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Juried Art Exhibition: January 22 to February 23, 2014

Since 1970, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the Juried Art Exhibition, the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art. Chaired this year by Walter Massey, Ph.D, president of the School of the Art Institute and MSI trustee, the exhibition featured 85 pieces from more 60 artists across the country in Adult and Youth categories.

In addition to mounting the show, the Museum awarded cash prizes to winning artists and provided a paid internship offering first-hand curatorial experience to an accomplished student. Continuing its focus on increasing youth participation, the Museum invited the Hyde Park Art Center’s Youth Art Board to perform its oral narrative, "Public Address: Loud and Clear," during the awards reception.

Winning Artists

  • Youth, First Place: Hyde Park Youth Art Board, the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
  • Youth, Second Place: Bruce Bennett, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago
  • Youth, Third Place: Akeem Soyan, Nicholas Senn High School, Chicago
  • Adult, First Place: Joe Roache, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Adult, Second Place: Douglas R. Ewart, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Adult, Third Place: Lobyn Hamilton, Indianapolis, Ind.

2015 Call for Entries

The Juried Art Exhibition includes the following categories: paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics and photography. Winners are selected by a distinguished panel of jurors.

Youth Artists between the ages of 14 and 17 years (or currently enrolled in high school) and Adult Artists (18 years and older) are encouraged to apply. The call for Juried Art 2015 entries will be announced in fall 2014. To be notified when 2015 applications are available, email Denise Hicks at denise.hicks(at)

Black Creativity 2014 is sponsored by ComEd; Dover; ITW; Nicor Gas; Peoples Gas and U.S. Bank, with media partners Comcast / NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago; WVON 1690 AM; Splash, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication; Radio Broadcasters of Chicago and the Chicago Defender.

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Chicago Takes Notice

WGN-TV Morning News aired a story about the 2014 Black Creativity Innovation Studio, Juried Art Exhibition and other programming.

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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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