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26th Annual Juried Exhibition

May 18 - June 27, 2019
The Art Barn School of Art is delighted to announce our 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from May 18 through June 27, 2019. We are proud to continue the longstanding tradition and dream 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.  The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan, and beyond. We are pleased to announce celebrated artist and long-time faculty member of Indiana University South Bend, Alan Larkin, as the 2019 juror. He will bring an expert eye to this year’s exhibition, and will help the Art Barn insure the highest standards and integrity in the jury process.
Art Barn provides numerous purchase and merit awards totaling $4,000.  We wish to thank the many individuals and businesses who sponsor or contribute to these cash awards.  Their generosity directly supports working artists, such as yourself. All proceeds generated from this exhibition, aside from awards, support the Art Barn School of Art educational programs and exhibitions.

ELIGIBILITY The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age and up. All entries must be the original work of the artist, executed solely by the artist.

Note: Artists between 18 to 25 years are eligible for the $200 Jan Sullivan Emerging Artist Award.

Entry Specifications Original art in painting, drawing, and mixed media. Free standing three-dimensional media are not acceptable. Work must be framed or finished in gallery wrap, labeled and ready to be hung. No sawtooth hangers.

Size Limitations Work must not exceed 40”x 44” including frame and must not exceed 4” in depth.

ENTRY FEE Non-refundable entry fee includes two (2) entries plus $5 for one additional entry. No more than three (3) entries per artist.

Early Bird entry fee is $25 per artist and must be submitted before 4:00pm on April 20. Regular entry fee is $35 per artist and must be submitted before 4:00pm on May 1, 2019. The entry fee must accompany the entry form. Artists who submit entry and payment after May 1 will incur a $10 late fee.  

Note: Delivered work MUST reflect Entry Form submissions. Any changes will result in a $10 administration fee at the time of delivery.

Receiving of Work Work must be delivered May 3, 10 am – 6 pm, or May 4, 10 am – 2 pm.

Return of entries Non-selected work must be picked up May 10, 10 am – 6 pm or May 11, 10 am – 2 pm. Selected work must be picked up June 28, 10 am – 6 pm, or June 29, 10 am – 2 pm.

Sales The Art Barn receives 35% of sale proceeds, with 65% to the artist. Indiana sales tax is applicable. A payment check will be issued within 30 days of the exhibit’s close. All Purchase and Merit Award monies go solely to the artist. Art not picked up within 90 days becomes property of the Art Barn unless prior special arrangements are made.

Liability The Art Barn shall, upon possession of the artist’s work(s), exercise due care in handling. The Art Barn shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the artist’s artwork while in the Art Barn’s possession unless loss or damage is, or can be, directly attributable to intentional acts by Art Barn and its employees.

PHOTOGRAPHY WAIVER By submitting the entry form you give Art Barn School of Art permission to use images of you and/or your artwork for the purposes of promotion in connection with the Art Barn School of Art.

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 20 Early Bird written entry deadline
  • May 1 Regular price written entry deadline
  • May 3, 10 am-6 pm & May 4, 10 am-2 pm Deliver work for jurying
  • May 6 Selection notification emailed
  • May 10, 10 am-6 pm, & May 11, 10 am-2 pm Pick-up non-selected work
  • May 18 Opening Reception 6-8pm
    Awards at 7pm
  • June 27, show closes at 4 pm
  • June 28, 10 am-6 pm & June 29, 10 am-2 pm Pick-up exhibited work

Our 2019 Juror

Alan Larkin received a BA in art from Carleton College and an MFA in printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University.  He taught drawing and printmaking for almost forty years at Indiana University South Bend.  His prizes have included the top prize in the Pastel Journal’s 2016 Pastel 100 Competition, the Best of Show awards at the 75th and 91st Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition in Indianapolis and the best Still Life award in the 2018 NOAPS fall online competition. 

He is known for his work in oil, pastel and etching. His work may be seen at www.alanlarkin.net.

Juror Statement

Art is a problem-solving activity. An experiment is created, and a solution is derived after a struggle. The preliminaries are hidden, yet the result is both elegant and understandable. The magical, the essence of the artistic enterprise, hides in plain sight. 

As a juror looking at the entire scope of art, I can value displays of skill but not when they are just at the service of repetitive pictorial tropes. Experimentation can also be important but should be focused and have a point. I look for art that reveals fresh insights but performs at a high level.

Art should provide us with fresh challenges, but if it is unaware of precedent it is unlikely to produce much of worth.