Event Information

Art in the Barn 2018

Grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital - 450 W. Highway 22
Barrington, Illinois (Midwest)

Event Dates: 9/22/18 - 9/23/18
Application Deadline: 4/22/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee - Non-refundable): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 44th annual Art in the Barn juried fine art festival will be held the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd on the sprawling grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL, which is located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. This is an open-air event held in a collection of rustic barns and farm buildings as well as artist-provided tents.  What began in 1974 as a modest art show has grown to be one of the most unique, high quality, and well-attended art festivals in the Chicago area with over 150 juried artists exhibiting their work.   Art in the Barn has a rich history of drawing people together to enjoy the exhibition and sale of fine art as well as music and entertainment, food from a variety of vendors, and children's art, all in a picturesque country setting.

Art in the Barn is a major fund-raising event of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.  The proceeds from the sale of artist booths are used to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare and to support hospital expansion initiatives, equipment purchases, and programs designed to enhance the patient experience.  

Note:  Artists participating in this year's Art in the Barn will only be responsible for paying jury fees (2017 Award Winners and Top Ten Sellers are exempt) and booth fees.  The 20% commission paid in prior years on all artist sales has been eliminated and will no longer be collected by Art in the Barn.

General Information
‚ÄčArt in the Barn will be held the weekend of September 22-23, 2018 on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL.  The show runs from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on both days and artists can start to set up their booths on Friday morning, September 21st.   

Important Dates
Applications Open:  Monday, February 12, 2018
Application Deadline:  April 22, 2018
Jurying Starts: May 1, 2018
Artist Notification of Status sent out:  June 5, 2018
Acceptance of Invitation and Purchase Deadline: July 15, 2018

Application Process
Artists can complete the online application through ZAPP® until the deadline of April 22, 2018 and can submit the non-refundable $30 jury fee either via an electronic payment through ZAPP® or by selecting the check option and mailing a check (made out to Art in the Barn) to:
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Art in the Barn Artist Committee
450 W. Highway 22
Barrington, IL  60010

Artists can apply in multiple categories by submitting separate applications and fees for each; however, the same body of work cannot be submitted in more than one category.  The jury fee is waived for 2017 award winners and Top Ten Sellers. 

Jury Process
Submitted images of the artist's work for consideration by the jury must be representative of the artwork to be exhibited and must be clear and sharply focused.  The artist statement on the application, which summarizes the artist's materials and how they are used, should be detailed and clear as it may be read during the jury process.     

The artist submissions are organized by medium.  All five (5) images - including the booth shot - will be simultaneously projected and juried by professional art experts, who will score each artist's work in each medium.  Artists are then ranked numerically based on the jury score.  The artists with the highest scores in each medium are invited to participate in the show and the remaining artists are placed on a waitlist.

Tips for Photographing and Submitting Artwork
To ensure the artist's work can be viewed in its best possible light, the images need to be large enough for the details to be apparent.  Similarly, proper lighting and exposure can bring out the fine details and highlight contrast and textures.  The images should be sharp, crisp, and in focus so that the jury is not straining to make out the artwork.  Consistency in look and feel of the images (background, lighting, theme, size) will add to the professionalism of the submission.  The jury is looking at each of the submissions for a relatively short period of time, so first impressions are key.

Notification of Invitation Status
Artists will be notified of their invited / waitlisted status via email by June 4, 2018.  The deadline to accept the invitation and purchase booth space is July 15, 2018.  Artists who do not meet the purchase deadline will be moved to the waitlist.

Artist Awards
This will be the 20th year for Best of Show and Best of Medium ribbon awards at Art in the Barn and the 3rd year for monetary awards.  Artistic Excellence awards in the amount of $150 each will be given in the categories of Acrylic, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Oil, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Watercolor, and Wood.  The Best of Show award in the amount of $500 will presented in celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Art in the Barn.  Best of Show and Best of Medium award winners will receive automatic invitations to next year's show.

Artist Information
  • Booth setup:  Setup begins at 9:00 AM on Friday, September 21st.  Artists will be able to pull up directly to their booths or very close for ease in unloading.  All booths must be set up and vehicles removed from the booth spaces by 9:00 AM Saturday, September 22nd.
  • Setup Assistance:  Art in the Barn volunteers are available to assist artists with unloading (please contact artinthebarn@comcast.net to schedule a time for setup)
  • Booth sitters:  Volunteers will be roving the grounds to provide breaks for the artists and deliver bottled water 
  • Artist Lounge:  Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available to artists in the Pear Tree Cafe on the grounds of the show for both days
  • Artist Parking:  Upon check-in, artists will be given a pass to park in the reserved artist parking area on the east side of the show grounds.  Overnight parking is available for larger vehicles and trailers
  • Security:  Security personnel will be on site for the duration of the show and will patrol the grounds overnight.
  • Artist Reception: A reception for all artists will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday in the Pear Tree Cafe on the grounds of the show.
  • Electricity:  Each indoor booth has its own electrical outlet.  There is no electricity provided for the outdoor tent spaces
  • Space Viewing:  Artists will have an opportunity to view their assigned spaces to check out the lighting, take measurements, etc., in late August.  An email with the date and time will be sent out in early August.

