Apply to be member of ARC Gallery

ARC is accepting applications from POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS OF ARC

Consider joining a women-run cooperative gallery that has just celebrated its 40th year of serving artists.  Be mentored by artists who have learned how to navigate the art world in a cooperative, nurturing way.  Learn how to work with others to put on exciting exhibitions.  Explore the art world outside of the commercial-gallery system.

And please feel free to pass this information on to your women-artist friends!

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Make an End-Of-Year Donation to ARC

Please Help Maintain our 40-Year Commitment to Excellence in the Arts

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ARC is an internationally recognized not-for-profit, woman artist-run organization that is home to an exhibition space that has been part of the Chicago art scene since 1973. Founded as an alternative to the mainstream gallery structure during the pinnacle of the women’s movement, ARC Gallery has successfully and continually provided opportunities for artists working in all media without reference to gender, race, sexuality, age, religion or political views.

ARC is one of the oldest cooperatives of its caliber in the country and was the early home to such artists as Miriam Schapiro, Kay Rosen, and Betty Parsons.

T-shirt contest winner

Rhonda Thomas’ created the winning design for “The ‘F’ Word: Feminism Now” t-shirt contest.

The t-shirts will be on sale at the ARC Gallery, starting at the show reception, December 5 from 6-9pm. All proceeds go toward the ARC Gallery.

Opening Reception, November 7 2014

We had a great turn out for Ruti Modlin’s PENTIMENTO, Laura Cloud’s multi media “Sky Impressions and other thoughts” and Candace Law’s encaustic/mixed media – “Improvisus” at ARC Gallery on Friday, Nov 11. The show is running through November 22 – please stop by!

Join us – Opening Reception 11/07/14

Please join us next Friday, November the 7th, 2014 for the opening of Ruti Modlin’s PENTIMENTO show, Laura Cloud’s multi media “Sky Impressions and other thoughts” and Candace Law’s encaustic/mixed media – “Improvisus” at ARC Gallery between 6-9pm.

The ARC GAllery

  • November 7, 2014
  • 6-9 pm
  • 2156 N Damen Ave, Chicago
  • 773 252 2232
  • Drinks and refreshments will be served.

T-shirt contest and call for designs

T-SHIRT CONTEST  for “The ‘F’ Word” exhibition

In December 2014, ARC will present the juried exhibition “The ‘F’ Word: Feminism Now”.  As part of the exhibition, ARC will be making T-shirts commemorating the show.  In conjunction, ARC has decided to have an open call to design the graphic of the T-shirt. Artists and designers are being asked to create an original front image for the T-shirt.  The T-shirt must also include specific wording for the front and back of the shirt in addition to an image.  See “T-shirt Specs” on prospectus for required information.


Updated application form to apply for a show at ARC next year.

ARC GALLERY has updated the form that we are using to apply for a solo show at the gallery.  Check out the current application form.  Bugs have been eliminated, and it is working well.

Call for entries

Become an artist from of ARC Gallery! Join the new ARTIST REGISTRY page.

Become an Artist Friend of ARC Gallery.
Be seen. Be found.

ARC Gallery is now extending the opportunity to be posted on and linked from our website to fellow artists, men as well as women.

This is a great way for prospective art lovers and buyers to find you. Show them what new works you have to offer. Let them view your website.

Go to the Artist Friend page on this website to see where you will be listed.

To sign up as an Artist Friend of ARC fill out the form on this page and donate $50. We will know it is for the Artist Registry page because you will also email a photo of your work sized 189pixels wide by 289pixels long to If this is difficult for you, just send us a vertical image, and we will resize it for you. Please include in your email a link to your website.  If you prefer to pay by check, mail us a check for $50 and include on it that it is for our Artists’ Registry.

Each listing will be up for a year with the ability to be renewed.

SUPPORT ARC…. ARC Moved to a New Location on April 1, 2012. Click this link to donate to keep us strong.

On April 1, 2012 ARC moved to Bucktown.  Our new home is at 2156 N. Damen.  Please donate to help this 40-year old Chicago non-profit institution continue to be strong.

Donate now.

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