The current circumstances are uncertain, stressful and downright scary.  As artists we make art to maintain normalcy, find new ways to stay busy, make sense of the crisis and to process stress and grief. If you make art during this time we want to see it! 

Assuming it is safe for gatherings in August winning entries will be on exhibit in the Art Barn gallery. If shelter-in-place continues into late Summer we host the exhibit and celebrate our award winners online. 


Be a part of our first virtual art competition where we ask artists to create artwork using the materials available at home. The theme is “Our collective experience during the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order.”  Share the ways you have used creative expression to cope with the mental and physical challenges during this time as well as any positive outcomes experienced during the quarantine. Sponsored by Centier Bank - Chesterton.


The need:

Our work at Art Barn is just as important now as it ever was, even in the time when we are all concerned about the growing health crisis.  Your entry fees will help replace lost income and sustain operations and development of new programming through this unprecedented time so we will be here for you when life returns to normal.



For this competition we are accepting 3 different categories of work: 

  • 3D (sculptures, reliefs, etc. ) due to display constraints we cannot display large pieces in our galleries

  • 2D (prints, drawings, paintings, photography, etc.)

  • Digital media (video, digital imagery)


How it works:

Create your artwork at home using materials available to you. Complete online entry form with file submission and entry fee payment by July 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm. One entry per form. Multiple entries accepted. Submissions will be posted on our website. Finalists will be selected by our panel of judges and award winners will be determined by popular vote (likes) on Facebook. Winners and prizes announced August 15, 2020. 

Dates to remember:

Submission Deadline: July 24

Voting: August 2 - 7

Winners announced: August 8, 2020

Exhibition: August 15 - September 30


Entry Fee: $15 per entry 


Awards: over $725 in prizes will be awarded including cash, plus gift certificates towards merchandise at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Richeson Art Supply, and Glenn L. Firme & Associates.


Entry Form to include:

Directions: Please complete the entry form and submit a quality photo of your artwork. $15 fee per artwork.  One entry per form. Multiple entries accepted. 

Image specifications:

  • Images must be oriented with top of artwork appearing at top of screen.

  • Submission file name must follow a specific format as follows:
    include the artists last name followed by first initial, underscore, followed by the  title of the piece (Example:  If John Smith is submitting a piece entitled “Sunset” the filename will be: SmithJ_Sunset.JPG

  • Images provided as JPEG, sized 1200 pixels at a minimum of 72 ppi. No application file formats accepted. 

  • Files must be submitted through this web form. E-mailed files will not be accepted.


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