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Call for Artists - "Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth" art exhibit

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Life Force Arts Center

1609 W Belmont

Chicago, IL 60657

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Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth

the first of two multiarts shows exploring perennial wisdom teachings about Youth and Maturity



Exhibit runs
February 3 - June 27, 2018

Deadline for submissions:
Monday, December 11, 2017


Explore the skills of having a vision and the energy to manifest it as Life Force Arts presents the art exhibit and multiarts show Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth, running February 3 - June 27, 2018 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 7 - 10 PM. Gallery Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening Reception. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, 773-327-7224, joan@LifeForceArts.org.



Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth. Perennial wisdom teachings speak of two skills of Youth: having a vision for one's life, and having the passion to carry it out. The Skills of Youth are knowing what you think and feel (the Artist) and standing up for what you think and feel (the Warrior). The Artist receives and expresses a vision about life; the Warrior stands up with passion to manifest their vision. In the show Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth, participating artists have the opportunity to express their personal passion and vision. This exhibit asks the artists to express their deepest self as an artist or creator. What is your passion in life? What drives you? What is your passion to express as an artist? What do you want to say to the world? What vision do you want to manifest in the world? What inspires you to create art? What causes do you fight for through your art?


In 2018, Life Force Arts Center will have two shows based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a powerful psychological and spiritual tool for understanding and building positive relationships from the inner world to the outer world. Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth explores perennial wisdom teachings about two skills of Youth: having a vision for one's life, and having the passion to carry it out. Love & Wisdom: The Skills of Maturity focuses on the traditional the skills of Maturity: having Love and Wisdom to create healing and community that allows the flowering of the True Self.

The Life Force Arts Method (LFAM) is a powerful psychological and spiritual tool for understanding and building positive relationships from the inner world to the outer world. Working with the arts as healing ritual, LFAM is a non-denominational approach to greater wholeness and extraordinary personal growth. Developed over a period of thirty years by Joan Forest Mage, Life Force Arts Method is a map of life: a modern version of perennial wisdom teachings that value love, true self and creative community. To understand more about the Life Force Arts Method, please read Joan Forest Mage's article and/or attend a Soul's Pathway Intro class

Exhibits at Life Force Arts create the sacred space to hold performances, concerts, poetry readings, workshops, lectures and other events as healing rituals based on each show's theme. Joan Forest Mage, LFA's Artistic Director says, “Our goal for these shows on the Skills of Youth & Maturity is to help people deepen their awareness and utilization of the enormous spiritual power of the arts for healing, learning, communicating and forming bonds of community."

How to send an Art Submission

Life Force Arts presents juried art exhibits. Our exhibits are based on themes related to the connection of art, healing and spiritual practice, based on the Life Force Arts Method. Shows run from 3 - 5 months each. The exhibits feature beautiful and energetically powerful artwork of all styles and media. The artwork creates a sacred space for performances, healing rituals and other events that are held in conjunction with the theme of the show.

Please read the requirements carefully, and then send us an art submission by email.


Art Submission requirements:
  • Art Submission Form (Click here to download the Art Submission Form)
  • Photos of your work (up to 5 different pieces) that you would like us to consider putting in the show. Art may include 2- or 3-dimensional prints, paintings, photography, digital, sculpture, mixed media, installation art and more. Please send as jpg images (max 500 x 500 pixels per image). Please put images in the same email as the submission form if possible.
  • We only consider completed artwork for the show
  • We only accept artwork that is for sale
  • Essay(s) for EACH ARTWORK YOU ARE SUBMITTING explaining how it relates to the theme of the exhibit
  • your resume
  • your bio: 1 – 3 paragraphs about yourself as an artist, suitable for inclusion in the show's Exhibit Catalog
  • your $25 art submission fee. Pay via paypal on this page, or call 773-327-7224 to make other payment arrangements.

Please send your art submission to artsubmissions@lifeforcearts.org

Deadline for submissions: Monday, December 11, 2017

To understand more about the Life Force Arts Method, please read Joan Forest Mage's article and/or attend a Soul's Pathway Intro class


Art Submission Guidelines for

Passion & Vision: The Skills of Youth

Artwork in this exhibit should relate to the theme of the Skills of Youth. Please use these questions as a guideline to choose the artwork you want to submit

