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.
Contemporary works created in any visual medium are accepted.
Daria McMeans - Interdisciplinary Artist and Lecturer in Art at Lake Forest College
Gervais Marsh, Ph.D. -Independent Curator, Writer and Scholar
Janet Dees - Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
General Category: Black artists 18 years of age or older.
Teen Category: Black teen artists in the Chicagoland area (within 100 miles of MSI) currently enrolled in high school, grades 9-12.
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
*General Category award winners will also receive two complimentary tickets to the 2024 Black Creativity Gala at MSI.