Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Exhibition Season begins late Spring/Early Summer through September. Each solo exhibit will then be curated by Eat Paint Studio staff in conversation with the artist within several weeks of their assigned exhibition dates.
We are happy to receive proposals of various types and accepts these on an ongoing basis starting usually in late winter. If we are interested in your project we will contact you directly.
All submissions to gallery calls and proposals for exhibits include nominal entry/application fees to help with administrative and staffing costs.
Types of proposals accepted:
- Solo exhibits
- Two person exhibits (while this is acceptable, it is strongly recommended that artists wishing to propose a two-person exhibit submit individual solo proposals, and request consideration of the two-person show as a curatorial option.)*
- Group shows (while our strong preference is for solo exhibits, we have considered and accepted group proposals in the past).
*PLEASE NOTE that our curatorial process also considers the possible combination of solo proposals into small selective group shows when possible, and agreeable to the artists.
Selected exhibits benefit from our annual membership listing in Chicago Gallery News, as well as our Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce memberships. All shows are promoted through both print and digital media including: 1) Paid and unpaid Facebook and Instagram promotions; 2) regular eNewsletters; 3) Digital advertisements on the CGA website and other professional newsletters; 4) Publicity submitted to news and media; 5) High quality print posters and postcards for artists to distribute. An open and a closing reception accompany each show, refreshments are provided by the Gallery. We provide limited liability insurance while work is on the premises. All sales are handled by the gallery for the duration of the show. Commissions may be negotiable based on your interest in gallery sitting or other in-kind activities.
Anyone can submit a proposal. Artists should bear in mind the need for a consistent and very strong body of work when submitting.
Open to all traditional and 2-D media. If selected, your work must be ready to hang, framed or finished.
While artists may provide a specific goal for an exhibit, the final selection and layout of works will be determined by an Eat Paint Studio curator in consultation with the artist/s.
We may create exhibition catalogs for sale through the gallery, as well as other printed postcards and posters which may feature work by exhibiting artists.
All exhibiting artists will receive one complementary copy of any exhibition catalog produced and will be able to purchase additional copies at cost.
Delivery and Return of Work
Artists must cover the cost to transport the artwork to and from the gallery. All work selected for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the submitted images or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Please note that professional-level presentation is a must. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in an easily reusable container/packaging. Works will be returned in the same manner as delivered or via UPS/USPS. Exhibited work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Work can not be stored. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of Eat Paint Studio.
Works will be insured while on gallery premises. Insurance covers theft, vandalism, damage caused by gallery patrons or staff (in accordance with and within limitations of gallery’s insurance policy). PLEASE NOTE: Insurance does not cover damage caused during shipping due to any reason, including mishandling by carrier or failure of packaging to protect works in transit. Also not covered is damage caused to work by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems installed by the artist, or disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship, or incidental damage to works whose artist-directed presentation methods put them at risk. The artist must be capable of providing proof of value in the event of any necessary insurance claim. In general we recommend artists to have separate insurance coverage on their artworks to ensure full coverage and protection while in transit, and as a supplement to gallery and other venue insurance.
Submission and Fees
Each proposal must be accompanied by a $20 non-refundable submission fee. Number of works is not limited. Fee must be paid by U.S. check or by credit card via PayPal. Detail images may be included, but only if necessary for understanding the nature or quality of the artwork.
What is my fee used for?
Our gallery is operated by artists for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses and administrative costs.
How many works should I submit?
For proposals we request 12 images be sent for consideration. If the proposal is accepted, additional images may be requested or offered for consideration and further discussion. For group proposals or solo proposals requiring more or less work for some reason, we can accept a different number than the preferred 12 for consideration. It is highly preferred for a majority of the works submitted to be available for exhibit if selected, rather than simply offered as a representational sampling of potential future work for exhibit.
Sale of Work: All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Eat Paint Studio will retain a commission of 50% on all artwork sold during the exhibition. The Gallery sets the final sale price on artwork in consideration of the artists history.
Preparing Images and Information
Images and Info: Eat Paint Studio only accepts digital images/files for consideration. The Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. Beyond such use, the artist retains full copyright of exhibited work. Submission CDs will not be returned, email submissions are preferred.
Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted on CD or by e-mail (send to: firstname.lastname@example.org). The email and online submission process is HIGHLY PREFERRED because it makes our process more efficient and saves postage and materials for the artists. Hi-Res, print-quality images will be requested for accepted works upon conclusion of the jury process. If suitable images are not provided, the work may not be included in the season publication.
Entry images must meet the following specifications:
All entry files (regardless of type or media) must be named with artist’s last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.
Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word ‘detail’ in the filename (i.e. Jones_Mike_1detail1.jpg). If you do NOT include the term DETAIL as part of the filename for any additional, extra, installation, or closeup images supporting your entry these will be counted as additional separate entries and our system will expect a corresponding fee for them. The copy of your entry form sent by email will provide samples for file-naming.
Information for detail images should NOT be included on the entry form. The image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”) and 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size but this is only approximate.
Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work. Any essential information regarding the nature of entries should be included in the notes section for each work on the entry form.
AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE
Submitting the entry form indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in this prospectus, that you are reserving spots in our jury, that you will send the application fee, and that you agree to make your work available and will ship/deliver it to the gallery should it be selected for exhibit. DO NOT submit an application form if you are not prepared to follow through.
- Completed proposal form (online submission is required)
- $20 Submission Fee (up to 20 images and multiple artists per exhibition considered as ONE submission)
- Digital images formatted as directed and submitted.
- Artist’s resume (if multiple artists are involved, include a resume from each) (e-mailed).