The artwork is arriving


This is really shaping up to be one big and exciting show.  We have 250 artists and counting, the largest turnout since the show was started 4 years ago.

It’s only the first day and the work that is being dropped off is looking spectacular. Such a wonderful variety of young and old artists, strange and beautiful stuff.  So far, artists are coming from as far south as Georgia, as north as Wisconsin, as west as LA.  We even have an artist from Austria.

People seem to be enjoying what manifests when you apply the principles of gifting, radical self-expression, participation, radical inclusion, decommodification, immediacy and communal effort.

What is The Next Wave?

4 years ago, a handful of artists and volunteers in Elgin got together and began an experiment. Our goal was to turn the traditional art show on it’s head by creating a space that blurred cultural & economic lines and provided artists of all means & abilities to freely display their work.

We noticed that artists and performers were being excluded from participating in art shows based on economic or aesthetic rules set-up by a cloistered minority. What would happen if we removed all those barriers and allowed something spontaneous to happen?
The result was a very successful event called The Next Wave Art Salon and it’s based upon the following simple rules: Have no exclusivity, jury, fees or censorship, and award artists with cash.

This year’s show will take place on Friday September 6th from 6 -10 p.m. and Saturday September 7th from 4-10 p.m. at 166 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin IL, just one block east of The Centre of Elgin, behind Danny’s Pizza.

We’ll have painters, sculptors, knitters, photographers, fire performers, actors, filmmakers, writers, and dancers all under one gigantic roof, showing their stuff and doing their thing.

The event is free.  Tell your friends.

When is it?

Friday September 6th, 2013 from 6pm-10pm
Saturday September 7th, 2013 from 4pm-10pm.

Located at:

The Haight
166 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL


2 comments on “The artwork is arriving

  1. Scott Regalado on said:

    I would love to submit some artwork if possible. Please let me know.
    Thank you,

    • We are past the cutoff for 2013, but will be accepting work for next year’s salon. Signup to the mailing list to be kept abreast of the dates!

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