ZANIES Art Contest

Grand Prize Winner: JACK BAHR




Open Submissions:  May 1- November 15, 2018

Winners Announced:   December 3, 2018

Calling All Artists!

For the first time in 40 years ZANIES is seeking original wall art preferably oil on canvas.  Originality and an association to ZANIES or stand up comedy are required. All submissions will be featured on and the top winner will be hung on permanent display inside ZANIES Comedy Club at 1548 N. Wells Street.



As part of its 40 Year Anniversary Celebration, ZANIES Comedy Club in Chicago is sponsoring an art contest.

In 1978 when Rick Uchwat opened ZANIES Comedy Club, Wells Street was a crazy mixture of retail outlets, residences, restaurants and one art gallery featuring BIZZARTIST Bob Fisher.

Rick invited Bob to hang his BIZZART inside Zanies (the first nightclub to showcase original art) and later commissioned Fisher to paint the now famous comedian portraits featured at all ZANIES clubs.


1. Artwork must be submitted in person at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL  60610

during specified business hours.


2. Zanies is not responsible for any damage to any piece of art at any time.


3. Zanies reserves the right to not accept any piece brought to the club.  

If the art is not accepted for admission to the contest, the owner must immediately

remove said art or Zanies has the right to remove it immediately.


4. In the case of a tie or any suspected irregularities in voting,

Zanies management will decide the final winners.  

All decisions are final.


5. No current employee or officer of Zanies Comedy Clubs is eligible for this contest.


6. Submissions are limited to one per person.


7. Minimum canvas size is 18” x 24”. Maximum canvas size is 30” x 40”


8. Submissions will be judged on originality, humor, positivity, human interest, aesthetics,

and relation to Zanies and/or stand up comedy.


8. Prize winners will be announced December 1, 2018.  All decisions are final.

Top Five Runners Up:  Artwork will be displayed throughout Zanies

with an option to auction off benefitting a local charity.

One Grand Prize Winner:  Permanent display inside of the showroom at

Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells and a monetary prize of $500 with the art becoming the property of Zanies.