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Dittmar Gallery accepting submissions for juried exhibition on private art in the age of the internet

Submission deadline for “Producing the Bedroom Artist” is March 1

Dittmar Gallery at Norris University Center
Dittmar Gallery at Norris University Center

EVANSTON - Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery is now accepting submissions for “Producing the Bedroom Artist,” a juried exhibit of work that explores the themes of converging public, personal and online spaces.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to apply. The deadline for submissions is March 1.

Exhibition artists will be selected on March 3. “Producing the Bedroom Artist” will be on view April 6 to 29 in the Dittmar Gallery in Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive on the Evanston campus.

Prompting the often-asked question, “What defines art?” “Producing the Bedroom Artist” will examine how artists in our community are being shaped by converging public and private space. What does the space of a bedroom artist look like? Who might these painters, sculptors, illustrators, filmmakers, producers, musicians and others be creating for? Most importantly, what determines what belongs in a gallery space?

To answer these questions, the exhibition artists will take their own bedroom art and place it in the public eye, for gallery goers and internet users alike, merging public, private and online space to blur the line between hobby and profession. 

During the exhibition run, gallery visitors will cast their votes for best artwork, with a panel of judges selecting the top three prizewinners from those with the most public votes.

The jury panel will include Northwestern faculty and staff members. Prizes range from a $50 Blick Art Materials gift card to a $150 Amazon gift card. Awards will be presented at the closing reception.

An opening reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Dittmar Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday, except when a new exhibition is being mounted. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Dittmar website, call the Dittmar Gallery at 847-491-2348 or email

Dittmar Gallery is a member of the Northwestern Arts Circle, which brings together film, humanities, literary arts, music, theater, dance and visual arts. 

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