Calls for Entry

The Art Center Highland Park is home to museum-quality galleries, and throughout the year, TAC exhibits new contemporary artworks by local, regional and national artists. The Art Center exhibits artists ranging from emerging to established artists, featuring both 2D and 3D works in a variety of media. The Art Center’s galleries are the premier location on the North Shore for free, cultural, visual arts experience.

Exhibition Procedures:

  • The Art Center Highland Park offers open calls for entry throughout the year. Artists may link on our website and on
  • There are limited invitational opportunities to be a guest juror for the open calls.

Open Calls for Entry:

Nature VS Nurture  

June 17 – July 30, 2022
Opening Reception: June 17, 2022 5:30-8:00pm

Nature vs Nurture Call for Entry Instructions

The Art Center Highland Park is going to wade into the age-old debate: 

Nature VS Nurture…Or is it Nature PLUS Nurture, Nature TIMES Nurture?

As a starting point for this upcoming exhibit, curator Caren Helene Rudman derived from the writing, ‘The Age Old Debate of Nature vs. Nurture’  by Kendra Cherry:

  • Nature refers to all of the genes and hereditary factors that influence who we are—from our physical appearance to our personality characteristics.
  • Nurture refers to all the environmental variables that impact who we are, including our early childhood experiences, how we were raised, our social relationships, and our surrounding culture.

The Art Center invites artists’ work that explores the interaction between inherited traits and environmental affects. Artists may share their influences and/or stories that show how their own family connects in terms of their art practices within the work, or in their written statements.

Inspired by the the concurrent exhibition in the Main Gallery,  ‘famil-E’, with featured artists/guest jurors Sheila, Joyce and Joshua Elias. This exhibit will be the first time Sheila, (parent) will be exhibiting with her adult children (Joshua and Joyce) highlighting the question of whether artistic ability is genetically inherited or are the interests and passions developed through behavioral modeling and exposure within the familial environment. 

In the context of this exhibit a wide interpretation of the theme will expand from the context of human beings, to the exploration of environmental factors on our planet and how we may or may not influence the “nature” of things. In other words, does behavior affect the ‘natural’ order and if so how? Do we have a choice? Is anything ‘original’? Is art born from inspiration, education, dedication, influence, intuition . . . or are we just born with the need to create? 

Guest jurors: Sheila Elias, Joshua Elias, Joyce Elias

  • Important dates/deadlines for this exhibit:
    May 20, 2022: Deadline to Submit (deadline extended to Monday, May 23rd.)
    May 27, 2022: Notifications Sent
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Voices & Visions; Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease  featuring Ellen Sandor & (art)n BRCA project, A Burst of Hope

August 5-September 24, 2022 

The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) is searching for art for our eighth biennial exhibit that expresses how cancer can be a metaphor both literally and symbolically. We invite artists whose works address the many issues pertaining to cancer, from fear and facing our mortality to finding strength and building community. Whether a survivor, previvor, caregiver, or just someone in someway that has been touched by cancer or the fear of it, we are looking for art that helps us find meaning and puts into context how pain and suffering can lead to empowerment and healing. A wide interpretation of the theme will be accepted. Open to all media and all artists 16 years and older.

Created by Ellen Sandor & (art)n in collaboration with Caren Helene Rudman

Caren Helene Rudman, Curator and juror:

Caren Helene Rudman has been an artist and curator for over 30 years. She exhibits locally in Chicago and Nationally since 1992, after receiving her MA from NYU/ ICP a prestigious 56 credit program affiliated with the International Center of Photography. Since 2010, she has curated this biennial exhibition and with the sponsorship from Medline, a Chicago based medical supply company, the 2010 exhibit traveled nationally to affiliated cancer centers across the county. Her curatorial and artistic goals have been centered around building the conversation around how art has the ability to heal both the individual as well as the community. She collaborated with Ellen Sandor & (art)n who used her images from the Previving Deries which expressed her own experiences with living under the risk of cancer as a “previvor”. Together they demonstrate how art has the power to heal, to evoke change and dialogue, and hopefully save lives. 

  • The entry fee is $35 for up to 3 pieces of work. All entries must be received by July , 2022.  
  • Please label images Firstname-Lastname-title (no spaces and use a dash to separate.)
  • A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email to request a fee waiver:
  • Open to all media and all artists 16 years and older. No work may exceed 60′ (framed) horizontally, or be more than 50 lbs. 
  • All entries must include an artist statement.
  •  All work must be original and may not have been exhibited at TACHP previously.

Important Dates:

  • July 1: Submission Deadline 
  • July 6: Notifications Sent
  • August 1: Drop off (Work will be delivered to TAC between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on August 1st. (google drop off to follow after notifications. Late entries will not be guaranteed to hang in the exhibit.  Shipped artwork must arrive to TACHP by this day. Shipped artwork must be sent in a reusable carton and MUST INCLUDE A RETURN SHIPPING LABEL. DO NOT SEND STAMPS. TACHP is not responsible for damage caused in transit.
  • Please ship to: The Art Center-Highland Park Voices & Visions1957 Sheridan Road Highland Park, IL 60035
  • August 5: Opens to the public
  • September 5, 5:30- 8:00: Artist Reception
  • September 24: Last day of exhibition
  • September 26: Removal of artwork (google doc sign up to follow.  Artists are responsible for drop-off and pick-up of artwork. TACHP is not responsible for artwork left after September 27th, 2020. 

*****Please make sure that your artwork is labeled with your name and the title of the work.

Do not pay until you are finished with your submission. Once you pay, the entry will change to submitted and will be locked.  If you have an issue please contact Caren Helene Rudman,

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