Articles of Incorporation



Promote the betterment of the visual arts community through the arts,

  • To promote personal achievement in striving for excellence and continual growth as artist,
  • To promote cultural activities in exhibits; workshops; and galleries exhibitions; art centers; artist in residence projects.
  • Complete application, a portfolio of recent work, artistic resume, online slides, jpeg,  recent reviews and letters of recommendation, websites URL.

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network

The PGCN may from time to time established and abolish such standing or special committee’s as it may desire. The period of time committees are to be active is by appointment of the owners. Persons who are not members of the PGCN may be designated as consultants to committees with the approval of the PGCN owners.

Article VI: Meetings of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network:

The PGCN shall hold quarterly business meetings which shall be held on the third week of the month. The business session of the meeting shall be limited to 90 minutes. Mandatory attendance unless prior acknowledge of absence has been established.

Honorary Forming Advisory Board 2012
Marianna Buchwald, International Art Group, 6929 N. Lakewood, Chicago Illinois, 60626 (2012 - 2017)

Debra McLendon, Artist at Large,  6946 S. Jeffery Blvd Chicago IL 60649. (2012-2013)

Cathy Sorich, Canito's Studio, 10735 S. Prospect, Chicago, IL 60643. (2012-2013)

Shauntele Pridgeon, PO Box 19693, Chicago IL 60619 (2013-2017)

The PGCN shall prepare two regional shows to act as fundraisers. There shall be an annual spring and fall show of works in progress of all PGCN members in their medium. Committees shall be assigned the offseason for planning. Offseason   January - April

Section 3: Out of Town Shows:  
ARTICLE V: Committees
Section 5: Quorum: Three members present unless otherwise stated in the By-laws will constitute a quorum.
Section 4: One Day Shows:

Project Manager Art Africa Miami Art Basel 
Lavon N. Pettis, Global Resources ID, 6912 S. Dorchester, Chicago IL  60637, 2014 - 2015

Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tours (June - September)

  • At any time new members may be recruited by portfolio review. 
  • Annual Retreats will be hosted by the advisory board members. 
  • Members not actively participating in workshops, art shows, exhibitions, installations, or volunteer hours at designated temporary exhibition sites will be terminated.

Section 2: Membership

PGCN will attend out of town art exhibitions as a group by invitation. No hand carried artworks will be entered into such shows.

ONE: The name of this corporation is Phantom Gallery Chicago Network

TWO: This Corporation is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for Charitable purposes. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are to provide opportunities for community residents of all ages to experience through artistic expressions and demonstration, and to bring people together to share by an exhibition of artist artwork. 

THREE: The name and address of the State of Illinois of this Corporation’s initial agent for service of process is Alpha M. Bruton, (mailing address) P.O. Box 2956, Chicago IL 60690-2956, and Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Office: 440 E. 47th Street, Room 205, Chicago IL  60653.
FOUR: (a) This Corporation is organized and operated exclusively for the betterment of the multi-cultural community through the Arts within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator PO Box 2956, Chicago, IL  60690-2956

ARTICLE VII: Exhibitions:

ARTICLE VIII: Amendments:

FIVE: The names and addresses of the persons appointed to act as the initial Advisory Board of Members of this corporation are:

Board of Directors 2013 - 2015

SIX: The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to the arts for the purpose and no part of the net income or assets of the organization shall ever inure to the benefit or any Advisory Board Member, officer or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person. On the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment of, or provision for payment of, all debts and liabilities of this corporation, shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for arts purposes, and which has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



The composition of Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Advisory Board working artists, currently involved with some aspects to the arts, having a social practice, data research, arts promotions, collectors, or others involvement based around the arts, Interest in promoting art in the community, having a Sense of dedication and input.

Section 2. Selection of Members of the Advisory Board
By committee: applicants express a desire for membership is expected to have worked with some seriousness and productivity in his or her field, and has curated temporary installation spaces with the PGCN, and is required to submit the following:
Termination of Membership:
Section 3: Voting Rights:
Section 4: Terms of Ownership:
These owners are Advisory Board Members, payment of annual dues are $150.00.

Section 5: Resignation:
Section 6: Vacancy:
Any vacancy, on the PGCN, shall be filled for the remainder of the fiscal year’s unexpired term, January 1- December 31, by the PGCN Advisory Board.

Section 1: Representatives:
Section 2: Project Curators: shall be elected annually and shall serve for one year.
Section 3: Removal: Any curator elected or appointed may be removed by 2/3 vote of all the owners.
Section 4: Vacancies: A vacancy in any appointed position may be filled by the  Advisory Committee

Section 1: Regular Meetings:

Section 3: Special Meetings: Special meetings may be called at the request of the 

Section 4: Decisions of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network will be made by a majority vote of the members present unless otherwise stated in the By-laws.

Section 2: Regional Shows:


April 23rd, 2012
An additional purpose of the organization is to provide a full range of activities, including workshops, professional development opportunities for curators, administrators, and creating self-directed residence opportunities for PGCN Curators.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (1) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or (2) by a corporation contribution to with are deductible under Section 170 (c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(C) No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any candidate for public office.

  • William G. Hill, William G. Hill Fine Art Gallery, Chicago 
  • Caryl Henry Alexander, Creative Currency, Clinton MD 
  • Talver Germany, Visual Arts Development Project, Mather California
  • Jennifer YaYa Porras, International Altar Society, Sacramento, CA
  • Dr. Patricia Adelekan, International Educators Hall of Fame, Antioch CA
  • Laura Weathered, Near North West Arts Council, Chicago IL
  • Alan Emerson Hicks, Emerson Studio, (curator- 2012-2018) Chicago IL  
BY-LAWS 1996 (Revision 2011)

The purpose of the organization shall be to:

Meetings of Curators/Board Directors are held quarterly

Business meetings are held monthly with volunteer staff and curators.

Members not attending nor responding to correspondence, ongoing absence and a general lack of interest for PGCN will be grounds for termination. 

Each member shall be entitled to one vote. Proxy voting shall be permitted
The Phantom Gallery Chicago Network consists of ownership into the project, each owner owns 20% of voting rights, as long as they are in good standing.

Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the PGCN.

The officers shall be Advisory Consultants, and appointed officers the committee may deem desirable.

All members are representatives of the PGCN, they carry the same authority in decision making as stated in the By-Laws when attending functions and meetings, as official representatives if the PGCN.

Advisory Board for the unexpired time or portion of the term.

Section 1: Standing and Special Committees:

Each member of a standing committee shall be a member of the PGCN.

Section 2: Working Meetings:
The PGCN shall hold working meetings as assigned periodically throughout the month to discuss and follow-up on planning, projects, exhibits, workshops, and studio hours. Each member is required to work a minimum of four hours monthly.

Section 1: Active Shows:
Active shows must be coordinated yearly of all curators artworks to be exhibited for this group exhibition, this shall be called an “Active Show” of the PGCN. During which time artist may have time to re-group and produce new works to be submitted for the next year. All artists are to submit up to ten (10) jpegs of current works in progress, of all medium. Committee (jury) shall be assigned the offseason for the planning of the “Active Show”.

There will be no one day shows allowed by the PGCN, individuals artists, acting as independent agents, desiring to exhibit shall do so at their own discernment and proceed as such will go to the individual artist unless he/she has used materials from PGCN and in such case will give to the project 40% of proceeds earned for the function.

These articles may be amended, rescinded, or canceled by 2/3 vote of active members who are present at any regular meeting. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing two weeks prior to action, By-laws may not conflict with Federal and State guidelines govern by the Alliance of the Artists. Proposed amendments must also be submitted in the copied form to all members for review prior to monthly business meetings.