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Call to artists for neXt gallery -- Pop-Up Art Gallery Program

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The St Charles Arts Council (St. Charles, IL) is sponsoring the "next" neXt gallery (a Pop Up Art Gallery program), which will open Saturday, March 23 and run through Sunday, April 13.

Gallery Theme: Temporal Belongings

What we wear defines us, inspires us, identifies us and can change us. The exhibition TEMPORAL BELONGINGS explores what we wear, how we wear it and what it may mean.

Artists and designers are invited to respond to ideas of memory, identity, and interaction in the everyday expression through body and garment.

Entries may be in any medium.......connection with gallery theme is encouraged.


Please review the instructions below for submitting your entry. There is no form to fill out. Please send the requested information and the images of your work electronically to


Juried -- Jury Fee $15 (nonrefundable). Fees can be mailed to: St Charles Arts Council, 2 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Temporal Belongings brings the vision of Andrea Reynders to the neXt gallery program.

In addition to being Professor Emeritus at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Andrea is both a graduate and former Sage Endowed Chair of Fashion Design. During her tenure at SAIC, Andrea acted as a visionary, leading faculty and students through much growth and change. She was instrumental in the development of the Graduate Program in Fashion Body and Garment. Andrea currently serves as a Board member of the Arts of Fashion Foundation and the Chicago Fashion Incubator, and was recently awarded her second residency at the Quimby Colony. [She] has been a visiting artist at the Royal College of Art in London, The Department of Design at the University of Johannesburg, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa. [Andrea] has been a facilitator at Archeworks in Chicago, and is consulting with several Art and Design schools across the country developing new fashion studies programs. The designer lives and works in St. Charles, IL. She is a co-director with her architect husband, Hennie Reynders, in Studio Alabaster Blue LLC.

The jurors for this show are Ms. Reynders, Anke Loh, Chair of the Fashion Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Karen Lando, Entrepreneur, St. Charles.


Number of artists:

Minimum -- 10, Maximum -- 40

Number of pieces of art per artist:

Minimum -- 1, Maximum -- 7

Images for Jurying: If you wish to submit an entry, please send, via email, jpg images of the artwork that you would like to enter in the gallery/show. Each image should be 500 KB or less in size for ease of sending, receiving, and jurying. Any questions about or help with this requirement, please contact the SCAC at 630.443.3794 or Include with the image the title of the piece, its dimensions, price and in what way the artwork fits the show theme.



Artists will be notified of the jury's selection on or by February 22, 2013

Receipt of work -- March 15

Gallery will be open:

March 23 to April 13, 2013

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 23


The gallery will be staffed by volunteers and artists. It is not mandatory for artists to staff the gallery, but it is strongly encouraged. We strive to have the gallery open during standard retail hours.

The artwork will be in the gallery on consignment.

The artist exhibition fee is $40. The St Charles Arts Council is a 501c3 Public Charity, and so cannot take a commission on artwork sold. The artist will receive 100% of the selling price of their work. Illinois state sales tax will be collected, and will be the responsibility of the artist to pay to the State. The SCAC has liability insurance to cover the insurance value of the art in the gallery. All artwork must be ready to hang/install. Sculpture pedestals/stands must be provided by the artist. All artwork must be for sale. Delivery and pick-up of the artwork will be the artist's responsibility.

There is a comprehensive promotional plan for the gallery that includes a p.r. campaign, a social media campaign, and cross promotional opportunities with local retailers, restaurants, and arts organizations/businesses. The program web site is All artists in the show will be included on the website. Each artists' name will link from the neXt gallery web site to the artists' web site or other electronic site.

The St. Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to create an organization that serves and promotes the arts and cultural activities in St. Charles, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. The SCAC is staffed entirely by volunteers.

About the neXt gallery program:

The neXt gallery program is a collaboration that promotes local/regional artists, the SCAC, and the St. Charles business community. The program is called neXt gallery, because you never know where it will pop up next!

About the St. Charles Arts Council:

The SCAC will serve all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance. Ultimately we foresee a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts businesses, and a downtown architecture and streetscape conducive to both the aesthetics and business of art. Contact the SCAC for information at 630.443.3794 or at

About the City of St. Charles:

St. Charles, Illinois, located in both DuPage and Kane County, is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. Over 2,100 businesses employ over 34,200 people, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities. The City of St. Charles was recently named one of the "150 Great Places in Illinois" for the combined architectural work of the City Municipal Center, the Main Street Bridge, and the historic Hotel Baker.

The City's recently completed 2014 Strategic Plan includes the following Action Plan: Market and promote St. Charles as a friendly, appealing destination, characterized by activities, events, arts, and culture. Capitalize on artistic and cultural resources by supporting local talent and lively venues and activities. Encourage collective civic endeavors to broaden the variety of attractions and events.