DEADLINE February 4, 2019

March 15th – May 3rd, 2019
Awards Ceremony: March 15 | 7 – 10 PM
Jurors: Stano Grezdo and Joyce Owens


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 Monday, November 5th, 2018. $3,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 BEST OF SHOW prize will be awarded by distinguished jurors Stano Grezdo and Joyce Owens at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 15, 2019. The exhibition will then run through May 3, 2019.

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. 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 February 4th, 2019. Work must be completed prior to submission.

NOTIFICATION OF JURY DECISIONS: Monday, February 25, 2019. 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, March 9, 2019


Best of Show: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Additional $250 prizes in 5 categories:
Best Three-Dimensional
Best Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
Best Photo or Photo-Based work
Best Drawing/Graphic
Best Collage/Mixed Media


Stano Grezdo is an artist and curator. He was born in 1972 in Piestany, Czechoslovakia and graduated from The Graphic School in Bratislava, Slovakia. Stano was part of the cultural underground in Czechoslovakia, and came of age on the cusp of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, which greatly influenced his work. After relocating to the US, he continued this exploration as an artist and DJ with the pirate radio station “Free Radio Austin” based in Austin, Texas. His radio program focused on the underground scenes in Soviet bloc countries.

After moving to Chicago, Stano became curator of The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) from 2007-2017, where he curated or co-curated over 60 exhibitions. He also cooperated on exhibitions with other institutions such as The Ukrainian Museum in New York; Ukrainian Institute of America in New York; The Bauhaus Chicago Foundation, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Chicago and others. Stano is currently co-owner and Director of The One After 909 gallery in Chicago.

Joyce Owens is a painter, sculptor and curator. Owens studied with preeminent artists at Howard University (BFA) and Yale University (MFA in painting). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, art centers and U.S. embassies. She has earned multiple commissions, most recently at a new hotel in Hyde Park and Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel.

Owens has been the curator for exhibitions at Chicago State University from 2006-2015, Woman Made Gallery and the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, among others. She is a published arts writer, juror, panelist and speaker who has lectured at various institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago.