Emerging Illinois Artists is a triennial juried exhibition featuring artwork by MFA students currently enrolled or recently graduated from an Illinois university. The exhibition will be on view in the McLean County Arts Center’s Brandt Gallery April 19 through May 24, 2019. Two Merit Awards of $200 and a Juror's Choice Award of $500 plus a solo exhibition at MCAC in Spring 2022 will be announced during the Reception, on Friday, April 26, 5 to 7pm. Tempestt Hazel, curator, writer, artist advocate, and director of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based online arts publication, will be the juror. The entry deadline is February 22, 2019.

The McLean County Arts Center offers, with its central location, accessibility to those all over the state to visit the exhibition and see the work of the fine artists being educated at Illinois universities.  As ultimate peers, MFA students steer through the rite of passage that is graduate school.  Using the wide range of media offered to them, experimenting with scale and presentation, and probing the intellectual and emotional fabric of their lives, their journey will be evidenced and celebrated in this exhibition. The McLean County Arts Center has been hosting the triennial Emerging Illinois Artists exhibition since 2004.

All entrants must be MFA candidates currently enrolled or have graduated within the last year from an Illinois university or institution. Works of any size, completed in any medium, may be submitted for jurying. All works must be ready for exhibition (no other works may be substituted) and must have feasible installation requirements. Artists will be responsible for supplying all equipment for installation and new media artwork. All artwork submitted must have been made in the years 2018-19

Images/files of 3 works may be submitted online.

Submit your entry here through Entry Thingy

The completed online entries and $15 entry fee are due to the McLean County Arts Center by February 22, 2019.

Pay entry fee here 

Contact maggie@mcac.org for any assistance.

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