ZANIES Art Contest


Open Submissions:  May 1- November 15, 2018

Winners Announced:   December 3, 2018

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 famous comedian portraits featured at all ZANIES clubs.

In remembrance of Rick Uchwat and as part of its 40 Year Anniversary Celebration, ZANIES Comedy Club in Chicago is sponsoring an art contest.

ZANIES is seeking original wall art in a medium of the artist’s choice including but not limited to oil, watercolor, sketch, photo, charcoal, or collage.  Originality, humor, and a link to ZANIES or standup comedy are encouraged.  All submissions will be featured on and the top two winners will be hung on permanent display (until sold by the artist) inside ZANIES Comedy Club at 1548 N. Wells Street.

  1. Artwork must be submitted in person at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL  60610 during specified business hours.
  2. All submissions remain the property of the artist and must be accompanied by a complete description of the art as well as contact information for two separate individuals.  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. All accepted art will be featured online at and winners will be chosen through on-line voting.  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, or family or friend of employee or officer, is eligible for this contest.
  6. Submissions are limited to one per person.
  7. Submissions will be judged on originality, humor, positivity, human interest, aesthetics, and relation to Zanies and/or standup comedy.
  8. Prize winners will be announced December 1, 2018.  All decisions are final.
  9. Top Five Runners Up:  Work will be auctioned on-line with proceeds donated to select charity, Two GRAND PRIZES:  Permanent display at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells for the entire year of 2019 or until sold by artist.