Artist Calls

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Ottawa Farmers Market

CALLING ALL LOCAL GROWERS, CRAFTERS, ARTISANS, AND FARMERS MARKET VENDORS! The Ottawa Farmers Market is asking for your help and expertise for our 2023 season. Take the short survey linked below and let us know what works best for you as a vendor and what we could be doing better. We want to create a space that is welcoming, well-attended and efficiently run, but we need your feedback to do so! This is a short survey that should take no longer than 3-6 minutes. We deeply appreciate any insight and feedback you can provide!

Ottawa's Third Friday

Arts, culture, and entertainment come alive every Third Friday in downtown Ottawa, Illinois during the summer. Art vendors, music, food, and live events hosted by Open Space Gallery. Enjoy later shopping hours at many downtown retailers and enjoy custom food and drink specials at several of our fantastic restaurants.

We are currently accepting applications! We welcome artists, craftspeople, and makers to share and sell their work with the community!

NCI Artworks

NCI ARTworks is delighted to announce a major arts/humanities collaboration with the Perfectly Flawed Foundation during Recovery Month in 2023. On September 8, 2023, NCI ARTworks will host an opening reception for artists whose work has been selected for inclusion in the “From Harm to Hope” exhibit. The collaboration will include a month-long exhibit of recovery-related art in various mediums: oil, watercolor, digital, photography, and ceramic, wood, or metal sculptures. In addition to the exhibit, we have invited prominent public speakers to address the issue of substance use, trauma, and recovery at the opening event. The art on exhibit and an accompanying 11x14 layflat coffee table book will be available for purchase on the NCI ARTworks website, the Perfectly Flawed Foundation website, on individual artists’ websites, and on our respective social media platforms. If you are interested in submitting up to 5 images for consideration to be included in the exhibit and the accompanying coffee table book, please email the images, sizes, and prices to by May 31, 2023. Art will be selected and the artists notified by June 30, 2023. The “From Harm to Hope” exhibit will emphasize all aspects of substance use, trauma, and recovery. Artists are encouraged to exhibit original art and to make prints of their work available to the public as well. Please share this Call for Artists with people who might be interested in participating in the exhibit. Thank you and best regards, Julia M. Messina Executive Director, NCI ARTworks 815-866-5167 Paula Guttilla, NCI ARTworks Gallery Manager 815-228-1253 Lorena Malm, NCI ARTworks Americorps Volunteer and Operations Manager 815-228-1253