Open Calls for Entry & Upcoming Exhibitions in 2021

The Thin Line

November 19-December 30, 2021

Opening Reception: November 19, 5:30-7:30pm

It was first noted by Aristotle in his infamous quote, There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. In 1959, Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor stated, “There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.” 

The Art Center Highland Park is addressing the link between ‘madness’ and ‘genius’ in the context of art. From Van Gogh, to Viginia Woolf, and in recent years Kusama and Robin Williams, the line between what we call lucidity and insanity is so often visible, but yet, it can be both celebrated and feared. 

Art enables all of us to communicate on a deeper level. Images represent the emotions that are often unspeakable or unknowable. Artists who struggle with mental illness have the unique ability to use creativity as an outlet and integrate their ‘described racing thoughts’ into a visual language. The result is work that is both unique to the individual and expansive into a symbolic universal truth. The work can tether us to reality and it can take us on a journey that travels beyond time and space. More importantly, artists with mental illness can find that the creative process is healing, enabling them to reclaim rather than recoil. 

TAC is searching for artists whose work explores their relationship to mental illness, and whose work represents the struggle between strength and surrender, in order to illustrate the moment when darkness turns to light.

Kelly Mathews, a Chicago artist has been awarded an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, for her project; Being Bipolar in a Polarized World.” 

Kelly states, “Mental Illness can be tragic and heartbreaking. It can also be beautiful. Consider Van Gogh. When he looked at the night sky, he saw “The Starry Night”. If he had not existed and painted, we could never share his vision. This exhibit is to celebrate those of us who see things a little different and offer you a peek into our world.”

TAC is proud to be the first to exhibit this profound work that helps all of see into the world of artist expression, breaking stigmas, and celebrating difference. 

Important Dates:

November 19-December 30, 2021

Opening Reception: 11/19/21

Submission Deadline: 10/22/21

Notifications: 10/25/2021

Drop off Date: November 15, google sign up to follow

Show opens to public: 11/19/21

Opening Reception: 11/19/21

Last Day of Exhibition: 12/30/21

Pick up Date: 1/3/2022

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Nature VS Nurture

June 17, 2022-July 30, 2022

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


Nature vs. Nurture theme is inspired by the a concurrent “Famil-E” exhibition with featured artists/guest jurors Sheila Elias, Joshua Elias and Joyce Elias. As a mother/ child trio the question of whether we are born with the artistic abilities or whether it is a matter of influence and exposure will be explored through this call for entry. TACHP is looking for work that is influenced or inspired by familial connections or explores topics of nature vs nurture in general. A wide interpretation of the theme will be accepted.

Guest jurors and featured artists:

Sheila Elias, Joshua Elias, Joyce Elias in famil-E

 Photograph by Danny Arnold (NY Times Miami Art Basel

May 20, 2022: Deadline to Submit
May 27, 2022: Notifications Sent

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