Get in the Loop.
The First Annual Chicago Art Loop Open kicks off Friday, October 15 with 191 local artists, working in a broad range of media from site-specific installation and interactive video to sculpture and painting.
For this occasion, the Loop will be transformed into an interactive,
multi-venue public art showcase. Works created by local artists in a
wide range of media will be on display, and in competition, in ten
downtown venues. This art competition will be judged by the public, who
will vote for their favorites.
The pieces in the competition were selected by a
professional jury from over 750 entries. The artists will be competing for
more than $60,000 in prizes, with $25,000 going to the top winner.
During the opening walk (5p.m. to 8p.m.) the public is encouraged to visit each venue (listed below) and begin voting for their
favorite artwork, while enjoying specialty “Artini” cocktails and other
Many of the artists will be on hand that evening to discuss
Works will be shown at the following venues:
* Block 37 – 108 N. State Street
* Chicago French Market/MetraMarket – 131 N. Clinton
* Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – 230 N. Michigan
* Hotel Allegro – 171 N. Randolph
* Hotel Burnham – 1 W. Washington
* Macy’s – 111 N. State
* Merchandise Mart – 222 W. Merchandise Mart
* Palmer House – 17 E. Monroe
* theWit Hotel – 201 N. State
* W Chicago-City Center – 172 W. Adams
Round 1 (October 15-21): The public is urged to participate in the first round of voting, where they can vote once in support of as many pieces as they’d like utilizing smart phone applications and texting.
Round 2 (October 22-28): Following the announcement of the top ten vote recipients on Friday, October 22, the public will be invited to vote for their top selection. The three winners with the most votes will be announced awards ceremony, Friday, October 29, and will receive $25,000 (1st), $15,000 (2nd) and $10,000 (3rd).
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