Festival of the Arts


35th Annual Festival of the Arts

August 1st and 2nd 2015

The David Adler Music and Arts Center proudly announces it’s 35th 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 18 years of age or younger.

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.

Booth information
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 in two ways: 1) By CD mailed with Application; or 2) 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 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.  Best of Show winner will be exempt of jury requirements for the following year.

Jury Categories:   Painting,   Drawing,  Photography,  Ceramics,  Jewelry,  2-D Mixed Media,  3-D Non-Functional.

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.

All exhibiting materials are eligible for awards.
•  $200 Best of Show (1)
•  $50 Best of Category (5)
Jury Requirements waived for Best of Show winner from previous year.

Payment and Refunds

Application fees are $25.

Booth fees are $150.

Please send a check made out to the Adler Center in the amount of $175 (this includes the $150 booth fee plus a $25 non-refundable application fee). 

Artist 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 June 1st will be refunded 50% of their booth fee. Artists who withdraw after June 1st will not receive a refund.

Application fees are non-refundable.

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.

2015 Festival of the Arts Food Vendor
In addition to fine art and entertainment this year, the Festival of the Arts would like to provide our visitors with a variety and quality food choices.

Food vendors at the Festival of the Arts will be chosen based on their menus and the look and cleanliness of their sales area as judged from pictures submitted with applications.

Applications must be received by April 1st 2015.

To apply to be a Food Vendor at this years Festival of the Arts click the link below.


Youth Art Division
This year the Festival of the Arts is excited to present a wonderful opportunity to 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 is like be a professional artist over the festival weekend.

If you would like to participate, please read the guidelines below and fill out the application and mail it to us with your booth fee of $25.00 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


Heather Williamson
Music Program Coordinator
phone: 847-367-0707
heather@adlercenter.org .

Molly Bunder
Media/PR Coordinator
phone: 847-367-0707

Tanya Facchini
Art Program Coordinator
phone: 847-367-0707

Courtney Hoffmann,
Special Event/Fundraising Coordinator
phone: 847-367-0707


To download 2015 Festival Application click below

Festival Application


Saturday, Aug. 1

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, Aug. 2

10:00 am to 5:00 pm


$150 booth fee

$25 non-refundable jury fee



Application Deadline*:

April 1, 2015

Notification & Acceptance:

June 1, 2015

*Late applications may be accepted based on space availability. Email or call to inquire.



Sponsorship Information

Festival of the Arts showcases 50 – 75 artists from throughout the country. 8,000 people from throughout the tri-state area attend the event each year. The two day event is enhanced by live music and a variety of activities for the children.

We’d greatly appreciate your consideration of the following sponsorship opportunities for this year’s Festival of the Arts.  A number of sponsorship opportunities are available this year:

Activity Sponsor - $25 - $99

  • Name in program

Patron Sponsor - $100- $249

  • Name in program

  • Name/logo listed on the David Adler Music and Arts Center website with website link

Keystone Sponsor - $250 - $499

  • Name in program

  • Name/logo listed on the David Adler Music and Arts Center website with website link

  • ¼ page ad in Show Directory

Gold Sponsor - $500 - $999

  • Name in program

  • Name/logo listed on the David Adler Music and Arts Center website with website link

  • 10 x 10 Booth space to greet customers and sample product

  • ½ page ad in Show Directory

Master Sponsor $1,000 or more

  • Name in program

  • Name/logo listed on the David Adler Music and Arts Center website with website link

  • 10 x 10 Booth space to greet customers and sample product.

  • Full page ad in Show Directory

  • Logo and name printed on all Festival banners

  • Recognized as a major sponsor of Festival of the Arts and listed on all event related materials and advertising

Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Donations are tax deductible!

The David Adler Cultural Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  Federal Tax ID #36-3100216

To download 2015 Festival Sponsorship Form click below

Sponsorship Form