Call for Artists

For more than 50 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the nation’s premier exhibition of African American art. This annual show presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from around the country.

Entry Guidelines


Contemporary works created in any visual medium are accepted.


General Category: Black artists over 18 years of age.

Teen Category: Black artists who are 18 years of age or younger, OR currently enrolled in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent).


General Category
Best in Show: $3,000
Second Place: $2,000
Third Place: $1,000

Teen Category
Best in Show: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Applications Closed

Applications for 2023 are now closed. (See full exhibition timeline below.)

Exhibition Timeline

Submissions closeOctober 16, 2022 (11:59 p.m. CST)
Note: neither MSI staff nor CaFE Technical Support are available on weekends, including the closing date.
Notice of acceptanceLate October/Early November
Loan agreement dueDecember 2, 2022
Shipping window (non-Chicagoland artists)November 30–December 14, 2022
Local drop-off datesThursday, December 15
Saturday/Sunday, December 17–18, 2022.
Timed entry by reservation only.
Exhibition opensJanuary 16, 2023
Artist's receptionTo be announced
Exhibition closesApril 23, 2023
Local pickup datesFriday/Saturday, April 28–29, 2023
Return shipping windowOn/after May 1, 2023

More Information

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