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The Nook: The Guest Artist Space at Agitator


Agitator Cooperative Gallery, an-all volunteer operated 501c3 nonprofit storefront gallery, located in West Town-Wicker Park, 1112 N Ashland Ave, is accepting 2D visual art submissions to its monthly Nook – two sections of wall space featuring a guest artist’s work in conjunction with its regularly programmed monthly art shows.
The guest artist on the opening night of the monthly art show can invite guests and join the art show opening 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 please make a $40 donation to  help the nonprofit gallery pay its monthly operating cos via Paypal (Friends) at — AND add a note that this 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 below images and dimensions of the Nook space to determine how many and what size artwork to display.


Any artwork on paper, drawings or photos or prints 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.)
The guest artist at the Side Show can display 2D artworks on three wall spaces in the middle passage way in the gallery. (Scroll down this page to see dimensions and images of these wall spaces.)
Applicants need to provide the following information in their email:

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


For images: of the artwork include attachments of the following:
      a jpg portrait photo of yourself
     jpg photos of your artwork; each image should be in a separate attachment (or several smaller size works can be shown in one photo and individually identified)


Notification of acceptance. From the pool of applicants, six artists are selected to show for a 6-month period. We are currently selecting six artists for 2020 and will notify artists selected to be shown by the end of December 2019.

Special Offer: Artists, who join and support Agitator Cooperative Gallery by becoming a Junior or Senior Artist Subscriber member via Patreon will automatically receive the benefit of inclusion in one Nook display.


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 is on display here 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

and smaller sections of a third wall space facing west; the area on the sides of the wall cutout: 16″ on the left, 9″ on the right, and 22″ above the cutout.

Wall Facing West (Cutout opens into the gallery back room)