Have an idea for a project or community event you think would be a good fit at Roman Susan? We are happy to review all proposals, and will reply to submitted ideas with potential availability on a seasonal basis. The 2021 deadlines for proposal review occur on June 10 and December 10, considering short-run projects, one-nighters, and exhibitions for 2022. Selected proposals receive artist stipends, scaled to the duration of the project. To propose a project, please send a detailed outline in any format of your choice to

Please see below for further proposal guidelines. In addition to full project proposals, Roman Susan currently has the following calls for artists: Annotations & Inserts; Land Acknowledgment Readers; installation and streetview Moving Image; and movement/performance-focused Storefront Residencies. You may also be interested in our list of other Chicagoland art spaces that accept artist proposals.

Roman Susan favors proposals which:

     Engage our neighborhood;

     Reflect communities in our immediate vicinity;

     Showcase Chicago and Great Lakes artists;

     Transform our space;

     Promote open curatorial practices; and

     Compliment our current trajectory.

Scheduling (rough estimates):

     Exhibitions: 10 days setup + 3 weeks exhibition + 3-4 days deconstruct = 5 weeks

     Short-run projects: 1-2 days setup + 1 day event + 1 day deconstruct = 3-4 days

     One-nighters: 8-24 hour same-day events

Visiting our space before preparing a proposal is strongly recommended. We reside in a corner storefront, 85 meters northwest of the Loyola Red Line CTA Station, with large south-facing windows, track lighting, a sunken floor from the street with blue-gray carpet, an irregular non-load bearing plaster ceiling, and almost no storage space. The building at 1224-1234 West Loyola was built in 1928 with boiler-controlled radiator heating; work that needs a climate controlled environment should not be proposed for this storefront location. Roman Susan welcomes proposals for collaborative projects at other locations as well – see for past programming sites.

Below are additional materials for an idea of the storefront's spatial resources:

     Floorplan (pdf); Additional Measurements (pdf); Windows (pdf); and 3D model (skp).