Young Artists’ Showcase

Congratulations and thank you to all the students and those who participated in the 2024 Young Artists’ Showcase!

The Young Artists’ Showcase started 2024 off right! A crowd of people filled up the Anne Loyd Gallery in attendance for the opening reception.

Hundreds of people viewed the 5th-8th grade student artwork on display over the course of the month in January.

About the 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.

Open to 5th-8th grade students from Macon County and the surrounding areas. Homeschooled and non-art students are welcome, too!

One entry per student. Enter by email, phone, or drop off artwork at Gallery 510. Best of Show and other awards will be recognized!

Exhibit & Awards

The Young Artists Showcase is a juried exhibition featuring the artwork of area 5th, 6th , 7th and 8th grade students from Macon and surrounding counties. Artwork is matted and displayed professionally at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in the Madden Art Center.

5th/6th grade Best of Show was awarded to 6th grader Madalynn Smith from Parsons Elementary School

7th/8th grade Best of Show was awarded to 7th grader Annie Niebrugge who is home schooled

There are about 115 works of art in the exhibit. Each student will receive a white, red or blue ribbon.

The exhibit is open to the public on Thursday, January 4, 2024.

The AWARD CEREMONY is Friday, January 5, 2024 at 5pm.

The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, January 25, 2024.

Hours to view the exhibits are 8:30 – 4:30, Monday thru Friday and 10:00-2:00 Saturdays.

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.


Submission Deadline is November 17th.

Only one entry per student. Open to all 5th – 8th grade students from Macon county and the surrounding areas.

Call or email Gallery 510 to enter. Please provide your name, the student’s name, school, grade and teacher. All artwork needs to be brought to Gallery 510 no later than November 17th, 2023.

Phone: 217.422.1509


Andreas Foundation
IL Arts Council Agency
Decatur Area Arts Council
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