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OPEN CALL:: Oak Park Art League Midwest Juried Exhibition: Elevating Nature | Celebrating our hometown architect Frank Lloyd Wrigh's 150th birthday with a Midwest juried exhibition centered on Wright's reverence for nature.

May 12 - June 2
Open to artists living in the Midwest (IL, IA, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)

The Chicago suburb of Oak Park is an epicenter for Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, home to the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings and site of his first home studio. Emerging from this studio was Wright's iconic "Prairie" architecture, inspired by the vast landscape that characterizes the American Midwest - horizontal elements that echo broad flat plains, open space, earthy materials, and a color palette derived from the natural terrain. Wright's bold experiments with space, geometry and materials also put him on the artistic cutting edge. His art glass designs of conventionalized plant forms are realized as abstract patterns of color in banded windows that playfully diffuse daylight, and make seamless transitions between interior space and the natural world.

The Oak Park Art League pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrates our hometown architect's 150th birthday with a Midwest juried exhibition centered on Wright's reverence for nature. Artists are invited to submit 2D and 3D work of any media that references the Midwestern landscape. The jurors are interested in seeing a variety of submissions - representational, conceptual and experimental interpretations of nature themes. Selections will present a diverse exhibition of artwork and art forms (e.g. drawing, painting, mixed media, digital/new media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, fiber, glass, and sculpture) that demonstrate artistic innovation within their preferred medium and embody the progressive spirit of Wright and the essence of the American Midwest.

Entry Opens: DECEMBER 1
Submission Deadline: Friday, MARCH 31, (midnight CST)
Notification of Accepted Work: APRIL 15
Delivery of Accepted Work: MAY 6, MAY 8-10
Public Reception: MAY 12, 7-9pm
Exhibition Closes: JUNE 2
Pick-up of Work: JUNE 3, JUNE 5-7
Shipped Work/Shipped Back: JUNE 30

Presenting Sponsor: Prairie Title Company
$2,000 in cash prizes for Best of Show and Juror Awards will be presented in two categories:
Most innovative interpretation of the Midwestern landscape
Best use or representation of natural materials or nature elements

Exhibition Jurors:

Brian Ritchard
Brian Ritchard is a Chicago-based painter. He has exhibited his paintings in Chicago and across the U.S. His work has been published in the New Art Examiner, New American Paintings, The Chicago Tribune, New City, The Tampa Weekly Planet, The South Bend Tribune, as well as numerous academic publications. He earned his Master of Fine Art Degree from the University of Chicago in 1990. Brian has also been active as a curator, having organized exhibitions for the Northern Illinois University Gallery, the Beverly Art Center, the Jan Cicero Gallery and others. He has served on various panels and has been a visiting artist at numerous institutions, most recently at the University of Notre Dame. Brian is currently the academic advisor for Fine Art and Art History at Columbia College Chicago. Brian's paintings are in over one hundred public, private and corporate art collections.

Brent Fogt
The son of a Lutheran pastor and a psychotherapist, Brent Fogt was born in Ohio and raised in Texas. Over the past ten years, he has produced intricate drawings, collages, and sculptures that are inspired by trees, hives, and topographic maps. He embraces repetition in his art practice, incorporating techniques such as crochet, binding, and miniature mark making. Fogt’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center, and in publications such as New American Paintings, Art in America, and He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park Foundation and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Fogt lives and works in Chicago.

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Posted by: Julie Carpenter

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