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Naperville Art League invites artists to enter their 14th annual public competition

Jan 06, 2017 08:58AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Naperville Art League (NAL) is inviting individuals to enter an original work of art into their public art contest. This year's theme, "#SillySeriousness," was inspired by the collaboration between the arts organization and fellow non-profit, Loaves and Fishes Community Services. By creating a partnership for the competition, both groups hope to reach a larger audience and raise awareness of their presence in the community.

Eligibility for participation in the competition is open to high school students, college students and adults.  Entrants may submit pieces interpreting the theme in virtually any media. Pieces may be representational or abstract and must be original in design, concept and execution.

Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and Awards of Excellence. Applications and details on media, size and other requirements are available from the Naperville Art League, by calling 630-355-2530 or at

The works will be exhibited at the Naperville Art League's Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St. March 15 through March 25 with a special reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, March 19 from 2pm - 4pm. 

"This is one of our most popular shows," said Debbie Venezia, executive director of the league.  "It is always amazing to see how the participants execute their interpretation of the theme."

Entries for "#SillySeriousness" will be accepted at the Naperville Art League's Fine Art Center & Gallery any Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from noon until 4:00 pm or Saturday from 10am to 4pm through February 25, 2017.  An entry form, available at the League's Fine Art Center & Gallery or at, must be completed and affixed to the piece along with an artist's statement of 100 words or less explaining how the entry relates to the theme. 

Click here to download the application

For further information about the competition, the Naperville Art League, or its Fine Art Center Hours, contact Debbie Venezia at or call 630-355-2530.