2016 Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts

Pending moderation
Aug 27 2016 to Aug 28 2016

10:00am-5:00pm Saturday & Sunday

Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Rd
60138 Glen Ellyn , IL
United States
Phone: 6302726627
Illinois US
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Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts

Event Summary
Join us for the 47th Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts. We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to beautiful Lake Ellyn Park for 2016! All booth spaces are along a concrete walkway that winds through century old oak trees surrounding picturesque Lake Ellyn This a juried fine arts show held in the Chicago western suburb of Glen Ellyn. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at artistliaison@glenellynlions.org.

General Information
We invite you to participate in the 47th Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts!

This year's show will be held August 27th an 28th. Show hours are from 10am-5pm each day.

The Glen Ellyn Lions will once again host the Annual Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts, which for more than 40 years has been held in late August in the Village of Glen Ellyn. One of the most respected and longest running juried fine arts shows in the Midwest, the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts has become a favorite of fine artists, a magnet to the community for shoppers, and a key contributor to the attraction and quality of life in Glen Ellyn.

Since 2004, the Glen Ellyn Lions club has organized and managed this event, to keep it non-profit and independent. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Glen Ellyn Lions Foundation's various missions involving Sight and Sound. Your participation in this show helps benefit those with Sight & Hearing Disabilities in Glen Ellyn, Northern Illinois and Worldwide.

In addition to hosting fine artists in all media, the Arts Fest also presents musical acts ranging from local students to seasoned professionals in choral, big band, jazz, folk, classical, and world music.

• Commission free sales
• Coordinated loading and unloading
• Friday check-in and set-up
• Bottled water throughout the day, morning coffee and pastries Saturday and Sunday
• Booth sitters available
• Overnight Security
• Secure, locked climate controlled storage onsite Friday and Saturday night on a first come first served basis​
• Air conditioned break room
• Festival programs with listing of artists attending
• Food, music, and activities for children

1-$600 Best of Show, 2-$300 Awards of Excellence one in 3D medium and one in 2D medium,2-$200 Awards of Merit one in 3D medium and one in 2D medium. There are also 4 Judges Awards with the recipients receiving a complimentary booth space to next year's show. Award winners are selected by professional judge(s), for excellence, regardless of media.


The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts is promoted through featured newspaper articles, internet and print advertising, eblasts, magazine ads, social media marketing, and broadcast radio promotion.

Eligible Media: 

Participation is open to all fine art. All work represented must be of an original concept executed and designed by the artist in attendance. The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts reserves the right to remove any and all works deemed not suitable at the time of the festival. It also reserves the right to select or invite other applicants in order to ensure a balance of medium. The Festival of the Arts reserves the right to refuse any application at their discretion and refund the artist booth fee. Any Artist not conforming to the Show Rules will be removed; no fees will be refunded after July 10th.

The following mediums are to be included in each show: ceramics, drawing, fiber non-functional, fiber wearable, paper non-functional, furniture, glass, jewelry, acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, wood, mixed media, collage, photography, and printmaking. Prints in limited editions are allowed, and must be hand signed and numbered.

Individual consideration of any media not listed will be given upon request. No work which has been made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated pieces, or assembly line technique will be allowed.

Artists are responsible for their own tents, display tables and related materials.

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Booth Information

The footprint of each display space is a minimum of 10 feet across the front and 11 feet deep. We will attempt to honor specific space requests on a first-come, first-served basis after receiving the booth fee; however, final booth location will be determined by the needs of the show to ensure a proper balance throughout the show grounds. A layout with specific booth numbers will be provided with the acceptance email.
Final booth location and numbers are subject to change and will be available approximately two weeks before the event. Only one artist is allowed per booth unless work Is collaborative and the exhibiting artist is expected to be present during the Festival of the Arts Artist are responsible for their own tents and display tables, all tents must be able to be secured in case of inclement weather.

The booth fee is 225.00 and is due by July 1st. Double booth spaces are available for 450.00. There will 75% refund of the booth fee if the request is received before July 10th. After July 10th there will be no refund of the booth fee.

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Five images are required for the jury process; four images of the artist's work and one of a set up the booth.

A maximum of 85 artists will exhibit at the 2016 Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts. There will be a wait list after the 85 artists with the highest jury scores have been selected. Artist on the wait list will be notified in order when spaces become available.

Artists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges through this electronic format and electronic images emailed by those not using ZAPPlication. Artist images will be viewed collectively in the same room. Artists will be notified of acceptance by e-mail and through the Zapplication process no later than Monday, May 16, 2016.

Booth fees of accepted artists are due by June 19, 2016 to guarantee your space. After June 19th artists on the wait list will be notified of any remaining available booth spaces. The booth spaces will then be filled on a first come first served basis until the 85 booth spaces are filled.


The collection and remittance of Sales Tax is the responsibility of the exhibiting Artist. As of January 1, 2016, the local sales tax is 8.25%. Please check with Glen Ellyn Lions Arts Fest volunteers to confirm the sales tax when you are at the event.

More information and pictures from previous shows can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GlenEllynFestivalOfTheArts


*Manufactured or components containing manufactured pieces are not permitted to exhibit.
*Artist exhibited work must be consistent with images submitted for jury process.
*Staking-in is not allowed due to proximity of trees and underground electric.
*Booths should have a professional look. Artists will be provided with name tags and identification cards which must be prominently displayed.
*Manufactured or components containing manufactured pieces are not permitted to exhibit (some exceptions are accepted ie. recycled or vintage items included in some 3D work, please contact us before applying of you have any questions)
*Although we provide overnight security and have locked storage available Artists are fully responsible for the care, safety and security of their work and property.
*Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park outside of the established beer garden.
*Exhibitors are required to display an Artist Statement in their booth during the art fair. The Artist Statement should be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper. The Statement should include a description of the artistic process and materials used. It is a requirement of the show rules that the Artist Statement be prominently displayed in the artist’s booth during the fair. Artist without statements will be ineligible for awards.
*Display may not extend beyond booth space. Browse bins must be aesthetically pleasing, and may not obstruct traffic flow or sidewalks. Racks, bins or other display elements may not be placed outside of the Artist's space so as to restrict or impede pedestrian traffic.

The Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts reserves the right to request removal of any items you have not been approved to sell, if we suspect they are not of original design, or if items are not consistent with those you juried in with.

This list is not all inclusive and may be amended at any time.

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Contact Info
Randy Poole
Glen Ellyn Lions Club