Art Gallery at CUARC

Located in North Lawndale in Chicago, this gallery features artists who are under-represented in the art world. The gallery also presents theme shows focused on social justice issues. A steppingstone gallery for new artists and artists trying to break into the Chicago art scene, its' artists are local, from other states, and even from other parts of the world. Artists seeking answers, experience, a place to begin their exhibition careers, and a way to begin their careers in the USA; artists are glad to find a welcoming gallery who understands the struggle of modern day artists.

The Liz Long Gallery at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. in Chicago, USA,  is a supportive stepping stone gallery with answers and opportunities for new and emerging artists. The gallery at CUARC features artists with extensive resumes, and also welcomes newcomers. We love outsider art, and self taught artists. This makes for a memorable show of unique works fresh with different media, styles, & skill levels. Included are talented artists from this area, from other states, and often from other countries.

This art space welcomes diverse artists to show what they have created!

Running for Their Lives

by Dianna C. Long


It is also an art gallery that exhibits specially themed shows that display art by under represented people & shows exhibits on social justice themes.

Many artists face rejection, lack of interest in their art, and aren’t aware of the hoops they must jump through to make it as an artist. Some artists face personal and external obstacles at all levels of their artistic development and experience. Because of this, the rate of artists tend to drop in time, and many frustrated artists are faced with the possibility of having to give up all together. Our gallery understands what new and emerging artists endure & offers to help them find their way in a supportive environment.

The curator is an an artist too. There are stages artists go through and she has been through them all. We can help you learn and develop if that is what you want. We can show your art in one or more of our exhibits. In fact, there is even a special artist membership, so that you are offered opportunities as each show comes up that you are eligible to be included in, w/o needing to apply each time! Ask about artist membership! However, it is not necessary to be a member to exhibit with our gallery!

What the gallery doesn’t have in size is made up for in rare, original artwork & clever show hangings. We also offer consultation sessions for career development, goal planning, and decision making. Many meetings & small workshops take place in the art gallery.

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Periodic art receptions, usually, when offered, are on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Often activities such as small group discussions or art studio offerings take place in connection with art shows.

Generally, the gallery is open Saturdays from 11-4 p.m., during activities, and by appt.

Just let us know when you would like to visit, bring some friends, or schedule a group visit. Email is the best way to contact us! Please give us some advance notice.

Please request an appt. in advance via email. Shows change every 1 & 1/2 months to 2 months. Get on the email list for updates to choose from. We have unique ways to spend some of your quality time.


ARTISTS , the best thing to do is to send an email ( inquiring about upcoming art shows.

Go ahead and send 3-5 images of your art via email,

and we will get back to you……. usually within 24 hours if a show is coming up you may be qualified for.

GUIDELINES TO SUBMIT ART FOR CONSIDERATION and to enter exhibits at our art gallery:

  1. Please send digital images of your original art in time to get your actual art to gallery on time. Email an informative artist statement about you and about your art.    All media is considered with limitations of size to 32″ in any direction.

  2. We will carefully review and consider your artwork for a show.

  3. Once accepted, we will contact you via email within hours.

  4. Prepare your pieces to be formally presented in the gallery. Label with your name and the title of the piece only on the back of each art piece you deliver. Install display-ready wire on the back of each piece we agree upon for the show. If a hook is used on back of artwork, it must be claw type and only one in center. Please don’t use any other fasteners.

  5. Deliver your art pieces to the Liz Long Gallery at CUARC by appt. or send via mail/UPS/FedEx. Art must arrive at gallery by date indicated for that show. thanks. Artist is responsible for all transportation costs and transportation arrangements. Include two copies of a signed inventory sheet you create that includes all of your contact info at the top (i.e.: address etc.), and a list of all the pieces you send including w/the title, size, description, media, and price or NFS.

  6. Expect that artists receive 70% of all sales with 30% going to CUARC, the non-profit.

  7. Whether you live nearby or faraway- all artists are to invite their support network (family members, friends, co-workers, & clients) to attend the opening reception and associated discussions they are interested in. All artists are asked to help publicize the art show online, on their Facebook page, twitter, etc.

