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Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Main Level, West Pavilion
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Included with Museum Entry

January 19 - February 22, 2015

The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition presents 104 dynamic works from both professional and amateur African-American artists from around the country, including a dozen youth artists between the ages of 14 and 17.

This longest-running exhibition of African-American art has been displayed annually at MSI since 1970. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics and photography by African Americans from around the country. Work is submitted in the fall, and then a panel of five jurors, led by Dr. Walter Massey, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MSI trustee, select the pieces for exhibition. For the fourth year, a youth component offered opportunities for high school students to submit their artwork to the exhibition.

Winning Artists

Youth, First Place: Ian Brundige | Sculpture | Munster High School (Munster, IN)
Youth, Second Place: Kennedy Warfield | Digital Art | Hillcrest High School (Country Club Hills, IL)
Youth, Third Place: Jasmine Allen | Mixed Media | Wirt Emerson High School (Gary, IN)
Adult, First Place: RHB | Mixed Media | Chicago
Adult, Second Place: George Crump | Painting | Chicago
Adult, Third Place: Jason E. Jones | Sculpture | Chicago

The Juried Art Exhibition is included in Museum Entry and is open through February 22, 2015.

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mission statement

  • To inspire African-American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events that encourage children and their parents to utilize the Museum of Science and Industry as a resource for exploring and discovering their inventive and creative genius.

Honoring Black Creativity

  • The Black Creativity plaque, crafted in bronze by famed sculptor Preston Jackson, honors the achievements of African Americans in the arts and sciences. On permanent display at MSI.
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