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Illinois Artisans Program, promoting Illinois Crafts

  Become an Illinois Artisan   

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Paul Eshelman, low cups Frost GlassMary Watson, Brooch

Apply to the Illinois Artisans Program

Next Deadline April 17th

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 March 28th, 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. Browse images of recently juried artisans:

Review the Media Categories & Read the Application Overview
Ready to submit? Download the Application  

Commonly Asked Questions:

  • What size images should I submit? We recommend at least 300dpi (1500x1200 pixels minimum)

  • Does the exact work I submit need to be available if I am accepted? No. We do not require you to set aside the exact work to be available for the stores. If accepted, you will work with the manager to curate work. But your
    application should be an accurate representation of your work.

  • What if I paint and make jewelry? If you are interested in two separate media categories, you will need to submit two separate applications.

  • April 17th deadline is the postmark date.

  • Where do I sent the application?
    Illinois Artisan Program -Jury
    James R. Thompson Center
    100 W. Randolph Suite 2-200
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • More Questions? 312.814.1794


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Illinois Artisan Shops
Illinois Artisans
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Suite 2-200
Chicago, IL 60601

Mon.-Fri. 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M

(312) 814-5321

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.

(217) 782-0979

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

(309) 547-5924

Rend Lake
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

(618) 629-2220

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