The 91st Annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition will be held from March 4 through April 21, 2018 in the Brandt Gallery of the McLean County Arts Center.

Amateur adult artists, university, and high school students are invited to submit artwork for this juried exhibition/competition. Typically over 200 entries are received for this exhibition/competition. The juror selects approximately 75 – 100 works for gallery display and awards cash prizes for the first ($75) and second ($50) places in each media and age category. The Merwin Medal Award is a cash prize of $300 and the Ashley Ritter Most Promising Art Award is a cash prize of $150.

Artworks are to be delivered to the MCAC on Tuesday, February 20, Noon – 7pm and Wednesday, February 21, Noon – 5pm. Notification of acceptance will be confirmed through email on Saturday, February 24th.  The Awards Ceremony will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, March 4th.


McLean CountyArtsCenter is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington.  MCAC hours are Tuesday, 10am – 7pm; Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, and Saturday, Noon – 4pm. For more information, please call 309.829.0011 or visit


  • Starting Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, repeats every day until Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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