Call for Artists

eco-ART: The Art of Human InterACTION with the Environment

Deadline for entry: March 23, 2018
Notice of jury results: March 28, 2018
Exhibition dates: May 2 – June 18, 2018
Submit your work

The Art Center- HIghland Park (TAC) is seeking eco-art, focusing on how human interaction affects the environment.  EcoArt is a movement of art which creates awareness, builds dialogue, and helps to change specific behaviours that may negatively hurt natural systems.  TAC is looking for work that includes an element of recycling, reusing, and reclaiming; shedding light on the environmental problems we face in today’s world, with an emphasis on bringing about change in attitudes and awareness.  

Guest Jurors: Wendy Abrams is an American environmental activist most known for her Cool Globes project, ““public art with a purpose.” Starting in Chicago, the Cool Globe Project has been seen nationally and internationally.  In 2010 she was designated a Women’s History Month Honoree by the National Women’s History Project. She has been a member of the Environmental Defense Fund’s National Council since 2002. She sits on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and The Field Museum. She credits her involvement in politics “to promote a nonpartisan environmental agenda.”

Nicole Gordon is an Illinois painter whose work reflects a timeless setting, highlighting the tension between the artificial and the real.  She received her BFA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her notable solo exhibitions include Chicago (Linda Warren Projects, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Elmhurst Art Museum), Los Angeles (Lois Lambert Gallery and Corey Helford Gallery), Wisconsin (The Kohler Art Center), Ohio (Angela Meleca Gallery) and Boston (Miller Block Gallery).  Her group show participation include large scale public art commissions for the Chicago Transit Authority and for New England Biolabs in Massachusetts.  

Jennifer Presant was born in New York City and currently lives and works in Evanston, Illinois.  She received a BFA from Washington University and an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. Her work is shown nationally and held in various private collections, including a curated show on Contemporary Realism at the Mobile Museum of Art, in Mobile, Alabama. She is the recipient of the Prince of Wales Fellowship, the National Arts Club, O. Aldon James, Jr. Award and has received fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in various publications, such as American Art Collector, Sheridan Road Magazine, New American Paintings No. 80, Flavorpill Chicago and her reviews include NewCity Art, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Portland Phoenix. Interviews with the artist have been published in Poets and Artists Magazine and Whitewall Magazine. Presant is represented Linda Warren Projects gallery, in Chicago. In her large scale paintings, she uses natural and endangered landscapes as metaphors for our fragile, yet beautiful, ever-changing existence.

Submissions Guidelines

  • The entry fee is $35 for up to 3 pieces of work. All entries must be received by April 27, 2018. No work may exceed 60″ (framed) in any direction, or be more than 50 lbs.
  • Open to all media and all artists 18 years and older.  All entries must include an artist statement.
  • Work is juried individually; notification of accepted or declined work will be sent via e-mail by March 28, 2018.
  • All accepted work must be available to exhibit for the entire exhibition time period.
  • TAC will retain a commission of 35% for any sales generated during or as a result of the show.
  • All work must be original and may not have been exhibited at TAC previously.



ART IN CITY HALL ENTRY FORM:  AICH Call for Entries 2018