Beethoven Festival - Love...

Competition is open to Chicago-based artists only.


The musical legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven has remained unsurpassed for nearly 2 centuries.  Over the years, Ludwig has retained a reputation as one of the most admired, controversial and revolutionary figures in music history.  


The inaugural Beethoven Festival took place in 2011 to celebrate the life and legacy of this most beloved universal composer.  Each year, an aspect of Beethoven’s personal and musical life is chosen as the theme of the festival - driving its musical and artistic program.   In 2013, the theme is Love, taking Beethoven’s notorious Immortal Beloved letters and romantic ballads as a starting point.  After all, it was Beethoven who said:  “Love demands everything and that very justly...”


We would also like to touch upon issues of modern love along with issues of ancient love. Beethoven was always going for women who were basically unattainable either due to social status (they were above his social station as aristocrats) or married, usually unhappily, but he nevertheless wanted them...  Modern love issues that are very du jour are questions of marriage rights for all, cross-cultural love, cross-racial love, cross-everything. We also ask ourselves what the purpose of love is, and how it can be an all-consuming thing not just romantically, but creatively for the artist. Beethoven ended up remaining single his entire life because he was, in the end, too committed to his art to live any other way.


As part of this 3rd Annual Beethoven Festival, we are inviting artists living and working in the greater Chicago area to apply for inclusion in the Festival’s art exhibit.  Selected artworks will be hung in a curated exhibit within the music venue where audiences will be able to view them for the duration of the Festival.


Submission Guidelines


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Inspiration on the 2013 Love theme of the Festival:

Pen and Ink
Color Pencil
Traditional Photography
Digital Photography
New Media
Digital Art
Printmaking (hand pulled)