Open to artists living in the Midwest (IL, IA, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)
Entry opens: December 1, 2016
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 (midnight CST)
Artist Notification: April 15
Opening Reception: May 12, 7-9pm
Exhibition Closes: June 2
Presenting Sponsor: Prairie Title Company
$2,000 in cash prizes for Best of Show and Juror Awards
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for more information, exhibition guidelines and entry.
"I believe in God, only I spell it NATURE" ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
The Chicago suburb of Oak Park is an epicenter for Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, home to the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings and site of his first home studio. Emerging from this studio was Wright's iconic "Prairie" architecture, inspired by the vast landscape that characterizes the American Midwest - horizontal elements that echo broad flat plains, open space, earthy materials, and a color palette derived from the natural terrain. Wright's bold experiments with space, geometry and materials also put him on the artistic cutting edge. His art glass designs of conventionalized plant forms are realized as abstract patterns of color in banded windows that playfully diffuse daylight, and make seamless transitions between interior space and the natural world.
The Oak Park Art League pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrates our hometown architect's 150th birthday with a Midwest juried exhibition centered on Wright's reverence for nature. Artists are invited to submit 2D and 3D work of any media that references the Midwestern landscape. The jurors are interested in seeing a variety of submissions - representational, conceptual and experimental interpretations of nature themes. Selections will present a diverse exhibition of artwork and art forms (e.g. drawing, painting, mixed media, digital/new media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, fiber, glass, and sculpture) that demonstrate artistic innovation within their preferred medium and embody the progressive spirit of Wright and the essence of the American Midwest. Exhibition Jurors: Brian Ritchard and Brent Fogt
Peer Pressure & Collaboration
June 9 - July 7
An open call for 2D and 3D work executed by a pair of artists addressing the same topic and interpreted by each within their own medium or combination of media. Each pair of artists may submit up to 2 finished pieces that exhibit their collaborative efforts to examine a topic and incorporate influences from the other. Artist pairs are asked to submit a short (150 words or less) statement about the piece(s) during the drop off dates.
Opening Reception - June 9, 7-9pm
Judged Show - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention and a People's Choice
Drop off work June 3 - 7 | Pick up work July 8 - 12