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Call for Artists – deadline for June show – May 13

Agitator Cooperative Gallery member artist-curators take turns curating a monthly show. Each month a curator organizes a show, deciding on its format, and some of the shows feature calls for artists. Other shows select and invite artists.

Personal History in Narrative Figurative Paintings

June 2019, Agitator Cooperative Gallery, 1112 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Show: This show will feature 2 or 3 or 4 painters, whose paintings use oil or acrylic paint, each of whom will show a series of paintings or a dyptch or tryptych based on their personal journey.

Exhibit Dates:

7:00-11:00pm, Opening Night, Friday, June 7, 2019
2:00pm, Closing Artist Talk, Saturday, July 6, 2019

Curator: Andrea Kaspryk, one of the founding members of Agitator, a nonprofit storefront gallery at 1112 N Ashland Ave, will also be one participating artists in this show.


Submission Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019

Submission to the Show Requires the Following:

Also Submissions should reflect some degree of facility with painting the figure acquired through drawing and painting a figure model in drop-in sessions and/or classes.

Initial Submission: a JPG image for each painting submitted to the show.

a JPG image of the entire series of paintings shown together;
for each submission, use the title of the work (or series) to name the file.

  • In the text of the email (or in an attachment) include the following information for each painting in this format: name of artist, title, date of completion, materials, size of work, and price

  • Sample Label Format

  • Andrea Kaspryk
    Overcoming Stigma, 2019
    Oil on canvas, 40” x 30” [vertical x horizontal]

  • In the text of the email – a link to a website and/or social media site for art

  • If your art is chosen to be in the show. Additional information needs to be submitted:
  • As an attachment — A statement, explanation or commentary about the series from 250 to 1,000 words

As an attachment — Artist bio and artist statement (the two can be combined or separate)

Note: The series of paintings should include at least 2 paintings and up to 6 or 7 paintings. The 600 square feet of the main gallery space limits the size of this show to two to four artists. Most of the paintings should be medium (at least 24” x 18”) to large in size (around 40″ x 30″ and larger), so they can be easily seen through the large front window of the gallery. An added smaller format painting (less than 24″ x 18″) or two can be added to supplement the series or for part of the dyptych or tryptych.

Programming, Display and Performance Opportunities

During the 4-week duration of the show, each artist can also schedule a night of performance, activity, or video that relates to their paintings in the show, and the artist will work in collaboration with the curator to schedule and set it up.

  • Also, each artist can include sculpture, found objects, and other materials that relate to their paintings, as long as it does not take up too much space, nor obstruct viewing any of the paintings in the show. For example, in my last show Carrying Burdens, I included a large, oversize backpack with the name of the show in the ID part of the bag in the front gallery window, and I wore this backpack for a while during the opening.

  • Art Sales

  • Participating artists will fill out and sign a contract with Agitator Gallery. For any art sales made, the artist will donate 40% of the sale price to the nonprofit gallery to help pay its operating costs, so this percentage should be taken into account when setting a price. Artwork shown in the gallery is insured by the gallery. This show will be promoted on Agitator Gallery’s website and social media feeds (Facebook and Instagram).

  • What style and type of paintings are being sought for this show in terms of style and technique?

  • Examples of currently active figurative and narrative painters whose work I find inspiring:

    Nicole Eisenman, James Kerry Marshall, Georg Baselitz, Paula Rego, Mary Lou Zelazny.

  • Painters from the past: Archibald Motley, Jose Clemente Orozco, Max Beckmann, Stanley Spencer.