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New for 2023! Art of the Land Youth Art Exhibit

Artwork by Leah Williams

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

Please see the guidelines for youth art submissions below. 

Youth Art Submission Guidelines

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the beautiful places in our McHenry County landscape.
TLC’s mission is to preserve natural, agricultural and scenic land forever in McHenry County by working with individuals, communities and other partners. TLC has preserved over 3,200 acres of land.

Purpose/Theme of Event
The purpose of Art of the Land is to raise awareness of TLC and the work it does. Art of the Land is our major fundraising event each year, and proceeds from this event support land conservation in McHenry County. All art considered for this show must be consistent with the theme of the event: “Art that reflects or is inspired by the local landscape and all it provides.”

● Acceptable types of work: Original artwork, photography, limited edition prints, ceramics, glass, sculptural pieces, basketry, fiber, paper, wood, metal and jewelry.
● Work must be original.
● Entries may not include works accepted in previous Art of the Land art shows.
● Artwork cannot be from copyrighted materials. Any work that is judged to be plagiaristic in regard to known persons will not be accepted.
● Art of the Land is a juried event. TLC reserves the right to disallow the exhibition or sale of any item, which in the opinion of TLC, is considered detrimental to the show’s image or does not comply with Art of the Land rules.
● Be sure to complete all parts of the application.
● The jury will consider whether or not the artwork represents the theme.

Entries are juried from digital images for acceptance into the show. Image quality is important.
● All accepted artwork must be for sale.
● Entrants must submit the application online
● Fee(s) may be paid via:
o Credit card on our website (
o Mail a check or money order with “Jury Fee” in the memo to TLC, P.O. Box 352, Woodstock, IL 60098.
NOTE: Use the following format to submit images:
File size: 1200 pixels on the longest side of the image.
Resolution: 300 dpi
Format: JPEG
Each piece should be labeled with Artist Name, Title, Price, Medium and Size (not including mat/frame)

The application deadline is Sunday, October 8, 2023. (Includes fee and digital images.) Entries timestamped after Oct. 8 will be marked late and will not be accepted.
● Artists will be notified of the jury’s decision via e-mail by Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023.
● Accepted artists will receive a free pass to attend Art of the Land, and families can purchase additional tickets for $15 at art dropoff.

Drop off and Pickup Times of Artwork Once Accepted 
Drop off of artwork is Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Starline Factory, 400 N. Front St., Harvard, IL 60033. Artwork may NOT be shipped for this show.

Guidelines for Art Dropoff 
● No substitutions of juried artwork will be accepted and no changes to title or sales price will be allowed.
● Artwork needs to be exhibit-ready, and labeled on the back with name of artist, artist phone number, title, medium and price.
● Wall or suspended art must be equipped with suitable means for hanging.
● No saw-toothed hangers. Artwork with saw-toothed hangers will be rejected.
● A setup diagram must accompany multiple pieces or installation art.
● Any special stands, cases or covers for sculpture must be provided by the artist.
● Art remains in place for the duration of the show.
● TLC will allow each accepted artist submitting wall art to add unframed, matted prints (no canvas) to a general bin, limit ten (10) per artist. These must be marked with the artist’s name, title and price.
● Artwork must be suitably equipped and wired for proper hanging. (Use sturdy frames to ensure artwork will not break or be damaged).
● Note that drop-off is at the 400 N Front Street entrance.
Pick up of unsold artwork is Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at
the Starline Factory, 400 N. Front St., Harvard, IL 60033.
NOTE: Artists who cannot pick up during the scheduled time must have someone else do so or
make alternate arrangements.
Works not claimed within 10 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of TLC.

Sales – Artists
● All artwork must be for sale and should be priced to sell. TLC will process all sales and will accept cash, check or credit card payments. Artists receive 70 percent of the price of the artwork, and TLC receives 30 percent.
● Artists determine their sales price. It is the artist’s responsibility to report and pay sales tax on artwork sold.

TLC will have insurance for the event and the artwork while it is on site at the Starline Factory until the conclusion of pickup on Sunday. TLC will not be liable for artwork that is not picked up on time.

Artists are responsible for understanding and following any copyright laws and international trade laws that may apply to their work. The Land Conservancy of McHenry County assumes no responsibility for checking copyright permission.

Once the home to Hunt-Helm-Ferris & Co., The Starline Factory is now a beautifully renovated space which houses over 20 artist studios, a banquet hall, the Stanchion Pub restaurant, WHIW radio station, small businesses and a beautiful art gallery. Owners Orrin and Karen Kinney continue to add new and unique spaces inside this historic building.

The Starline Factory
306 Front Street (Art of the Land main entrance)
Harvard, IL 60033

Thank you again for your interest in participating in Art of the Land! We look forward to working with you and seeing your beautiful artwork! Please keep a copy of these guidelines for your reference. 

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
4622 Dean Street
P.O. Box 352
Woodstock, IL 60098
[email protected]

Youth Artist Application