The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission (WCCAC) has chosen Renewal as the theme for the 2022 Art Banner Exhibit and a call for art inspired by the concept is now released to local and regional artists.
“As we turn the corner on a new and hopeful year, the Commission felt the theme would resonate with artists and those who will visit downtown to enjoy the display,” said Cultural Arts Liaison Rosemary Mackey. “The theme is broad enough for a wide range of interpretations which should produce an exciting collection of curated art for the juried exhibit.”
Details for Art Submissions
All media are welcome, with no limitation to technique or subject matter, as long as it relates to the theme, Renewal. Each selected design will be reproduced at the City’s expense on (h) 60 x (w) 30″ vinyl street banners. Artists selected receive credit on both the banner and in printed materials related to the exhibit. Additionally, applicants submit a brief statement about their inspiration for inclusion in publicity materials. Banners will hang on Main Street and West Washington Street in downtown West Chicago from May – September 2022.
Submitting artwork for consideration is easy through an online form found on the City’s website under Residents/Forms and Applications.
Banners measure: (h) 60” x (w) 30” with text, image field measuring approximately: (h) 42” x (w) 30”. Before submitting, applicants should make sure that the art is reproducible at the specified dimensions and at an adequate resolution, as no exceptions to these specifications will be made, in order to ensure the quality and integrity of the entire exhibit.
The WCCAC will work with artists to obtain proper file sizes for reproduction once juried into the exhibit. However, all submissions should reflect the size specifications in order to be considered.
An entry is comprised of up to 3 JPEG images at 72 dpi measuring (h) 7” x (w) 5”. All files should be numbered and named with the artist’s last name and first name. Ex.: 01Lastname_Firstname.jpg and submitted via an online form. All entries must be original and created within two years of entry date. Entries must be received by February 1, 2022.
Judging of submissions will be based on JPEG files only. JPEG files submitted must represent actual work. An Independent Juror (to be announced) not affiliated with the City of West Chicago or the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission will select the winning art works anonymously. The WCCAC reserves the right to refuse to exhibit any work it deems unacceptable due to significant departure from JPEG representation or inappropriate content.
The exhibition runs from May – September 2022. During the course of the exhibit, the general public will be invited to vote for an artist/banner to receive the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive their banner free of charge. All other banners may be sold, with the artist receiving the first right of refusal, and proceeds will be used for future art programming.
Required Waiver for Participation
By submitting artwork for consideration, the artist must acknowledge and agree to the terms of the City’s standard Photographic Waiver by checking a box on the submission form, which gives the City permission to identify the artist and use the image in its publicity efforts.