WeGo Art Banner Exhibit
West Chicago Art Banner Exhibit
The City of West Chicago hosts an annual art banner exhibit for regional and national artists to submit new artwork that embraces a different unique theme for each year. The Exhibit is organized by the City's Cultural Arts Commission.
After submissions are received, they are judged with a select number being chosen to be entered in the WeGo Art Banner Exhibit.
The selected artworks are then reproduced on large-scale streetlight pole banners that are then put on display throughout the City's downtown.
Throughout the exhibit, the public is invited to participate in voting for their favorite artwork. The artwork with the most votes, is recognized as the "People's Choice Award" winner for that year's exhibit.
2023 Art Banner Exhibit
The 2023 WeGo Art Banner Exhibit has concluded. A People's Choice Award winner will be announced during the month of October.
The 2023 theme for artwork was: Vitality/Vitalidad.
The theme was selected to embrace the return to life after the COVID-19 pandemic, and to also commemorate the WeGo Art Banner exhibit's fifteenth year in the community.
The 2023 WeGo Art Banner Exhibit People's Choice Award winner is Sienna Sherrier.
Sienna's winning artwork, titled "Blooming Bright," featured vibrant colored flowers against a soft pastel backdrop. The 2023 theme was "Vitality," and Sienna explained her choice: "I chose to draw the flowers because I love the beautiful, bright colors that start popping up in spring. It looks like an explosion of color!"
2024 Art Banner Exhibit
The 2024 theme for artwork is: Time to Celebrate/Tiempo para Celebrar.
The theme was selected to coincide with the City of West Chicago celebrating its 175th anniversary of being a municipality.
The following guidelines are provided for submitting original artwork for the West Chicago Art Banner Exhibit.
- Artwork must be high enough resolution, which is a minimum of 2160 x 3024 pixels at 72 DPI.
- Photographed artwork should use appropriate lighting. Dark photos may hurt chances of being selected for the exhibit.
- All artwork should be submitted vertically, not horizontally. The banners are displayed vertically and are sized at 36"x72".
- AI-generated artwork is not accepted. If a submission is determined to be AI-generated, it will be disregarded.
Artists are welcome to submit up to two (2) artworks for consideration for the 2024 Art Banner Exhibit using the form below.
If you have any questions about artwork submissions, please contact the City's Marketing and Communications Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Art Banner Exhibit People's Choice Award Winner
The 2022 Art Banner Exhibit's "People's Choice Award" winner is Sue Krzyzanowski of Lombard, Illinois. Her artwork, "Duck Weather," was selected by 103 of 291 participants of the 2022 voting period. In sharing a few words about her work, Sue stated, "My children are my muses. Although there is only one child in this piece (I have three) it represents the purest form of childlike play, splashing in puddles. The theme was Renewal and I thought this piece was a perfect representation. Winter is turning to spring, the world is mud-luscious and the toddler child and baby ducks are enjoying splashing in the puddles. All symbols of new beginnings."
Got a question? Please contact the City's Marketing and Communications Division at email@example.com or (630) 293-2200.
The City's Annual Art Banner Exhibit is a WeGo Community Art Experience project organized by the City of West Chicago's Cultural Arts Commission.
The WeGo Annual Art Banner Exhibit is an official community event of the City of West Chicago.