OPEN 2.0

Deadline: Sunday, June 4 at 11:59 PM

Slate Arts and Performance is proud to be entering its second year as a New Media and Contemporary/Experimental music exhibition space. Throughout its first year, Slate has had 8 exhibitions, hosted over 45 artists, and begun a concert series to support the creative endeavors of artists, performers, and composers. We hope to continue this upward momentum into our next year, and would like to celebrate with an anniversary exhibition.

This is an invitation to all Emerging Chicago based New Media and Contemporary artists, performers, and musicians to submit artwork for the One Year Anniversary exhibition of Slate Arts and Performance. Artwork may be in any medium, but primary consideration will be given to artists who engage with New Media Arts and Contemporary Music practices.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 16, and the show will run through Sunday, July 9. We will be accepting submissions until Sunday, June 4 at 11:59 PM. There is no application fee.

Artists may submit up to 3 pieces, videos, sounds, links, etc., along with title, size, and medium, as well as an artist’s statement. You may include 1 detail image per submission. Pieces may be a maximum of 6’x6’. Please note that if accepted, artists will be required to provide their own equipment/necessary components.

Please submit pieces here:



April 4, 2017
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Mirrors is a culmination of inward exploration and self-reflection. Each of the paintings’ existences are reified as abstracted reflections on individual moments of creation and as a part of a series, a collective. The idea of self-reflection is shown through a seemingly symmetrical fold centering the observer, while the circular scale provokes a sense of everlasting expansiveness. The symmetrical and abstract nature of Mirrors appeal to underlying psyches personal to an individual, asking the viewer to see, consider, and reflect. 

Artist Bio:
Elizabeth Smarz (b. 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist born, raised, and currently based in Chicago. Elizabeth graduated from Naropa University in May 2014 with a BFA and a BA in Contemplative Psychology. Through drawing, painting, and photography Elizabeth’s creations explore consciousness, the universal feminine, meditative qualities, and nature’s aesthetics. Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in private collections throughout the United States and Berlin. Elizabeth finds herself in Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest.



MARCH 4 - APRIL 2, 2017
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We are all the culmination of our experiences and challenges we face throughout our lives. In "Architectural Stability vs. Emotional Stability," my work shows us what it is like overcoming obstacles or being overcome by these obstacles in our lives. These pieces show the experiences and struggles that one goes through that inevitably determine who we have come to be. Using materials found in building structures allows me to compare the stability in architecture to one's emotional stability and in turn show the strength and fragility of the human psyche.

I use concrete forms as stand-ins for the human body in order to reference moments of vulnerability. Over time, the mind's patterns can become concrete emotions that either repeat a certain behavioral pattern or become set in its ways-- reliving within their own purgatory. These figures are not stuck in a place, but a condition of existence until they are able to work through their agonizing state of mind to move forward.


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This is an exhibition in response to the current political climate of the United States of America. It is an effort to create a safe space for creation of works that express the many emotions that are present after the election of Donald Trump for president. Show us your works of dissent, sadness, fear, anger. These can be small works, large works, sketches, ideas. Do not be afraid of free expression. Prevent the normalization of hate.

  • Aleena Agrawal
  • Celine Browning
  • Hannah Chavez
  • Sara Peak Convery
  • Jen Dwyer
  • Monisola Gbadebo
  • Katie Hargrave
  • Adam Shead
  • Mengnan/Mary Wu

There will be performances throughout the night by Mary Wu, and music starting at 8:30PM. BYOB or drink ours.


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FEAR: n. The Emotion of pain or uneasiness caused by the sense of impending danger, or by the prospect of some possible evil

  • Crystal Beiersdorfer
  • Jessica Cornish
  • Steven Lockwood
  • Julia Mellen
  • Chris Wille

Poetry readings start at 8PM featuring:  

  • V. S. Ramstack
  • Michael Woods
  • Ben Williams


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PROTEST: n. The expression of social, political, or cultural dissent from a policy or course of action, typically by means of a public demonstration.

Join us for Slate Arts and Performance's third exhibition, PROTEST.

Featuring works by:
 At 8PM there will be performances of two Chicago Premieres by composer Ralph Lewis: "I Was on the Side of the Highway" Performed by Annie Lyle Mason "Ruckus from the Quiet Zone" Performed by Dakota Wayne, Tori Lupinek, Ralph Lewis, and Connor Thummel

  • Soheila Azadi + Liz Cambron 
  • Olga Guse 
  • Gary Lehman
  • Chris Wanklyn
  • Charity White
  • Chris Wille
  • Jade Williams

At 8PM there will be performances of two Chicago Premieres by composer Ralph Lewis:

"I Was on the Side of the Highway" Performed by Annie Lyle Mason

"Ruckus from the Quiet Zone" Performed by Dakota Wayne, Tori Lupinek, Ralph Lewis, and Connor Thummel


OPENED JULY 16, 2016
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Consider the word “Nature”--its many definitions, contexts, and meanings. It’s a loaded term, one that is made all the more interesting in its relationship to technology and art.

  • Olivia Benish
  • Benjamin Kernes
  • Vivian Le
  • Cristen Leifheit
  • Olea Nova
  • Corey Smith
  • Robot Rauschenberg (Colin Mosely, Hugh Sato + Eric Wolinsky)
  • Guy Tourangeau


OPENED JUNE 04, 2016

Our Exhibiting and Performing Artists:
Rachel Sanfilippo
Rory Scott
Eric Souther
Connor Sullivan
Action Patterns
Nicole Cherry
Z. L. Melton
Tim Porter

7:00 PM - Live audio-visual performance by Eric Souther
8:00 PM - Guitar improvisations by Z. L. Melton
8:30 PM - Action Patterns


Performing: Hits like a girl

Slate Music Presents is Slate's recurring contemporary concert series.

It was created with the goal of providing a performance venue for composers, ensembles and bands that perform New Music, noise, experimental, improvisational, or otherwise contemporary music.

For booking and more information, please email Ben at

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Slate is Chicago’s first organization dedicated to New Media Arts and Music. Led by artists for artists, Slate's mission is to foster diverse voices in New Media and Contemporary art and music community here in Chicago. We provide space for artists from all disciplines to experiment and collaborate in new and innovative contemporary forms.