Open Call for Submissions


Heaven Gallery is now taking submissions for exhibition proposals for 2020. Please include the title of the show, a description, all artists involved including bios and websites, and images/descriptions of the proposed artwork. Please format all as a PDF and send to julia@heavengallery.com. The deadline for submissions is September 6th, 2019.


‘I Feel Like I’m Burying My Neighborhood’: Wicker Park’s Cultural Scene Is A Shell Of What It Once Was. Can A Group Of Artists Save What’s Left?

Alma Wieser, director of Heaven Gallery, wants to create a sustainable arts center in Wicker Park by using a Community Land Trust model.

WICKER PARK — When Heaven Gallery was founded in 1997, it was one of many local galleries that made Wicker Park the arts capital of Chicago.

Over the years, however, most artists and gallery owners left the neighborhood. They could no longer afford the skyrocketing residential and...

Straining, Seeping, and Squishing: An Interview with Curator Jameson Paige on “Strained States” at Heaven Gallery

“Strained States,” 2019 (installation view). Courtesy Jameson Paige and Heaven Gallery/Photo: Robert Chase Heishman

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Navigating ourselves in a networked, hyperconnected world, where our bodies are attached and yet disassociated from each other and everything around us, how do we remain vulnerable to our surroundings and each other? At the opening reception of “Stained States,” the...

Speaking Volumes on Black America, A Review of “Oh, Maker”

image Mark Blanchard, “Effluence of Cosmic Void,” detail

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Mapping out Chicago’s legacy of Iranian-American art

image Elnaz Javani, “Bulk, 2017.”

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Iranian-Assyrian student Hannibal Alkhas jumped from one part of the brain to the other when he ditched his medical studies to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1952. After studying under a number of faculty members including painter Boris Anisfeld, Alkhas returned to Iran and revamped the art programs at the...