Call for Artists

Life Force Arts Center presents juried art exhibits. Our exhibits are based on themes related to the connection of the arts and spiritual healing, and generally run for 6 months. The exhibits feature beautiful and energetically powerful artwork of all styles and media. The artwork creates a sacred space for performances, spiritual rituals and other events that are held in conjunction with the theme of the show.

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Pay Art Submission fee for Waning Year exhibit here


Our Current Call for Artists

The Waning Year (August 9, 2019 – January 8, 2020)

The theme for Life Force Arts Center's two visual art exhibits for 2019 is nature and the seasons, as explored in the Life Force Arts Method. In the Life Force Arts Method chart, or Wheel, we can see these seasons and their associations as a Wheel of the Year, shown as the outside part of the chart in the black boxes.

Life Force Arts will have two exhibits in 2019:

The Waxing Year (February 9 – July 10, 2019)
The Waning Year (August 9, 2019 – January 8, 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: This Call for Artists describes BOTH of the 2019 exhibits, but artists are not required to be in both exhibits. You are welcome to send art submission(s) for either or both exhibits. These are two separate (though related) Calls for Artists, one for The Waxing Year exhibit and one for The Waning Year exhibit (deadline for art submissions: June 10, 2019)

  • The Waning Year exhibit

  • Deadline for art submissions: June 10, 2019

The visual art exhibits at Life Force Arts Center support the Healing Performances that Life Force Arts Ensemble presents. Life Force Arts Ensemble (LFAE) is a performing arts company whose mission is to create spiritual transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value love, true self and creative community. LFAE includes dancers, singers, musicians, actors, storytellers, writers and visual artists who use music, movement, story and visual art to awaken human potential, deepen mystical experience and create spiritual transformation.

What is The Waxing Year and The Waning Year?

The word "waxing" means getting larger; the word "waning" means getting smaller. Each year is divided into two halves: the waxing half of the year, when the days are getting longer, from Dec. 21 - June 20; and the waning half of the year, when the days are getting shorter, from June 20 - Dec. 21. (The Life Force Arts Method Wheel refers to the Northern Hemisphere).

By attuning ourselves to the changes in nature happening day by day as the year waxes and wanes, we become more in tune with our bodies, minds and emotions, and our connection to all life. Throughout history and in most cultures, artists, teachers, healers and community builders have worked with the seasons to help their communities align with self, society, nature and the spirit realm.  Because of this, the waxing year and the waning year are part of the Life Force Arts Method/Wheel - you can see them, with their corresponding dates, on the outer edge of the Wheel. The right half of the LFAM Wheel is the Waxing Year and the left half of the LFAM Wheel is the Waning Year.

LFA 2019 exhibits: what type of artwork we're looking for

The vision is to have a series of artworks that will immerse the viewer in images of nature and the progression of the seasons, as experienced in the Northern hemisphere.

For The Waxing Year exhibit (Feb. 9 - July 10) the viewer will be surrounded by images of nature from Late Winter into Spring and Midsummer covering the Wheel of the Year Festivals Quickening, Spring, May Day and Midsummer.

For The Waning Year exhibit (Aug. 9, 2019 - January 8, 2020) the viewer will be surrounded by images of nature from Summer into Fall and Midwinter, covering the Wheel of the Year Festivals Harvest, Fall, Samhain and Midwinter.

The Waning Year (August 9, 2019 – January 8, 2020)

We are looking for art that depicts nature scenes of any of the four sections of the Waning Year: landscapes, plants, weather, animals, archetypal figures (gods, goddesses, mythical charaters) associated with one of the four dates August 2, September 23, October 31 and December 21. The subject matter of the artwork should depict what one sees in nature around these particular dates:

Harvest (Aug 2)
Fall Equinox(Sep 23)
Samhain (Oct 31)
Midwinter (Dec 21)

The artwork will be organized around the room clockwise, in the order of the Wheel of the Year Festivals for that exhibit. For example, for the Waning Year exhibit, 1/4 of the show will be artwork depicting Harvest, 1/4 will be Fall Equinox, 1/4 will be Samhain and 1/4 will be Midwinter. When the viewer comes to the exhibit, they see the progression of the seasons around the room.

Because we are immersing the audience in the seasons of nature, we prefer artwork that is large, such as canvases that are 24 x 36 or larger. However, depending on the artwork, it may be possible to include smaller pieces.

Abstract artwork is possible, if it has the feel, energy, coloring, etc. of the season. If the artwork depicts an archetypal figure, it is preferred for the figure to be shown in a landscape, rather than the archetypal figure alone.

