Calling All Downtown “Ad Men”

Sample_AdThe DNA is seeking “mad” talented artists for a unique, downtown-focused art project that will complement our 2013 DNA Awards Gala this October.

We are looking for artists to create vintage 1950’s or 60’s inspired advertisements for current Downtown Elgin businesses a la the kind produced by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency on the hit AMC TV series “Mad Men”. A sample of the kind of look and feel we are seeking in your “creative” is depicted on the left.

All finished pieces will be displayed at our 2013 DNA Awards Gala. The public will also help select the best “creatives” both online and at our Downtown Ad Men Creative Pitch juried art exhibit at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, in September. The Top 5 artists as determined by our Creative Pitch judges will then be invited to attend the DNA Awards Gala to pitch their work to our team of mad men and women at the Gala. The overall winner will receive a $250 CASH PRIZE and the runners up will each receive $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates.

Submitted advertisements can be paintings, sketches, photographs or digitally composed work. Electronic submissions must be minimum 300 dpi high-resolution file in PDF or JPG format with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′. Hard copy submissions will also be accepted with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′.

Advertisements must depict a current Downtown Elgin business. Artists can submit pieces for multiple downtown businesses with a maximum of three. There will likely be multiple submissions representing the same business but only one creative per business will be selected for the Creative Pitch exhibit with the tie breaker determined by online voting. There is no fee to participate. All submissions become the property of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and may be used in future promotions, fundraisers or other marketing campaigns.

Submit your “creative” as a hard copy or electronically on a CD or DVD to:

Downtown Neighborhood Association
Attn: Downtown Ad Men
2 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

Submissions are due no later than Friday, August 2 at Noon.

Call the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail for more participation details and guidelines.

Home Is Where the Art Is at Elgin Artspace

Elgin Artspace LoftsTo celebrate April as Fair Housing Month, HOPE Fair Housing Center is presenting a gallery art show called Home Is Where the Art Is from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on April 13th 2013 at Elgin Artspace Lofts, located at 51 S. Spring Street. The competition is open to all artists, with outreach to a number of different groups, including low-income, various ethnicities, people with disabilities, and seniors, among others, with only one entry allowed per artist. All submitted pieces must be 2D or 3D and carry the fair housing theme. Attendees of the event will vote for the winners and cash prizes will be awarded.

The evening will feature a Welcome by Mayor Dave Kaptain and Keynote Address delivered by Sara Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Enforcement for HUD’s Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity, as well as food and beverages, the gallery showing and art competition, and tours of the Elgin Artspace Lofts, a new affordable housing development that offers 55 units of affordable live/work space to low-income artists and their families. All artwork will be available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. Tickets are $50.00 and will benefit Artspace residents and support the event and HOPE’s programming.

HOPE Fair Housing Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit civil rights organization that has been fighting to end discrimination and segregation since 1968. HOPE works to create greater housing opportunities and choice for people of all economic levels and to ensure that all people may freely choose a place to live without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or because they have children in their family. Through Home Is Where the Art Is, HOPE aims to raise awareness and promote equal opportunity in housing for all, as well as to highlight Artspace and encourage the sustainability of a diverse creative community in Elgin.

Tickets are $50 each and available to purchase online.

For registration or more information, visit HOPE at or contact Barbara Moran at 630-690-6500, ext.117 or

Artspace Exhibit Celebrates National Women’s History Month

Elgin Artspace LoftsOn Saturday, March 2 from 2-7 pm, Elgin Artspace Lofts, 51 S. Grove Avenue, celebrates National Women’s History Month with an art exhibit in the gallery highlighting the members and accomplishments of the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta – the largest African-American women’s organization in the country.

The inaugural exhibit “Celebrating Sisterhood and Service” will be the first event held in the beautiful gallery of the Elgin Artspace Lofts.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Elgin Artspace Lofts, visit