West Chicago, Illinois: January 4, 2012 - The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission invites accomplished and emerging artists, with a connection to the City of West Chicago, (either through residence, work or school), or currently living in the Chicago-land area to submit digital files of original art for consideration for the Community Banner Project Competition. All media are welcome, with no limitation to technique or subject matter, as long as the theme revolves around A Question of Balance. An independent Juror not affiliated with the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission will select up to 10 works of art. Each winning design will be reproduced and featured in the 2013 West Chicago Banner Exhibition. Artist selected will receive credit on both banner and in printed materials related to the exhibition. Additionally they will be asked to submit a brief statement about the inspiration for the select piece for press use. A reception honoring the selected artists will take place during the annual Blooming Fest in mid-May, 2013. At this time the general public will be invited to vote for an artist/banner to receive the People's Choice Award.
Banners measure: (h)60" x (w)30" with text, image field measures approximately: (h)42" x (w)30", (see example on right). Before submitting, please ensure that your art work is reproducible at the specified dimensions at an adequate resolution, no exceptions. West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission will work with artists to obtain the proper file sizes for reproduction if selected. However, all submissions should reflect the size specifications in order to be considered or they will automatically be rejected. West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is responsible for banner printing cost and banner installation.
An entry is comprised of up to 3 JPEG images at 72 ppi measuring (h) 7" x (w)5". All files should be numbered and named with the artist's last name and first name. Ex.: 01Lastname_Firstname.jpg and submitted via a special form at http://www.westchicago.org/banner2013/index.html. Please note that no additional support materials will be accepted at this time. All entries must be original and executed within two years of entry date. Entries must be received by February 1, 2013. Incomplete and/or late entries will not be reviewed.
Judging of submissions will be based on JPEG files only. JPEG files submitted must represent actual work. West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission reserves the right to refuse to exhibit any work it deems unacceptable due to significant departure from JPEG representation or inappropriate content. Submitted and accepted artwork will not be used for any other purpose. An independent Juror not affiliated with the City of West Chicago or the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, will select the 10 works of art anonymously.
The exhibition runs from May -- Mid September 2013, a reception honoring the selected artists will take place during the annual Blooming Fest in May 2013.