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, Phantom Gallery Chicago Network

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


The application is now closed.



Application Deadline: October 30, 2020 November 1, 2020 at Midnight

Artist Notification: November 27, 2020 December 3, 2020

Exhibition Dates: January 16 - February 14, 2021

Please note, if you applied before the new dates, you do not have to resubmit your application as it is still eligible for review by the jurors.


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.


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


Notification of acceptance will be emailed by November 27, 2020. 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.


All selected work must be delivered in its final state ready for installation or hanging. If you decide to cover your work, framed pieces larger than 24” x 30” must be covered in Plexiglas, not glass. 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 February 14, 2021 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. The EAC is not responsible for work left over 30 days beyond the close of the exhibition.

There is a $35 application entry fee.

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.