About the Salon


250 Artists Given Free Reign to Create Their Own Art Show

Elgin, IL ~ Make plans to attend the 4th Annual Next Wave Art Salon, where the traditional art show is turned completely on it’s head with no juries, fees, exclusivity or censorship. The Next Wave is a spontaneous, un-curated two-day event that brings together 250 established and new Chicago-area artists into a found space in downtown Elgin. Artists and performers of all means and abilities are given something that never happens- free reign to show and sell work that isn’t allowed in traditional galleries.
 This exciting two-day annual art event is happening (9/6, 6-10pm & 9/7 4-10pm)  at “The Haight”, 166 Symphony Way, an extensive gallery space in Downtown Elgin IL, just one block east of The Centre, behind Danny’s Pizza.
The show is geared to attract up-and-coming artists with innovative approaches to their art form; however it is open to artists of all ages and genres. The experience of walking into a place designed for self-expression is unique for artists and patrons alike.  It blurs cultural and economic lines and provides artists of all means and abilities the freedom and confidence to display their work. For the public, it is a unique experience to mingle with painters,sculptors, knitters, photographers, filmmakers, writers, poets and dancers all under one gigantic roof.  Art is an undeniable source for energy and inspiration, and the salon attempts to “illuminate artwork, artists and all viewers”.  Come and see the surprising variety of art that established and new local artists are creating, exhibited side by side- work that is often censored and excluded from traditional shows.
Make sure to stop by and enjoy complimentary wine and beer while you stroll through the over 250 visual artists, performers and musicians.  In addition to the great deals on art priced by the artists themselves, $3,000 in awards will be given out on the night of September 7th for the best work.

Thanks to Our Supporters

A spontaneous and temporary experiment of this magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the unique skills, talents and contributions of a committee of creative folks.  Without all of their hard work and ideas, this event wouldn’t be.

Thanks to our volunteers for making this year possible: Adam Flikkema, Carl Brahms, Danielle Henson, Darlene Hulin, David Powers, Don Clemens, Doree Haight, Elizabeth Haney, George Stefely, Geraldine Rabey, Jason Ackemann, Karin Jones, Kelli Tidmore, Linda Haight, Manny Givot, Mark Clemens, Natalie Doolittle Shadel, Nicole Tuhy Brahms, Paul Pedersen, Peter Zalesky, Purple Haze and Teresa Padron.
A very big thanks to this year’s major sponsors. Their generous support helped make this event a success: The Downtown Neighborhood Association, The Outside Exhibition Group, Artistic Framing & Supply, Revolution Brewing, World Art Association and private donors. Their support is helping to build a more forward-thinking culture- one that fosters participation, creativity and innovation in public spaces.