The Illinois Artisans Program:
Fine Craft Made in Illinois
The Illinois Artisans Program focuses national attention on the rich heritage of the fine crafting that exists in Illinois. Our juried artists participate in art sprees, craft festivals, exhibitions and other events held at our locations in order to promote their work. The Illinois Artisans Program markets crafts through four locations: (Directory not visible to the right? Click here)
- The Museum Store, Illinois State Museum, Springfield: Museum Events
Apply to the Illinois Artisans Program
Next Deadline Extended to April 11, 2013!
The Illinois Artisans Program is continually looking for talented new artists to join the Program. All areas of arts and crafts, including folk, traditional, contemporary, and ethnic, as well as fine art forms are eligible. Over 1,800 artists have been jury selected into the IAP. Once selected, their work can be shown at one or more Illinois Artisans locations. Juried artists participate in art sprees, craft festivals and other events in order to promote their work. (Deadlines are October 12 and April 11
March 28, this is a post mark deadline) Download application here.
Before you submit: To become a juried artist of the Artisans Program, an artist must live and work within the state. Their craft work must then be reviewed and accepted by a jury-panel sponsored by the Program. The Artisans Program organizes a jury of knowledgeable art specialists to review applications from new artists. The location of the jury rotates between Chicago, Springfield, and Southern Illinois.
Stay Connected with Us!
Illinois Art Fair Directory posted January 28, 2011
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One State Together in the Arts Conference posted May 03, 2013
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Illinois Artisan Shops
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Mon.-Fri. 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M
The Museum Store
Illinois State Museum
502 South Spring Street
Corner of Spring & Edwards
Springfield, IL 62706
Mon.-Sat. 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M
Sun. Noon-5:00 P.M.
Dickson Mounds Museum Store
10956 North Dickson Mounds Road
Lewistown, IL 61542-9733
60 miles northwest of Springfield, Routes 78 & 97
Monday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Southern Illinois Artisans Shop
14967 Gun Creek Trail
Whittington, IL 62897-1000
Off Interstate 57, just west of exit 77
Daily 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M