October National

The October National is a celebration of originality and craftsmanship in any visual art medium.  Artists from across the country are invited to share in this annual exhibition staged in the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center in Decatur, IL.  For many years now the Come Together, Be Empowered organization (previously RACE for the Cure) has partnered with us to present an award for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Our judge, Jamie Kotewa, obtained her BFA degree in 2001 from Millikin University, and a Master of Arts in 2003 from Purdue University. She has taught all levels of art education in Illinois and exhibited throughout the Midwest. Jamie is currently the full-time art faculty with Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois.

Many thanks to Carol Kessler for chairing the October National.

Eligibility & Application

October National is open to all artists 18 years old or over.  Entries must be of original design.  No giclee or other mechanical reproductions are allowed.  Work must be executed within the last two years.

All media is accepted. Wall-hung or 2D artwork must be framed or gallery wrapped, wired, ready to hang and not exceed 60 inches wide or 96 inches high.  3D artwork must be self-standing or fit on a 36” x 36” pedestal.  All artwork must be able to be handled by one person.  No work can be suspended from the ceiling.  Any accessories needed for display must be included.  Pedestals are provided.  The gallery reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for exhibition and/or security reasons.

Awards for October 2020 are yet to be determined. There will be a Best of Show, recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness, and awards for 2D and 3D.

Entry Procedure

Entries are being accepted online now through CAFE (callforentry.org). Artwork will also be accepted by photograph or jpeg/pdf file on CD or by email. Entries will become the property of Gallery 510’s permanent collection unless appropriate SASE is included.

Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for a $30 entry fee. Two images per piece may be submitted to include a 2nd angle or detail.

The deadline for submissions for October National is July 7. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email or post by August 1st. The artwork is due at Gallery 510 Art & Framing by September 19. The Opening Reception will be on First Friday, October 2nd.

Please Include:

  1. Name, address, telephone and email
  2. Photos or jpeg/pdf files labeled with artist’s name, dimensions of work and entry number
  3. Completed entry form. You may use additional paper for description if necessary
  4. Signed General Release
  5. Non-refundable Entry fee payable to Gallery 510 Art & Framing ($30)

Submissions also taken through www.callforentry.org


A 50% commission will be taken on work sold at October National unless it is work by a member artist.  Member artist work sold will have the regular commission taken.  Artwork is not required to be for sale.


July 7, 2020:  Postmark deadline for application
August 1, 2020:  Emailed notifications sent
September 19, 2020:  Artwork due at Gallery 510 Art & Framing
October 2, 2020:  First Friday Opening Reception, Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery
October 30, 2020:  Show closes
November 3-7, 2020:  Hand-delivered work pick-up between 11 am and 5 pm, Tues-Fri or 11am-3pm on Saturday at Gallery 510, 160 East Main Street, Decatur, IL

See Prospectus for complete information.


This program is sponsored in party by:

IL Arts Council Agency
John Ullrich Foundation
Decatur Area Arts Council
The Andreas Foundation