WED – FRI: 11AM-5PM SAT: 12-4PM | or by advance appointment
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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Erin Toale

Bird Show RFP Summer 2023

Instagram: BirdShowChicago

Bird Show (established 2021), an outdoor project space in Chicago, is seeking submissions for exhibitions to take place during the Summer 2023 season. This seasonal gallery is pleased to join the long lineage of Chicago apartment, outdoor, and itinerant exhibition spaces. The space is artist-run and donation-funded. All exhibition and programmatic content is shared virtually via livestream webcam, social media, and various other web presences.

This rotating exhibition space features works by artists interested in engaging with Chicago’s flora and fauna with sanctuary-like sculptures or installations. Objects displayed do not have to be functional but special consideration will be given to projects that provide amenities for the local ecosystem.

The site features a square stainless steel table that measures 21.5”x 21.5”. It sits on a covered porch with a variety of edible and decorative plants growing in containers alongside bird baths and feeders. There is a brick wall with a window on the east side, and a 42” wood railing on the south. The site features a weatherproof outdoor power source.

Proposals should consist of short (<250 words) project descriptions and up to 10 images of either proposed renderings or finalized projects. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $75, a response to their work (usually but not always in the form of an essay), and a private reception with thematic meal. The application deadline is midnight on Sunday, April 30th. Please visit for more information and documentation of past exhibitions. The application fee is a suggested donation of $5 (via Venmo: Bird_Show_Chicago).
The 2023 exhibition season will run Wed, Jun 21, 2023 9:57 AM through Sat, Sep 23, 2023 1:49 AM. Specific exhibition windows are forthcoming. If selected, your work must be ready for display by Tuesday, June 20th.
Curatorial Committee: TBA

Pairs or collectives are welcome to apply.
Dates and number of exhibitions are based on application volume and number of proposals accepted.
The season opens on the summer solstice and closes on the fall equinox.
The artist is responsible for shipping or transporting the work to and from the site.
Rituals and maintenance will be performed by the exhibition caretaker and Bird Show coordinator on an agreed upon schedule.
Work should be weatherproof and able to withstand natural elements.
No permanent alterations may be made to the table, railing, or wall.
The site is secured within reason but please note artists will be required to sign a release absolving the project space of responsibility for damage or theft.

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