MCA Inspired

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Our members and visitors share a wealth of creativity on social media. The #MCAinspired contest gives you a chance to be part of that community, and share how the MCA has inspired you—plus, this monthly contest gives you an opportunity to win prizes like a new or upgraded membership.

Piramide Cestia. Photo: Patricia Doyle.

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August Theme: Artful Travel

It's time to set the "Out of Office" replies on your work email, take some time off, and get out of town to enjoy the warm weather.

For #MCAinspired this month share your trips with us around the theme of "Artful Travel." Whether it's a trip to a cultural must-see, or a creative take on a place we all know and love, we're looking for entries that demonstrate or show creativity—unusual photos, digital mash-ups, poetic captions, all are welcome and encouraged!

August submissions are accepted until midnight on August 31, 2016. Each submission should mention #MCAinspired in some way. Post to our Facebook page, tag #MCAinspired on Twitter or Instagram, or send it to [email protected].

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August Prize

The most touching, creative, and inspiring submission will be announced in September. You do not have to be an MCA Member to post your inspiration:

Prize for a Non-Member

$75 Household Membership

Prize for a Member

Choice of a Premier-level upgrade or a $75 renewal

*Contest runs monthly, January 2015–December 2017. Entry deadlines and themes change each month. Prizes may vary from month to month. Multiple submissions are welcome, but an individual can only win once during the length of the contest. Individuals submitting content for #MCAInspired give permission to the MCA Chicago to use their submission material in other ways, including and not limited to marketing and promotion. Existing Individual- or Household-level members will be upgraded to the Friend level. Those who choose to renew receive a free 12-month extension of their current membership—a value of $75 for a current Household member.

Winning Entries

  • A person holds a large gray scarf with blue squares in front of their body, feet just peeking out below.  The edges of the scarf line up with the square tiles on the MCA's facade.
May 2016: Where Art Is Now winner. Photo © Kyla Cook.
Apr 2016: Inspirational Spaces winner. Photo © Deonté Phydarius.
Feb 2016: Better Together winning entry, Photo © Kelly Khouv.
Feb 2016: Better Together winning entry, Photo © Scott Drazler.
Jan 2016: David Bowie Is winning entry, Photo © Daniel Teafoe.
Dec 2015: A Very Minimalist Holiday winning entry, Photo © Anjali Bidani.
Nov 2015: Columns winning entry, Photo © Kenneth Klemaier.
Oct 2015: Collecting winning entry, Photo © Joseph Goins.
Oct 2015: Collecting winning entry, Photo © Emily Hughey Quinn.
Sep 2015: Art + Education winning entry, Photo © Yolanda/Tristan Nunez.
Aug 2015: Music winning entry, Photo © Lewis Achenbach.
Aug 2015: Music runner-up, Photo © Lani Leong.
Aug 2015: Music runner-up entry, Photo © Rex Flodstrom.
Jul 2015: Freedom winning entry. Photo © J. C. Lenochan.
Jun 2015: Artful Eats winning entry. Photo © Allison Knotts.
A person holds a large gray scarf with blue squares in front of their body, feet just peeking out below.  The edges of the scarf line up with the square tiles on the MCA's facade.
May 2015: Preserve Architecture winning entry. Photo © Heidi Parkes.
Apr 2015: Green winning entry. Photo © Timothea Canny.
Mar 2015: Craft winning entry. Photo © Carmina Cortes-Gonzalez.
Feb 2015: Love/Loss winning entry. Photo © Jessica Martinez.
Jan 2015: Resolutions winning entry. Photo © Delfina Malone.
Jan 2015: Resolutions runner-up entry. Photo © Nicole Picchietti.

About

MCAinspired—How has the MCA inspired you?

The MCA is a place that can spark personal creativity. It is frequently changing and bubbling with new ideas and new art. One can always find something inspirational—something that strengthens your appreciation for art or feeds your artistic ambitions.

A Monthly Contest

Our members and visitors share a wealth of creativity on social media. The #MCAinspired contest gives you a chance to be part of that community, and share how the MCA has inspired you—plus, this monthly contest gives you an opportunity to win prizes like a new or upgraded membership.*

An MCA Membership

Free admission; discounts in the MCA Store, MCA Stage, and MCA Café; and exclusive previews of exhibitions are only the beginning. Becoming an MCA Member allows you to experience the museum like no other visitor and connects you with the best of contemporary culture in Chicago. Membership at the MCA isn’t simply about discounts—it’s about belonging to a community that supports living artists and their work.