We encourage and promote the appreciation, study, cultivation, development, and practice of the Arts in McLean County. An independent 501c3 non-profit organization, we are the arts agency for McLean County.

96th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Exhibition Applications Open Now!


The 96th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Exhibition will open on March 10th, 2023, at the McLean County Arts Center. 

Applications close at Noon on February 20th, 2023

All accepted artists will be notified via email by Noon on February 24th, 2023. 


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Featuring work by high school, university, and adult artists, this juried exhibition highlights the diverse creativity of our community. Professional artists external to the MCAC serve as paid jurors. All submitted works will be juried and judged for cash merit awards based on the artist category (high school, university, or adult) and by their medium (painting, graphics, photography/new media, or sculpture). 


At the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 11th, 27 awards will be presented, totaling over $2,000 in cash prizes. Each year, the Best of Show Merwin Medal is awarded to the most outstanding artwork, and the Ashley C. Ritter Most Promising Art Award is given to the artist exhibiting the most future potential.

Watch interviews with our two current exhibiting artists below!



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Tuesday: 10:00am-7:00pm

Wednesday through Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Saturday: 12:00-4:00pm

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We encourage and promote the appreciation, study, cultivation, development, and practice of the Arts in McLean County. An independent 501c3 non-profit organization, we are the arts agency for McLean County.

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