May 15 - July 8, 2021


We are proud to continue the longstanding tradition of our late founder Jan Sullivan. The purpose of the exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art, as well as ceramic arts.

All proceeds generated from this exhibition, aside from awards, support Art Barn School of Art educational programs and exhibitions. Art Barn provides numerous purchase and merit awards totaling $2,000.

In order to minimize contact and keep our community safe the entry process was moved online. The entry process ended on April 10.


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

Vincent van Gogh

The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age and up and living in the United States. We accept up to 2 entries for $35, plus $5 for one additional entry. All entries must be of original design and personal execution.


We accept 2-dimensional media including, but not limited to, drawing, fiber, mixed media, painting, pastels, photography and/or printmaking. First time this year, we also are accepting ceramic arts, which can be either functional or sculptural.

2021 Juror Randall Roberts of the Midwest Museum of American Art will bring an expert eye to this year’s jury process, and will help Art Barn insure the highest standards and integrity in the jury process. Roberts, serves as the assistant curator for Midwest Museum of American Art. As a curator for MMAA, Roberts is involved in the management and research of the museum’s permanent collection where he helps to coordinate the development and implementation of exhibition programs. 


In addition to his role as a curator, Roberts has been a juror for several art fairs and competitions within the Michiana region including the annual Chesterton Art Fair, Leeper Park Art Fair and Taste of the Gardens at Wellfield Botanic Garden in Elkhart. Roberts is a graduate from Indiana University and was awarded a Fellowship Grant for research in architectural history. Currently, he is developing a graduate thesis and will continue his academic endeavors at Indiana University.

"As a curator, I am often called to exercise a subjective but critical judgment upon artwork. This can sometimes be a challenging process for both the artist and juror to undertake, but I think that it can also be an exciting opportunity to see and learn from each other. As an individual, I value the role that art plays in our everyday lives and communities. As a juror, it is not always an objective process. I consider craftsmanship and skillset to be top contenders in the selection process regardless of media represented. Another aspect of this process is the investigative or innovative use of media and material that results in an intentionally created product. The challenge is putting all of the pieces together logically to make the puzzle complete. As artists, you should be applauded for the risks you take in making your artwork. Continue to express your thoughts and ideas through self-exploration or something yet to be seen." - Randall Roberts

2021 Schedule Summary:

April 10 | Entry extended deadline

April 22 | Selection notification emailed

May 7 & 8 | Delivery of accepted work

May 8 | Shipped work receipt deadline

May 15 | Exhibit opens

June 5 | Awards Reception

July 8 | Exhibit closes

July 9 &10 | Pick-up exhibited work

July 17 | Return shipments complete