Special Events + Trips
Arts in Central Park 2020

Arts in Central Park 2020

September 18th - 20th, 2020
Location: Central Park, Downtown Decatur
Friday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Artist applications are being accepted NOW.  Click HERE to apply online.
Deadline to aaply is June 1, 2020.

In order to streamline the artist application process, new and returning, we’ve moved our application process to an online platform.  We have chosen ZAPP for this purpose.  ZAPP is a one-stop online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals, and fairs. ZAPP's growing user base and show list provides artists with a variety of opportunities throughout the country, all through one central website,


Decatur, Illinois hosts one of Central Illinois' finest juried art shows, attended by more than 3,000 each year, featuring:

  • More than 60 exhibiting artists from several states provide a variety of artwork for sale including jewelry, pottery, metal sculptures, blown glass, fiber arts, paintings, and more
  • Kids art activities under the big tent start at 11 am
  • A special kids Art Shop in the Madden Arts Center, opens at 11 am
  • Live entertainment

Artists/Patrons Preview Party Friday night from 5-7 PM

To “kick off” the weekend is the ever popular Preview Party on Friday evening, September 18, from 5 – 7 pm.  This is our special thank you to those who choose to be one of our Very Important Persons (VIP’s) as well as the artists and sponsors.

All we need is YOU to be a Very Important Person!  

  • To be a VIP, we ask that you commit to purchasing at least one piece of artwork from the participating artists during the weekend.  The selection and price is up to you.  
  • Please come to the information tent during the event to pick up your packet of instructions, including your VIP button and ribbons to award the artists you purchase from.

VIPs will enjoy:

  • A tent with drinks and hors d’oeuvres reserved just for you and participating artists and sponsors at the preview party on Friday evening.
  • First opportunity to browse and purchase artwork by participating artists.
  • An invitation to the Hospitality Room in the Madden Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bathroom facilities on the 2nd floor of the Madden Arts Center throughout the weekend.
  • The satisfaction of helping us keep our promise to the artists that there will be buyers which is vital to attracting artists from all over the country.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 217-423-3189.

Thank you  to this year's sponsors:

  • Amherst Hardy Foundation
  • John Ullirch Foundation Trust
  • Hickory Point Bank & Trust


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Office and Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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