2021 October National

October 1-28, 2021

There will be a First Friday reception for October National at the Madden Arts Center on October 1st. Masks will be required for everyone’s safety so no food or drink will be served at this opening. The show will be hung, judged and awards presented.

Thank you to our judge, Rod Buffington, for judging the show and choosing the winners. He will speak about his choices at 6:30 pm on October 1st. If you are not able to go to First Friday, we do hope you will visit the October National during the month to see the great work from all over the country. The Anne Lloyd Gallery has plenty of room for you to social distance with your mask. There were 47 pieces of work from across the country chosen to be exhibited.

Thank you to the Decatur Area Arts Council for allowing us to exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery.


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 2021 judge is Rod Buffington, Director of Gallery programs and Assistant Professor of Art Education at Eastern Illinois University, retired.

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.

Entry Procedure

Gallery 510 accepted 47 works from 40 artists to be exhibited in October at the Madden Arts Center’s Anne Lloyd Gallery. Work was submitted for jury from 11 states across the country. However, the majority of  entries were from Illinois with 27 pieces accepted.

The show will open to the public with the First Friday reception on October 1st. The judge, Rod Buffington, will talk about his award selections at 6:00 pm. Following this you are invited to hear the Gallery 510 featured artist, Don Davis, talk about his work at 6:30 pm.


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, 2021:  Postmark deadline for application
August 1, 2021:  Emailed notifications sent
September 17, 2021:  Artwork due at Gallery 510 Art & Framing
October 1, 2021:  First Friday Opening Reception, Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery
October 28, 2021:  Show closes
October 29, 2021:  Hand-delivered work pick-up between 11 am and 5 pm, or Tuesday at Gallery 510
November 15, 2021:  Shipped work returned by this date 


This program is sponsored in part by:

IL Arts Council Agency
Decatur Area Arts Council
The Andreas Foundation