OUTSIDE THE PRACTICE: Artworks Created by Architects and Designers

January 19 – March 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19th 2018 | 7 – 10 PM

How do Chicago architects and designers express themselves when not constrained by the practical requirements of contemporary practice? See them display their artistic talents through painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, and other media. With guest co-curators Chicago architects Stephen Wierzbowski and Edward Keegan.




November 17 – January 5, 2018

CREATIVE FURNISHINGS: A Collection from Chicago Designers + Makers is an exhibition brought to you by the CREATIVE FURNITURE DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION and the BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER.

Highlighting the unique perspective of individual designers and their take on furniture and decorative arts for your home and living spaces, this exhibition offer the finest works from the Chicago region. Awards will be presented during the OPENING RECEPTION on Friday, November 17th.


September 15- November 3, 2017
Opening Reception: September 15 | 7 – 10 PM

In recent years, the number of Bridgeport Art Center resident artists has grown to over 150 people. Opening on September 15, a large exhibition of residents’ work will be on view in the 4th floor Bridgeport Art Center Gallery. This is a terrific opportunity for the general public to enjoy an exciting overview of contemporary art in Chicago, free of charge, in addition to a number of demonstrations in the Gallery during two upcoming Open Studios (3rd Friday of each month).

Photo Credit: Richard J. Maltz | Home Page Credit: Josh Sears

Julius Bautista
Jens Brasch
Carol Brookes
Vincent Brooks
Fred Camper
Helen Dannelly
Lora Delestowicz-Wierzbowski
Carla Dvorak
Ruth Esserman
Sheila Ganch
Sally Havlis
Karen Hirsch
Jeff Hirst
David A. Holt

Ashley Jan
Richard Maltz
Christine Mitchell
Joe Nagle
Josh Sears
Barbara Shaffer
Pat Stewart
Jay Strommen
Joe Turner
Ilie Vaduva
Tamara Wasserman
Stephen Wierzbowski
Monika Wulfers



ENCAUSTIC 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium

July 21 – September 8, 2017

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest painting techniques, dating back to the ancient Greeks, who used it to caulk ships and paint funerary portraits on sarcophagi. In Greek, the word “encaustic” means “to heat or burn in”. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and damar resin (crystallized tree sap). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and resin to fusing the layers of wax.

The artists included in this exhibition embrace the use of wax, not as just another option in a wide range of available art media, but as a dynamic, organic, almost living medium that manifests the seductive qualities of tactility, translucency, and mystery through their work in a singular way.

Photo Credit: Helen Dannelly

Dan Addington
Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Cat Crotchett
Helen Dannelly
Shelley Gilchrist
Carol Hamilton
Jeffrey Hirst
Cindy Lesperance

Jane Michalski
Ahavani Mullen
Sarah Rehmer
Paul Rinaldi
Michele Thrane
VA de Pintor
Kathleen Waterloo


May 19- July 7, 2017

Curators Create presents work by artists who currently serve (or have served in the past) as curators at a major art center, gallery, museum, college, university or other exhibition venue. The process of selecting the artist/curators for the exhibit has shown that there are many other artist/curators in this region who could be part of such a show in addition to the ten whose work is represented in this exhibit.

Mary Ellen Croteau
Charles Gniech
Sergio Gomez
Stano Grezdo
Lelde Kalmite
Alan Leder
Dolores Mercado
Betty Ann Mocek
Joyce Owens
Georgia Schwender

Photo Credit: Stano Grezdo




March 17- May 5, 2017

Artists explore the seductive versatility and sculptural potential of the medium by cutting, folding, tearing, creasing, binding together, weaving, or otherwise transforming one of the oldest art materials, paper, to express ideas and emotions.

Andrea Peterson
Azadeh Hussaini
Carole Harmel & Lialia Kuchma
Erin Cramer
Joe Fournier
Katherine Nemanich
Kevin Fair
Rebecca Wolfram
Tamara Wasserman
Yoonshin Park
Phil Ponce

Photo Credit: Katherine Nemanich – “The Woods So Wild”

5th Annual Art Competition

January 20 – March 3, 2017
Awards Ceremony: January 20 | 7 – 10 PM

Click here for a list of selected artists
Click here for the winners

This is the 5th year for the juried art competition and exhibition, awarding $3,000 in prizes to Chicago and vicinity artists in an  awards ceremony. The Annual Art Competition was created to showcase the exceptional talents and abilities of Bridgeport and Chicago area artists.

The competition is open to all artists, aged 18 and over, who live or have studios within a 150-mile radius of Chicago. Work must have been created within the last three years. The competition accepts a broad spectrum of art media and styles.