Young Artists’ Showcase

Fifth through eighth grade students show their artwork in the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center each January. This annual exhibit of work features our talented young artists in the area. Gallery 510 Art & Framing is mounting and matting the work for display.

Congratulations to everyone in the 2023 Young Artists Showcase.

5th/6th Grade Best of Show, “Leopard” by Molly Niebrugge (Home Schooled)
7th/8th Grade Best of Show, “Beneath” by Sarah House (Decatur Christian School).

See photos from the 2023 Young Artists Showcase in our newsletter or on our Facebook page.

The artwork shown on this page was selected for the announcement card and the poster in 2023. Congratulations to Gina Smith from Warrensburg-Latham for being chosen. Gina is in the 7th grade. All entries will receive a ribbon. Two Best of Show selections will be awarded, one for 5th and 6th grade and the other for 7th and 8th grade. Each will receive $25 plus their work will be exhibited at Gallery 510 for a month.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors: The Andreas Foundation, Decatur Area Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities Council and Dynagraphics.

Eligible Artists

Any 5th through 8th grade student in and around Macon County.  Artwork need not be framed or matted to enter.  Judging is done purely on the merits of the artwork.  Does not need to have been done in school or in a class setting.  Parents, grandparents, teachers or guardian of a young artist may enter the work for them.


We are again inviting you, area art teachers, to submit up to 2 pieces of your own artwork. Gallery 510 Art & Framing will exhibit your artwork at 160 East Main Street during January as the featured show there. The First Friday reception will be January 7th and feature both the work of the local teachers at Gallery 510 and the Young Artists’ Showcase at the Madden Arts Center’s Anne Lloyd Gallery. Pieces may be for sale if you would like, but it is not required. Commission of 50% will apply.

We would love to see what you do! Please note that work needs to be prepared for hanging with a frame and wire. No sawtooth hangers will work. Pedestals can be made available for any three-dimensional work. Please let us know if you have any questions. If you can participate, please let me know how many pieces you can show, as well as the size and media by November 16 if possible.


Original* Artwork created during the last year is eligible. Artwork may be submitted by classroom teachers or by individuals themselves. Matting and framing is not required and will not be considered in the judging but will be accepted. We encourage creativity in all mediums (painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography or mixed media). Compositions must be that of the artist. No copies of another artist’s work nor kits will be accepted. Only one entry per student. Judges will look for technical competence and craftsmanship in the medium chosen while looking for personal style and expression of ideas, thoughts or concepts. Exhibition will be limited to about 100 pieces of artwork. Notifications of acceptance in the show will be e-mailed early in December to the teacher or parent. Postcard invitations to the reception will be sent by post to accepted students. Best of Show ($25) and other awards will be recognized for 5th/6th and 7th/8th grades separately.

All registration forms MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE. (1) Form may be printed neatly or typed, (2) Attach one copy to the back of the artwork for proper return to the artist, and (3) Submit second copy to Gallery 510 for registration digitally by email. Please contact us if unable to submit entries by email. Sample form follows but should include: Student’s name, Title of work, Medium, Address/zip code of student, Telephone, Teacher and Grade. The address and zip code are very important for the purpose of sending an acceptance notice as well as an invitation to the family for the award ceremony. Privacy rules will be followed. Student’s personal information will NOT be displayed on the artwork.

For more information contact 217-422-1509 or

*ORIGINAL: work that is not copied directly from any published source (including the internet) unless the student has significantly and creatively modified or reinterpreted the original work. Copying from a photograph and rendering into another medium is NOT permitted unless the student has taken the photograph and had creative input into the photographic image/composition. This means no celebrity photographs.


Andreas Foundation
IL Arts Council Agency
Decatur Area Arts Council
Dynagraphics/Fast Impressions