Patterns – Patterns – Patterns
The call for art for the 2016 Community Banner Art Project has been extended to February 15, 2016. Cultural Arts Commission members are excited about the prospect of increasing the number of banners in the exhibit for next year through the involvement of more artists. “The Commission’s hope is that the chosen theme, Patterns – Patterns – Patterns, will capture the imagination and inspire a desire to participate,” said Mackey. “Patterns exist literally, in found and functional objects everywhere; as well as more abstractly, in actions and behaviors. It will be very interesting to see what results in works submitted.” The deadline for art is February 15, 2016.
Banner & Submission Specifications
Deadline for Art: February 15, 2016
All media are welcome for jurying, with no limitation to technique or subject matter, as long as the theme revolves around Patterns – Patterns – Patterns.
Jurying of submissions will be based on JPEG files only. JPEG files submitted must represent the actual work. The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission reserves the right to refuse to exhibit any work it deems unacceptable due to significant departure from JPEG representation or inappropriate content. Submitted and accepted artwork will not be used for any other purpose. Nate Mathews, M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, will serve as the independent juror not affiliated with the City of West Chicago or the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, and select the winning art works anonymously.
Each chosen design will be reproduced and featured in the 2016 West Chicago Banner Exhibition. Artists selected will receive credit on both banner and in printed materials related to the exhibition. Additionally, they will be asked to submit a brief statement about the inspiration for the select piece for press use. A reception honoring the selected artists will take place during the annual Blooming Fest on May 21, 2016. Selected artists’ work will also be featured in a City Museum exhibit which will be on display May – August, 2016.
Banners measure: (h)60” x (w)30” with text, image field measures approximately: (h)42” x (w)30”, (see example above right). Before submitting, please ensure that your art work is reproducible at the specified dimensions at an adequate resolution, no exceptions. The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission will work with artists to obtain proper file sizes for reproduction if selected. However, all submissions should reflect the size specifications to be considered or they will automatically be rejected. The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is responsible for banner printing cost and banner installation.
An entry is comprised of up to 3 (three) 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 a special form at www.westchicago.org under Residents/Forms and Applications. Please note that no additional support materials will be accepted at this time. All entries must be original and executed within two years of entry date. Entries must be received by February 15, 2016. Incomplete and/or late entries will not be reviewed.
The exhibition runs from May 1 – mid-September, 2016. A reception honoring the selected artists will take place during the annual Blooming Fest on May 21, 2016. For any questions, please email Rosemary Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption: A high resolution photograph of the fiber art of Sandy McLain, artist member of West Chicago’s Gallery 200, has been chosen for the prototype banner of next year’s Community Banner Art Project. Artists are welcome to begin submitting their images for jurying immediately through an online form at www.westchicago.org.