The Library's Call to Entry Art Show logo with a paint brush painting three diagonal lines


The purpose of our Call to Entry Juried Art Show is to highlight and celebrate the diverse, artistic talents of the Central Illinois art community. Each year, we invite local artists, 16 years of age or older, to submit works that will be juried by the Library's Art Committee. The selected pieces are displayed in a show here at the Library. An Opening Reception takes place to celebrate the hard work and talent of the artists. It is at the Opening Reception where the winners of five awards - Best in Show, Chatham Area Chamber Award, Library Trustee Award, Friends of the Library Award, & Library Foundation Award - are announced. 

To participate, simply fill out an application and submit digital files of your artwork along with a $10 per piece entry fee.

Please see the application (to the left) for a complete list of details. You can also email [email protected] with any questions!


To apply for the Call to Entry Show using a credit or debit card, you can fill out the application, upload digital images of your artwork, and submit your $10 entry fee, per piece online! Just click the button below to be taken to the application page.

Call to Entry Application
Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Click here to download the 11th Annual Call to Entry Application

If you would like to print, fill out, and submit your application, you are welcome to bring it to the Library during regular business hours.  

You can also mail the application and $10 entry fee, per piece to:

Chatham Area Public Library

600 E. Spruce

Chatham, IL 62629

Please make all checks payable to Chatham Area Public Library Foundation.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

The following is the timeline for the 11th Annual Call to Entry Juried Art Show:

January 20, 2020                    : Deadline for entries (digital files) to be considered for admission

January 27, 2020                    : Artists notified

February 3-7, 2020                 : Artists drop off artwork

February 8 – May 1, 2020      : Duration of Show

February 21, 2020                  : Opening Reception

May 2, 2020                            : Artwork to be picked up by artist or representative

Please email [email protected] with any questions.