Overall framed dimensions, cannot exceed 60” in any direction. Gallery-wrap format canvas is acceptable and must be painted on sides in lieu of framing.
  • Height Limit: 8 feet Weight Limit: 150lbs.
  • Artwork should be assembled and ready for juror at the time of delivery, no exceptions.

CALENDAR

Registration deadline: June 30th by 11:59 p.m.
Artwork drop off: July 8th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exhibit dates: July 11th – August 14th


Exhibit: Artist Curation Project

2024 Artist Curation Project

The Arts Council wants to see how YOU would curate the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. The Artist Curation Project is an opportunity to submit a proposal of 3-5  artists who you think would be phenomenal together on the wall. Three small groups of artists will be chosen by a committee; a group for each wall. 

How it works

One lead curator will organize a small group of artists (3-5), and curate their artwork into a cohesive exhibit on one wall of the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. The curator should not be one of the artists. The curator will choose a title, a theme, and the artwork for the exhibit. The curator will also install the exhibit. 

Non-Refundable Entry Fee + Juror and Awards

Proposal for Arts Council Members: Free

Proposal for non-members: $20

Membership dues and registration fees can be paid by cash, check, or online at https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_23d8848e-0ce2-11ec-a6d8-06c9b1bbd9b1&WidgetId=1880064 

Juror and Awards:

The juror for the Artist Curation Project is Tory Schendel-Vyvoda, curator of the Evansville African American Museum and director of the Lamasco Microgallery. Tory has been recognized by the Arts Council for excellence in academic, institutional, and neighborhood-based arts research, programming, and engagement. If you would like to learn more about Tory and her commitment to our local community, visit her website: https://www.toryvyvoda.com/biography-contact-info

CALENDAR

Proposal deadline: July 8th by 11:59 p.m.

Notification regarding your proposal: July 12th by 4 p.m.

Artwork drop off and install: August 22nd & 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m (group will install themselves)

Exhibit dates: August 24th – September 25th

Reception: August 24th, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Artwork pick up: September 26th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


GIG Fund

What: The GIG Fund is a grant of $2,000 – $4,000 that helps organizations bring artists into their community.

When: Intent to Apply is due May 23, 2024 (required). Applications are due June 12, 2024. Funded activities should take place between September 2024 and May 2025.

Where: Non-profit organizations located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the Native nations that share this geography can apply.

Who: This funding is available to non-profit and tribal organizations with a budget of $1 million or less looking to present at least two community activities featuring an artist.


Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities

The Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities supports and celebrates accessibility in the arts. It recognizes that the funding community in the Midwest has not historically invested in disabled artists and that increasing support for this group is an important part of increasing accessibility in the arts. It also advocates for the arts being viable employment, which is often overlooked by funding agencies supporting people with disabilities.