Providing an array of visual arts exhibitions throughout the year

Providing an array of visual arts exhibitions throughout the year


Providing an array of visual arts exhibitions throughout the year

Providing an array of visual arts exhibitions throughout the year

2018 Exhibitions

January 11 - February 10, 2018
Reception: January 13, 1-3pm

March 1 - March 24, 2018
Pen & Ink
Reception: March 3, 1-3pm

April 12 - May 4, 2018
Pantone: Little Boy Blue
Reception: April 14, 1-3pm

May 31 - June 23, 2018
Contemporary Nature
Reception: June 2, 1-3pm

July 12 - August 4, 2018
Union Street Gallery Invitational 2018
Reception: July 14, 1-3pm

August 23 - September 15, 2018
Hand Lettering
Reception: August 25,1-3pm

October 4 - October 27, 2018
Cabinets of Curiosities
Reception: October 6, 1-3pm

November 15 - December 15, 2018
Handmade Market 2018
Reception: November 17, 12-3pm

If an exhibition has already occurred, the title will be a link to a selection of the artwork from that exhibit. Images are pulled from the submission files and only included if they are a usable file type and size. 


Call: Hand Lettering                                                                                                             DEADLINE |July 20, 2018

Union Street Gallery is looking for work that involves hand lettering – think calligraphers, sign painters, and those who just love to work with lettering by HAND! Based on submissions and juror selection, a more specific focus may emerge or this may highlight the variety of art that connects with the theme “hand lettering”.

While we understand that much of this work can be done digitally by using a stylus or creating your own fonts, we do not want digitally created pieces or prints of originals. Printmaking, especially letterpress, is also a tricky medium in this call. We also do not want work that has been created with letterpress, unless the letters were also handmade and part of the submission. Similarly, if your print was created on the computer using pre-loaded or slightly edited types it does not fit this call.

About the Jurors
Pamela Rodey
Pamela is an artist, calligrapher, and singer in the south suburbs of Chicago. She has taken numerous classes and workshops at international calligraphy conferences and through the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. Pamela has been a member of the collective since 1982 and currently serves as their Special Events Chair, in addition to attending monthly study groups.

Alexis Moulds
Alexis is a designer and illustrator in the south suburbs of Chicago. You can view her work at Check out the Personal section for some of her lettering work, or visit her Instagram @ alexismoulds

Call: Cabinets of Curiosities                                                                                                            DEADLINE |August 25, 2018

Cabinets of curiosities have fascinated the public since the 16th century, and served as the precursors to natural history museums especially. Today, answers to any question or curiosity can be known instantaneously by searching a hand-held device, and the desire to collect and curate the odd, abject, vestigial or disappearing traces of organisms or natural objects persists in many formats.

Union Street Gallery is looking for submissions of artwork that speaks to how such collections inform our understanding of the natural world and our fleeting time on Earth in the digital age. Artwork can be 2D, 3D, and multi-dimensional. Work can be representational or abstract efforts of real or imaginary collections of any kind that convey the artist’s understanding of their world. 

About the Jurors
Madeline Henry
Union Street Gallery studio artist, Madeline is best known at USG for her ceramics and willingness to explore new media and ideas. Her natural curiosity and eclectic taste provide her with a wide perspective for considering this theme.

Dr. Robin Whatley
Dr. Robin Whatley, a paleontologist, is Associate Dean and Professor of at Columbia College Chicago. Among her research interests is using art to promulgate science literacy, especially about the history of life.




Union Street Gallery utilizes an exhibition committee, determined by the director and studio artists, to make programming decisions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a show, we encourage you to do so. This information will be kept on file and reviewed by the exhibition committee. You should NOT expect to hear back from us unless we are interested in the show or want to incorporate your work into other planned shows. Please complete the following form as a proposal for curated shows. Keep in mind we tend to have group shows, and very few solo shows. You can also send a link to your website as a solo artist. We maintain a record of this information. Curated show proposals and personal websites should both be sent to


Review our calls for art. These group shows are juried and curated throughout the year on a regional and national basis. Participating in a juried exhibit is the best way to build a relationship with USG. We only accept submission through our Submittable website. Emailed or mailed submissions for these shows will NOT be accepted. Payments must also be handled through the website.
We occasionally have open calls where anyone can participate, but most shows are juried. Pay attention to the details in our calls for art.