  8. Artists must pick up their art on the last day of the show at 4 p.m. or by appt. within 3 days of the end of show or pay a daily fee beginning on 4th day. We do not have storage for your art and a new show is coming in right after your art show ends! Please be respectful and help us out.

We are especially interested in political statement or social justice issues art works. Art about the “isms”  are always welcome- racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, classicism, ableism, etc.

International artists are very welcome in our art gallery. You must be willing & able to make arrangements for your art to get to and from the gallery.


Assistant Curators live in other states such as Maine, Oregon, California, Michigan, Kansas, and many other countries. These folks help by putting out the word when our new shows are looking for artists, help recruit artists for shows, refer people to our curator, and tweet/FB about our art shows and gallery.

Some other countries curators are from Mexico, China, Italy, Canada, France, Korea, Morocco, and more. Assistant Curators help the CUARC curator by recruiting, screening, and referring potential artists for our art gallery shows. You can do this too! Just send email to our curator!

Please make sure to send out accurate info, tell artists to follow our guidelines. Do not assure artists they will be in a show- this is for our curator to decide.

attention: Annual Art show Oct/Nov - black artists living/working in Chicago

Gallery is planning it’s annual show to coincide with Chicago Artists Month. Liz Long Gallery is currently recruiting for our annual Chicago Black Artists Show to take place October & November .

We are especially interested in works on social justice themes and lives of African American people. Artists may email images to curator & art accepted must be in gallery by early Oct.        See and follow guidelines closely.


attention: Annual art show-  ARTISTS FROM OUTSIDE OF ILLINOIS

Artists from Anywhere but Illinois Art Show is our annual spring exhibit in the gallery! Artists from other states and other countries are included.

Several artists from Korea have been included in the past! An artist was from Brasil, A few from France, another from Japan, Two from Italia. We have had artists from Nebraska, Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon, China, Minnesota, California, Oklahoma, New York. We have a few from Morocco!

We are very pleased with the annual show and are letting people right now know that yes, the curator repeats this show each spring and yes, we are creating a poster from the show and will let you know when it will be made available. More info to follow!

Moroccan artist Bahya El Bahraini Net over deep hole

Moroccan artist Elmadani Belmadani Wading at Seaside

Stay tuned for more images!

Annual shows:
Chicago Black Artists Show!     Plus "Exhibiting Your Art Workshop" for Artists!
Liz Long Gallery and Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center presented -Chicago Black Artists Show. We also hosted an opportunity for artists new to exhibitng their art to attend a workshop to answer questions about Exhibiting Your Art !
The Chicago Black Artists Show is all about today's African American Artists- who they are, what their interests are, where they are coming from. These are artists who are expressing themselves and are showing as part of a group show of black artists. The exhibit normally take place  as part of Chicago Artists Month in October and November each year.
In addition, during the the exhibition, there is a workshop geared to artists who are fairly new to exhibition and/or have questions about how to be an artist, how to exhibit their art, what to do and where to go. The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center holds a free workshop to answer their questions with longtime artist, gallery operator, and curator, Dianna C. Long responding to queries from artists who attend. We discuss how to find support as an artist, where to exhibit, art organizations, how to hang your art and present it, online presence, and more.
 Above paintings by James V. Allen
"HerStory: Contributions of Women to History"   A show dedicated to women artists each year takes place in February/March
2014 show of works by many women artists had contributions of personal histories and historical contributions. Paintings, prints, installations, fiber art, videos, photography, all included. Filiz Cicek from Istabul, Lauren Raine of Arizona, Jennifer Weigel of Missouri, Diana Delgado and Lauren La Rose and Sara Peak Convery and Lea Antiq and Therese Staples Burton and Dianna C. Long of Chicago, Kate Brandt and Willie Marlowe of New York, Linda Gleitz of Colorado, Melody Croft of Georgia, Melissa Farley of California, Wen Redmond of New Hampshire, and Dare Boles all included.
Exhibit was on display through March 29, 2014.   See on Saturdays from 11-4 or by appt.

We have a double whammy with 2 art shows by women artists from around the country!


... Also a postcard show, wherein women express their views about oppressions women face yesterday and today called           "With A Broken Wing: Oppressions Women Face".


Saturdays from 11-4
or for an appt. send email to -

HerStory: Women's Contributions to History