Fourth Annual DrawBack Fundraising Exhibition

Exhibition Guidelines: No entry fee! Work is due (not postmarked) on November 30, 2014. Drawings do not have to be matted or framed! Size should be no larger than 16”x20”. Please send no more than three works. Backspace allows for a broad interpretation of “drawing”. Sign and print your name on the back of the drawing, and indicate the top. Backspace does not receive mail at the gallery location; mail to: DrawBack, Attn: Heather Brammeier, 1111 W. Stratford Dr., Peoria, IL 61614.

The event will be Friday, December 5, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Prairie Center of the Arts.  Each drawing will be sold for $25, with all proceeds donated to Backspace Collective. All unsold work remains the property of Backspace, continuing your donation.

Backspace Collective is an alternative gallery space in Peoria, an urban center in central Illinois. Just three hours’ drive south of Chicago, Peoria has an active arts community with various venues, including the new Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center, the Prairie Center for the Arts (gallery and international artists’ residency program), and the Peoria Art Guild. Bradley University, which resides just down the street from Backspace Collective, boasts a strong art exhibition and lecture program. Backspace Collective has a strong connection with these local arts organizations, and also draws notice from artists and curators from Chicago, Springfield, Bloomington, and St. Louis.

Call for New Members

Backspace is currently accepting membership applications. Please e-mail up to five images or website, CV, and a cover letter to wearebackspace@gmail.com.  Cover letter should include your availability to assist with organizing and installing exhibitions, monthly meetings, committee work, as well as any other contributions you can make to the organization.


Call for Exhibition Proposals

For all exhibition proposals please send the following to wearebackspace@gmail.com:

- a one-page proposal specifying scope of project
– at least 5 samples of each participating artist’s work or artist’s website
– cv for each participating artist
– artist statement

We will soon be considering proposals for Winter and Spring 2015. Feel free to indicate a time preference in your proposal.  If you have submitted a proposal and have not heard back from us, we are keeping your materials on file for further consideration.