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Contemporary Colors
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Entry Deadline: 1/2/24
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Illinois
Event Dates: 2/1/24 - 3/14/24
Jury Dates: 1/3/24 - 1/9/24

Contemporary Colors

February 1 - March 14

This show is all about color. Artists use vibrant colors to make lively and joyous statements about life. In this show, the artists’ work will demonstrate their masterful use of color to create work that is bold and engaging. 2D and 3D artwork in any media will be accepted for consideration.

This all-media show is open to all artists 18 and over who reside in the United States.  Artists are invited to submit original artwork for the Contemporary Colors exhibit at the Kavanagh Gallery of Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois.

Jury Decisions - Jurors' selections are based on creativity, quality of artistry, and originality, as represented in the images submitted. Notification of the jury's decisions for the show will be sent via Café email on or before January 10, 2024.  A contract, complete shipping information, and other forms will follow by email to those accepted into Contemporary Colors.

Location - Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37w570 Bolcum Rd, St Charles, IL 60175

Shipping - Artist is responsible for shipping artwork to and from Fine Line Creative Arts Center.  A return shipping label MUST be included with work that is shipped for this exhibit.  Insurance of items during shipping to and from Fine Line is the responsibility of the artist.

The show will charge a sales commission of 30% for any artwork sold during the show. All work entered into this show must be for sale.  Fine Line will handle all sales and sales tax and provide the artists with a check after the show's end for all sales.  As this is a gallery show, artists need not be present while the show is open. Fine Line is responsible for the show installation, opening reception, and sales.

While all work must be for sale in the Kavanagh Gallery, artists will have the option to also put their work for sale on the Fine Line website for the duration of the show. The images and descriptions used in the artist's application will be used on the Fine Line website if the artist chooses to put their work online. The decision of the artist to put or not put their work online will not be disclosed to the jury and therefore has no bearing on the artist's acceptance into the show. Fine Line will handle all taxes and shipping costs associated with online sales.

Display Information and Requirements - The Kavanagh Gallery has grey pedestals for use during gallery shows.  If artwork will require any unusual display protocol, it is the artist's responsibility to provide these items.  Due to the nature of the gallery's ceiling structure, we cannot hang artwork from the ceiling. The gallery uses the Walker Display system for artwork hung on our walls. We are not able to affix artwork to the wall with nails or screws.  Hanging work should have wire and screw eyes: no saw-tooth hangers, No clip frames. If you have any special hanging requirements, please reference these in your description of your piece.

Liability - Fine Line provides security in the Kavanagh Gallery with 24/7 video monitoring. Insurance is provided to artists from the time of the receipt of work until the show's end. The insurance value is deemed to be 70% of the sale price.  Insurance of items during shipping is the responsibility of the artist (to and from Fine Line).

Awards - $800 in prizes will be awarded. Judge to be determined.


01/02/24 -  All application entries are due via CAFÉ
01/10/24 -  Artists are notified of the jury's decision via email
01/27/24 -  Delivery and check-in of work (10 am – 5 pm by hand)
02/01/24 -  Show opening. An in-person opening reception (6-8 pm)
02/01/24 - 03/14/24 – Show open to the public (Mon-Sat 10 am - 5 pm)
03/16/24 - 10 am – 5 pm - Pick-up work

Unsold work shipped to Fine Line will be returned between March 18 and March 21, 2024

Application Requirements


  • Up to 3 pieces may be submitted on each application, one image per piece.
  • Images must be of the actual work to be exhibited.
  • Artwork must be original (not copied from other art or made from a kit).
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years.
  • Piece(s) must not have been shown previously at Fine Line.
  • All pieces must be for sale.

Artists Statement - All applicants must submit an artist statement limited to 1000 characters.

Eligibility Criteria


This is a national art show, open to artists 18 years or older, who reside in the United States. Work must have been completed in the last three years. Work must not have been previously shown at Fine Line.