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Call for Artists – deadline for September Show – July 15

Exhibition Call  

Everything Has Changed
Life Altering Health Care Experiences in 21st Century USA

September 2019 Exhibit at Agitator Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Curator: Gretchen Hasse 

Call Contents

  1. The Gallery
  2. The Curator
  3. The Show
  4. Media Accepted
  5. Exhibition Calendar
  6. Contact Info
  7. Exhibition Events
  8. Key Notes
  9. How to Submit Your Work for Consideration
  10. Entry Form
  11. Gallery Diagram

1. The Gallery 

Agitator Cooperative Gallery is a worker cooperative that makes decisions by consensus, valuing each member’s input equally, relying on non-hierarchical collective decision making. Agitator seeks to promote and engage significant art, including art made by conventionally overlooked artists.

Members of Agitator are diverse artist-curators with various racial, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual identities. Members share a common goal to curate art work that agitates or campaigns to provoke dialogue and generate diversity, while respecting each artist’s vision and self-definition.

2. The Curator 

Gretchen Hasse has lived with knee pain since she was a teenager. The pain and damage in her joints has become more debilitating over time, and enduring it has shaped her character. In the fall of 2018, she was able to get 2 full knee replacements. Successful surgeries have reshaped her life. 

3. The Show 

This exhibit will show work by artists who have experienced — or are experiencing — life changing health care experiences. These experiences do not have to be triumphant success stories. This exhibit seeks nuance and many aspects of how particular artists, as people, have interacted with the health care industry in ways that were profound to them.

The artist chooses the relevant content focus for their work, which should permit the audience some window to the transformation created by the intervention of disease, accident, or health care industry experiences to which the artist’s body has been or is now subject. 

4. Media Accepted

Agitator is a small storefront gallery. Priority will be given to works 36” or smaller in any dimension, in order to accommodate a larger group of artists. Please see attached diagram for gallery layout and dimensions. 

2D : All media: drawing, painting, prints, etc. 

3D : All media, including site-specific installation.

4D : Audio, Video, Poetry and Performance accepted. Generally speaking, pieces should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, although some flexibility may be possible. See below for screening and performance / poetry opportunities.

Do contact us with your questions as they come up.

5. Exhibition Calendar

Application Deadline : July 15, 2019 

Acceptance Announcement Date : July 21, 2019 

Work Delivery Deadline : September 9, 2019

Exhibition : September 14 – October 5, 2019 

Video Screening / Fixed Audio Event : September 20, 2019

Performance Event : September 21, 2019

Physician Talks : Dates TBA

Artists’ Talk : October 5, 2019

Post-show Work Pickup Deadline : October 14, 2019 

6. Contact 

Gretchen Hasse : 

Gallery Website : 

7. Events 

Artist Talk Event – October 5, 2019

We have programmed an artist’s talk into the show. If individual artists wish to provide a longer discussion, after your work has been accepted to the show, send a proposal to the curator. 

Video Screening / Audio Listening Event – September 20, 2019

Agitator will host a audio/video event of short pieces during the month’s programming, providing an opportunity for 4D artists to speak about their work in context of a full presentation of the piece. The screening/listening event will be developed by the video/audio artists, in collaboration with the curator. 

Selected video and audio artists must supply a 1-minute teaser of the work they are showing, to provide preview.

Performance and Poetry Event – September 21, 2019 

Agitator will present an evening of one or more performance pieces. The performance event will be developed and managed by the performance artists, in collaboration with the curator. Please see attached diagram for gallery layout and dimensions. 

8. Key Notes

  • All curatorial decisions are final. 
  • Artwork is insured by the gallery while on exhibit. 
  • If your work is accepted, by submitting your entry you give Agitator Gallery the right to publish your images for publicity purposes (All credits to artist will be included). 
  • All artwork must be on display for the entire exhibition, even if the work is sold. 
  • Agitator Gallery requires a 40% commission-donation on all sales. You will retain 60% of the price at which the work is sold; please price your work accordingly.
  • All artwork must be ready to hang. 
  • Exhibit ends October 5, 2019. Work must be picked up from the gallery by October 14, 2019. 
  • By submitting to the show, the artist agrees to these terms. 

9. How to Submit Your Work for Consideration

You will use an online form to present your work to Agitator Gallery (link provided in 10). Not all work submitted for consideration will be shown; submission for exhibition consideration does not guarantee participation.

Please observe the following specifications. Work presented in formats that do not adhere to these specifications may be discarded. Agitator will retain submitted images of all selected artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and promotional materials.

Work Represented by Still Images

Provide a set of numbered images. Enter the details for each numbered image – Entry Title, Dimensions, Year, Price – in a matching numbered list in the appropriate space on the form.

Entry images must be color, 300dpi, .jpeg files no smaller than 1000 pixels in any dimension. Top of work should be aligned to the top of the image.

Name each image file as follows. “#” indicates the number of the work.:


If the image represents a detail of the larger work:


Video / Audio

Submit video or audio works as a link to a full-length online copy. Each submission should have its own link.

Agitator understands that internet-hosted audio/video files may be compressed poorly in order to stream. Full-resolution audio or video files can be presented to the gallery for exhibition.

Video / audio links should be provided on the entry form for each entry in the “Additional Information” section on the form, and should link directly to online streaming content that does NOT require a password or membership to access. 


Performance submissions should include documentation of the piece, either video or still images (see submission details above), plus a description of the performance presented in the “Additional Information” space on the entry form. Performance description must include length of performance, open floor space needed, and any other media requirements. 

10. Entry Form 

Click HERE to be directed to entry form.

11. Gallery Diagram 

Thank you for your submission!