2010 Chicago International Poster Biennial Grand Opening

28 May 2010
30 May 2010
Chicago, United States
The second Chicago International Poster Biennial invites submissions for its 2010 exhibition and student competition.


Event programme

From 28-30 May, the Chicago International Poster Biennial will host the 2nd Biennial Jury Exhibition Grand Opening, present Rafal Olbinski and the Film "Freedom on the Fence" and host the Takashi Akiyama Lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

See the full details on the official website.

2010 Call for entries: Now closed


All entries must be designed and printed between 1 January 2008 - 1 May 2010. Posters which have already been entered in a CIPBA competition may not be re-entered.

Entrants may submit up to six works for each artist / designer. Series of no more than three posters that constitute a single work will be accepted as a single entry.


All entries must be received at the committee office of the Biennial address by post on or before 22 May 2010.


Poster works deemed worthy by the international jury will become finalists of the 2nd Chicago International Poster Biennial. Finalists will be exhibited in the public Biennial exhibition in late summer, 2010 in Chicago and will be part of the 2010 CIPB Catalog.

One gold medal and two silver medals of excellence will be awarded.
The Society of Typographic Arts (STA) Medal will be awarded to one poster for typographic excellence.
The Project Osmosis Medal will be awarded to one poster exhibiting excellence in a social theme.

No financial awards are guaranteed, but the CIPBA may add financial prizes depending on funding.

2010 Student competition

In 2010, the CIPBA will hold its first student poster competition, based on a given theme. Students have two months to design and submit their posters on the theme of "Transportation: Crucial Issues."


The theme for this first student competition is "Transportation: Crucial Issues." The jury of the Chicago International Poster Biennial would like to see your interpretation of the theme of travel, regardless of where you are or what you believe is the most vital issue regarding transportation that needs to be communicated today. Make a poster about rethinking transportation to impact the environment, individual health, urban infrastructure... anything is possible.


To enter, you must be a current student of graphic design or related art discipline, anywhere in the world. Only one entry per student will be accepted.


All entries must be received by 22 May 2010. There will be no extensions.


The CIPB jury will determine which student posters are worthy to be finalists—and exhibited at the 2010 CIPB this summer. No specific number of student finalists is predetermined.

One poster will be determined the best student poster of 2010 by the jury and awarded a medal and certificate.

Any monetary award, scholarship, or any other prize is not guaranteed, but may be offered in the future, depending on funding.

2010 Jury

Paula Scher, President, USA
Takashi Akiyama, Japan
François Caspar, France
Emek, USA
Marta Granados, Colombia
Holger Matthies, Germany
Rafal Olbinski, USA / Poland


The Chicago International Poster Biennial (CIPBA) works with design professionals and students, professional associations, educational and civic institutions, and members of the public to advance its mission of promoting visual literacy as a professional responsibility, advancing international cooperation as a social imperative, and celebrating cultural diversity as our greatest tool for understanding and peace.

With the endorsement and backing of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), the CIPBA produces world-class competitions, public exhibitions, widespread distribution of publications, and innumerable educational initiatives.

The first Chicago International Poster Biennial exhibition was held in Daley Bicentennial Plaza - part of Chicago's Grant Park - in September of 2008. This unique, outdoor exhibition was installed with a primary goal in mind, central to the CIPBA's philosophy: to help realise posters as the quintessential public art form, engaging citizens at street level. Posters require an emotional and intellectual response, and they stimulate dialogue and articulation of important social, political, and economic issues. The CIPBA will continue to advocate on behalf of posters and communication design as a shared, public experience.

Full details on the CIPBA and this year's competition are available at: www.chicagobiennial.org

For more information, please contact:

Project Coordinator
Chicago International Poster Biennial
T: +1 312 494 5250

Mailing Address
Chicago International Poster Biennial Association
20 W Hubbard St, 2W
Chicago, IL
United States
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