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.

What Does Freedom Look Like? (Cindi Elkins Gallery)

March 3-April 8

Opening Reception: March 3, 5:30-8:00pm

Juror: Indira Johnson

How is freedom defined and expressed through visual form? What does it look like to the individual, the community, or the world? How does an artist express through a person, a place, a moment, an event or something which in some way represents an expression freedom? Often looked at in political terms, freedom of expression is foundational in a democracy. “Without it, it is not difficult for a culture to descend into authoritarianism, fascism, and dictatorship.” Social activist and artist, guest Juror Indira Johnson, will select works with wide interpretation.

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Deadline to submit: Feb 6, 2023 

Absurdity, In Dada We Trust

Sally Edelstein-White Wash Let Freedom Ring Around the Collar

Collaboration between The Art Center Highland Park, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, and Stola Contemporary Art

A Festival of Absurdity of a World Gone Mad

Theme: Dadaism was a movement with explicitly political overtones – a reaction to the senselessness of WWI. It essentially declared war against war, countering the absurdity of the establishment’s descent into chaos with its own kind of nonsense. Our version of Dadaism and the goal of the overall collaboration project brings together Chicago’s extended art community by reigniting the reaction to our country’s political divisiveness, increased violence, and tensions within communities. Through the lens of differing views labeled as ‘alternative facts’ or ‘fake news’’  media can now  manipulated with a press of a button. The use and misuse of propaganda has spiraled through social media gone rogue. We believe that Chicago is the perfect place to react and act.

Curators and jurors will be looking for artworks that reflect how ABSURDITY is a sign of the times. A wide interpretation of the theme will be considered.

The entry fee is $35 for up to 3 pieces of work. All entries must be received by May 26, 2023. 

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