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Midwest Jewish Artists Lab Application Deadline

Midwest Jewish Artists Lab Application Deadline

Monday, August 1, 2016

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is now accepting applications for the second Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, generously supported by a grant from the Covenant Foundation

Applications due by August 1, 2016,
for preferred consideration.


Final applications accepted through September 1, 2016. 


  • The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab is open to Jewish artists who live and work in the Greater Chicago area.
  • Artists may work in any medium.
  • Artists must submit a personal statement and several samples of their work.
  • If selected, artists must pay a $180 participation fee.
  • It is required that participating artists attend monthly sessions, which will be held at Spertus Institute, October 2016 through June 2017. These sessions will be scheduled in consultation with participants.
  • If selected, artists must agree to independently create a work or series of works that reflect the theme selected for 2017, and to have the resulting work shown at Spertus Institute in the concluding exhibit. Studio space is not provided. 

The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab addresses the need to broaden the impact of the arts in Jewish life, helping foster meaning, community, identity, and spirituality. For the participating artists, the project will provide a community of creativity, support, and enrichment.

At Spertus Institute, we believe that arts and culture are critical to a vibrant Jewish community. So we are proud to serve as the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab site in Chicago, adding this initiative to our mix of Jewish arts and cultural offerings.

Piloted at a trio of locations — the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin Hillel in Madison, and the Sabes Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis — the Midwest Jewish Artist Lab was expanded last year to include Spertus Institute in Chicago and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

In Chicago, the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab program will select a cohort of ten to twelve artists. Monthly meetings — facilitated by Spertus Institute faculty and outside experts — will include opportunities for Jewish text study, discussions of topics and themes relating to Jewish art, and occasions for critical evaluation of participants' work. Art and artifacts from Spertus Institute's world-class collection will provide examples for discussion and inspiration.


Image shown left

Carol Lezberg Neiger, Tuscany Hill Town
23.75" x 19.75", oil on canvas.


If you have specific questions about applying to the Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, please contact Spertus Institute Curator Ilana Segal at

Dimitri Pavlotsky at work

2016 Midwest Jewish Artist Lab participant Dimitri Pavlotsky has been filming himself at work, adding a perfomance element to his artistic practice. In this short video, he is painting a piece titled Kiddush. Dimitri_thumb

Read a recent Spertus interview with Dimitri about his work. READ>