September 2016  •   CHICAGO, IL

Art shapes our ideas of who we are as individuals and influences who we are as members of society. Unbroken includes voices of artists with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and celebrates their contributions, talent, creativity and personal stories.

This visual storytelling is a glimpse of the accomplishments, pain, happiness, loss, and beauty of a few individuals with spinal cord injury and paralysis. The goal is to create a space that will encourage dialogue and learning in addition to empowering the artists through their work.

During the month of September, BACKBONES will host an art exhibition at the Bridgeport Arts Center in Chicago, IL featuring artists with spinal cord (Opening Reception September 9, 2016). The show celebrates Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month by highlighting the talents of those with SCI and raising awareness.

BACKBONES is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, that exists to help people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and their families connect with their communities. We do that by creating events and experiences that promote awareness and engage people of all abilities.


Interested in Applying? Submit this form via email (info@backbonesonline.com) by April 30, 2016.

-Submit digital samples of 3-5 pieces of artwork (any medium allowed)
-Include a written description of each sample (Title, Medium, Size)
-Submit a one-paragraph artist statement


-All artists must have a spinal cord injury, disorder or disease (spina bifida, transverse myelitis, MS, etc.)
-Artists must be at-least 18 years old, or have a consent form signed by a guardian

Media Categories

-Electronically Generated Images
-Mixed Media
-3D Artwork

What is Next?
Artists accepted to the show will be notified mid May.

If accepted artwork must arrive no later than August 12, 2016.  Artists are responsible for shipping or delivery of artwork. (Small grants available to cover partial shipping costs)

Work need not be framed, but must be ready for hanging.

Sales of the art will be offered during the exhibition if artist wishes to sell. 100% of the profit of sales will go directly to the artists.


*This program made possible by the Craig Neilsen Foundation

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