2022 October National

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

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

This promises to be another great show with work from across the United States. 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.

The First Friday reception will be October 7th from 5 to 7:30 pm with the judge talking about the winning artwork at 6:00 pm.

Jenny Chi from Eastern Illinois University will be our judge for 2022.

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