Last Friday marked the kick off of Chicago's Art Loop Open, a competition for artists located in downtown Chicago's Loop area. Bernard Williams, who is featured this week on ArtSlant: Chicago, is a participant with his Buffalo Chart, seen below, along with 190 other artists from Chicago and the surrounding area.
The competition is being described by some as Chicago's answer to ArtPrize, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, based visual art competition that is the most lucrative in the world with nearly $450,000 in total prize money. Chicago's Art Loop Open is much more modest, with $60,000 in total prize money.
The art is spread amongst ten venues throughout the Loop: Block 37 (108 N. State St.), Chicago French Market/MetraMarket (131 N. Clinton), Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (230 N. Michigan Ave.), Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph St.), Hotel Burnham (1 W. Washington St.), Macy’s (111 N. State St.), Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza), Palmer House (17 E. Monroe St.), theWit Hotel (201 N. State St.), and W Chicago-City Center (172 W. Adams St.).
We'll be writing more about Art Loop Open in the coming weeks, but for now, check out the Art Loop Open's website for more details.
-Abraham Ritchie, ArtSlant: Chicago Editor