Festival of the Arts

Saturday, August 6 (10-5) & Sunday, August 7 (11-4)Festival_LOGO_2016

The David Adler Music and Arts Center proudly announces it’s 36th Annual Festival of the Arts in charming Cook Park, located in historic downtown Libertyville, Illinois. Festival of the Arts has hosted some of the finest work of artists exhibiting in the country. More than 70 talented artists come together to showcase their works of art over the course of the
weekend. The artist’s booths will line the gardens of Cook Park. Along with these established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists that are 18 years of age or younger.

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

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

Our Generous Sponsors

Patron Sponsor

Classic Violins

Libertyville Civic Center

Michael Klestinski & Associates

Gold Sponsor


Chiro One Wellness Centers

Keystone Sponsor

Libertyville Bank & Trust

Advocate Condell Medical Center



Click for: 2016 Festival Application

Booth informationDSC_0341

All spaces will be 10’ x 10’.  Artists are responsible for providing their own display materials, white tents, tables, chairs, weights, etc.  Double booths are available upon request for an extra charge.  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 Categories

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

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.

Payment and Refunds

Jury fees are $25. Booth fees are $200.

Please send a check made out to the David Adler Center in the amount of $225 (this includes the $200 booth fee plus a $25 non-refundable jury fee).

Artists who withdraw after submitting an application prior to April 11th, and artists not selected by the application jury will be refunded 100% of their booth fee. Artists who withdraw after April 11th, but before May 20th will be refunded 50% of their booth fee. Artists who withdraw after May 20th will not receive a refund.

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 as soon as possible. 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