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Call for Artists: 51st Annual Invitational Oakbrook Fine Art Exhibition

August 31-September 1  OakbrookLogo
Oakbrook, Illinois
Oakbrook Center
Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm
120 Artists
Deadline: April 1

This event is a classic summer tradition, drawing thousands of visitors and showcasing thousands of works of art every Labor Day weekend.  The Invitational Fine Art Exhibition hosted by Oakbrook Center celebrates its 51st year and invites you to explore a world of artists, with works in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oil, photography, pottery, sculptures, jewelry in fine metals and precious stones, works of art in fiber, glass, metal, wood, leather, stone and mixed media.


Oakbrook Center is a premier outdoor shopping center located in the  affluent western suburbs of Chicago. The Center features more than  160 fine shops,including Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture, Lord  & Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, All artists  are located throughout the mall's walkways among trees, flowers,  plants, waterfalls and fountains.

If you want to be in the heart of where Chicago shops this is the place.

This is a contemporary fine art exhibition. ONLY original work in design and concept is allowed. Thus, no imports or works made with  the use commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, stencils, or prefabricated forms accepted.

Festival Facts: 

  • Jury Fee: $25  
  • Booth Fee:  $350
  • Ribbon Awards:  $5,000+
  • Attendance:  157,000
  • Event is promoted extensively through various media outlets
  • Friday evening and Saturday morning set-up
  • Continental breakfast for exhibitors on both days

Oakbrook Center's Invitational Fine Art Exhibition showcases work from artists all over the U.S. and Canada.  The admission is free.

Artists interested in applying for Oakbrook Center's Fine Art Exhibition, please click here, or email :


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Comment by geri a. wegner on March 12, 2013 at 8:59am

And a fabulous Greek restaurant just opened in nearby Oak Brook Terrace!

Seriously (actually I am serious about the Greek restaurant) this is a great, albeit conservative, demographic.  The stone birds were there (yeah, yeah, I 'know' it is a family endeavor)  but everything else looked pretty good.  One of the finest jewelers I have ever seen was there as well as other artists  I saw at highly rated festivals earlier this summer.

Comment by Connie Mettler on March 12, 2013 at 3:57pm

If I lived anywhere near Chicago I'd run to participate in this show. The demographics are perfect and it is fun to hang out for the weekend in this lovely venue. We used to do this show and it was always good.


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