Participation in Art in the Barn is open to artists designing and creating original art in the following categories: Acrylic, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Oil, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Watercolor, and Wood.  Award Winners from the previous year receive automatic invitations to the current year's event.  All artwork submitted to the jury must be original works of fine art, which are totally conceived and created by the artist.
  • All artwork exhibited at the show must be consistent with the style represented and quality accepted by the jury
  • Artwork offered for sale at Art in the Barn must be designed and created by the artist.  No commercially-processed, mass-produced, or "buy/sell" work may be exhibited or sold.
  • Artists must show proof of identification before setting up their booths and must be present for the duration of the show.  

Booth Information
The Art in the Barn venue is very unique in that it offers both outdoor spaces to accommodate 10'x10' artist-provided tents and a variety of indoor booths.  The outdoor spaces are on asphalt and grass and artists are encouraged to sufficiently secure their tents with weights for protection against the winds.  There is no electricity available to the tent spaces; however, artists can bring their own battery-powered fans or lighting.

The indoor spaces are housed in barns and farm buildings and each contain an electrical outlet.  Wall space is very limited in the indoor spaces, so it is recommended that artists use their own panels to both display their artwork and separate their booths from other artists.  All panels, tables, chairs, and display material must be provided by the artist.

Booths are first assigned to artists who are returning from last year's show.  Spaces for new artists are then assigned in a manner to spread out the different mediums throughout the show.

Indoor Booth Description
The indoor booths are housed in the following farm buildings and barns:
Corn Crib:  This is a long narrow building housing 16 spaces with an aisle down the middle.  Each space is approximately 15' long and 3 1/2' wide with walls soaring 16' high.  Artwork can be displayed directly on the walls, so display panels are not needed.  All of the spaces in the Corn Crib are priced as standard indoor spaces (see below)

Deck:  This is on the opposite side of the Corn Crib and houses 17 spaces each about 9'x11' on either side of a middle aisle.  The spaces on the west side of the aisle have very tall walls where artwork can be displayed; however, display panels are advised for separating the booths.  There are no walls on the east side of the Deck, so these spaces are suitable for artists displaying artwork that does not need wallspace.  All of the spaces on the Deck are priced as premium indoor spaces (see below)

Lower Barn:  This is a long building housing 41 spaces, each approximately 64 square feet.  The space sizes vary, so flexible displays work best.  Wall space is very limited in the Lower Barn, so panels are needed for displaying artwork requiring a flat wall.  Spaces on the East side of the Lower Barn open to the outdoors.  All of the spaces in the Lower Barn are priced as standard indoor spaces (see below)

Machine Shed:  This is a large building which houses 16 spaces, each approximately 80 square feet.  Each space has a back wall; however, display panels work best for hanging artwork.  All spaces in the Machine Shed are priced as premium indoor spaces with the exception of MS09 and MS10 which are priced as standard indoor spaces (see below).

Mill Room:  This building can be accessed from the Corn Crib, the Deck, and from its own entrance.  The seven  spaces are of varying dimensions, but a few have walls for displaying artwork.  MR01, MR02, and MR03 are priced as premium indoor spaces while the remaining booths are priced as standard indoor spaces (see below)

Upper Barn:  This building is a large barn, housing 14 spaces of varying dimensions.  While each space has a wall, display panels are most often used to hang the artwork.  UB01-UB03, UB10, UB14 are priced as standard indoor spaces and UB04-UB09, UB11-UB13 are priced as premium indoor spaces (see below)

Space Previews
Artists will have an opportunity to view their assigned booth spaces to check out the lighting, take measurements, etc., about one month before the show.  Notice of the date and time will be sent out via email in early August.

Booth Pricing
Outdoor space (accommodates 10'x10' artist-provided tent):  $295 (double 10'x20' booth* $485)

Standard Indoor space (All Corn Crib; Machine Shed 09, 10; Mill Room 04, 05, 06, 07; All Lower Barn; Upper Barn 01, 02, 03, 10, 14): $345 (double booth* $605)

Premium Indoor space (All Deck, Machine Shed 01-08, 11-16; Mill Room 01-03; Upper Barn 04-09, 11-13: $395 (double booth* $695)

* Prior Authorization is required to purchase a double booth.  Please contact artinthebarn@comcast.net prior to purchase.

Refund and Cancellation Policy
Invited artists who withdraw from the show on or before August 26, 2018 will be refunded booth fees minus a $30 administrative processing fee.  No refunds will be given for show withdrawls after 11:59PM CDT on August 26, 2018.  Artists withdrawing from the show must submit their notice in writing either via email at artinthebarn@comcast.net or via US Mail to:
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Art in the Barn Artist Committee
450 W. Highway 22
Barrington, IL  60010
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