The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit (CSE) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. CSE was founded in 2001 by then Alderman Vi Daley. Daley created the program, the Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative, to beautify the Lincoln Park neighborhood in a new way. The first show was mounted in 2002 with eight sculptures that were on display from May through October. The show continued to grow every year and has earned accolades from many. In 2008, the show nearly doubled when Alderman Tom Tunney brought the Lakeview neighborhood into the show. Following the 10 year Anniversary of the show, additional neighborhoods joined and the name was changed to reflect a growing interest in sculpture throughout the city, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.
The CSE issues a “Call for Artists” each year and a jury selects new pieces for placement in the spring. Selected artists are awarded a small stipend in return for a one-year display of their creation. A kickoff party is held after the installations are complete with trolley tours taking place periodically throughout the year.
The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The CSE is entirely funded by charitable contributions from the private sector. The CSE mission is to bring art to the neighborhoods. We hope that you will encounter art while going about your daily life; walking to the dry cleaners or the farmer’s market, out for a run/walk, visiting a local restaurant. All of the works are available for purchase at the conclusion of the exhibit. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Join the CSE community today and help promote public art.