Apply for Local Membership

ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation provides a rich environment for the development of artistic potential, experimentation, education and dialogue for professional artists working in all media, including performance and installation.

As a non-profit woman-artist-run cooperative, ARC provides and subsidizes individual and group exhibition opportunities for established and emerging artists many of whom are under-represented in commercial galleries, without discrimination towards gender, race, age, class, physical/mental ability, sexual, spiritual or political orientation.


  • Members are part of a dynamic group of women supporting each other.
  • Members have opportunities to exchange ideas, techniques and resources with artists and arts organizations as well as curate exhibitions, decide programming, and make an impact in the Chicago art world.
  • Each member is entitled to a solo exhibition within 18 months to 2 years of joining the gallery.
  • Members participate in an annual group exhibition during Chicago Artists’ Month in October.
  • Members participate in any scheduled exchange exhibitions with other cooperatives throughout the US and abroad.
  • Each member may represent herself at the gallery with a personal publicity book and with a gallery space on the ARC website and a link to her own website.
  • Members will automatically be included in ARC’s 50 years of archives now being housed at the Ryerson Library at the Art Institute of Chicago for future scholarly research and education on Women’s Alternative Spaces in Chicago.
  • ARC takes no commission on work sold, therefore members receive the full requested value of any of their work sold.

Requirements and Responsibilities

  • All Local ARC Members are women artists and Chicagoland residents
  • $60 /month dues payment
  • Must be able to gallery sit for an afternoon once a month, twice on occasion when needed
  • Must be willing to participate in most monthly gallery openings, membership meetings and other special events
  • Will be asked to serve on one to two gallery committees of your choice

Application Procedures

  1. Petitioning artists should submit application by filling out the form below.
  2. The Membership Chair will review applications and will then contact the applicant to set up a studio visit. This visit is meant to offer the applicant a chance to talk about their work,  meet members, and ask any questions—and it is meant for gallery members to assess the seriousness of the applicant.
  3. Membership in ARC is based on excellence of work and personal commitment to the goals and mission of this alternative gallery and its cooperative structure.

Apply for Local Membership

  • Personal Information

  • Attachments

    Please use the following fields to upload your artist's statement, a resume, and at least 20 images of current work with a description list.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc.
  • Please upload a zip file containing images of at least 20 pieces of your work, and number your images 1-20, etc. NOTE: your images must be in jpg format.
    Accepted file types: zip.
  • Provide an itemized list of titles, sizes, mediums, date produced, and short description of each image. Make sure you itemize your list to correlate to your image numbers above.

ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs  and Special Events, Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Community Grant Program, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, our members and our ARCangels.

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