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Call for Art – Artists and Artisans are Welcome to Apply to the 2024 Show! 

Friday, Sept. 27, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
The Starline Factory
300 W. Front St. Harvard, IL

Art of the Land features the work of fine artists and skilled artisans who are inspired by the local landscape to create unique works of art. 30% of all art sales support TLC’s land preservation work in McHenry County. The show takes place at the beautiful Starline Factory in Harvard, a work of art in itself! Art of the Land is TLC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds fund land preservation in McHenry County. 

Art of the Land is one of TLC’s biggest fundraisers of the year, and celebrates the beauty of nature and open spaces. This juried event features the works of regional artists and artisans who draw their inspiration from the local landscape.

The event includes artwork, artisan items, nature photography contest, live music, appetizers, raffle prizes and much more! Thirty percent of art sold supports The Land Conservancy of McHenry County’s mission to preserve our scenic, natural and agricultural lands.

Art of the Land brings in hundreds of people who love nature, art and supporting our wonderful artists and artisans! 

The theme of the show is:  “Art that reflects or is inspired by the local landscape and all it provides.”

Artist jury fee: $25 for up to five works of art. Additional entries $5 each.

There is no jury fee for artisans. Each artisan pays a flat booth fee of $150 once accepted to the show. TLC does not keep a percentage of  artisan items sold. Please see the guidelines for more details.

Art of the Land Youth Art Exhibit 

TLC would like to share and recognize the artistic talents of the many school-aged and homeschooled artists in our area. This is a great opportunity for hundreds of people to see – and possibly purchase – the work of a budding artist for a great cause! All youth art will also be included in People’s Choice voting. One winner will be chosen Friday and one winner will be chosen Saturday. Please follow the eligibility and submission guidelines in this document when submitting artwork. A youth artist is considered to be age 5-18 and enrolled in elementary, middle school, high school, or is home-schooled. Please indicate age, school and grade level on the youth application.

Artwork may include: original artwork, photography, limited edition prints, ceramics, glass, sculptural pieces, basketry, fiber, paper, wood, metal and jewelry.

Youth artist jury fee: $10 for up to three works of art.

YOUTH AWARDS – One prize will be awarded for the piece judged the best in each category.

  • Elementary (grades K-5): $25
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): $25
  • High School (grades 9-12): $25
  • People’s Choice Friday: $10
  • People’s Choice Saturday: $10