5th Annual Teen Winter Challenge 2019-2020

Express Yourself

Calling all teens: You’re invited to submit 1-3 original pieces of art (and an artist’s statement) for the chance to win a gift card, be exhibited at the Teen Winter Gala and have a digital copy permanently entered into the Chicago Public Library collection!

Submission Guidelines

  • Who: High school students 13 to 19 who live in Chicago
  • When: Submissions accepted from November 1 to January 31
  • What: Submit a digital portfolio of 1 to 3 original works using the form below.    
    • Submissions can represent a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, photography, fashion, craft, etc. In order to be framed and exhibited at the library, two-dimensional works must be 16” x 20” or smaller.
    • Your portfolio must include an artist’s statement of around 250 words. Your statement should address the following prompts:
      • Indicate the materials and mediums used to create the piece(s), as well as the meaning, intention or inspiration behind each piece.
      • Provide context for you the artist, indicating your prior experience, your artistic interests and your goals for the future.

Submit Your Portfolio

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  • About You

  • Name * Required
  • Please enter a number from 13 to 19.
  • Email * Required
    Please use an email other than a Chicago Public Schools email address.
  • Artist's Statement

  • Your statement should address the following in 250 words or less:
    • The materials and mediums used to create the piece(s), as well as the meaning, intention or inspiration behind each piece.
    • Your experience as an artist, your artistic interests and your goals for the future.
  • Your Creative Works

    • Upload one to three creative works. File should be a .jpg, .gif, .png or .pdf. Maximum file size is 3MB.
    • By submitting your portfolio, you authorize Chicago Public Library to post your work on our website, along with your first name.
    • Winners will be notified by spring 2020.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
    Maximum file size - 3 mega bytes.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
    Maximum file size - 3 mega bytes.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
    Maximum file size - 3 mega bytes.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Prizes

Works that demonstrate passion, talent, creativity, and originality will be exhibited at the Teen Winter Gala and have a digital copy permanently entered into the Chicago Public Library collection. From these works, up to 12 exceptional pieces will receive one of the following prizes:

Senior Achievement Awards (open to high school seniors)

  • Grand prize: $150 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video
  • First and second runners-up: $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video
  • Honorable mentions (3): $50 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video

Young Artists Awards (open to high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors)

  • Grand prize: $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video
  • First and second runners-up: $50 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video
  • Honorable mentions (3): $25 gift card to Blick Art Materials or B&H Photo Video

Submissions will be judged by a panel of CPL staff and a guest judge from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Evaluation will be based on the clarity of the artist’s statement, the passion to create and the cohesiveness of the design choices.

Disclaimer: By submitting your portfolio, you authorize Chicago Public Library to post a copy of your work on www.chipublib.org and in the Chicago Public Library collection, along with your first name.