Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner won the Beverly Arts Center Art Competition’s Beverly Bank Best of Show Award for her work “Family Portrait.” The exhibit will be open through Jan. 7, 2018. Gallery admission is free. For more information, call (773) 445-3838.

The 41st annual Beverly Arts Center Art Competition Exhibition opened on Saturday, Nov. 11 with a reception and awards presentation in the Jack Simmerling Gallery at the center, 2407 W. 111th St. Ashley Gardner was awarded the Beverly Bank Best of Show Award for her work “Family Portrait.” The Alice & Arthur Baer Award went to Jake Saunders for “St. Francis,” and the Bill & Judie Anderson Award was presented to Ray Broady for his work “Hot Dogs.”

Other winners in this year’s competition include Figurative Award, Erik Sorenson, “Social (Me)dia;” Non-Representational Award, John David Murray, “Girl with Striped Socks;” 3-Dimensional Award, Charity White, “Karen;” Photographic/Digital Award, Louisa Murzyn, “A Dark History;” and three Honorable Mention Awards, John Landendorf, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Erin Kramer, “Crown Hare” and Andrea Dalgaard, “Organized Chaos.”

Prizes ranged from $100 to $1500. Competition sponsors are Beverly Bank & Trust, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Competition jurors were Judie Anderson, professional illustrator and former art director for the Chicago Tribune, and noted artist/muralist Elaine Miller.

“For 41 years, the Beverly Arts Center Competition has been a continually quality show, and this year’s exhibit is no exception,” said Anderson. “New talent is visible as well as work by established artists. There is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The Beverly Arts Center Art Competition is open to artists living and working within 100 miles of the city of Chicago. Eligible media include painting, photography, prints and other two-dimensional work, as well as sculpture including fabric and ceramic sculpture.

Established in 1976 by real estate developer Arthur Rubloff and Chicago artists William and Judie Anderson, the contest celebrates the talent of area artists. The exhibit will be open through Jan. 7, 2018. Gallery admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; closed Sunday except during special events.

For more information, call (773) 445-3838 or visit beverlyartcenter.org.