Call for Artists: Bridgeport Arts Center’s Exhibits

Call for Artists: Bridgeport Arts Center 46th  Annual Art Competition and Exhibition

Deadline: February 3

The Beverly Arts Center proudly announces the open application period for ART COMP 46.  This annual juried gallery exhibition celebrates the talent and creativity to local and regional artists. Since 1976, ART COMP has supported artists with prize money and the opportunity to show their work in the BAC’s Jack Simmerling Gallery. 

HISTORY OF ART COMP:  In 1976, real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and local artists William and Judie Anderson, all original supporters of the Beverly Arts Center, decided to honor their good friends, Alice and Arthur Baer, by establishing  a juried art competition in their name. Each year, the Beverly Arts Center awards over $5000 in prize monies to local and regional artists whose works are selected for exhibition.


ART COMP 46 is open to artists ages 18+. Artists must demonstrate that they live/work within 100 miles of the Chicago city center.

To enter works for consideration in ART COMP 46, artists must complete the entry form available at

ENTRY FEE A non-refundable fee of $45 is required per artist. This fee can be paid at

# OF WORKS: Each artist may submit up to three (3) works.

Artists selected for ART COMP 46 will be notified between Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14th.

An awards reception will be held to celebrate the opening of ART COMP 46 on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 6pm – 8pm in the Beverly Arts Center’s Simmerling Gallery.

ART COMP 46 is open to 2-dimensional works (oils, watercolors, photographs, prints, etc.) and sculpture, including fiber and ceramic sculpture. Flat works of art should not exceed a total area of 6’ x 6’. All flat pieces must be framed with plexiglass and have hanging wire attached.

Artists are responsible for transit of accepted artwork to and from the Beverly Arts Center. Accepted work must be received no later than 5pm Friday, February 3, 2023.

Return labels and paid return shipping must be provided by the Artist when work is first shipped to the BAC.Works will be returned in the containers they arrived in and with their original shipping materials.

Deliveries/drop-offs of works will be accepted during BAC business hours, Mon – Sat, 10 am – 6pm.

Shipped work will be mailed by Friday, April 7, 2023. All other work must be collected no later than Monday, April 10.  Work may only be picked-up during hours that the BAC Front Desk is staffed – Mondays – Thursdays, 12noon – 7pm, Fridays, 12noon – 5pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 2pm.  The BAC is not responsible for uncollected works.

The BAC does not insure artwork. Artists are responsible for demonstrating proof of insurance for their own work.

The BAC retains a 30% commission of any item sold based on the sale price determined by the Artist in advance of the Exhibition. All sales of pieces exhibited at ART COMP 46 for the duration of the show,  Friday, March 10, 2023 and Saturday, April 4, 2023 will be processed through the Beverly Arts Center’s point of sale system.  Artists whose work is purchased during this period will receive payment from the BAC no later than Friday, April 17, 2023.

The BAC reserves the right to photograph all exhibited works and to use those photographs for catalog and/ or publicity purposes.

The Beverly Arts Center is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We empower the creative vitality of every identity and encourage work from all communities, groups, and individuals.

Interested artists should complete the application at Questions can be directed to

Bridgeport 11th Annual Juried Art Competition

May 19th – July 7th, 2023



Bridgeport Art Center proudly announces a Call for Artists to our 11th Annual Bridgeport Art Competition and Exhibition that will be displayed in our 4th Floor Gallery from May 19 – July 7, 2023.

ELIGIBILITY: The Bridgeport Art Competition is open to artists 18 years of age and older, at all stages in their careers, and who are living or working within 150 miles of the City of Chicago. Work must have been completed within 2020-2023. This juried competition accepts a broad range of art media and styles. Not eligible: functional pottery, jewelry, clothing, accessories, furniture, other primarily functional art, or time-art such as video, sound, or film.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Tuesday, April 4, 2023; 11:59pm.

APPLICATION FEE: $35, non-refundable.


  • $3,000 – 1st Place
  • $1,500 – 2nd Place
  • $750 – 3rd Place
  • $500 – People’s Choice Award

DISTINGUISHED JURORS: Maggie Ledbetter and Hereaclitus Vernon

EXHIBITION DATES: May 19 – July 7, 2023

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS CEREMONY: Friday, May 19, 2023, 7-10pm; Awards Ceremony begins at 8pm

NOTIFICATION OF JURY DECISIONS: Finalists will receive an acceptance email with the exhibitor’s agreement on April 20, 2023. Competition finalists will be posted on our website on April 21, 2023. *Please check your junk/spam folder before contacting us, as it is very common to have email delivery problems because of automated filters.

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Accepted artists must deliver their work to the Bridgeport Art Center on Saturday, May 13, 2023; 10am- 2pm. NO LATE OR SUBSTITUTED ARTWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.