Ends on June 1, 2018

Artadia is now accepting applications for the 2018 Chicago Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked within Cook County, IL for a minimum of two years. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected through a two-tier jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and one artist in the spring of 2018. This is the ninth Chicago Awards cycle.

June 1, 2018
11:59 PM CST  


To be eligible to apply for the 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards, artists must fulfill the following requirements:

  •  Be a contemporary visual artist (making artwork for presentation in a contemporary art context: museum, galleries, arts non-profit, the public art realm, etc. Artadia does not fund filmmakers making films for distribution in cinematic venues).
  • Live and work within Cook County, IL
  • Have resided in Chicago for a minimum of two years
  • Not currently be enrolled in an art-related degree program
  • Not be related to Artadia staff or directors in any way
  • Have not previously received an Artadia Award or an award from The Art Council for $10,000 or more

The Awards are based on merit: defined as a rigorous engagement with a set of ideas embodied in materials, a depth of practice and a clearly articulated and developed voice. Artadia does not fund projects.

Previous jurors have recommended that artists submit work was been created within the past three years. Though you may submit more than one slide of the same artwork, we recommend that you provide a representative sample of the breadth of your creative work.

Video submissions are limited to video art, animation, and performance documentation. Feature-length commercial films and documentaries, music videos, and commercial music projects are not eligible. Please do not send documentation of sculpture or other works as video. If time-based media is not your primary medium, do not use this option.


Artadia employs a rigorous two-tier jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading national and international curators and artists. A preliminary panel evaluates all submissions and selects five Award Finalists. A second panel of two curators based in the Award city will conduct studio visits with the five Finalists. From the Finalists, the jurors will designate two Awardees to receive unrestricted funds of $10,000.


May 1 - June 1: Application open

Early June: Finalists notified

Mid-June: Studio visits with Finalists

Late-June: 2018 Chicago Awardees announced

Fill out the application below to have your work considered for the 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards.

We recommend that you finish the application two days prior to the deadline. We will not be able to answer questions submitted after 5:00 pm CST Thursday, May 31, or accept late applications. Please allow yourself 48 hours to upload images and video. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 


Please direct any questions to info@artadia.org with the subject line "2018 Chicago Awards Application". We will answer your questions as soon as possible. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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