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Artist Application Information

The Prairie Arts Festival is an outdoor fine art & fine craft exhibition and sale featuring artists, live entertainment, food truck vendors, and children's activities.

Important Dates

May 23 & 24, 2020 - Festival at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center.

  • March 1 - Online or postmark deadline for application.
  • March 13 - Notification of jury results sent to artists.
  • April 13 - Booth fee deadline.
  • May 1 - Set-up information sent.
  • May 23 & 24 - Show dates, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days.

Artists are required by the Illinois Department of Revenue to file a Special Event Tax Collection Report. More information and a link to the form will be sent prior to the event. It should be completed and mailed to the address found on the payment coupon. If you have any questions, please call the phone number listed on the form.

Entry Fee

  • $110 for the two-day event per 15’ x 10’ space.

No commission will be charged for work sold. Payment due upon acceptance. Deadline to pay is April 13, 2020; your booth space will not be reserved without payment by the deadline. There will be no refunds for cancellations. Accepted artists have the option to be featured in the annual program insert with a profile for an added cost. Information regarding this unique marketing opportunity will be included in the acceptance notification.

Display Specifications

Artists must supply their own tents, racks, tables, chairs, and other display equipment. All tent canopies shall be securely weighted at each corner to withstand rainy or windy conditions. A 40 # minimum weight (unless the tent manufacturer’s specifications state otherwise) shall be secured to EACH tent leg. Booths must have a professional look. Artists must provide and display an identification sign listing their name. Artists must be present both days and plan to exhibit rain or shine. No agents allowed. Artists shall only exhibit work typified by images submitted with the application. The Prairie Arts Festival Committee will screen booths during the weekend. If the work is not consistent with submitted images, or rules have not been followed, artists will be asked to leave. The committee’s judgment is final; no refunds will be given. Village ordinance prohibits dogs on the municipal grounds during festivals and concerts.


Artists are fully responsible for the care, safety, and security of their work and property. The Village of Schaumburg assumes no liability for loss or damage to artwork or other property from any cause.


A complimentary continental breakfast with invited art patrons will be available to all artists from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. both days, on the plaza in front of the Prairie Center.


A panel of judges will award the following cash prizes:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • Eight Merit Awards: $100 each

Purchase awards will be chosen by supporting individuals and business donors.

View the Jury Procedures