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FIGMENT Chicago 2013  |  photo © Michael Egon Schiele


FIGMENT Chicago 2014 (Submissions Closed)

August 16-17 at Jefferson Memorial Park 

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting art project submissions for the FIGMENT Chicago 2014 Weekend! FIGMENT Chicago 2014 is a two-day participatory arts event held at Jefferson Memorial Park, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience.

Submit your project using the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal by August 4, 2014 extended through Wednesday, August 6. (Submission window is closed until 2015. If you have questions, reach us at


How to Submit Your Project

Before you submit:


To submit your project:

Submit your art project for FIGMENT Weekend by by August 4, 2014. By filling out an application on the Artist Submission Portal. The Tips & Tricks Guide contains detailed instructions on how to use the portal. We recommend submitting well before the August 4th deadline to receive more detailed attention from the Curatorial Team, especially for artists new to FIGMENT.

After you submit, you will be assigned a curator, who will be your official contact and through the FIGMENT evaluation process, and then your guide supporting you through the event itself to ensure bringing your project to FIGMENT Chicago Weekend goes as smoothly as possible.


9 Things Artists Should Know about FIGMENT

FIGMENT is not your typical art event. Here are 9 key things to keep in mind before submitting for FIGMENT Chicago's two-day event. Most of them are discussed in detail below or in the 2014 Artist Handbook.

  1. Everyone is welcome. Artists and participants of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT.
  2. All art is participatory. All of the art at FIGMENT is participatory. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment.
  3. No sales, logos, or advertising. The art at FIGMENT is a gift from the artist to the FIGMENT community. Nothing is for sale at FIGMENT. At FIGMENT, interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. There is no advertising, nothing is for sale, and no one asks for donations.
  4. We’re outdoors in a public park. FIGMENT takes place outdoors in a public area, so your project should be designed to withstand the weather and the public.
  5. We leave no trace. Your project can not leave any trace or mark on the park, and artists must be prepared to completely remove and clean up after their project. See our LNT Guide for more information.
  6. We’re all volunteer. FIGMENT Chicago is an all-volunteer organization. Our staff gives their time as a gift to artists and participants. Additionally, artists need to supply all of the labor they need to install, supervise, and deinstall their project.
  7. FIGMENT Chicago Weekend is a completely free event. There is no charge for artists or participants to be a part of the event.
  8. We have no artists grants. The weekend event does not have a budget for project grants.
  9. We're in other cities, too! There are FIGMENT Weekend events happening around the globe, and we encourage artists to bring their projects to multiple cities! Find out where else FIGMENT is happening.


FIGMENT Chicago 2013  |  photo © Tes Rivera (right, “empty hands and sigil” & ”bunny eyes”) & 
© David Shuey (left, ”detroit fixel art”)


The FIGMENT Weekend Curatorial Team is primarily concerned with the suitability of your project for FIGMENT, as opposed to artist experience, education or previous exhibitions of the piece. Artists of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT as long as the project is interactive, upholds our principles, and does not violate Chicago Park District rules. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when preparing a project for FIGMENT.

Is it interactive?

Interactive or participatory art blurs the lines between the artist, the art, and people engaging with the art. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Theatre, dance, music, performance art, games, creative costuming, workshops and activities are all common genres found at FIGMENT. Three dimensional sculptural installations are also common at FIGMENT, as the participant’s experience of the piece alters as he or she moves around it.

We generally do not accept “wall art” such as finished paintings or photography and do not have space to display such works. Artists working in those genres are encouraged to find a way to engage FIGMENT participants in creating such works, displaying such works inside a larger sculptural installation, collaborating with a performance art event, or creating some other participatory experience that involves such works.

Does it uphold the FIGMENT Principles?

In addition to being interactive, art at FIGMENT must be consistent with our 11 principles. FIGMENT has 11 principles that shape our event, giving our events a unique flavor and experience found in few places elsewhere in the world. They also guide the curators in selecting art appropriate for the event. Upholding the principles presents challenges to FIGMENT artists, staff, and volunteers that many other art events do not have to address.

Is it durable and designed for the environment?

FIGMENT Chicago is a rain-or-shine event held outdoors on public park land in a residential neighborhood. We do not have indoor storage space for projects, and the event does not have secure borders. This means a few things:

Projects brought to FIGMENT must be able to withstand heavy rain and wind. It’s okay to disassemble or cover your project in the event of rain (or at the end of the day, just in case), but you need to be prepared for rain. If your project falls apart in the wind or rain, it is your responsibility to clean it up. Projects must be durable and ready to have up to 5,000 people interacting with it. Projects made from fragile or flimsy materials will not be accepted. Projects must also be designed with security in mind—the park is open to the public during the day. Valuable equipment or materials are left unattended at the artist’s own risk.

Does it pose a threat to LNT?

We take our principle of Leave No Trace seriously. Your project can not leave any trace or mark on the park, and artists must be prepared to clean up after their project. For more details on what this means and how to comply, see our 2014 Artist Handbook.

Is it feasible to bring to Jefferson Memorial Park? Does it pose legal or liability issues?

There are a host of restrictions on materials and activities at Jefferson Park. See the 2014 Artist Handbook for more information.

Artist history & experience

As we stated earlier, artists of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT. We consider artist history and experience largely for placement and PR purposes only.


Weekend Event Process Timeline

Monday, June 9, 2014  Call for Submissions Opened! Project approvals begin on a rolling basis

Monday, August 4, 2014   Submissions close—Submit your project by 11:59PM

10AM Friday, August 15, 2014 Installation starts

Saturday & Sunday, August 16-17, 2014   FIGMENT Chicago Weekend Event

5PM Sunday, August 17, 2014  Deinstallation must be complete



Jefferson Memorial Park: An empty canvas for your FIGMENT imaginations!


Founded in 2007 on New York City's Governors Island, what began as a few thousand enthusiasts enjoying a handful of participatory art projects has grown into a multi-day, multi-city event that drew over 30,000 participants in NYC, Jackson, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Diego, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, and Geelong, Australia in 2013. In 2014, FIGMENT seeks to continue its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to our entire community, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.


Submit to other cities!

There are FIGMENT Weekend events happening around the globe, and we encourage artists to bring their projects to multiple cities! See where else FIGMENT is happening. Each city has its own quirks, leadership, and curatorial process, so acceptance in Chicago does not guarantee acceptance elsewhere. Please reach out to the leadership in each city for submission requirements.



Be sure to check out the 2014 Artist's Guide first. If you still have questions, please send them to


Submit your project today! We look forward to seeing you at FIGMENT Chicago, August 16-17.



Bring Your Bag at FIGMENT Chicago 2013  |  photo © Michael Egon Schiele