DEADLINE April 13, 2020

Exibition Dates: May 15th – July 3rd, 2020
Awards Ceremony: May 15 | 7 – 10 PM
Jurors: Ilze Arajs and Alan Leder


Bridgeport Art Center announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES to a juried art competition and exhibition that will take place in its 4th Floor Art Gallery. Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, February 7th, 2020. $3,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 BEST OF SHOW prize will be awarded by distinguished jurors Ilze Arajs and Alan Leder at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2020 | 7-10pm. The exhibition will then run through July 3, 2020.

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. Upon being selected, delivered work must match the submitted entry image. The competition accepts a broad spectrum of art media and styles. Not eligible are functional pottery, jewelry, clothing, accessories, furniture, other primarily functional art, or time-art such as video and film.

Application fee for this competition is $35, nonrefundable.  This fee will be used to underwrite the generous prizes and to help pay some of the costs of the competition. Please send completed application form by Monday, April 13th, 2020. Work must be completed prior to submission.

NOTIFICATION OF JURY DECISIONS: Friday, May 1, 2020. Accepted artists will receive an Exhibitor’s Agreement after acceptance.

DELIVERY OF WORK: Accepted artists must deliver their work to BRIDGEPORT ART CENTER (1200 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609) on Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 10am-2pm

  • Best of Show: $1,000
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize: $300

Additional $200 prizes in 6 categories:

  • Best Three-Dimensional
  • Best Painting -oil, acrylic, watercolor
Best Photo or Photo-Based work
  • Best Drawing
  • Best Graphic
  • Best Collage/Mixed Media

Ilze Arajs
Ilze Arajs earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she then taught for twelve years as Visiting Artist and Assistant Professor. She also has taught at the Evanston Art Center and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Whether working with textile collage, ink brushwork, or macro photography, Ilze often explores plant imagery to express the vitality of the human spirit. Her recent work has been shown in solo exhibitions at numerous exhibition venues including the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago.

Alan Leder
Alan Leder is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He has a BFA from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Sculpture and Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alan has taught studio art, art history and arts administration. He was the state Director of Visual Arts and Media Arts programs at the Illinois Arts Council from 1986 to 2003, and served as Executive Director of the Evanston Art Center, where he curated major exhibitions as well as the notable Sculpture on the Grounds program. His recent work is photo-based.