9 Feb 2021

Competitions South Bend Museum of Art: Biennial 31

South Bend Museum of ArtSouth Bend, Indiana, United States

South Bend Museum of Art

Opportunity Description

U.S. Multi-State Deadline: April 11, 2021 – The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 31 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest and is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist.

Exhibition Dates: July 24 ‒ October 3, 2021.

Biennial 31 is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. All media are accepted. All artwork must have been completed in the past 2 years (2019‒present) and cannot have been previously exhibited at the South Bend Museum of Art.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM).

Misa recently organized the Great Rivers Biennial 2020, featuring Kahlil Robert Irving, Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn. At CAM, she curates the Street Views video projection series and has organized exhibitions by Jonathas de Andrade, Oliver Laric, Jennifer West, and Marina Zurkow. Prior to CAM, Misa was Curatorial Associate at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she curated exhibitions by Lee Kit and the Guerrilla Girls… see more

$1,500 in awards will be selected by the juror and $1,500 in purchase awards will be chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. A color brochure detailing exhibiting artists will also be produced.

There is a $10 entry fee to apply.



  • April 11, 11:59 p.m. EST: Deadline for entry
  • April 12–26: Jurying of entries
  • April 27, 5:00 p.m. EST (no later than): E-mailed notification sent
  • July 9: Deadline for the delivery of shipped work
  • July 9, 12‒16: Hand delivery of work and installation
  • July 24: Exhibition opens
  • October 1, 5:00–8:00 p.m. EST: Artists reception
  • October 3: Exhibition closes
  • October 4–8: Pick-up of work

Questions: Mark Rospenda, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, South Bend Museum of Art – rospendam@southbendart.org / 574-235-9102

The South Bend Museum of Art features a full spectrum of historical and contemporary art featured in five galleries. A wide range of artistic traditions are taught in our world-class art studios. Located inside the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Indiana, the SBMA is an architectural delight. Designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, the museum occupies three levels in the northern wing of the building.

South Bend Museum of Art
Artist Submissions
120 S. St. Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 03 March thru April, Open to U.S. Multi-State, and Special Opportunities. Income: Cash or Value Awards and Exhibition – Group. Opportunity expires in 36 days.

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