  • What are you happiest doing? Where does your heart lie?
  • What is your passion in life? What drives you? What is your passion to express as an artist? Submit artwork you created that you feel represents who you are as an artist: what do you want to say to the world? What vision do you want to manifest in the world?
  • How did you arrive at the vision you want to manifest, i.e., how did you come to have that vision?
  • How do you physically perceive the world (do you like color, texture, form, etc.?) What physical, sensory phenomena fascinate you? For example, the smell of roses, the colors of the sky, the softness of a rabbit’s fur? What inspires you to create with a particular medium?
  • How have you inspired others through your art to recognize and act on their own mission in life?
  • What cause(s) inspire you to create art? What causes do you fight for through your art?
  • What are you interested in teaching others through your art? How does your art lead your audience to the knowledge, experience or vision you want them to have?
  • Explore the True Self: what is it like to live from soul, compared to living from the Shadow Self, the False Self, etc.
  • Depictions of the spirit of youth: passion and vision
  • How do you sense what you are experiencing in both your inner and outer worlds? Depict knowing what one thinks and feels: being alive, feeling, conscious, sentient.
  • How do you sense energy from the Otherworld and fabricate it into an expression in the physical world? Depict expressing what you think and feel .the craft or skill of formulating what you are experiencing into a statement in words, dance, music, visuals, etc.
  • skills of observation: we must observe or be conscious before we can express
  • what is important to you to notice? What are you conscious of? What are you passionate about expressing?
  • Which of these are you conscious of and want to express: physical, emotional, spiritual

In the essay about your work, please tell us about your passion. If applicable, tell us about how you made a transition from simply expressing what you see in the world to taking action about the cause you are passionate about.

LFA welcomes artists who have presentations associated with their work, such as lectures, discussions, rituals, guided meditations, performances or workshops. We are especially looking for presentations related to the Skills of Youth, to be given between February 6 - June 26, 2018.

At LFAC, we work with energy and beings of the Light, and look for artwork that inspires and uplifts viewers. Our policy is that if artwork has a cathartic element and helps viewers face the shadow side, it must also have the alchemy to integrate what has been purged into a new, whole, positive form.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, December 11, 2017
  • Artists will be notified about acceptance of their submissions by Friday, December 15, 2017
  • If your artwork is accepted, please call 773-327-7224 to arrange a time to deliver your ready-to-display artwork to Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago 60657. Artwork may be delivered, by appointment only, during the hours of 1:30 - 6:30 PM on the following days: Wednesday, January 10; Thursday, January 11; Friday, January 12 or Saturday, January 13, 2018. ALL ARTWORK MUST BE DELIVERED TO LIFE FORCE ARTS CENTER NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017. If you cannot deliver the artwork during those hours, please call to make special arrangements.
  • Installation of the show will take place Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 3 - 8 PM each day. However, it is not required that the artist be present to install his/her art.
  • Opening Reception is Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 7 - 10 PM
  • The show will run from February 3 - June 27, 2018
  • Closing Day is Wednesday, June 27 from 1:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Art that is not sold may be picked up, by appointment only (please call 773-327-7224 to schedule a time to pick up your artwork) on the following days: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, between 1:30 - 9:30 PM; or Thursday, June 28 or Tuesday, July 3, 2018 between 1:30 - 6:30 PM. If you cannot come during any of these hours, please call 773-327-7224 to make special arrangements to pick up your artwork.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR ARTWORK BEING READY TO DISPLAY

If your art is accepted, you are responsible for delivering it ready-to-display. “Ready to display” can be achieved in various ways, depending on the type of artwork. Ready to display MAY include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • gallery wrapped on stretcher bars
  • external frame
  • hanging from a dowel, which has a wire on it
  • adhesive onto foamboard, which has a hook and/or wire on the back
  • wooden or metal stands for 3 dimensional artwork
  • many other methods of display, depending on the type of artwork
Note: we don't pin artwork directly to the wall

If the artwork is supposed to hang on the wall,
PLEASE HAVE A WIRE OR HOOK ON THE BACK OF THE ARTWORK so it can easily be put on the wall.
  • If the artwork has a wire to hang it, please make sure the wire is tight and is securely fastened to hooks on each side of the artwork.
  • The wire should not show above the artwork when it is hung on the wall.
  • Do NOT use tape to attach a wire or string to the back of a frame
  • If you are using a frame, the frame must fit the artwork: if the artwork is smaller than the frame, please mat the artwork so it fits the frame
  • If you have several similar pieces to be displayed together, please put them in frames that match each other

Please fill out this submission form and attach to your submission:

Click here to download the Art Submission Form

The art submission fee is $25 and may be paid via Paypal on this page or contacting us at 773-327-7224.

Additional information:

Artist is responsible for delivering the art to LFAC properly wrapped and protected. The artist agrees to pick up art at the end of the show, or make arrangements and pay for shipping.

If artwork is shipped, Artist is responsible for all shipping costs of sending it to LFAC and/or returning unsold artwork to Artist

Installation of the show will take place Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, 2017. We welcome help with hanging the show. However, it is not required that the artist be present to install his/her art.

There will be a 50-50% split of the retail price for sales of art; the artist will receive 50% and Life Force Arts Center will receive 50% of the retail price.

We look forward to your submission. If you have any questions, please contact: Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, (773) 327-7224, joan@LifeForceArts.org


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