DEMO Project is an artist-run space for contemporary art located in Springfield, Illinois. We seek proposals for our front gallery, new rear gallery, and those that incorporate the grounds surrounding DEMO Project and/or the exterior site(s) of the structure. We welcome proposals that rely on any configuration of these sites. We are also interested in proposals for one-day/night events such as live performances, film screenings, and workshops.

We consider proposals that range from a traditional exhibition format to diverse alternative projects. We encourage proposals that respond to the site, emphasize a need or desire for creative departure, and/or demonstrate potential for community engagement. Proposals that hinge on the use of exterior sites can be ephemeral, happening only in conjunction with opening nights for exhibits in our gallery spaces, or they can run for the duration of accompanying exhibits that are scheduled in the interior galleries.

While centered in the Central Illinois region, we are proximal to the metropolitan centers of Chicago, Saint Louis, and Indianapolis — and we welcome submissions from around the country. DEMO Project was launched in September of 2013 with the knowledge that the bungalow in which we reside is slated for demolition, though the future date of demolition remains uncertain. The facility is donated for use by the Springfield Art Association, and is facilitated by artists affiliated with the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts.

Submit written materials in PDF format. Email submissions with the following materials to demoprojectspace@gmail.com.

your submission should include:

  • 5 to 15 work samples that reflect or inform the project and/or body of work that you propose
  •  Image list that correlates with work samples
  • Proposal for intended exhibition, concept, or project (include sketches or mock-ups as necessary)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Artist or Curatorial Statement

DEMO Project provides:

  • Installation assistance
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Enthusiasm for new ideas and efforts

DEMO Project, in some instances, can arrange:

  • Artist talks or studio visits in conjunction at the University of Illinois Springfield
  • Community Partnerships
  • Workshop opportunities
  • Short-term housing during the installation process

DEMO Project does not provide:

  • Shipping costs
  • Travel
  • Insurance

DEMO Project Floorplan (PDF)

DEMO Project images