8th Annual Art Competition

Friday, May 15 – Jul 3, 2020

1200 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609

View Virtual Exhibition Here


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.



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