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 current cutoff deadlines for proposal review occur April 10, August 10, and December 10. The August 2020 proposal review will be considering short-run projects, one-nighters, and exhibitions for Winter 2021 and beyond. To propose a project, please send a detailed outline to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the unknown future related to COVID-19, projects which may be realized from a street-view vantage are of particular interest to us at this time. Here are recent samples of street-view programming. Please see below for further proposal guidelines. In addition to full project proposals, Roman Susan currently has the following calls for artists: Moving Image and 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 Midwestern 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 romansusan.org/annex 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).