Call Detail
Call for Exhibition Proposals: 2024-25
Entry Deadline: 1/8/24
Days remaining to deadline: 33

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 12
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 12
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Illinois

Quad City Arts invites artists living within a 250-mile radius of Rock Island, IL (most of Iowa, Illinois, parts of WI and MO.) to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition. Selected artists will be paired with one or two additional artists for a 2-month long exhibition occurring between September 2024 and August 2025 in one of our two unique exhibit spaces. Cohesive bodies of work are highly desired. All media will be considered. Exhibited work will also be featured in our online sales gallery: 

Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery occupies a 1908 department store space near the banks of the Mississippi River. Features include original wood floors, a 14' high, tin ceiling, and a wall of windows that face the Mississippi River. The exhibition gallery has 1500 sq. feet of space and 106 running feet of wall space. This gallery is ideal for large work, both 2D and 3D, cutting edge or experimental work, very small work that requires close-up viewing, installation work, performance art, nudes, and everything in between. A free public reception for the artists is held.  

Art at the Airport Gallery sits next to the arrival/departure seating area in the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL. It boasts 1,600 sq. feet of exhibition space inside 4’ deep cases enclosed by 7’ tall, locked glass panels. Numerous electrical outlets and controlled lighting make this an ideal space for works incorporating neon or video. It can accommodate works up to 7’ tall and sculptures 4’ wide. Over 2 million visitors pass through this space annually. Due to the highly public nature of the space, no nudity nor highly controversial works will be displayed. Currently, no public receptions for the artists are held. 

Entry fee: $10 Deadline: Jan. 8, 2024. Notification: Feb. 16, 2024 

Application Requirements

Submit 6 high quality images of original artwork created by you in the last 3 years and not previously shown at Quad City Arts to represent the body of work proposed.

Proposal: Briefly state the overall theme, idea, or inspiration behind your work. Indicate how many pieces you would realistically have ready if you were selected to show your work 7 or more months from now. (Both galleries are large and artists with smaller works or smaller bodies of work will be paired with complementary artists to make full use of the space.) Give the range of sizes of your pieces. For example: I enjoy traveling and I capture the essence of the people and places I visit. I propose to display 25 oil paintings that range from 11 x 14 to 36 x 48”.  Do not use your name or the names of other artists in your proposal. The names and contact information of applying artists are not shared with our jurors to remove name recognition bias.

2 person or group proposals: If you wish to exhibit with a specific artist or a group containing up to 6 artists, then one artist will fill out the application and state that they are proposing a two-person or group show. Describe how the work of the proposed artists relates to each other and how many pieces each artist proposes to show. Divide the sample portion of the application among the applicants so that each person submits the same number of art samples.

The purpose of the exhibition is to not only show your work, but to further your career through sales of your work. If selected, most of the work exhibited should be for sale. 2D work must be framed for exhibition, unless gallery wrapped canvas is used; some exceptions allowed.

Eligibility Criteria

This is a regional competition open to all artists over 18, residing within 250 miles of Rock Island, Illinois (most of IL, IA, parts of WI and MO.)   

Only original works of art not previously shown at in a Quad City Arts Gallery and created within the last three years can be exhibited.