2018 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial: Call for Artists








Our Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by three talented curators; Sergio Gomez, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Zhou B Art Center, Aron Packer, Owner and Director, Aron Packer Projects and Therese Quinn, Associate Professor of Art History & Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our Biennial will be promoted and viewed by hundreds of visitors, including gallerists, curators and collectors.

All mediums accepted. A non-refundable entry fee of $35 is required from each artist.


Artist Submission Deadline: all entries by midnight on June 30, 2018

July 20:                                     Notification of acceptance
August 24-27:                           Accepted artworks delivered to Evanston Art Center
August 28-30:                           Installation
August 31, 6-8pm:                    Opening and Artists’ Reception
September 30:                          Biennial Exhibition closes
October 1-7:                             De-install and pick up artworks 



Cash awards and cash equivalents will be presented at the artists’ reception, Friday, August 31 from 6 – 8pm. Awards, which may include Best of Show and Juror’s Merit categories, are given at the jurors’ discretion. From the final pool of selected applicants, the jurors will also award 3 artists, who have not exhibited at the Evanston Art Center in the past 5 years, with the opportunity to be included in an exhibition in our galleries.


The 24th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Illinois. All work must be original and completed within the last two years.


Notification of acceptance will be emailed by July 20. A valid email address is required.


The Evanston Art Center (EAC) reserves the right to refuse any work which differs from the submitted images. All accepted entries will be considered temporary loans to the EAC. The EAC will assume insurance responsibility for the object upon receipt and inspection, and during the exhibition. The EAC is not liable for any claim for loss, theft or damage of any kind during transportation. The EAC will exercise the usual care in handling and will provide insurance coverage subject to EAC policy guidelines. It cannot be responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.


The artist is responsible for door-to-door delivery/shipment of work. Delivery of accepted work will take place from August 24-27.

August 24, Fri 9am - 8pm

August 25 & 26, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

August 27, Mon 9am - 9pm

Late entries will not be accepted.


All selected work must be delivered in its final state ready for installation or hanging. Framed pieces larger than 24”x30” must be covered in Plexiglas. No dimension of any work may exceed seven feet. All sculptures exhibited must be able to be moved by two people; as the Evanston Art Center hosts many rentals in the gallery space, for the safety of the artwork, unmovable sculptures must be placed on wheels or a platform. Any special handling instructions must accompany the piece in writing. Artists will assume reasonable risk for damage for all unframed work and any other unconventional display preferences. Each entry must be clearly identified, where possible, on the bottom or back with artist’s name and title of work. The EAC reserves the right to reject previously accepted works due to inadequate framing/ mounting or for security/public safety reasons.


Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (not for sale) on the entry form. The EAC will retain a 35% commission on all sales from the exhibition. Payments to artists will be made after the closing of the exhibition.


The exhibition closes Sunday, September 30 at 4pm. All works not picked up will be placed in storage at the artist’s risk and expense and will be charged a $5.00/day storage fee beginning Monday, October 1. The EAC is not responsible for work left over 30 days beyond the close of the exhibition.

There is a $35 application entry fee. To apply online, CLICK HERE.*

*to apply, please log in to your EAC account or create a new account through our website if you do not have one. You create a new account by clicking Login on the top right of the EAC homepage, and then clicking Create New Account.

*for comprehensive instructions on how to apply to the Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, CLICK HERE.

If you have trouble filling out the online form, please email Cara Feeney, Manager of Exhibitions, at cfeeney@evanstonartcenter.org or call (847) 475-5300 ext 107.