Pen & Ink Exhibit

Union Street Gallery is looking for works that highlight the use of pen & ink in the creation of representational and non-representational works of art. Artists are encouraged to submit works that showcase their unique and skillful use of the material through pens, brushes, and any hue of ink. While we imagine a majority of the work will be two-dimensional, three-dimensional works that the artist feels meet the call are welcome for submission.

About the Juror – Kate Lewis

Kate Lewis constructs tales as tall as the buildings she renders while fusing art and architecture to chronicle life experiences. The purposeful selection of structures underlines the belief that walls silently absorb the stories lived within them; that much like us, they become a product of their environment. Learn more and see her work at


ARTWORK DUE: Pantone: Little Boy Blue

This exhibit is open to all artists! All work will be displayed if it fits the call below. Each submitted piece should be labelled and come with a $20 entry fee. This exhibit is supposed to be a fun fundraising opportunity for the gallery. Drop artwork off during regular gallery hours March 29 12-4, March 30 12-4, and March 31 11-3:30. 

Pantone: Little Boy Blue invites all artists to create works of art that are predominantly the color, Little Boy Blue. This open call welcomes artists of all levels and mediums. This exhibit is a fundraiser for the gallery and an opportunity to bring together artists who have and have not shown at USG. The exact color was selected through online vote based on colors from the Pantone Spring Color Forecast. You can visit Pantone’s website for more information. The name of the color is Little Boy Blue, which will produce four swatches. Pantone 16-4132 TCX is the exact one we are sharing the RGB information on, which is 110 162 213. We know everyone’s screens are slightly different and not all calibrated the same. Please try to be as close to the selected color as possible.

You work should be predominantly this color. That statement is up for interpretation, but we have some suggestions. If you have a large focal point, you could make it Little Boy Blue. You could use values of Little Boy Blue for an entire work. This color needs to stand out in your work. 

Submission Process
Bring your completed work to the gallery between March 29-31 (or ship it to arrive by March 31, but no earlier than March 24). Work should clearly have your name, the title, a price or not for sale, and your email and phone number on the back of the piece. Minors should have their parent or guardians’ information on the back of the piece as well. When you drop off the piece, you will be asked to give your name and pay your submission fee if you have not already done so. 

Exhibition Proposals DUE

Union Street Gallery is seeking exhibit proposals for consideration in 2019. As you consider exhibition ideas, think about the mission of Union Street Gallery. We hope to provide a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. By providing variety, our exhibits are more experiential and educational. Our exhibits are not motivated by sales, but by the unique opportunities for art experiences we can bring to Chicago Heights. Our visitors are from all ages and backgrounds.


Please send a Word document or PDF that addresses the topics and questions list below. Supporting images welcome if they help illustrate your vision – PDF preferred. Possible curators and/or jurors are part of the questions, but not required. Well thought out ideas can be paired with jurors and/or curators through the gallery. The gallery may require inexperienced jurors and/or curators to work with someone else. For our purposes, jurors select the work included in an exhibit. Curators design exhibits and/or deal with the placement of artwork in the gallery. Your proposals may include one person for both tasks, just one, or none of those tasks. We are open to all proposals, but expect proposals for:

·      Small group exhibitions submitted by participating artist(s) and/or a curator

·      Juried exhibition ideas

o   Submitted by a possible curator/juror

o   Submitted as an interesting idea without a possible curator/juror



Proposals should address the following topics and questions:

·      Working Exhibit Title

o   Working blurb about the exhibit – this would be used for the call

·      How will this show benefit Union Street Gallery and the gallery’s regular audience?

·      Is this a juried exhibit?

·      Curator(s) and/or Juror(s)

o   Provide their names and qualifications in narrative form, or provide a web link

o   Explain why they are the best fit

·      Is there a preferable time of year for this exhibit?

·      We have two floors of gallery space. If you have been to the space, would this be best for the first floor, second floor, or both? If you have not, how many works of art would you expect to be included?


Submit PDFs and/or Word documents to by April 28, 2018. Use the subject line “Exhibition Proposal 2019” for your email. We will not respond to every proposal. You will only hear back if your exhibition has been selected to move forward, or we are interested in working with the idea with some revisions. An exhibition committee will be working on the ideas. Gallery attendants answering the phones will not have any knowledge or information about your exhibition proposals.