Over the past 25 years we have provided special arts grants to numerous artists and organizations. We extend our gratitude to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arts Midwest, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Arts Alliance Illinois, the Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Fund, and our private donors for their significant contributions and support of our vision, mission, and values.

CALL FOR ART : Locality Biennial Exhibition 

Artspace 304 presents Locality Biennial Exhibition on view July 5 – August 11. In celebration of the rich and diverse talent in Southern Illinois, Locality aims to highlight our region’s artists and craftspeople. The exhibition will showcase artwork with diversity and uniqueness in style, technique and conceptual ideas. 

All Southern Illinois artists are encouraged to apply. Each artist can submit one piece for this exhibition. This call for artwork is open to pieces that are 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and multimedia. All artworks must be ready for hanging and installation. Pieces over 24” in any direction may be subject to size restrictions. Submitted artwork must not have been shown previously at Artspace 304. Artwork submissions are due Thursday, June 1st – 11:59 pm.

Exhibit at Artspace 304

We look forward to seeing your work in our space! Applications to exhibit at our galleries are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for our application form or email exhibits@artspace304.org for more information.

Partner with Shop 304

Join other makers across Southern Illinois and submit your artwork and goods for sale at Shop 304. We consider submissions throughout the year and accept work in a variety of media and materials.

    To submit email the following information to shop@artspace304.org:
    • Name & contact information
    • 3-5 photographs of your work (jpegs)
    • Short biography (200 words)
    • Short statement about your process & techniques (200 words)

    Apply for Regional Grants


    Applications for the 2023 SAF are open January 27 – March 31, 2023.

    SAF provides financial assistance in the form of grants to artists and organizations whose projects and practice are public in nature.

    Eligible applicants for SAF funding opportunities include public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as individual artists located in Southern Illinois.

    Learn more about SAF »



    Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is committed to building a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts.

    They offer several regional grant opportunities for artists, musicians, and creatives.

    Learn more about IACA grants »

    “The collaboration between Artspace 304 and the Southern Illinois Music Festival has been very rewarding artistically, and benefits our whole community. Funding from the Southern Arts Fund has allowed us to expand our programming to include high quality chamber music and ‘Klassics for Kids‘ concerts at Artspace 304.”

    Edward Benyas

    Professor of Oboe & Conducting, Southern Illinois University

    Music Director, Southern Illinois Music Festival

    Music Director, New Chicago Chamber Orchestra 


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