Event Information

St. Charles Fine Art Show 2018 20th Annual, St. Charles, Illinois

Outdoors along the banks of the Fox River in vibrant downtown St. Charles, Illinois
St. Charles , Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 630-443-3967
Event Dates: 5/26/18 - 5/27/18
Application Deadline: 1/31/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
The 20th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the work of 100 juried fine artists in mediums including Clay/Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing/Illustration, Fiber (Non Wearable), Jewelry, Photography, Glass, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood.  All are exhibited and available for sale during this outdoor and free to the public event.

Located along the banks of the scenic Fox River in the heart of our vibrant downtown during Memorial Day weekend (rain or shine) on Saturday, May 26 from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday, May 27 from 10:00am - 5:00pm.

The St. Charles Fine Art Show attracts over 30,000 art buyers and supporters, who come from all over Chicagoland and beyond during this two day show.  These supporters generated over $83,000 in our Purchase Award Program last year alone. 

St. Charles is a lively urban oasis that has long been a destination for the arts and unique festivals, as well as authentic dining experiences, lively entertainment, outdoor adventures and walkable shopping.

The St. Charles Fine Art Show is presented by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic viability of downtown St. Charles, Illinois.  For more information please visit www.DowntownStCharles.org.  For accomodations please visit www.visitstcharles.com  

General Information
The following mediums will be considered for jury, exhibition and sale:

Digital Art
Fiber (non-wearable only)
Fine Art Jewelry
Fine Art Photography
Mixed Media

  • SEP 8, 2017:         APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED
  • JAN 31, 2018:        APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • FEB 7, 2018:          JURY BEGINS
  • MAY 25, 2018:       ARTIST SET UP 8:00AM - 4:00PM
  • MAY 26, 2018:       ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW  10:00AM - 6:00PM
  • MAY 27, 2018:       ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW  10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Complimentary Coffee, Water and Soda available Saturday and Sunday
  • Complimentary Artist Box Lunches on Saturday and Sunday 
  • Strong advertising and media coverage as well as on-going social media promotions
  • 24 hour security on show site as well as secured artist parking
  • More than 30,000 art enthusiasts, collectors and buyers in attendance in 2017
  • Over $6000 in Artist Awards, including Best of Show, Awards of Excellence and Judges Awards
  • A friendly committee of Volunteers working to make it a great show for you
  • A surrounding downtown that's anything but mainstream with entertainment, recreation, shopping and dining all within walking distance of the St. Charles Fine Art Show


The St. Charles Fine Art Show is an exhibition and sale of original artwork--imagined, created and signed by the artist of record. Original art only will be considered in all mediums. Prints and reproductions must be limited to 10% of the overall display and must be of original art also on display. Commercial products or multiples of any works are not acceptable.  
  • All booths and displays must also be of a professional nature and representative of juried work
  • Booth sign must be displayed on the upper right side of your booth on the outside so it is visible to judges
  • All work should be displayed with prices
  • Only one artist may display in each booth.
  • Artists must provide professional quality freestanding tents with adequate weights to support changing midwestern weather 
  • Artists must provide your own displays, supplies and manpower to set up and take down your booth
The St. Charles Fine Art Show Committee reserves the right to make suggestions regarding improvements in display to meet the overall standards of the show.  Provided booth sign must be displayed on the upper right on the outside of your booth for consistency in judging.

Please upload 5 images with your application and $35 jury fee:
  • One outdoor booth slide with your art displayed 
  • Four slides representing your work to be exhibited and sold at the St. Charles Fine Art Show
All new artists are judged in a manner that reflects the St. Charles Fine Art Show standards for originality, artistic merit, technical excellence, composition and overall impact.  We also strive for balance among all media submitted.  The St. Charles Fine Art Show Jury is composed of professional artists, art patrons and collectors, and artists from academia. 

Booth Information
JURY FEE (non refundable): $35

  • SINGLE 10 X 10      $395
  • DOUBLE 10 X 20    $795
There are a limited number of corners, double booths and access to electric on our show site. Access to electrical is an additional $10 and must be requested at the time of your application. Requests made after the application is submitted may not be fulfilled.  We are sorry that we are unable to process booth refunds after March 31, 2018.

Set up takes place on Friday, May 25 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Our Artist Liaison and team of Volunteers will greet you with your Check in Packet and guide you and your vehicle to your booth space for unloading.  If you are unable to arrive and set up during these hours, please note that you are required to have your booth set up no later than 9:30 am on Saturday for judging.