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 info@arcgallery.org. 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.

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12 French artists in Chicago hosted by ARC

A group of artists from Le Genie de la Bastille in Paris has come to Chicago to show their work at ARC Gallery.  They are being hosted by the members of ARC in their homes for 2 weeks.  Come to the gallery to the exhibit.  It will only be up until August 6.

ARC exhibit reported on by The New York Times!


Chicago News Cooperative

Mural Exhibit Depicts Costs to Civilians in Afghanistan

Published: July 1, 2011

John Pitman Weber remembers the 1960s and ’70s in Chicago, when scores of artists would join mammoth marches protesting the Vietnam War and antiwar murals were a common sight on city streets.

Today, public art is much more “domesticated and institutionalized,” said Mr. Weber, the co-founder of the Chicago Public Art Group and one of the city’s best-known muralists. Of course, there are still some fantastic murals being created by MuralForm and independent artists but it’s not a common sight like once before. But Mr. Weber hopes a traveling exhibit of murals about civilian casualties in Afghanistan will evoke a past era when murals made bold political statements and spurred frank discussion about foreign policy. The exhibit, “Windows and Mirrors,” runs through July 23 at the ARC Gallery, 832 West Superior Street.
Mr. Weber helped the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace group, get the project going last summer, signing up noted muralists from around the country, including himself and seven other Chicagoans.

The 32 murals on exhibit here, which are painted on large panels of parachute fabric rather than walls, are graphic and disturbing: images of women wailing in despair; children playing amid explosions; corpses in an abstract, colorful array that Mr. Weber likens to “a cave painting.”
According to the United Nations, May was the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since it began keeping track in 2007, with at least 368 killed. Human rights groups say the true civilian toll may be significantly higher because many people die of disease, cold or hunger after being displaced from their homes by fighting.

The two murals by Lillian Moats, a Chicagoan, explore the impact of unmanned drones on civilians. One shows people fleeing a drone that casts a blood-red shadow. Another features a woman at a window, unaware that she is framed in digital cross hairs on the computer screen of a remote operator.
Mr. Weber’s piece, based on a news photograph, depicts a young boy learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, below a hodgepodge of low-tech artificial arms and legs jumbled on a shelf.

“The tens of thousands who must learn to live with their mutilations seem to me more dramatic than the mourning of the tens of thousands dead,” Mr. Weber said in his artist’s statement.

The prevalence of amputees is also depicted in drawings by Afghan children displayed alongside the murals. Zaher Wahab, an artist who splits his time between the United States and Kabul, Afghanistan, asked the children to draw situations representative of their daily lives. They drew pictures of children with amputations, a bleeding pigeon and a frowning sun.

The exhibit made its debut in Philadelphia in October and is touring cities across the country. At each stop, artists are working with local schools to create pieces. In Chicago, they have been at Josephine Locke Elementary School and Sullivan, Thomas Kelly and Orr Academy high schools.

Mary Zerkel, the American Friends Service Committee’s national coordinator of “Windows and Mirrors” and a Chicagoan, said she hoped the exhibit would remind people to contemplate the effects of a war that seems endless, even as President Obama last week announced a troop withdrawal in coming months.

“It’s been almost 10 years – my daughter’s entire life – this war has been going on,” Ms. Zerkel said. “People talk about ‘Afghanistan fatigue.’ They’re tired of thinking about it. We hope this makes people talk and remember.”



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