Upcoming Events:

Plein Air Painting: Churches of Madison County

Pedal and Paint



Plein Air Painting: Churches of Madison County

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“Plein Air Painting: Churches of Madison County” is a juried show where artists can submit paintings they’ve created of any church in Madison County.  From now until mid-November, we’re asking artists (even beginners!) to get outside and paint churches in Madison County!  Madison County has tons of beautiful, historical churches in picturesque settings.  We’re hoping to see churches painted in summer, fall, and even winter, when the trees and skies will have a variety of gorgeous backdrops for our beloved Madison County Churches.  The show will be hung in conjunction with our “Holiday Show” this winter, from November 24th – December 29th.

  • Exhibition of Work – Exhibited work will be displayed in the Main Gallery of the EAC in conjunction with our “Holiday Show” from November 24th to December 29th, 2017.  An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, November 24th from 6pm to 8pm.  The work will be displayed alongside ceramic cups, glass bulbs, and originals from our annual EAC coloring book for a fun Holiday art show.
  • Artist Recognition – The top thirteen paintings as determined by the juror, will be reproduced in full color in a 2018 monthly calendar available for purchase at the EAC during the holiday season.  In addition, all other selected entries will be published on the artist’s birth date throughout the calendar.
  • Juror – John DenHouter will serve as the juror for the exhibition.  Mr. DenHouter is an associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He holds a BFA degree and an MFA degree in medical and biological illustration from the University of Michigan as well as an MFA degree in painting from Eastern Michigan University.  He is an experienced plein air painter having produced hundreds of landscapes in both watercolor and oil.  His studio and plein air paintings have been exhibited in over 170 competitive and invitational exhibitions regionally and nationally and have garnered numerous awards.
  • Media:  Oil, acrylic, tempera, gouache, watercolor, pastel, graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, collage, and colored pencil.  All paintings at time of submission must be framed and dry and all dry media pieces must be framed behind glass or plexiglass.





1.  Sign up for “Plein Air Painting: Churches of Madison County” on signupgenius.com, HERE. You must sign up by October 13th, 2017.

  • Professional/Adult- Artists over the age of 22 can enter this category for a fee of $25.  This fee will serve as a membership to the Edwardsville Arts Center as well.
  • Children/Student- Artists 8 to 22 years can enter a children/student category for a reduced membership fee of $15.  This fee will serve as a membership for the Edwardsville Arts Center as well.


2.  Submit your work online or by hand delivery to the Edwardsville Arts Center by November 10th at 3pm.

         *All paintings at time of submission must be framed and dry and all dry media pieces must be framed behind glass or plexiglass.*

  • Option 1:  Online Submissions – After your paintings are completed, you may apply for the juried Plein Air Exhibit at the EAC.  Online applications may be completed by emailing images of up to five pieces.  Email submissions must be of high resolution (2.5 MB) and cropped without background.  All images must be of work produced outside in Madison County any time in 2017.  Each file should be titled [last name 1], [last name 2], etc.  In the body of the email, list each image file with corresponding Title, Media, and Dimensions.  For example:   Smith 1:  “Afternoon Light at Church”.  Oil on panel.  15” x 15”. Email submissions to:  office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com with the subject line, “Plein Air Submission – [your last name]”.  All online submissions are due by November 10th at 3pm.
  • Option 2:  Hand Delivered Submissions – Up to five original works produced in Madison County in the year 2017 may be hand delivered to the EAC by 3pm on November 10thfor judging.  Include information sheet on the back of each submission.  Information sheet can be downloaded HERE.


3.  Results of Jurying:

  • Jurying will take place on November 11th.  Artists will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by November 17th. A maximum of 5 entries by an artist may be accepted.





Pedal and Paint

At the Edwardsville Rotary Criterium!



On Saturday August 19th, from 3pm – 7pm, The Edwardsville Arts Center will be hosting Pedal and Paint, a children/family art tent sponsored by TheBANK of Edwardsville.  Children will be able to create a fun bicycle scene on a canvas using paints, cloth, and mod podge…. No age restrictions – you just need to be young at heart!

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers will help by keeping brushes and fingers/thumbs clean, mixing favorite paint colors, carrying water to the tent, cutting fabric, re-filling supplies as needed, and finding artists among the spectators and racers, etc., etc., etc.  No “artistic” talent required!  2 hour slots are available – sign up for one, two, or three slots!

Date:  Saturday, August 19th

Time:   3-7pm (volunteers help from 2-8pm)

Location:  Close to the intersection of Main St. and Vandalia, outside of Dewey’s Pizza




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Edwardsville Township

The EAC is hosting a painting event for Edwardsville Township’s fourth annual Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, October 14th at Edwardsville Township Community Park, located at 6368 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville, Illinois.  We’ll be doing a fun truck themed art project with kids!  Event takes place from 10am – 4pm at Edwardsville Township Community Park.


Interested in Volunteering?

We’ll need help directing kids and families to the activity, helping kids with projects, keeping clean and organized, and clean up afterwards.  We have 2 hour shifts available, sign up for as many as you want!  Link for sign up coming soon!  In the meantime, contact us at office@edwardsvilleartscenter.com


Date:  Saturday, October 14th

Time:   10am – 4pm.

Location:  Edwardsville Township Community Park

6368 Center Grove Road

Edwardsville, IL 62025