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Oak Park Art League Seeks Artwork for Elevating Nature Exhibition

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Oak Park Art League Seeks Artwork for Elevating Nature Exhibition


Oak Park Art League Midwest Juried Exhibition: Elevating Nature

May 12 – June 2
Open to artists living in the Midwest (IL, IA, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)

“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.

Submission Deadline: Friday, MARCH 31, (midnight CST)
Notification of Accepted Work: APRIL 15
Delivery of Accepted Work:  MAY 6, MAY 8-10
Public Reception: MAY 12, 7-9pm
Exhibition Closes: JUNE 2
Pick-up of Work: JUNE 3, JUNE 5-7
Shipped Work/Shipped Back: JUNE 30

Presenting Sponsor: Prairie Title Company
$2,000 in cash prizes for Best of Show and Juror Awards will be presented in two categories:

  • Most innovative interpretation of the Midwestern landscape
  • Best use or representation of natural materials or nature elements

For full exhibition guidelines, visit their website.