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Juried Art Competition Open to Professional and Emerging Artists Nationwide With Cash Prize of $2,500 Awarded To Six Winners

Grand Unveiling Event Set for October 2016 During Chicago Artists Month

 
CHICAGO, IL – Blue Man Group, the critically hailed theatrical phenomenon, will celebrate 25 years of living in full color with the launch of a unique art competition open to professional and emerging artists. The competition will award six, $2,500 cash prizes to the winning artists. 10-foot by 10-foot reproductions of the works will be displayed at Blue Man Group Chicago’s Outdoor Art Gallery, located on the south exterior wall of the Briar Street Theatre (3133 North Halsted Street), with the original pieces on display inside the theater lobby. 

Artists planning to submit an entry in the Blue Man Group Art Competition should enter work that is inspired by 25 years of “Daring to Live in Full Color” as the group celebrates their 25th birthday in 2016. The work should not feature a Blue Man. The competition is open to artists working in acrylic, digital art, drawing/pastel, mixed media, oil, painting, photography and printmaking. No three dimensional pieces will be accepted.

“Blue Man Group aims to foster creativity in all of our initiatives and art has always played a key role in the production itself,” said Mary Grisolano, General Manager of Blue Man Group. “We can’t wait to see the winning pieces of our second art competition and how they capture the unique spirit of Blue Man Group and its 25 years of daring to live in full color.”

Artists interested in the competition can visit entrythingy.com/www.blueman.com for more details, full rules and regulations and entry requirements. Entries will be judged by members of Blue Man Group’s Chicago cast and creative team as well as civic and cultural leaders from the local community to be announced at a later date. Entries must be submitted digitally and will be accepted from Thursday, May 19 through Monday, August 8, 2016.

The winning artwork will be unveiled at the Briar Street Theatre’s Outdoor Art Gallery in October 2016, coinciding with Chicago Artists Month. The 2016 Blue Man Group Art Competition will be Blue Man Group’s second art competition. The inaugural competition was held in 2013. The 2013 winning artwork, currently located in the lobby of the Briar Street Theatre, will be moved to other locations within the building for patrons to enjoy.

Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre
Blue Man Group’s production provides its audience with a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that blends innovative theatrical spectacle and dynamic original music with hilarious comedy, art, technology and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are available from $49-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com/bluemanchicago.

For more information and a full show schedule, visit www.blueman.com/tickets/chicago.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $64 per person. For groups of 10 or more, call the group sales department to book at: 773.348.3300 or email chicagogroups@blueman.com to request information.

About Blue Man Productions
In 2016, global entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group celebrates 25 years of living in full color with a series of new projects and appearances. The company is best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in more than 15 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

The company developed through a creative collaboration among three close friends, Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Blue Man Group now has permanent theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York and Berlin, a North American tour and a World Tour.

This creative collective is part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Beyond the stage show, they have toured the globe with the “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody, released multiple albums, including the Grammy-nominated Audio, and the recently released, THREE, and contributed to numerous film and TV scores. They’ve served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show”, “Arrested Development”, “Ellen”, “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

Based in New York City, Blue Man Productions has extensive production facilities, recording studios and a 6,000 square foot Research & Development Lab with numerous new creative projects in the pipeline.

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