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Artspace 304's monthly newsletter invites you to exhibitions & events, promotes open calls & funding for artists, 
and shares upcoming arts & cultural activities in Southern Illinois.  



Nature, A Juried Exhibition  

Artspace 304 presents Nature, a Juried Exhibition on view March 10 - April 14, to celebrate the beauty of Southern Illinois. View the art inspired by our region and the changing of the seasons. 

Our Juror, David Hammond, chose awards for the exhibition as follows: Best in Show: “No Left Turn” by Janet Bixler, Second Place: “Fallen Leaves” by Darby Ortolano, and Third Place: “Banjo Leaf” by Marty Merrill. Honorable Mentions were awarded to “Twilight” by Eyde Arndell, “Summer Time in Southern Illinois” by Liz Davidson, “Pause. Breathe.” by Kristin Jones, “Crystal” and “Glow” by John O’Connell, “Southern Illinois Landmarks” by Marie Samuel and “Lichen” by Mel Watkin.

Our participating artists are: Evelyn Aden, Eyde Arndell, Suzanne Asaturian, Eldon Benz, Janet G Bixler, Hilary Chandler, Liz Davidson, Anthony Deal, Carolyn Ferdinand, Teresa L Fouke, Joanna Gray, Kristin Jones, Marta Ketter, Meagan Majors, Marty Merrill, Don Mullison, John O'Connell, Darby Ortolano, Vickie J Parry, Trevor Reama, Robert Robbins, Jennifer Rollinson, Natalie Rotramel, Robert Samat, Marie Samuel, Lacie Schneider, Madeline Steimle, Katherine Suopys, Cody Tracy, and Mel Watkin.

Suzanne Asaturian Photography at The Corridor Gallery 

Suzanne Asaturian's photography exhibition is on view at The Corridor Gallery through the month of April. The exhibition titled, Beautiful Southern Illinois in Every Season, features photographs showcasing Southern Illinois' diverse flora and fauna that change with the seasons, offering new experiences year round.

The Corridor Gallery is located in the Carbondale Civic Center. Visitors can view the exhibition Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.

A selection of the exhibition is featured online in Shop 304. Purchased artwork will be available for pick up in the beginning of May.


Upcoming Exhibition

Middle School Art Exhibition

Artspace 304 presents the Middle School Art Exhibition in conjunction with Art for All, Southern Illinois' arts education advocacy group. The exhibition will be on view April 21 - May 6, with a closing reception on Saturday, May 6 from 2 - 4 pm. More information coming soon.


Welcome, Carbondale! Call for Proposals Reminder


Artists and Artist Teams are encouraged to view the application, select a site, and create a design proposal. Awards are $5,000 – $15,000 depending on the size and scope of your mural design. Submit your proposals, budgets, and previous experience by April 16.

Click the link below for more information on the mural project, the blank walls that await your images, and how to submit your design for consideration.


Upcoming Local Art & Community Activities


The Oak Street Art Fair is Saturday April 29 from 10 - 5pm in the Logan Historic District in Murphysboro. There will be 30 local artists, live music, a children's art tent, and food and wine vendors. 

The 8th Annual Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 2023, from 9am – 5pm. Nine exceptional potters, with more than 250 years of collective pottery making experience, will open their studios at 6 different locations and exhibit their work.  

Celebrate Earth Month in April with various events throughout Carbondale. From educational shows and parades to volunteer opportunities to fun outdoor activities for all ages, there's something for everyone to enjoy while also learning about ways to protect and preserve our planet.


 Regional Grant Opportunities

Illinois Creative Recovery Grants,
known as: Back2Business - Arts Grants (B2B-Arts)

Calling all Creatives!

Thanks to advocacy efforts by a statewide coalition led by Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will distribute a historic $50 million in grant money to assist businesses, nonprofit organizations, and sole proprietors in the creative sector that have struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DCEO Illinois Creative Recovery Grant application portal opens on Wednesday, April 5. If you operate in the creative space, we encourage you to visit illinois.gov/b2b for details on eligibility guidelines and more information on how to apply. The next DCEO Webinar is Thursday, March 30 at 10am. Register here.

Arts Alliance Illinois is your go-to resource for support and tools you need for a successful grant application, including a help desk, webinars, and more. Access the help desk here. The first Arts Alliance Illinois Webinar is Friday, March 31 from 12 - 1pm. Register here.


 Regional Art Opportunties

Illinois Arts Council Agency has partnered with the Capital Development Board for a public art commission open to all artists, artisans, or artist-led teams who live and work in the State of Illinois. 

The Art in Architecture Program is now accepting Request for Qualifications. See the link below for more information.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2023.

Illinois State Snow Sculpting competition is looking for interested artists for next year's competition taking place in January 2024. Teams of 3 will carve sculptures out of 10-foot blocks of snow. Visit the link below for more information.  

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts has an open call for the 30th Cedarhurst Biennial. The Biennial is open to all artists, working in fine art or craft, living in Illinois south of Interstate 80, metro St. Louis, Evansville, IN and Paducah, KY.  The juror is Dominic Finocchio.

Apply by May 1st. Details in link below.

Conference Day - Monday, April 24

The One State Conference will be a day of camaraderie and shared learning. Come explore Springfield’s creative community, have fun learning with your statewide colleagues, and raise a glass to our vibrant creative efforts in Illinois.

Capital Day - Tuesday, April 25

Capital Day will be the peak of Arts Alliance’s Spring advocacy campaign and offer opportunities to meet with legislators, rally together as creatives, and push for additional and critical support for arts, culture, and creativity.

There are a few days left to apply for Amplify the Arts, the Spring Art Fair hosted by Carbondale Parks District. Visit the link below to apply. Amplify the Arts will take place Saturday, April 15 from 10 am - 3 pm at Evergreen Park in Carbondale.

Join us for Conference Day, Capital Day or Both.
Want to save even more on your ticket? Join Arts Alliance at pay-what-you-can rates for an additional $75 off the Conference rate. You'll also receive access to all AAI member benefits for an entire year!


Are you Really Winning? Art Competition

Are You Really Winning? invites artists to participate in this statewide campaign through the submission of artwork that brings a powerful voice to problem gambling issues and motivates those afflicted with gambling addiction to seek help. 

Competition Eligibility & Details: 

  • All Illinois-based artists, aged 21 and over
  • Entry is FREE
  • Accepted mediums include: Drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, digital art, fiber art, textiles, glass art, ceramic art, assemblage, and sculpture
  • Submission deadline: April 12, 2023, midnight MST 
  • Selected artwork will be publicly unveiled at a media event at the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Conference in May

Artspace 304
304 W Walnut St  | Carbondale, Illinois  62901
(618) 457-5100 | info@artspace304.org

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