Art Submission requirements

1) Art Submission Form (Click here to download the Art Submission Form)
  • 2) Photos of your work (up to 5 different pieces) that you would like us to consider putting in the show. Art may include 2- or 3-dimensional prints, paintings, photography, digital, sculpture, mixed media, installation art and more. Please send as jpg images (max 500 x 500 pixels per image). Please put images in the same email as the submission form if possible.
  • 3) We only consider completed artwork for the show
  • 4) We only accept artwork that is for sale
  • 5) Essay(s) suitable for inclusion in the show's Exhibit Catalog, for EACH ARTWORK YOU ARE SUBMITTING explaining how it relates to the theme of the exhibit.
  • 6) your resume - if we already have your resume, you do not need to send it again
  • 7) your bio -  1 – 3 paragraphs about yourself as an artist, suitable for inclusion in the show's Exhibit Catalog. If we already have your bio, you do not need to send it again, unless you have any changes
  • 8) your $25 art submission fee. Click here to pay the $25 Art Submission fee online by Paypal or call 773-327-7224 to make other payment arrangements.
Please send your art submission to

Important Dates: Waning Year exhibit

  • Deadline for submissions, The Waning Year: Monday, June 10, 2019

  • Artists will be notified about acceptance of their submissions by Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • If your artwork is accepted, please call 773-327-7224 to arrange a time to deliver your ready-to-display artwork to Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago 60657. Artwork may be delivered, by appointment only, during the hours of 1:30 - 6:30 PM on the following days:  Thursday, July 18; Friday July 19; Thursday July 25; Friday July 26 . ALL ARTWORK MUST BE DELIVERED TO LIFE FORCE ARTS CENTER NO LATER THAN SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2019. If you cannot deliver the artwork during the hours listed above, please call to make special arrangements.

  • Installation of the show will take place Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 3 - 8 PM each day. Artists are welcome to help, but is not required that the artist be present to install their art.

  • Opening Reception is Friday August 9, 2019 from 7:30 - 10 PM
  • The show will run from August 9, 2019 - January 8, 2020
  • Closing Day is Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1:30 - 6:30 PM

  • Art that is not sold may be picked up, by appointment only (please call 773-327-7224 to schedule a time to pick up your artwork) on the following days: Wednesday, January 8, 2020; Thursday, January 9; Friday January 10 or Thursday, January 15.  If you cannot come during any of these hours, please call 773-327-7224 to make special arrangements to pick up your artwork.


If your art is accepted, you are responsible for delivering it ready-to-display. “Ready to display” can be achieved in various ways, depending on the type of artwork. Ready to display MAY include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • gallery wrapped on stretcher bars
  • external frame
  • hanging from a dowel, which has a wire on it
  • adhesive onto foamboard, which has a hook and/or wire on the back
  • wooden or metal stands for 3 dimensional artwork  
  • many other methods of display, depending on the type of artwork
Note: we don't pin artwork directly to the wall

If the artwork is supposed to hang on the wall, PLEASE HAVE A WIRE OR HOOK ON THE BACK OF THE ARTWORK so it can easily be put on the wall. 
  • If the artwork has a wire to hang it, please make sure the wire is tight and is securely fastened to hooks on each side of the artwork.

  • The wire should not show above the artwork when it is hung on the wall.

  • Do NOT use tape to attach a wire or string to the back of a frame

  • If you are using a frame, the frame must fit the artwork: if the artwork is smaller than the frame, please mat the artwork so it fits the frame

  • If you have several similar pieces to be displayed together, please put them in frames that match each other

Additional information:

Artist is responsible for delivering the art to LFAC properly wrapped and protected. The artist agrees to pick up art at the end of the show, or make arrangements and pay for shipping.

If artwork is shipped, Artist is responsible for all shipping costs of sending it to LFAC and/or returning unsold artwork to Artist

There will be a 50-50% split of the retail price for sales of art; the artist will receive 50% and Life Force Arts Center will receive 50% of the retail price.

We look forward to your submission. If you have any questions, please contact: Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director, (773)

More information about Life Force Arts Method

For some examples of the Healing Performances of the Life Force Arts Ensemble, and how the performances incorporate the visual art in the exhibits, please click on these links.

The exhibits at Life Force Arts Center create the sacred space for the healing rituals of the Healing Performances and their accompanying workshops. They are based in and share/teach the different sections of the Life Force Arts Method/Wheel (LFAM). See below for more history in the last 5 years of how the exhibits are based in LFAM.

History of how LFA exhibits are based in LFAM 2013 - 2018

Here is the list of LFA exhibits starting in late 2013. You can see the complete list of all LFAF exhibits by clicking here

Here is the list of the series for each year, and the corresponding part of the Life Force Arts Method/Wheel that each exemplifies

2014: Life Force Wheel - the Archetypes of the Wheel

2015: The Spiritual Power of Art - 9 Levels of Self

2016: The Creative Soul - defining what Art is, the first of the Four Fields of Human Endeavor

2017: Art: The Language of Learning , Healing & Community - The other three Fields of Human Endeavor

2018: The Skills of Youth and Maturity - The Skills of Life. Streaming & Osmosis are the Skills of Youth and Dialogue & Crystallizing are the Skills of Maturity

General information about LFAF shows

Life Force Arts Foundation (LFAF) create spiritual transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method, a modern version of universal wisdom teachings that value love, true self and creative community. LFAC presents visual, literary and performing art exhibits, events and publications that awaken human potential, deepen mystical experience and create spiritual transformation.

LFAF welcomes artists who have presentation associated with their work, such as lectures, performances, workshops, rituals and guided meditations.

At LFAF, we work with energy and beings of the Light, and look for artwork that inspires and uplifts viewers. Our policy is that if artwork has a cathartic element and helps viewers face the shadow side, it must also have the alchemy to integrate what has been purged into a new, whole, positive form.


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