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A network of alternative media, video, live music, and whatever else makes you glitch.

Online/virtual only.

Open-ended Submission

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Are You Mad?

This is a curated pop-up exhibit in direct response to the immediate world around us, now, the summer of 2022. We hope this exhibition will provide a place for conversation and catharsis and an outlet for area artists to express their states of mind.

Exhibition will run Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31, with an opening reception the 29th

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OFF THE WALL 2K22 showcases non-traditional and alternative works that utilize conventional and non-conventional installation procedures, including but not limited to: textiles, kinetic works, clay, ironwork, energy (sound and light), projection... any artwork in the 3rd dimension or other hybrid forms may be submitted. 

This exhibit is open to the public August 5 - 28/Opening Reception Friday, August 5 from 6-9pm.

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In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, Side Street Studio Arts presents Esperanza.

This exhibit celebrates stories of hope and of perseverance in the face of adversity and of struggle across time and place. Submissions are open for forward-looking, inspirational and personal, past or present representations of courage and resilience and dreams yet to be realized.

The exhibit is open to the public September 16 - October 2 with an opening reception Friday, September 16, 2022 from 6-9pm.

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Elgin Fringe Festival

Fringe Festivals focus on performing arts but also include film, visual art, music, and other types of art forms. Performances take place in downtown areas in cafes, theaters, storefronts, and a variety of other locations. The mission of the Elgin Fringe Festival is to encourage bold artistic experimentation and innovation by providing an accessible, affordable experience for both artists and audiences alike.

Festival dates: September 2-11, 2022

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Something Wicked...

Side Street Studio Arts' 10th Annual Something Wicked... a variety of art media whose subject matter is meant to instill a combined sense of wonder, awe, and perhaps a little dread in the City of Elgin's art scene.

This is a juried call to all artists working in any medium to participate.
This exhibition is open to the public from October 7 - October 30, with an Opening Reception Friday, October 7 from 7-10 pm. 

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Bits and Pieces

In closing out 2022, Side Street Studio Arts seeks artists for a collaborative effort - our final exhibition of the year. Bits and Pieces seeks artists to pair with each other to work together, break out of old habits, share ideas and create a sum greater than its parts.

Artists will submit 3 - 5 artworks representative of their style and/or usual medium. Submissions close : Friday October 14 at midnight. Exhibition runs : Friday December 2 - Sunday December 18 2022.

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If you have an idea, we're all ears. Please download this document and follow it step-by-step to provide the necessary documents in order to submit an exhibition proposal.

Once that is done we will review your submission and contact you regarding our decision/next steps.

Click here to download a layout of the gallery space or the theater space. This will help if you plan to submit a floor plan with your proposal.