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The Nook: The Guest Artist Space at Agitator

Aaron Wooten, Nook Artist, January 2020

NOTE: As a result of the pandemic we are not currently accepting submissions to the Nook because we are not scheduling any shows in a physical space during this time.

We hope to resume accepting applications when it will be safe to re-open our exhibit space.




Agitator Cooperative Gallery, an artist-curator volunteer 501c3 nonprofit storefront gallery, located in West Town-Wicker Park, 1112 N Ashland Ave, is accepting 2D visual art submissions for  The Nook – two sections of wall space featuring a guest artist’s work in conjunction with its regularly programmed monthly art shows.  Nook exhibits are one month long.
The Nook guest artist should be a local artist who can attend the opening (and closing) nights of the monthly art show at Agitator Gallery. Part of the mission of Agitator Gallery is to support local and emerging, underrepresented artists.

The Nook is invited to also invite guests and join the art show opening that is usually scheduled for the second Friday or Saturday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
If selected to show art, the guest artist agrees to pay a $40.00 fee to  help the nonprofit gallery pay its monthly operating costs. Payment can be made via PayPal (please use Friends setting) at — AND add a note that this is a payment is for the Nook!

The artist also agrees to make a 40% donation for any artwork on display that is sold to the gallery.

Several larger size or many smaller size artworks may be submitted to display in the Nook. Please see photos below with dimensions of the Nook space to determine how many and what size artwork to display.


Any artwork on paper, drawings or photos or prints (unless it is unusually large, ie, more than several feet in size) should include a stiff backing board and or mat board for display and storage purposes, as well as a protective plastic cover or sleeve, if possible. It is strongly recommended to frame any paper, photo or print artwork for its own protection and for display purposes.

Artists are also welcome to display prints of their artwork for sale in the Nook space. (These prints do not need backing boards or mats or frames.)

We prefer Nook artist to deliver and pick it up from the gallery (or appoint someone to do so) at 1112 N. Ashland Ave in Chicago. Please check Agitator calendar and events to determine when the gallery is staffed and/or has an event scheduled. Artists should deliver their artwork one week prior to the monthly exhibit.  

If art delivery and pick up is not possible, please contact us to make arrangements to ship artwork to an Agitator member secure studio shipping.  Agitator is not responsible for shipment fees.

Applicants need to provide the following information in their email:

In the body of your email

• a very brief note about your background, art education, art practice and artwork being submitted to the show

• a link to your website or social media page where more of your art can be viewed.


Please attach to the email

• provide a brief artist statement (several sentences or up to 250 words), which can include information your background,  art education, art practice and artwork submission(s).

• label information for each artwork that is submitted in this format:

      Artist name
     Title of artwork, year completed
      Materials used, vertical x horizontal size in inches

• jpgs of your art; please provide separate attachments of each image

• a jpg portrait photo of yourself

(This information, the portrait photo, link to your art website will be included in an information card next to your work)  


Notification of acceptance. From the pool of applicants, six artists are selected to show for a 6-month period. Artists selected will be notified generally one month in advance of the monthly show.


The Nook artist has access to one large wall space around 7 feet wide facing east: ceiling height 9′ 10″. (Lazaro Villarreal is the Nook guest artist whose artwork was on display in August 2019.)

Wall Facing East


a smaller wall space facing south around 3 and 1/2 feet wide; the space between air ducts is 6′ 8″

Wall Facing South