2020 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: Alpha M. Bruton, Artist, Art Consultant & Curator; Dan Devening, Director, Devening Projects, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Kate Pollasch, Director, Corbett vs. Dempsey. 

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

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IMPORTANT DATES

Artist Submission Deadline: all entries by midnight on JUNE 19, 2020.

July 17:                                      Notification of acceptance
August 20 – 23:                          Accepted artworks delivered to Evanston Art Center
August 24 – 27:                          Installation
August 28 – September 27:       Biennial Exhibition Dates
September 28 & 29:                   De-install and pick up artworks 

AWARDS

Cash awards and cash equivalents will be presented. 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.

ELIGIBILITY

The 25th 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.

ACCEPTANCE

Notification of acceptance will be emailed by July 17. A valid email address is required.

CONDITIONS

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.

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK

The artist is responsible for door-to-door delivery/shipment of work. Delivery of accepted work will take place from August 20 - 23.

Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21: 9am - 9pm

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23: 9am - 4pm

Late entries will not be accepted.

PRESENTATION

All selected work must be delivered in its final state ready for installation or hanging. Framed pieces larger than 24” x 30” 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.

SALES

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.

RETURN OF ACCEPTED WORK

The exhibition closes Sunday, September 27 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/day storage fee beginning Monday, October 5. The EAC is not responsible for work left over 30 days beyond the close of the exhibition.

There is a $35 application entry fee.

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*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.

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

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