Call for proposals deadline is February 28, 2015.

Out of Site Chicago curates cutting edge unexpected encounters in public space. We support contemporary performance artists to create new work that engages directly with the public. Artists are invited to select public sites that resonate with their practice. Our mission is to bring cultural experiences to everyone facilitating unique surprises for people. We curate work that is provocative and transports people out of their daily routines to create a moment of reflection and wonder in their lives. For more information about previous years please go to

Public Performance in Chicago, USA

Out of Site Chicago is inviting applications from local and international performance artists and dance companies to create unexpected encounters in the Wicker Park/ Bucktown neighborhood, Chicago, USA for the minimum of two hours. This year we are looking to expand the nature of our programming. We are interested in presenting work that creates an interactive experience for the public but we are looking to expand the framework of the festival this year. If you have a particular idea that responds to a site over a series of days or if you want to work at specific times of the day e.g. nightlight we would like to facilitate this.  If you would like to organize a tour that intersects the neighborhood but crosses the city of Chicago we want to make this happen. We are interested in expanding the notion of public performance practice and presenting a diversity of unexpected encounters in 2015.

Innovative or unique performances are strongly encouraged.

Submission Requirements:

Submit a proposal by email in a single PDF document titled with the artist name.
Please include the following:

A Proposal: this needs to include a detailed description of the performance including the location or route of the performance within Wicker Park/Bucktown, Chicago. We want to invigorate the Gateways: Western, Damen and Division L-Stops (2000 word maximum)

A short biography (250 words max.)

An Artist Statement (250 words max.)

A resume (2 pages maximum)

The number of performers and equipment required

Six images of relevant work and a website address

A proposed budget for performance

International Submission: 

We will cover the cost of the flight not to exceed $1000 and an artist fee of $500.

Local Submissions: 

Artist’s fees throughout the series will range between $300 for solo performers and up to $1000 for dance troupes.

2015 Jury Panel: Felicia Holman, Carron Little and Roberto Sifuentes


Deadline for Submissions:

February 28, 2015 at midnight.


Please send entries to:

If you have any questions please contact Carron Little at

Out of Site Chicago is funded by:

WPB aims to sustain and promote the prosperity, diverse character, and unique qualities of life within the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood for the benefit of its residents, visitors, and businesses. WPB is excited to celebrate and support the arts by directly funding the artists. This project has been devised in conjunction with the WPB Arts Committee. Please watch out for the Off The Wall sculpture project in the WPB neighborhood. Visit

Propeller Fund

Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and threewalls. Initial support for the program is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its initiative to promote informal and independently organized visual arts activities across the United States. Visit