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April 13 - May 23, 2024

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The Art Barn School of Art is delighted to announce our 30th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The purpose of this long-standing exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art, as well as ceramic arts.  The exhibition attracts entries from established and aspiring artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan and beyond. Brian Byrn, Director and curator at the Midwest Museum of American Art will bring an expert curatorial eye to this year’s artwork selection process, and as juror Mr. Byrn will help Art Barn ensure the highest standards and integrity.


The entry process is entirely online with a deadline for submissions at midnight on February 25, 2024. To learn more visit The exhibition opens April 13 and will run through May 23, 2024 with an opening reception scheduled for April 19 from 5:00 to 8:00pm CST.


Art Barn provides numerous purchase and merit awards totaling $6,000. 

All proceeds generated from this exhibition, aside from awards, support Art Barn School of Art educational programs and exhibitions.

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. Additionally we accept ceramics works which may be 2 or 3-Dimensional and be functional or non-functional (only single pieces, no sets).


2024 Juror

Since 1981 Brian Byrn has served in a curatorial capacity for the Midwest Museum of American Art (MMAA) foundation, and in 2017 was appointed as Director/Curator. During this time Byrn has mounted over 400 exhibitions of regional and national significance while assisting in the acquisition of a permanent collection which has grown to around 6,400 works. His 43-year tenure has been spent planning and implementation of art appreciation programs, exhibition & collection research and development for the MMAA in Elkhart, IN. 


Over the past 40 years, Byrn has served as Judge/Juror for over 50 fine art competitions and art fairs across the Midwest. Highlights include:

  • ARC Gallery in Chicago 1st National Competition (juror)

  • Northern Indiana Artists group annual competition at South Bend Museum of Art (judge)

  • St. Joseph Valley Watercolor Society & the Northern Indiana Pastel Society (juror)

  • Minnetrista Cultural Center’s 20th Annual Area Artists exhibit in Muncie (judge) - twice

  • MAAC Show at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe, Michigan (juror of paintings, pastels, and watercolors)

  • 113th Annual Richmond Art Competition, at the Richmond Art Museum (judge)

  • South Shore Arts annual Salon Show in Munster, Indiana (juror)


As an artist, Brian Byrn has exhibited his drawings and mixed media installations throughout the Midwest from 1981 to 1997. His artwork has been the subject of six solo exhibitions in three states and has garnered 15 Best of Show awards in competitions during the same period. His artwork is found in public and private collections across the US.

Schedule Summary

Feb. 25 Entry deadline

March 11 Selection notification (by email)

April 5 - 6 Delivery of accepted works

April 6 Shipped work deadline

April 13 Exhibit opens

April 19 Reception & Awards

May 23 Exhibit closes

May 24 & 25 Pick-up exhibited work

May 30 Return shipments complete

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