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Makers, Artists, Crafters, and Performers wanted for the 2018
Heartland Maker Fest
October 13, 9am-2pm
Call for Makers Closes September 28

Urbana, IL June 19, 2018 – Makerspace Urbana is electrified to announce 2018 Heartland Maker Fest! On Saturday, October 14 at Lincoln Square Mall in Downtown Urbana makers, tinkerers, creators, inventors, DIYers, crafters, and musicians will gather together to share their work with the public.

The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers and Crafters is open now through September 28th ( Groups or individuals interested in participating in this event should complete the simple application form at

In the spirit of Makerspace Urbana, we are calling for all local talent to share and play with other makers as well as the community at large. We need makers for the Heartland Maker Fest to show how art and science can meld together, all the while providing a hands-on approach for those who are inspired to create and learn. This is your chance to be a part of a community featuring rockets, robots, DIY science, technology, alternative energy, bicycles, unique and handmade crafts, music, as well as educational workshops and speakers.

The Fest’s mission is laid out in these three goals:

Inspire – by searching for creative and unique ways to exhibit at the festival. We hope the creative process of others inspires our attendees.
Empower – by focusing on hands-on experience, we hope people feel empowered to make their own project a reality.
Connect – by creating a free and open public festival we hope to connect attendees to the local resources they need to help make their ideas come to life.

A breakdown of the event, including past makers and new additions to this year’s fest, will be featured on our webpage:

We invite you to see exactly how HMF develops over the next several months by connecting with us on Twitter @HeartlandMF, as well as our Facebook fan page.

Now accepting applications for the third Odd Market, set for Aug. 18, 2018 in Tuscola. This time, we're going bigger with more live music, more food and more fun! We are raising money for First Gig Rock N' Roll Camp for Kids.

We are seeking unique vendors, makers and artists. To apply, please email for a link to our application.

Apply now for the 2018 Sleepy Creek Vineyards Art & Music Fest!

Sleepy Creek Vineyards
8254 E 1425 North Rd
Fairmount, IL 61841

Located three miles south of Oakwood, Illinois, just off Interstate 74 between Danville and Urbana, the Sleepy Creek Vineyards Art & Music Festival is held annually the last weekend in September. The Art Fest provides a pastoral and relaxed setting for art, music, and wine lovers to shop for fine crafts, folk art, fine art, and more. The fair includes over 50 artists (some demonstrating their craft), live music and entertainment, tasty food, and wine slushies. A fun, laid back, friendly and entertaining venue, this event draws an eclectic crowd from nearby cities in both Illinois and Indiana. You’ll find great art from funky to traditional, a broad variety of music (folk, bluegrass, Americana, and maybe a didgeridoo or two), and wine!

Important Dates:
July 6, 2018 – Last day to apply
July 11, 2018 – Applicants will be notified of Jury decisions
August 12, 2018 – Booth fees due for all accepted artists
Saturday, September 29, 2018 (10am to 6pm) – Sleepy Creek Art Fest!
Sunday, September 30, 2018 (11am to 4pm) – Sleepy Creek Art Fest!

Artist Booth fee:
OUTSIDE 12 x 12, $75
PAVILION: 10 x 10, $125 (electricity included) Limited to 20 spaces. The Pavilion is an enclosed building with electricity, a barn-like high ceiling, and a smooth concrete floor. Three walls have french doors that can open to allow breezes or close in case of inclement weather, and the east side leads to indoor restrooms.
Note: Artists may share a 12 x 12 or 10 x 10 with another artist. Apply separately with a comment on who you plan to share with. Both artists must be accepted

Jury fee:
There is no jury fee!

Oceans in Illinois

Celebrating World Oceans Day

Entry Deadline: May 18

Call for Artists

Ivy House Gallery
704 N State St
Champaign, IL 61820

Deadline: May 18, 2018

Eligibility: Artists residing in Illinois.

Dates of Exhibition: June 8 – June 23, 2018

Reception: Friday, June 8, 2018, 5:30 - 9 pm

Entry: Request and entry form by emailing

Theme: Advocate for our oceans through art!
What meaning do oceans have in our lives? If the depths could speak, what would they say? How can we protect our waters from being damaged by pollution? Why are healthy oceans essential to humanity? In what ways have the briny depths impacted your life? How do oceans affect life in Illinois?

Selection Process: The show will be juried and curated by an anonymous team of local artists. They will select work they feel best represents the theme of this exhibition.

Notifications of Selections: May 22, 2018

Delivery of Works: After you are notified of your acceptance, make arrangements via phone or email as directed in your acceptance email. The deadline for artists to deliver work is Saturday, June 2 by 5 pm.

Media Accepted: All media are accepted, but keep in mind that the gallery space will serve several artists for this exhibition. The jury has the right to reject any pieces that were not accurately represented by the submitted images.

No Entry Fees: Entry is free!

Sales of Art: All sales will be handled by Ivy House with 75% going to the artist and 25% to The Ocean Foundation.

Any questions? Email

40 North and the Blind Pig Brewery are thrilled to present the 2nd year of Pig Daze! One artist will have their artwork selected to be featured on approximately 6600 bottles of a new Blind Pig brew to be released at the annual event PIG DAZE in summer 2019



  • Established and emerging artists are welcome to apply
  • Original artwork must fit appropriately within the format outlined below
  • Existing artwork is suitable and preferred 
  • Details of existing artwork are also permitted due to format restrictions 
  • No additional text or logos are required - please submit image only 
  • Artwork must not contain any nudity
  • All genres, styles, and media will be considered


A small jury will review all submissions and select the featured artist by mid April. The specialty brew will be developed, bottled, and released summer 2019 (exact date TBD). Selelected artist will receive:

  • name on bottle 
  • $50 gift card to Blind Pig Brewery
  • Bling Pig apparel
  • recognition at Pig Daze event
  • promotion in combination with Pig Daze Summer Festival where new brew will be officially released including tagging in preferred online presence and promoted posts with name/website/social media account/etsy store tagged
  • additional promotional items TBD
  • $100 cash stipend provided by 40 North

CLICK HERE to submit! 

Flatland is a new exhibition space located near downtown Champaign at 209 S Water Street. Flatland Studios encompasses a working artist studio, tattoo studio, and in the near future a cooperative printmaking studio as well as a gallery presenting the work of local artists. Stop by and check out the gallery space and the rest of the facilities anytime from 12:00pm-8:00pm Tues-Sat. While we will primarily focus on visual artists any and all are welcome and encouraged to submit ideas for consideration. Send proposals to

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