THE LOFT TEEN ARTS PROJECT
A Visual Arts Commission for Chicago Youth
Chicagoland youth groups and individuals are invited to create an original piece of artwork for Steppenwolf Theatre’s new dedicated Arts and Education Center, The Loft. The theme for artwork is “The Future I See: Creating for Community.” Youth submissions open April 21 and will be accepted until July 1, 2021.
This juried competition welcomes visual artists in all mediums (mural, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, collage, graffiti, etc.) between 14–22 years of age to submit their work for an opportunity to be exhibited in The Loft. Selected by a jury of celebrated local artists, creatives and curators in collaboration with Chicago youth and Steppenwolf Education staff, the winning entries will be displayed for one year at Steppenwolf, receive a $1,500 cash prize ($2,500 for group submissions) and receive a stipend for supplies and materials.
Who is eligible?
- Artist or group of artists must be between 14–22 years of age
- Artist or group of artists must reside in the Greater Chicago area
- All entry forms must be submitted by July 1, 2021
- April 21 – July 1, 2021: Submission period
- July 30: Winners selected and announced
- Mid-September: Artwork installed in The Loft during the week of September 12
- October 2–3: Artists invited to the new building opening celebration to see their work on display
- Artwork exhibited in The Loft for one (1) year
The jury is interested in artworks that explore the unique feelings of joy, hope and diversity, which are often found in relationship to community. Artists are encouraged to reflect on what the future of Chicago’s communities could look like and submit artworks that feel authentic to themselves. The exhibition space is in The Loft on the fourth floor of Steppenwolf Theatre's new Arts and Education Center at 1650 N Halsted St.
- The artwork must reflect the theme “The Future I See: Creating for Community”
- The artwork must be suitable for public display for all ages at The Loft
- The artwork must not include any logos, slogans or other forms of advertisement
- The artwork must be original and unpublished
- The artwork should be no larger than 5 feet in height, 10 feet in width and 4 inches in depth
- Sculptural artwork should be no larger than 6 feet in height, 4 feet in width and 2 feet in depth
All eligible artwork received during the submission period will be subjectively judged by a panel of local artists, creatives and curators in collaboration with Chicago youth and Steppenwolf Education staff based upon the following criteria:
- Alignment with the theme and guidelines
The panel consisting of celebrated members of Chicago’s artist community in collaboration with Chicago youth and Steppenwolf Education staff will review portfolios of the artists' work.
ABOUT THE JURY PANELISTS
Liz Flores is a Chicago based painter and muralist. Her work experiments with how the human condition—with its interplay between emotion and memory—can be represented abstractly. She engages everyday human experience and the female body by using shape, color and form as a mode of visual storytelling. Flores, who grew up in Berwyn, IL, made the leap from corporate America into the art world six years ago. In this time, she has shared her story on the TEDx stage, CreativeMornings Chicago, and helped bring an interactive art installation titled ‘The World We Want’ to Michigan Avenue. Her mural work can be found throughout the Chicagoland Area and New York City. In addition to working with private and commercial clients, she has exhibited in galleries throughout Chicago and is driven by her interests in womanhood, belonging and inner life.
For more information on anything related to LTAP, please contact Manager of Education Partnerships Rae Taylor (she/they) at email@example.com.
Chicagoland youth groups and individuals are invited to create an original piece of artwork for Steppenwolf Theatre’s new dedicated Arts and Education Center, The Loft. Submissions will be accepted from April 21 through July 1, 2021.
The fourth floor of Steppenwolf’s new Arts and Education Center, also known as The Loft, is a brand-new space designed to house all of Steppenwolf Education’s programming and inspire the next generation of theater learners, makers and appreciators. The Loft includes three dedicated learning spaces for young people to explore and create within, as well as gallery walls that will feature artwork created by Chicagoland youth. Steppenwolf's Loft: just bring yourself.
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