Festival of the Arts

August 4&5, 2018 10am-5pm


The 38th Annual Festival of the Arts is a 2-day outdoor event held in Cook Park, located in historic downtown Libertyville, Illinois. With an emphasis on the visual arts, this family-friendly event will feature up to 75 artists, as well as live music, children’s activities, and artisan food vendors.

The David Adler Center brings downtown art flare to the suburbs with original artwork, live music, great food, and a youth art division.

Libertyville is approximately forty miles north of Chicago and ten miles south of the Wisconsin border. Cook Park is located on the west side of Milwaukee Avenue about one mile north of Route 176 in the heart of downtown Libertyville.


Submissions open: December 1, 2017

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Jury Dates: May 2-3, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: May 7, 2018


Adler Center Member Artist Booth Fee: $200

Artist Booth Fee: $225*

*Includes $25 non-refundable jury fee


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Booth Informationbooth at art festival showing colorful drawings

All spaces will be 10’ x 10’.  Artists are responsible for providing their own display materials, white tents, tables, chairs, weights, etc. Artist representatives may not participate in place of the artist.  Artists must be present throughout the duration of the Festival.  Spaces may not be shared unless work is collaborative.  Tent stakes or any other material that penetrates the ground is not allowed in Cook Park.  All tents MUST be weighted down properly.

Submitting Images

Artists should submit 5 clear and sharp digital images representing 4 different pieces of their original artistic work and 1 image showing their booth setup.  Images submitted should be representative of the work to be exhibited at Festival of the Arts.  Images should be submitted in a high resolution JPEG format.

Images may be submitted by email attachment to tanya@adlercenter.org

Your images will be reviewed by the jury as a group, and you may designate the order in which they’ll appear.  Please provide clear indications of this requested order, otherwise they will be viewed in a random order.  Please remember that the quality of your images can directly impact the review of your work. Some helpful hints for images: clear and sharp photos, high resolution JPEG format, one piece per image, and show the work fully.


Jury CategoriesFestival of the Arts

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Jewelry
  • 2-D: Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking;
  • 3-D: Glass, Fiber, Wood, Sculpture, Ceramics
  • Artisan Food Vendor

Jury Procedures

All artists, regardless of previous participation in Festival of the Arts, must be selected each year by the application jury.  Each media category is limited to a specific number of applicants.


All exhibiting materials are eligible for awards.
•  $150 Best of Show (1)
•  $50 Best of Category (5)
Jury Requirements waived for Best of Show winner from previous year.

Jury fees are non-refundable.

Artists Work Exhibited

All artists are responsible, by law, to pay all applicable city, state and federal taxes for work sold.  All work exhibited must be original handwork, not the work of mass production studios.  All work presented must be finished.  Two dimensional art should be framed or equivalent. Work made with commercial molds, kits, patterns, plans, or prefabricated pieces are not allowed.  The Adler Center reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work not consistent with submitted examples of artistic work or the above guidelines.


Exhibiting artists accept full responsibility for the care and safety of their work.  The David Adler Music and Arts Center and the Village of Libertyville assume no responsibility or liability for damage, theft, vandalism or lost or stolen property.


Youth Art Division

This year, the Festival of the Arts is excited to present a wonderful opportunity for youths to exhibit and sell their artwork to the public!

The festival will provide a venue for youths to showcase original, creative artwork to a large public audience.  This opportunity will allow you to experience what it’s like to be a professional artist over the festival weekend.

If you would like to participate, please read the guidelines below, fill out the application, and mail it to us with your non-refundable booth fee of $40.00 by 04/30/18. While the adult artists are juried, the Youth Art Division is filled with artists on a first come/first served basis.

Youth Art Division Guidelines 

Youth Art Division Application



Would you like to perform at Festival of the Arts?

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