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Naperville Public Art Competition Calls for Artists to Submit "Real Surreal" Pieces

Mar 04, 2019 12:13PM ● By Hannah Ott

Naperville - Naperville-area artists are invited to participate in Naperville Art League’s 16th Annual Public Art Competition. Artists are invited to submit one entry per person under the theme “Real Surreal.” Deadline for submissions has been extended to March 13.

The show will be open-to-the public, March 19 through April 13, at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center Street. 

Along with the show, Naperville Art League is hosting a food drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services. Non-perishable food items may be brought to the Gallery throughout the show. Gallery hours are 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday.

An artists’ reception and awards presentation will be on Sunday, March 24 from 2-4pm at the Gallery. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($350) and Awards of Excellence ($100). Honorable Mentions will win ribbons. 

The contest entry form is on the League’s website: or a copy may be picked up at the Naperville Fine Art Center, 508 N. Center St, Naperville. There are two age categories for entries: high school/college age and adult. The entry fee is $25 for non-members and $15 for Naperville Art League members. 

The "Real Surreal" piece must be original in design, concept and execution. It can be any media or mixed-media and either 2D or 3D. Size restrictions apply. Entries must be accompanied by an artist’s statement of 100 words maximum. Please submit entries no later than March 13. 

About Naperville Art League: Naperville Art League is a non-profit organization that provides art instruction and education, encourages all forms of creative art and works to stimulate understanding and appreciation of art in the community. For membership or other information, go to or call 630-355-2530.

About Loaves & Fishes Community Services: Loaves & Fishes Community Services provides food and services to over 2,700 Naperville and DuPage County families each month. For more information, visit or call 630-355-3663.

Sources: Naperville Art League 630-355-2530, photo of oil painting by Esam Jlilati at