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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Cortney Lederer


Terrain Exhibitions and CNL Projects are excited to partner on a new initiative, ART-IN-PLACE, May 20-June 20, 2020. ART-IN-PLACE invites artists to exhibit an original work of art to be displayed outside their home or from a window visible to the public. This collective action provides artists and community members in Chicagoland neighborhoods (and beyond) with a sense of hope and connectivity through the experience of public art.

Following artwork installation, artists will document the work in situ and share images with the project’s organizers via a google form. Final images will be published on CNL Projects’ and Terrain’s websites and promoted to potential collectors, supporters and enthusiasts. Collectors will have the option to purchase a beautiful set of postcards showcasing a collection of every ART-IN-PLACE participating artist. Artists may make their work available for purchase and will handle their own sales. Organizers ask that with each sale of an artwork, that the artist donate 20% to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund which, directly supports local Illinois artists. All proceeds from postcards sales will also support this fund.

ART-IN-PLACE seeks to:

  • Provide artists and community members in Chicagoland neighborhoods (and beyond) with a sense of hope and connectivity through the experience of public art.
  • Offer makers the opportunity to participate in a collective action to create a sense of connection during an unprecedented moment of extreme isolation from community.
  • Promote the work of artists to positively contribute to their careers during this challenging moment.
  • Generate financial contributions to both artists and the artist relief fund
  • Develop a postcard collection to serve as an archive of the project, fundraising effort, and platform to offer art as a way to connect with others.

To Participate:

  • Exhibit an original work of art outside your home or in a window that is made visible to the public May 20, 2020 through June 20, 2020.
  • Document one high-resolution image of the work in situ. Image quality should be at least 300 dpi for up to 8.5" x 12”.
  • Upload all images and artwork information (including a 2-3 sentence description of the work) to the google doc form provided here: by May 20, 2020 and complete submission guidelines.
  • Share the rights to produce images of your work for the purposes of promoting this project. Image will be used for the following: promotion on Terrain and CNL Projects website, printing collections of postcards, prints, maps and other formats to potential collectors.
  • Share the address of the artwork location for the purposes of a public map of ART-IN-PLACE.
  • Promote ART-IN-PLACE with the handle #artinplace and tag @terrrainexhibitions and @cnlprojects #artsforillinois in all posts.
  • Be willing to handle the sales of your own artwork and donate 20% of the sale to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.

Additional Logistics and Details:

  • All artists and designers are welcome to participate.
  • All mediums accepted.
  • Artist participants from any city, state or country are welcome.
  • All Terrain artists are encouraged to show former work from Terrain from their home.
  • We encourage site-specific works and installations. If interested in selling a work, consider how you might make a collectable work available for purchase.
  • Organizers will produce a postcard collection featuring artists’ work. Organizers will handle the sales of these postcards and donate proceeds to Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.
  • Collectors interested in purchasing original works of art will be invited to contact the artist directly.
  • 80% of all sales of original works of art will go to the artist. We encourage artists to donate the remaining 20% to to support COVID relief for artists.
  • If you do not have access to a window or storefront that is directly visible to the public, but would like to participate, please contact
  • The organizers are producing ART-IN-PLACE voluntarily.


For questions please contact Cortney Lederer at CNL Projects,

About Terrain Exhibitions

Terrain Exhibitions makes private space public through sculpture, installation, performance and interventions. Terrain Exhibitions re-purposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows and turns them into public spaces to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. Terrain Exhibitions is a 501c3 Not for Profit organization established in the State of Illinois. Founded in Oak Park Illinois by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, the "Terrain Biennial" has produced three editions in 2013, 2015 and 2017. With each edition the biennial has grown in size and reach. The 2017 biennial featured installations and events in 23 locations around the United States of America, Sweden and France with over 130 participating artists and curators.

About CNL Projects

CNL Projects (CNL) was founded in 2016 by Cortney Lederer to provide artists and organizations with a platform to creatively produce impactful art experiences. CNL’s work is deeply centered on their unique, collaborative approach to working with artists, businesses and organizations to advocate for the value of art and culture in our daily lives. We partner with our clients to create dynamic art programs that serve an organization's mission and aesthetic vision. We deliver curatorial expertise to individual clients, organizations and businesses on both an ongoing or by-project basis. We offer consulting to organizations with a specialization in program design, marketing, team-building and strategic development in the arts. We facilitate workshops and provide individual consultation to artists to help them to realize their vision and build a sustainable career. CNL Projects is committed to working closely with their clients to create dynamic art programs that reflect an organization's vision, while capturing the imagination and innovation of contemporary artists.

About Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Arts for Illinois is a collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and the broader philanthropic community, co-chaired by Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker and Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman. The new online platform features talented artists – performers, singers, poets, painters, writers, and many more from across Illinois – who have made their works available for the public’s enjoyment while at home during these challenging times. This platform is a place to connect, express, and inspire. A place for comfort, laughter, and healing among all residents.

Deadline: 05.19.2020
Name: Cortney Lederer
Address: Chicago
Phone: 7737264346