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The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition was founded in 2010 by Sergio Gomez. It is an outlook and an overview of top MFA painting programs in the United States. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting. Now on its fourth edition this growing and highly competitive juried exhibition will bring to Chicago some of the most talented emerging artists in the country. Wet Paint 2018 is fully funded by the Zhou B. Art Center which makes it possible for graduate students to submit works for consideration at no cost. The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 takes place from January 19 to February 10 in the spacious second floor gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. Wet Paint is juried by the Zhou B Art Center’s selection team and curated by Sergio Gomez, MFA.

The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 seeks to highlight traditional and experimental ways contemporary artists incorporate and embrace painting as their primary medium.


Exhibition Dates: January 19 to February 10, 2018
Deadline for Submission: Friday, December 8, 2017
Notice of Decline: You will receive an email notice of acceptance or decline no later than December 11. A list of accepted artists will be posted in our website on December 11 (mark your calendars).
Delivery: All accepted work must be received by January 9, 2018


Open to all MFA candidates currently enrolled in a MFA program in a US college or university and recent MFA recepients who graduated from 2016 to 2017. Open to all work that incorporates painting and/or the interpretation of painting in traditional or experimental media in 2D, 3D and installation will be accepted for submission. Work must have been completed within the last three years. All work must be ready to install. Artists who have participated in two Wet Paint exhibitions are not elegible to participate.

Zhou B Spirit Award:

Two Wet Paint Biennial 2016 artists will be selected by the internationally recognized artist the Zhou Brothers to receive the Zhou B Spirit Award. The award will be presented during the opening reception on January 19th. The award recipients will have the unique opportunity to attend a private reception hosted by the Zhou Brothers in their honor at the Zhou B private studio the day of the opening. The Zhou Brothers are one of the most accomplished contemporary artists in the world today renowned for their unique collaborative work process. They always work together on their paintings, performances, sculptures, and prints, often communicating without words in a so-called dream dialogue. Their thinking, aesthetic, and creativity are a symbiosis of Eastern and Western philosophy, art, and literature that informed their development since early childhood.

Exhibition Curator:

Sergio Gomez, MFA
Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

Exhibition Catalog:

Full color catalogs featuring all the works in the gallery will be available for purchase at

Size restrictions:

There is no size restriction as long as the work can be shipped or delivered to the gallery. Keep in mind shipping expenses when submitting.

Submission Fee:


Accepted Work:

All work MUST remain on exhibit for the duration of the show. The Zhou B Art Center reserves the right to refuse work damaged or considered too fragile to exhibit, not meeting the size requirements, or misrepresented in digital image. By submiting work you agree that if accepted into the exhibition, your work will be published online.


All wall hung work must be wired, and ready to hang. No saw tooth hooks. All work must be ready to install. Frame is not required for paintings as long as the edges have been cleaned, finished or painted. The Zhou B Art Center reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for exhibit or security reasons.


All art must be finished, dry and ready to be displayed. All works on paper MUST be properly framed. Avoid shipping works framed under glass. Instead, use acrylic or plexi.


Zhou B Art Center will receive a 50% sales commission of the listed price on all work sold. Work may be listed as “Not for Sale” (NFS).


HAND DELIVERY days and times will be provided and arranged by the Zhou B Art Center. FOR THOSE WHO MUST USE SHIPPING, each artist is responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery. Shipped art should arrive at the gallery (1029 W. 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm) no later than January 9, 2018. Any special opening and hanging instructions should be accessible on the exterior of the container. Return shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Pre-paid return shiping labels should be included with the package. They can be attached in an envelope on the exterior of the package. Please allow two weeks for return shipping after the end of the exhibition. Gallery is not responsible for works not collected after the pickup dates or not shipping information provided. After 30 days of storage, works will become the property of the Zhou B Art Cener. Avoid shipping works framed under glass. Instead, use acrylic or plexi.

Liability and Conditions:

Work included in the exhibition will not be insured by the Zhou B Art Center. The art center will take extreme care of the works while in its care. Shipping insurance to and from the gallery will be the responsibility of the artist. Zhou B Art Center will receive a 50% sales commission on all work sold. Work may be listed as “Not for Sale” (NFS). Your delivery of the work grants the following: 1) permission to Zhou B Art Center to use photos sent by the artist for publicity, promotional and/or educational purposes. 2) permission for placement of digital file of your work on our website and at unless written notification is given to the Zhou B Art Center curator before exhibit’s opening. 3) releases and discharges the ownership of the Zhou B Art Center, all its employees and agents, from all claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage or loss, which may be claimed by the artists for participating in the Wet Paint Exhibition.

Please print this page for your own records.

How to Submit:

Submission is FREE!!!

Each artist may submit up to 3 images for consideration. Images should not exceed 2MB in size or 1800 pixels. Please add artist name to file name.

Please COPY AND PASTE the following information for each artwork submited. Entries that do not include this information will be ignored. We recommend you submit one image per email.

Artist Name:
State of Residence:
Are you an MFA Candidate?
If you have already received an MFA degree, indicate date of graduation:
Personal website or Instagram:
Title of work:

Email all entries to: