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EAC logoEdwardsville Art Fair is a juried fine art show located at City Park in beautiful downtown Edwardsville, Illinois.  Featuring the original works of approximately 100 accomplished artists and scrumptious local food and drink, Edwardsville Art Fair is a three-day opportunity for the family see art, make art, and buy art!

Create IT and Take IT: Children will enjoy Edwardsville Art Fair’s Create IT and City of Edwardsville Logo (2)-bmpTake IT art section where they will create their own take-away art projects. Art materials will be provided for free – all your kids need to do is bring their creativity!

Children’s Art Gallery: With the help of our very generous artists, your kids can discover the joy of choosing and owning a real piece of artwork – created by our very own exhibiting artists! Each of our artists donates a piece of art for the gallery and kids can purchase any item they want for only $50. A perfect opportunity to start an art collection!  All proceeds benefit our FREE art classes for kid’s which take place every Saturday at the EAC.

There’s something for everyone to love at Edwardsville Art Fair.


City Park

101 South Buchanan

Edwardsville, IL 62025


Friday 6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m



Friday, September 21st, 2018

           8:00am – Artist Registration

           10:00am – 4:00pm – Exhibition Set-UP

           5:00pm – 7:00pm – VIP Party for Artists, Sponsors, VIP Guests

           5pm – 10pm – Exhibits Open

Saturday, Sept 22nd, 2018

           12:00pm – 10:00pm – Exhibits Open

           12:00pm – 1:00pm – Children’s Art Gallery open for Children ONLY to buy art

           1:00pm – 5:00pm – Children’s Create IT and Take It open for kids to make and take a number of art projects.  FREE!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

          11:00am – 3:00pm – Exhibits Open 

          11:00am – 3:00pm – Children’s Create IT and Take It open for kids to make and take a number of art projects.  FREE!

          3:00pm – 4:00pm – Exhibits Breakdown



Sign up early!

We will try to honor your selection, but due to staffing requirements, this may not be possible. Signing up early will insure your choice.  Sign up by September 1st to guarantee an Art Fair Volunteer T-shirt!

Sunday evening and Friday morning special request!

We need sufficient Friday morning set-up workers and Sunday evening take-down workers to insure a safe and timely fair-grounds set-up and cleanup. Please consider these shifts first so we can meet the need.

But I want to work multiple shifts!

Volunteer for as many shifts as you would like to work. We will do our best to give you as many slots as possible.

Contact us with any questions!  Email us at office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com, or call at (618) 655-0337.

Volunteer Positions:


EDWARDSVILLE ART FAIR’S CHILDREN’S CREATE IT AND TAKE IT TENT provides our young guests a hands-on experience with art. Our volunteers in the tent help assist with make-it/take-it crafts, face painting, and basic assistance to our young guests. Volunteers in this area do NOT need to have any artistic talents, just an appreciation for our young guests.



The hospitality to our artists is of extreme importance to EDWARDSVILLE ART FAIR. Volunteers help to provide meals, snacks, water and assistance to artists in setup, throughout the show, and in show breakdown. Volunteers will also help with booth-sitting and running errands for artists. As volunteers in hospitality, your job is to make sure the artists are completely satisfied and need for nothing. This position does require some stamina, a positive attitude and a great smile.



Volunteers of the souvenir booth will be helping EDWARDSVILLE ART FAIR guests to remember their time at our show. Volunteers will help by setting up this location, keeping inventory stocked and operating this site. This position is out of the sun and is a sitting position.



Help set up and decorate tent, serve appetizers, and clean up after our guests.  Get tent ready for Children’s Art Gallery Opening



Help artist find their booth location, unload art and tents from loading area and deliver to booth location, help erect tents



We need sufficient Sunday evening take-down workers to insure a safe and timely fair-grounds cleanup. Please consider this shift first so we can meet the need.




children's art gallery picture

Donated artwork by Felicia Olin.

This piece and many more available at the Children’s Art Gallery at Edwardsville Art Fair 2018!

What: With the help of our very generous Edwardsville Art Fair artists, your kids can discover the joy of choosing and owning a real piece of artwork – created by our very own exhibiting artists! For $50, purchase a ticket for your child to enter the Children’s Art Gallery and choose his or her favorite piece of artwork – kids’ choice only, no parents allowed!  Perfect opportunity to start an art collection!

Artwork is donated by the talented artists participating in the Edwardsville Art Fair.  Each work has a minimum value of $50. Many are worth much more.

When:  Saturday, September 22nd at 12pm.  Buy your ticket now to reserve your place in line by signing up here.

Why:  Proceeds from the Children’s Art Gallery FUND our FREE Saturday Art Classes for kids at the Edwardsville Arts Center.





We couldn’t make this wonderful event happen without our generous donors.  To become a sponsor of the Edwardsville Art Fair, please call (618) 655-0337, or send us an email at office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com. We appreciate your support!

Check out our sponsor packet for sponsorship opportunities and details!

Click Here to Download 2018 Sponsor Packet




Art Cash

ART CERTIFICATES may be purchased in $50 increments with a minimum $50 order and then used just like currency to purchase works of art during the three days of the fair. It makes a perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or any special occasion.

Art Certificates Rewards

The first 200 patrons who purchase a minimum of $300 in ART CERTIFICATES will receive a poster signed by the artist and 2 tickets to the VIP EVENT


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Questions?  Email us at office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com


Call us at (618) 655-0337.

Office hours are Weds – Fri from 10am – 4pm and Saturday 11am – 3pm.


Read the information below then click on the link to apply at the bottom of this page.

OVERVIEW: Edwardsville Art Fair is a juried arts festival presenting the work of approximately 105 artists. The show takes place in City Park surrounding the Edwardsville Public Library in Edwardsville, IL which is in the St. Louis metropolitan region and is easily accessible by Interstates 70, 270 and 55.  Artists have direct booth access for set-up and loading and volunteers to assist with setup. Twenty-four hour security is provided by the Edwardsville Police Department. Artists will attend the VIP Event – with food and drinks – on Friday evening and complimentary refreshments are available throughout the weekend in the Artist Hospitality tent or by delivery to the booths. Booth sitters and bathroom facilities are available. We expect strong attendance, as Edwardsville and the surrounding region have long been supporters of the arts. The City of Edwardsville and our sponsors are committed to advertising our fair, and we are determined to exceed your expectations for hospitality.

AWARDS: Edwardsville Art Fair offers $15,000 in awards including Best of Show ($1,500), 6 named awards ($750 each), 9 Best of Category awards ($600) and 18 merit awards non-specific to categories ($200).

Edwardsville Art Fair is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an all-volunteer board as well as hundreds of volunteers who will work hard to make the show a success. Any proceeds from the fair will be used by the Edwardsville Arts Center to inspire the lives of youth and the creative spirit of adults through classes, exhibits and cultural events.



HOW TO APPLY: Online applications may be completed though EntryThingy with the link at the bottom of this page. Each application must include the requisite uploaded images and an artist’s statement of 100 words or less explaining the artist’s creative process including specific information about technique and materials. To begin the application process, first read the following information and then click on the Apply Now button at the bottom of the text:  2018 SHOW DATES: September 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  

ENTRY RULES2018 applications must be submitted online with 4 uploaded images of current work and 1 image of the display booth.  Artists may submit only one application per medium. If you wish to enter in more than one category, you must complete a second online application and remit a second jury fee. An image of the same work of art will not be accepted for more than one application.  Collaborative works must be submitted as a joint application with each artist’s name listed on the application and, if selected, both artists must attend the show.

ELIGIBILITYArt work must be original in design and execution by the artist(s). Items that are mass-produced, made in “workrooms,” machine-made or made from molds or commercial kits are not eligible for exhibition. Reproductions and prints must be signed by the creating artist. Only limited edition prints of no more than 250 from the original source, hand-pulled, signed and numbered by the artist will be allowed. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process in their artist’s statement to be displayed in the booth. Reproductions including giclee prints are allowed but must not comprise more than 10% of the art for sale and must be signed, numbered and matted. All reproductions must be clearly marked “reproduction” on labels and display signs and must be kept in a bin within the designated booth space.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Save your JPEG images at a minimum of 1920 pixels at the longest dimension. 2. A 1920 X 1920 square pixel format with a black border is acceptable. 3. JPEG file size should be approximately 2 megabytes.  4. For the most accurate representation and, if your image editing program supports it, convert to sRGB color space.


CATEGORIES (Please note – starting this year, there are 9 categories instead of 12):

Clay – Work produced from clay, earthenware, stoneware, terra cotta or porcelain.

Photography (film or digital) and Graphic Design – Includes works produced with the primary use of a camera to capture an original. Though some images are modified using digital media or production materials, all prints are considered reproductions of the original. Therefore, Edwardsville Art Fair requires that all photographic prints be limited to editions of no more than 250. The prints must be processed under the direct supervision of the artist and must be made from the artist’s original file or digital media. Each print must be hand-numbered and signed by the artist and be clearly visible on the front surface of the image whether the image is printed on archival paper, canvas, metal, wood, clay or any other picture plane. Prints which have been manipulated or treated as a painting surface must be clearly labeled as “Artist Manipulated Photograph.” This includes but is not limited to prints which have been varnished, textured or coated in any way. These prints must also be hand-numbered and signed by the artist on the front surface of the image and clearly visible when matted, framed or mounted

Also includes work made with the primary assistance of a computer and/or featuring technological components such as a mouse, programs or tablets. Printed works in this category must be processed under the artist’s direct supervision, printed in limited editions of no more than 250 on archival paper, have the print media identified, and be signed and numbered by the artist. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process at the time of application.

Drawing/Printmaking –The drawing category includes works created using dry media such as charcoal, crayons, chalk, graphite, pastels, pencils, ink or markers. The printmaking category is for images that are hand-pulled from stones, plates, glass or screened surfaces using a printing process, roller or hand brayer. All prints must be properly signed and limited to editions of no more than 250. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process at the time of application and have a description on display in their booth.

Fine Craft – 2D or 3D work made from a variety of materials including but not exclusive to fibers, paper, glass beads, stones, found objects, clay, acrylic and leather. These materials may be manipulated in a variety of methods including but not exclusive to quilting, casting, collage, basketry, embroidery, sewing, bookmaking, jewelry and batik to create functional and non-functional objects

Glass – Functional and/or sculptural objects created by blowing, kiln, casting or molding as well as all cold processes

Jewelry – Objects created with the intent to be worn as ornamentation by fabricating various materials including gems, fine metals and semi-precious stones

Mixed Media – 2D or 3D objects created using more than one type of material

Painting –  2-D Works using the mediums of acrylic, oil paint, tempera, botanical, gouache, and watercolor.

Sculpture – 3D work created by the artist in any medium, including metals, plastics, glass, clay and wood objects that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved,


APPLICATION DEADLINE AND FEES: Applications will close at midnight on June 1st, 2018. No application can be submitted to the jury without payment of the $30 non-refundable jury fee per entry.  We prefer that the jury fee be paid directly to PayPal using the available button on the application site. If this is not possible, we will accept checks sent to Edwardsville Art Fair, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025. If accepted, booth fees are $300.  Full discounts on booth fees are given to full time art teachers (working or retired) and $100 discounts are given to artists who currently have work in our gallery shop. Please let us know if you are a full time art teacher so you can receive your discount.  Booth fees are due by August 1, 2018.

JURYINGApproximately 105 artists will be selected.  Last year’s award winners will be exempt from jurying process, but still need to submit an application and entry fee on Entrythingy.  Jurying is based on a close consideration by a jury panel of the 4 images of the artist’s current work and one image of the display booth. This is a blind jury process so it is imperative that these images show no identifying signs or photos. It is important that the booth image be an accurate representation of the booth as it would be seen at the fair. Showing only one corner or just a panel or two is not acceptable. If no panels or walls are used, the jury must see the entire space from corner to corner.

RESULTS OF JURYINGJury results will be emailed on July 1st, 2018. Look for an email from ALERT@ENTRYTHINGY with a subject line of EDWARDSVILLE ART FAIR RESULTS. All jury scores will be confidential and artists will not be given their individual scores or feedback on their entry. Edwardsville Art Fair’s Competition committee reserves the right to review the jurors’ decisions at its discretion. A waitlist will be maintained for each category based on jury scores. Those who wish to stay on the waitlist will be called as space becomes available in their category.



EXHIBITION REQUIREMENTSA 10 X 10 foot covered white tent is required. Tents are set up on grass and must be secure enough to withstand wind, inclement weather and crowds. Tents may not be secured with stakes, and must have 40 – 50lb weights on each leg. Tents may not be secured to the pavement or any permanent structure by any means. In the event of this occurrence, the artist is responsible for any fines and the cost of repair. Power at each booth is provided by Edwardsville Art Fair but artists must provide their display lighting.

MISCELLANEOUS: No commission is required on sales. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting all applicable Illinois Sales Tax.  Illinois Sales Tax forms will be given to you in your Artist Packet when you arrive for set-up on September 22nd.  Artists are required to be present with their work during all festival hours.

VIP PARTY: Friday Evening, September 21st, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. This event is a private reception for Artists, Sponsors and VIP Guests. This is a party for sponsors, people who have purchased gift certificates, and artists. All artists must be present.

CHILDREN’S ART GALLERY: We ask all of our artists to donate one piece of artwork to the Children’s Art Gallery. Only children will be allowed to enter the gallery and purchase a piece of art. The purchase price of $50 will become a donation to the Edwardsville Arts Center. It’s the perfect way to encourage children to grow into adults who appreciate and purchase art! Please send your donated art with your booth fee.  Donated art work will be shown in the lobbies of our sponsors as advertisement for the event.

CANCELLATION POLICY: One half of the booth fee will be refunded for cancellations made in writing between August 1st, 2018 and August 15th, 2018. No refunds will be given for cancellations after August 15th, 2018.

ARTIST AGREEMENTBy submitting an application to Edwardsville Art Fair, it is understood that all rules and information have been read and that the artist agrees to abide by these and warrants that the works submitted for jurying were produced solely by the artist or in collaboration with a named co-artist. Any violation of these rules shall be cause for denial of the application and forfeiture of any jury fees.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com or (618) 655-0337.



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