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Deadline Nears for Juried Art Show Applications

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The deadline to apply for the Forest Preserve District’s 2020 juried art show, “Nature Takes Flight,” is almost here. 

Friday, January 31, is the last day to submit an application. Art selected for the competition will be on public display from Tuesday, March 3, to Friday, April 3, at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. 

This year's theme is designed to showcase anything that takes flight. Applications have been rolling in since the submission process opened in November.

"It’s always a great surprise to see what is entered," said Suzy Lyttle, an interpretive naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center. "So far, we have photographs, watercolors, mixed media, oil paintings and more. It’s heavy on bird inspiration, but remember lots of things can take flight! Bees, butterflies, blowing leaves, leaping frogs, dancing seeds. It’s also exciting to see people from all over the area participate. Artists from Romeoville, Mokena, Homer Glen, Crete and even Wisconsin have entered!"

Lyttle said she is hoping to get a wide variety of art for the 2020 show. 

"Diversity is what makes this show so fun," she said. "I hope to see all types of art mediums: acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media and sculptures."

There is no entry fee for the art competition, which enables artists of all levels to get involved, Lyttle said.


Competition winners will be determined by a jury. The top three entries will receive Visa gift cards in the amounts of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place. Awards are being provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County. Members of the public who attend the exhibition can vote for a "people's choice" award.

If you are interested in applying to be a part of the competition, fill out the online form and attach a digital JPG photo of the artwork. Please remember that all fields on the form must be completed for the application to be properly submitted

Artists will be notified by February 11 if their work has been selected. Artists must be at least 18 years of age, and there is a limit of three entries per person.

Here are additional rules and dates to keep in mind:

  • Both 2D and 3D pieces can be entered; performance art and film cannot.
  • Maximum dimensions are: 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide for 2D, 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide for 3D and 30 pounds for all artwork.
  • 2D art must be ready to hang.
  • Estimated value of artwork must be included for insurance purposes.
  • Indicate on the application form if the artwork is for sale. Artists will receive 100% of the sales.
  • Delivery dates for artwork are February 18-25, and the pieces must arrive by February 25.
  • A closing reception featuring artist awards will take place from 6-8 p.m. April 4.
  • Artwork pickup dates are April 4-12 during Plum Creek Nature Center hours.


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