Entries due Feb. 15 for West Chicago's annual art banner exhibit

  • Area artists invited to join West Chicago annual art banner exhibit.

    Area artists invited to join West Chicago annual art banner exhibit. Courtesy of City of West Chicago

 
 
Updated 1/11/2022 3:40 PM

The City of West Chicago's Cultural Arts Commission is accepting artwork submissions for its annual art banner exhibit through Tuesday, Feb. 15.

This year's theme for artwork is "Renewal."

 

All artists in the surrounding areas are highly encouraged to submit artwork to this one-of-a-kind community art exhibit.

The city's art banner exhibit annually draws attention from artists from all across DuPage County and beyond. Artwork inspired by the yearly theme is displayed on large banners and then installed on light poles throughout downtown West Chicago from May through September as part of this special exhibit.

Last year, West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission member and graphic artist Uwe Gsedl created map of banner locations so people might easily navigate the outdoor banner exhibit and vote for their favorite art banner.
Last year, West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission member and graphic artist Uwe Gsedl created map of banner locations so people might easily navigate the outdoor banner exhibit and vote for their favorite art banner. - Courtesy of Uwe Gsedl

All submitted artwork is judged by a special independent juror, who is announced in February, with the winning art works being chosen to be part of the city's exhibit.

This year's theme was chosen by the Cultural Arts Commission to highlight the unprecedented times faced due to the pandemic as the commission wanted to embrace a theme that represented a positive hopeful outlook for the future.

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"The commission felt this year's theme would resonate with artists and those who will visit downtown to enjoy the display," said Cultural Arts Liaison Daniel Peck. "The theme is broad enough for a wide range of interpretations which should produce an exciting collection of curated art for the juried exhibit."

All types of media are welcome for the exhibit, as long as it relates to the annual theme. Photos of three-dimensional artwork are accepted and highly encouraged.

The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission has been organizing an art banner exhibit on light poles downtown for almost 15 years, including this "Patterns" theme in 2016.
The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission has been organizing an art banner exhibit on light poles downtown for almost 15 years, including this "Patterns" theme in 2016. - Daily Herald file photo

All entries must be original and created within two years of entry date.

Visit the city's website for more information at westchicago.org/arts-west-chicago/2022-art-banner-exhibit/.

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