Competitions & Contests

Freeport Art Museum 20th Regional Juried Show

Entry Dates 2024-03-02T23:59:00+00:00 - 2023-10-15T08:00:00+00:00 95 Days Left


20th Regional Juried Exhibition
Freeport Art Museum - Freeport, Illinois

Exhibition Dates: May 11th, 2024 - July 20th, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11th, 5 - 8 PM

Applications are due March 2nd, 2024

Acceptance Notification March 20th, 2024

Up to four artworks may be submitted by each artist. ($45 for up to four works. $35 for museum members)

This annual competition is open to artists living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Freeport Art Museum's annual Regional Juried Exhibition (RJE) mission is to offer established and emerging artists the opportunity to debut work created in the last two years. Opening on Saturday, May 11, 2024, the show runs through July 20, 2024. As FAM has gained a distinguished reputation for displaying a wide range of contemporary art, this exhibition has become a visitor's favorite. Each year, FAM invites a new juror to select approximately 50 artworks for inclusion, and to give awards for first, second, third place, and honorable mention. Award winners are announced at the opening reception. The awards are 1st place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100, and honorable mention.
The museum retains 10% of the sales price of work sold while on exhibit during the Regional Juried Exhibition. 

 We are pleased to announce this year's juror, Ari Norris.

Originally from Muskegon, MI, Ari Norris is an artist primarily working in sculpture, utilizing a variety of processes and materials. Norris received an MA from Northern Illinois University in 2021, and has exhibited solo shows in Chicago at David Salkin Creative, and the PLAN. Norris has been included ingroup exhibitions West, Wester, Westest 4 at Left Field, Los Osos, CA, Shooting Pool with a Rope, at Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, IL, the Midwest Sculpture Exhibition in Kokomo, IN, and other locations including Michigan, New York, Florida, Texas, and Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Norris recently became a partner of Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Chicago, IL in 2022.
He currently holds the positions of Gallery Director at Rockford University, Rockford, IL, Adjunct Faculty at Rockford University for Beginning Drawing and Co-Director & Partner at Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Chicago, IL

Acceptance Notification March 20th, 2024
Delivery Dates: April 17th - 27th during regular museum hours.
Pickup Dates: July 24th - August 3rd during regular museum hours.

All works must have been completed within the last 2 years.

Works previously exhibited at the FAM are ineligible.

Accepted works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.

Works not-for-sale will be listed as NFS, but they must still include a value for insurance purposes.


Artwork is installed by FAM staff. Works requiring special installation, including 2D larger than 5ft. and 3D over 100 lb., are welcome but must be approved before they are submitted.

2D work must be ready to hang. Works on paper must include an appropriate hanging device. Do Not Use Sawtooth Hangers. Non-traditional forms of presentation must be communicated to the director of exhibitions and accompanied by detailed instructions.

FAM will insure the selected works at fair market value while on the museum premises, beginning from the delivery dates throughout the pickup dates.

Artists are responsible for insurance while the works are in transit. SHIPPING AND DELIVERY

Artists are expected to include a typed label identifying the Title, Artist’s full name, and Media. All packaging must also have labels to match the artwork it belongs to.

Artists who are notified of their acceptance into the exhibition will receive an exhibition contract with their notification email. This contract must be completed and presented to museum staff when the work is delivered.

Accepted works may be delivered or shipped to FAM in order to arrive between April 17th and April 27th during regular museum hours. (See museum hours)
Shipped works must arrive in a reusable shipping container. A pre-paid return shipping label and the completed exhibition contract must arrive with the work.

Accepted works must arrive by 5 pm on Saturday, April 27th unless pre-approved by FAM Staff.

All shipping and or transit costs are the artist's responsibility.

Please contact FAM with questions or concerns.

Applications for RJE20  are due March 2nd, 2024
Steps To Get Started

Click “register” at the top right corner to create an account on ArtCall. Fill in all specified information including your first and last name, email, and password. Once you have registered, click “login” to submit entries to our call.

Log in to your account and you will see a button that says “add new application.” Click to add. Remember: you will need to add a new application for each piece of work you plan on submitting. Think of applications as individual submissions.

After adding a new application, you will see several blank fields that say “category, sub-category, title, and dimensions.” Using the drop-down menu for “category” and “sub-category”, choose the categories that best describe your artwork. Each category will have at least one sub-category. You may only select one sub-category per entry. If there is only one sub-category, please select that sub-category. In the field that says “title”, please put the title of your work, your last name, and RJE19.

Below the blank fields, you will see a box where you can add images of your artwork. You may submit four artworks. (Again: Each submission is a new Application.) Please submit no more than 1 image of each 2D artwork and 2 images of each 3D artwork. Submission attachments must be under 4mb and a maximum of 4800px on the longest side. All artwork must be original and completed within the last two years.

Once you have filled in all information and added images of your artwork, click “submit.” Please only give title, dimensions, and media. You will have the ability to edit your application after submission until the due date, March 2, 2024.

Once your application is submitted, it will be blind juried by a juror chosen by the staff of the Freeport Art Museum. You will receive a notification email after final decisions have been made on March 20th.

User Entry Process Tutorial
Here is a tutorial that takes you step-by-step through the application process.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process or your application, please contact the Freeport Art Museum at (815)235-9755 or email us at