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Soul food – food for your soul to survive. From modest ingredients evolved complex, hearty, and delicious cuisine. Every ethnic group has what it calls “soul food” - soothing comfort food that connects us to precious memories of childhood, first dates, holidays, grandmother’s kitchen, our country of ancestry, etc... For the layperson, the term “soul food” might mean African-American cuisine, but it’s deeper than that. It’s food that connects us to our roots and has the power to nurture and heal.


Side Street Studio Arts seeks artworks of all manner and media by any artist in response to this idea of Soul Food - that food does more than fuel our bodies. It is evocative of memories, has a rich history, and can have political, economic, and social implications. 


Soul Food will be on exhibit February 3 - February 26, 2023, with an opening reception Friday February 3, from 6pm-9pm.


Submission Requirements:

Submissions must be received by Friday January 20, 2023 at midnight - late submissions will NOT be accepted. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by email. 


All artists and all mediums will be considered including 2D/3D visual, performance and video/time-based works. Larger works considered. For specific questions regarding size or special installation, please inquire before submitting. Submissions will be limited to 3 works or less, including sets or triptychs.


There is no submission fee and SSSA takes no commission on art sales.


Interested in becoming a Side Street Studio Arts member? More info available here:


Please complete the following form to submit. 


Side Street Studio Arts 

15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120 (direct questions to this email)

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