76TH ROCKFORD MIDWESTERN BIENNIAL 
2020 ENTRY FORM

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) presents its 76TH ROCKFORD MIDWESTERN BIENNIAL, a juried survey of new contemporary art in 
the Midwest today. The 2020 Rockford Midwestern will be on view OCT 9, 2020–JAN 31, 2021 at RAM, located inside the Riverfront Museum Park building at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Entries with payment must be submitted online no later than JUNE 15; notifications will be sent AUGUST 3, 2020.

2020 DATES + DEADLINES—MAR 1, 2020: Prospectus online at rockfordartmuseum.org // JUNE 15, 2020: Entry deadline // JULY 27: Jurying completed // AUG 3: Notifications sent // AUG 4–SEP 3: Shipped work must be received // AUG 4–SEP 3: Hand-delivered work must be received (MON–THU, 10 AM–4 PM)** // OCT 9, 2020: 76th Rockford Midwestern Biennial OPENING/AWARDS CEREMONY (FRI, 5–8 PM) // OCT 9–JAN 31: Exhibition ON VIEW // JAN 31, 2021: Exhibition CLOSES at 5 PM // FEB 2–10, 2021: Hand-delivered work must be picked up (WEEKDAYS, 10 AM–4 PM)** // FEB 18: Shipped work returned // MAR 31: Artwork not picked up by March 31, 2021, may be charged a daily storage fee. // **If necessary, weekend drop-off dates may be arranged in advance by calling 815.972.2872.

AWARDS—The Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award ($2,000), Best of Show ($750), and two Juror’s Choice awards ($500 each) will be presented during the exhibition opening on FRIDAY, OCT 9.

2020 JUROR—Jim Dempsey is co-founder of Corbett vs. Dempsey, one of Chicago’s foremost art galleries. A painter himself and alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the house manager and occasional programmer at the Gene Siskel Film Center for more than 20 years. “Corbett vs. Dempsey reflects its owners’ diverse interests: jazz, film, American modernist traditions, middle-American approaches to abstraction and contemporary art,” Time Out wrote in 2019. “The art gallery places an emphasis on digging up undiscovered talent, often featuring great regional art (and the occasional live performance from a notable musician).” Learn more at corbettvsdempsey.com.

ELIGIBILITY—Artists who are current residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio or Wisconsin, and at least 18 years old are eligible to enter. // Up to 3 ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART executed by the applicant within the last two years are eligible; work created before 2018 will be disqualified for consideration by the juror. // Types of work may include paintings, sculpture (including kinetic or intermedia), prints, drawings, photographs, digital media. No dimension may exceed 96 inches (8 feet) and no weight may exceed 150 pounds.

HOW TO APPLY—Entries, images and payments must be submitted online at rockfordartmuseum.org no later than 11:59 PM, MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020. Applications will not be accepted without non-refundable entry fee ($45). Artists will be notified of jurying results by MONDAY, AUGUST 3.

JURYING PROCESS—One juror is selected for each Rockford Midwestern; s/he is not employed by the museum. Jurying will be based on the digital images artists submit. Please note: Your images must represent the actual artwork competing for display October 9, 2020–January 31, 2021 in the 76th Rockford Midwestern Biennial at Rockford Art Museum; substitutions are not allowed.

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IMAGE SUBMISSIONS—Artist may submit images of up to 3 works for consideration by the juror. Two images for each artwork may be submitted: 1 full-view image is required; 1 detail is accepted. // If you are having trouble submitting your images please complete and submit form without images and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further instruction. // UPLOAD REQUIREMENTS—File format: TIFF, JPG, or MOV // File resolution: 150 dpi // File size: minimum 1 MB, max 4 MB (8 MB for MOV)

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