Arts in Central Park

Held each summer in Central Park, Downtown Decatur, Illinois, the Arts in Central Park outdoor art fair is organized as a collaboration between the Decatur Area Arts Council and Gallery 510. The 2 entities have worked together on this art fair for approximately 25 years.  An Art Fair has existed in Central Park since 1962 but has only been a juried fair since 1995. 2022 will mark the 60th anniversary of a juried art show in Decatur, Illinois.

Application Process

All visual fine art and fine craft is accepted for Arts in Central Park. The application deadline is June 1st of each year. All new artists must be juried in order to be accepted into the show. Check back for 2023 application instructions.

Artist Space

One 10’x10’ space is provided for each artist.  Spaces vary in clearance height due to trees.  If you use a canopy, please indicate height on the application so the committee can assign you a suitable location.  Special requests will be considered when possible.  Please note on application.


Complimentary coffee and refreshments are provided for the artists both days of the art fair.  Assistance is available for set-up and take-down Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Booth sitters will be available for breaks each day.  Security provided on Friday and Saturday nights.  Lunch options include vendors on the grounds and nearby restaurants.  Monetary awards and ribbons, determined by qualified judges, will be presented for Best of Show and in each of the 6 categories.  Number of places in each category based on number of artists in each category.


Best of Show

Judy Steffens (painting)

2D Painting/Drawing/Print Making/Mixed Media

1st Place – Pam Marty
2nd Place – Sue Watts
3rd Place – Lucy Brownlee


1st Place – Herb Brown
2nd Place – Jill Bush
3rd Place – Kurt Salla


1st Place – Jacqueline Worden
2nd Place – Bill Heyduck


1st Place – Frank Kobilsek


1st Place – William Richards


1st Place – Darren Miller (Sculpture)
2nd Place – Heather Shore (Mixed)
3rd Place – Suzi Morrow (Mixed)

Special Thanks To

Children’s Museum of Illinois
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
Our judges Randy Reid of Illinois State University and
Ann Coddington of Eastern Illinois University

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Hickory Point Bank
Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ameren Illinois
Cromwell Media
State Rep. Dan Caulkins
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
Illinois Arts Council Agency