ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation

Entry Deadline: Jan. 2

1463 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642


JUROR: Chantala Kommanivanh

This February, ARC seeks to examine the construct of  LOVE. What is Love? In what way is it a
construct? How is it challenging? Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a force to be reckoned with. It is used to move the world – forward or backward depending on your point of view. How does one’s understanding and concept of love influence our feelings, our decisions, our actions?

How do we mend and heal our relationships – and our relationship to the world – during this time of distrust, contempt, group think, political differences, racial strife, and the overall sense of “Us vs Them”? How do we:  get back to friends and family during COVID; save our planet from human destruction; respond to the general humanity of our world, and celebrate the human capacity for tenderness?

For this exhibition we are looking for an artist-response to this idea of “Love” – in the broadest sense. These ideas might include the love of: family and friends, nature, the body, and love for one’s heritage. Love can be vulnerability, a motivator, an obsession, crippling, and healing. Please submit work and an artist statement that illustrates whatever passion you are embracing.

As always, work from all genders, ages, races and ethnicities is welcome. With all juried exhibitions at ARC, the identity of each artist is withheld from the juror, and the selected work will be a collection of pieces that work together as a whole.

ALL media are welcome, including video, performance, sound, 2D and 3D work; and all artists’ work will be considered. Due to space limitations no large projections or media-based installations will be accepted. The exhibition will run from February 2-26, 2021.

Entry fee: $30 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students — high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include copy of Student ID.)


Chantala Kommanivanh is an award-winning Lao American artist, educator and musician.

​The rap music he’s produced with Maintenance Crew and the visual components of Kommanivanh’s artwork have areas of overlap in their meaning and content. He is interested in creating new memories by “sampling” from past events. Through painting, his works are a reinterpretation of memories documenting his personal history. Raised with traditional Lao customs at home and active in hip-hop culture outside of home, Kommanivanh’s work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity, as he and his family were refugees from the unfortunate outcomes of the 1964-1975 Secret War in Laos. His collection of paintings derive from personal and found photographs representing pivotal times in his life. His visual works have been displayed in five major solo exhibitions in Chicago-area and Midwestern art galleries, and have been included in numerous group and invitational exhibitions across the U.S.

​Kommanivanh is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation award in 2009 and was a two-time awardee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Advance Opportunity Program Fellowship. In 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth recognized him for his service of excellence to Illinois’s 8th District arts community.

​Kommanivanh earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 2008, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2012. He has since found his way back to his hometown of Chicago and is an arts professor at his alma mater, NEIU.


Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, Jan 2, 2021 at 11:59pm CST
Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email on Thursday, Jan 13, 2021.
Work Delivered to ARC: Thurs & Fri, Jan 27 – 28, 2-6pm; Sat, Jan 29, 12-4pm
Pick-Up Work at Gallery: Sat, Feb 26, 12-4pm
Shipped Work Return Date: Thurs, Mar 3, 2022 *Pre-Paid FedEx or UPS label is required.*
Do not use the U.S. Postal Service.

$30 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image. (Lower charge for students — high school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry. Please include copy of Student ID.)
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.

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