Call For Artists

Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Police Violence in Chicago
is a community-based, artist-led visual project & exhibition, curated by a small team of artists within For The People Artists Collective.

We are now accepting artwork and artwork proposals through September 10th (EXTENDED), 2017 from Chicago-based residents!


The Exhibit

While our city has recently been in national headlines around Jon Burge Torture and the Homan Square ‘black site’, we, as both artists and organizers, see the need to go beyond a fixation on these isolated incidents. The Black Lives Matter movement is at a pivotal moment where dialogue has shifted from challenging police brutality, to challenging the violence inherent in policing as a whole system. This shift manifests in public demands being made by Black organizers to #DefundPolice and to #FundBlackFutures. The organizers within us know that this shift is critical to pushing closer towards liberation. The artists within us know that we are needed to help envision what our liberation could look like.

The exhibition will allow audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand what led to our present circumstances. The exhibition will invite viewers to imagine a future without policing, serving as a space in which we can envision new structures for community safety that are not reliant on police and prisons.

This month-long, city-wide exhibition will take place at the Hairpin Arts Center in Logan Square, Uri-Eichen gallery in Pilsen, and Roman Susan Gallery in Rogers Park. The exhibition will be paired with teach-ins, workshops, performances, and panels on the topics of policing, challenging state violence, exploring abolition, and community healing.




We ask that artists focus their piece of work on one, specific incident of police violence in Chicago’s past or present.

We have created a brief list of historical incidents for artists to potentially choose from (thanks to We Charge Genocide’s Chicago Police History timeline), but we also encourage artists to introduce us to an incident that is not on our list. 

Accepted submitting artists will receive an honorarium of $150-200 upon completion, and physical submission of the piece.

As a collective of Black artists and artists of color from around the city, and as an organization that is dedicated to uplifting and supporting the efforts of those existing at the margins of the margins, we will be prioritizing submissions from Black artists and artists of color, especially those from communities most impacted by police violence. We also welcome submissions from self and community taught artists.

We are accepting all types of art! Submissions can include:

  • Visual art (Illustration, painting, comics, etc.)
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Performance
  • Video
  • Installation
  • Mixed Media



SEPTEMBER 10th (extended), 2017 

Special thanks to the Propeller Fund for presenting us with a grant to help us fulfill this project.

Note for submitting completed works: If your piece of artwork or project is already completed, please email us at with 3-4 image attachments (JPGs) of your artwork, as well as filling out the submission form. Images should be 300dpi and at least 900 pixels wide or high. Please name the image files as follows: Title of Work, medium(s) used, dimensions.

Note for non-Chicago residents: If you are an artist hoping to submit work who was born and raised in Chicago, but not currently living in Chicago, you may still submit work.