May 19th – July 7th, 2023



Bridgeport Art Center proudly announces a Call for Artists to our 11th Annual Bridgeport Art Competition and Exhibition that will be displayed in our 4th Floor Gallery from May 19 – July 7, 2023. 

ELIGIBILITY: The Bridgeport Art Competition is open to artists 18 years of age and older, at all stages in their careers, and who are living or working within 150 miles of the City of Chicago. Work must have been completed within 2020-2023. This juried competition accepts a broad range of art media and styles. Not eligible: functional pottery, jewelry, clothing, accessories, furniture, other primarily functional art, or time-art such as video, sound, or film. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Tuesday, April 4, 2023; 11:59pm.

APPLICATION FEE: $35, non-refundable. 


  • $3,000 – 1st Place
  • $1,500 – 2nd Place
  • $750 – 3rd Place
  • $500 – People’s Choice Award

DISTINGUISHED JURORS: Maggie Ledbetter and Hereaclitus Vernon

EXHIBITION DATES: May 19 – July 7, 2023

OPENING RECEPTION & AWARDS CEREMONY: Friday, May 19, 2023, 7-10pm; Awards Ceremony begins at 8pm

NOTIFICATION OF JURY DECISIONS: Finalists will receive an acceptance email with the exhibitor’s agreement on April 20, 2023. Competition finalists will be posted on our website on April 21, 2023. *Please check your junk/spam folder before contacting us, as it is very common to have email delivery problems because of automated filters

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Accepted artists must deliver their work to the Bridgeport Art Center on Saturday, May 13, 2023; 10am- 2pm. NO LATE OR SUBSTITUTED ARTWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.

PICK-UP OF ARTWORK: Saturday, July 8, 2023, 10am-2pm 

ENTRY GUIDELINES: Entries must be high resolution comparable to 300 dpi at 4″ x 5″ JPEG documents. Each artist may submit three (3) works. The photo submitted of your work is the image that will be used for promo if accepted; please submit photos with only your work in them. Artworks must match your submission photo. All artwork must be completed, dry, and ready for installation. Please no static hanging wire. Use flexible picture hanging wire, wall buddies, or d-rings, Sawtooth hangers are acceptable on pieces smaller than 14” x 18”. Works will be inspected and measured at art drop off.   

SIZE LIMITS: 2D Works: No more than 72” in any direction; including frame, diptychs & triptychs, and artwork with multiple components. 3D Works: No more than 75 lbs. in weight.

All artwork must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Media
  • Size
  • Year
  • Price (artworks do not have to be for sale)

We look forward to your submissions and best of luck!