2022 October National

On Friday, October 7, 2022, Jenny Chi from Eastern Illinois University judged the October National and $1200 in awards were presented to the winners. The exhibit will be on display at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in Decatur through October 22, 2022.

Receiving awards were:

Casey Wilen and painting, Firebox

Best of Show: Casey Wilen (Decatur) for his oil painting, “Firebox”

First Place 2D: Alex Paradowski (Granite City, IL) for “Body Language”
Second Place 2D: Jeanette Hammerstein (Bloomington, IN) for “When the Buttons Are Holding Me Together”
Third Place 2D Karl Stagel (Fairbury, IL ) for “Doppled Light & Murano Glass”

First Place 3D Samuel Tucker (Argenta, IL) for “Galaxy Five”
Second Place 3D Ole Boyer (Philadelphia, PA) for “Mammorium”
Third Place 3D Sharon Cahn (Seastapol, CA) “Joomchi Felted Coat & Hat”

This year there were 41 artists exhibiting 49 artworks in a variety of mediums. Paintings in oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor were represented. There were also works in photography & digital art, fabric, wood, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

Fifteen different states were represented with 21 artists from Illinois. California, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.

Many thanks to the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Decatur Area Arts Council for their support of this program. Thanks also to our Program Coordinator, Carol Kessler, for the many hours it takes to pull this show together.

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.

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.

Entry Procedure

Application deadline for entering the October National was July 6, 2022.


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 6, 2022:  Postmark deadline for application
October 7, 2022:  First Friday Opening Reception, Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery
October 29, 2022:  Show closes


This program is sponsored in part by:

IL Arts Council Agency
Decatur Area Arts Council
The Andreas Foundation