The Art of Life on the River: Bridgehouse Museum Announces Art Contest

Friends’ McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum has announced its first annual Art Contest. The theme, “Life on the Chicago River,” will give artists the unique opportunity to bring the health, vitality, dynamic history, and vibrant future of the Chicago-Calumet River system into representation in a range of mediums, including paintings, etchings, printmaking, collages, screen-printing, chalk, pastel, and charcoal drawings, spray paint art, and other hand-made illustrations.

Submit Artwork 

The deadline to submit artwork is September 1, 2023.

The Bridgehouse Museum’s Art Contest reflects Friends’ commitment to not only showcasing the beauty of the Chicago-Calumet River system, but to amplifying creative and constructive community partnerships and building positive relationships between the people of the watershed and our river system. Artists are encouraged to think creatively and expansively about the theme, considering such questions as “how does art and artistic form and expression offer an important vision of our natural waterway?” Artists are asked to adhere to medium guidelines; we are not accepting submissions for AI-generated creative pieces, sculptures, graphic design, or photography. Artists should submit their work online, via the art submission form.  

Expecting to review dozens of entries, Bridgehouse Museum staff will select five of the top works to display throughout September and October. Featured prominently in the Bridgehouse Museum’s main corridor, winning pieces will be highlighted for the thousands of annual visitors that explore the Bridgehouse Museum each season.

The Bridgehouse Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is always free for Friends of the Chicago River members, and only $8 for non-members. Adults over 62 years, students, and children ages 6-12 may pay a discounted rate of $6. Children under five are free. Guided Tours of the Bridgehouse Museum are available Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for $15.

For more information about the Bridgehouse Museum, the First Annual Art Contest, or other fun events at the museum, please contact Museum Director, Josh Coles