GAF 2019 Application

  • Entry Information

  • Date/Time/Place Saturday September 7, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Chandler Park, Macomb Illinois, across from the Macomb Amtrak Station, Rts 136/67 (E Calhoun Street)


    Best in Show: $500
    First Place: $300
    Second Place: $150
    Third Place: $100
    Honorable Mention: $75
    People’s Choice: $75

    Booth Fee

    Booth fee of $50 is based on available space and due with application. Booth fee will be returned if an artist is not accepted during the jury process. No refunds for cancellation will be given. Checks should be made payable to Gazebo Art Festival.

    Entry Information

    1. Applications, images and booth fee must be received on or before July 31, 2019; artists will be notified of acceptance by August 7, 2019. Booth fee will be refunded if an artist is not accepted in the jury process. GAF is a juried event, meaning that an artist’s work submitted must meet criteria described below to be accepted as a vendor.

    2. A single artist may show work in more than one category, as long as each category is submitted to and approved by the jury. No work in non-juried categories may be sold or added to booth display after acceptance or during festival.

    3. Two vendors (different media) may share a single booth for a fee of $75.00. Each vendor sharing a booth must complete the application and jury process and sell/display only juried work.

    4. Three photos of artwork must accompany the application form and photos are not returnable. Digital photos in JPG format may be sent to Gayle Carper at Completed applications may be mailed to Gazebo Art Festival, c/o WCI Arts Center, P.O. Box 692, Macomb Il 61455 or brought to the WCI Arts Center, East Side Square, Macomb. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    5. Artists must represent their own work at the festival and be present during festival hours.

    6. The Gazebo Art Festival committee reserves the right to view each booth after setup and request any work be removed that does not meet the criteria.

    Juried Criteria

    All work should be original work created by the artist. Work accepted will be creative art appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative and aesthetic content.

    Kits, commercial molds and buy-sell items are not accepted. No commercial agents, dealers or manufacturers may enter.

    An appropriate balance for the entire show is considered when determining the number of artists invited for each medium. All decisions regarding the selection process are made by the Gazebo Art Festival Committee jury and are final and shall be at the discretion of the jury committee.

    Booth Space and Setup

    Booth spaces are approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. Artists must provide their own setups. Spaces will be assigned upon receipt of paid registration and acceptance by the jury. The Gazebo Art Festival is held rain or shine. Rain location is the West Central Illinois Arts Center, located one-half block from Chandler Park on the Macomb Square. Food and porta-potties available on-site. No refunds given for inclement weather or cancellation.

    Set up is from 6:30 am until 9:00 am on the date of the show. Volunteers will be available to help exhibitors from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. and after 4:00 pm. Vehicles must be off the park grounds by 9:00 am. Check-ins will be at the GAF Information Tent located in the center of the park. Judging and purchase awards will begin at 10:00 am. Tear-down of booths is discouraged before 4:00 pm.


    Each artist exhibits at his/her own risk. Artists are responsible for their own equipment and artwork. The Gazebo Art Festival sponsors and committee are not responsible for damage, theft, loss or injury. No camping or cooking is allowed on the grounds. No pets, please.



Musical Greetings!

Exciting events are happening at the Arts Center this week! The annual Young Artist Series: Grade School has opened and will be in the gallery through May 9, plus this weekend we will have two performances of a musical and one performance of acoustic music by a young local singer.

The popular musical The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented this Saturday and Sunday. The musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie, a rising novelist, and Cathy, a struggling actress, using a unique approach: Jamie’s story moves forward from the beginning of the relationship, while Cathy’s begins at the end and moves backward. A recently released film version starred Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Our production is the result of the efforts of three WIU students. Director Robert Hill is pursuing a BA in directing, while Alex Watson (Jamie) and Kellie Nolan (Cathy) are both part of the Musical Theatre BFA program. All three have worked tirelessly between their classes and other shows to bring this production to life for the Arts Center. We are all very grateful to Gil Belles for underwriting the production.  

The Last Five Years will be performed Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm. A special performance by LaHarpe native Ashley Olin will precede Sunday’s show at 1:00pm. Ashley is also a Musical Theatre BFA student who will present a program of music titled Bloom Where You Are Planted, assisted by WIU MFA Theatre student Chris Tipp.

Tickets are $10/public; $5/students and will only be sold at the door. Seating is limited. Doors will open at 7:00pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday.

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant!

Photo of Letter and part of Check from Moline Foundatioin

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant from Moline Foundation

Macomb, Illinois – The West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Square, Macomb, has received a $1200 grant from the Moline Foundation to purchase audio/visual equipment. The equipment will be used during the Flying Monkeys and Flying Squirrels summer arts camps for children and teens, as well as for other arts programming at the Center.

Nan Crossman, Executive Director of the WCIAC, says “We are very grateful to the Moline Foundation for this generous grant. The audio/visual equipment will enhance our current programs and open up new opportunities for us to foster the arts in the region.”

The Moline Foundation (, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations in the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.

The WCI Arts Center ( is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide a place for artists to gather and share their work, for learning and exploring all the arts and for active participation in arts related activities for all ages.


The Board of Directors of the WCI Arts Center would like to thank the Moline Foundation for their generous contribution towards our continuing development of a strong artistic community in West Central Illinois.

Mammoth to Minuscule: A Study in Scale

Mammoth to Minuscule Poster


West Central Illinois Arts Center is excited to announce the opening of Mammoth to Minuscule: A Focus on Scale at WCI Arts Center gallery. Exhibiting work in formats larger than average, more than three feet in diameter as well as very small work, an average of eight inches or less, this extraordinary work will surprise and delight in its extremes.

Mammoth to Minuscule will be in the WCIAC Gallery from October 21 through November 22. Gallery hours are 11am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday; 10am-4pm, Saturday. The public is invited to attend an opening reception and meet many of the artists on Friday, October 24, 4:30-6:30pm.

This will be the last exhibition in the WCI Arts Center for the 2014 Gallery Season. Our next event will be Art & Gift Market on December 12-14, 2014.

The West Central Illinois Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a place for artists to gather and share their work, for people to enjoy learning & exploration of all of the arts, and provide opportunities for active participation in arts-related activities for all ages & abilities, levels of experience, and interests. With the generous support of our members, we provide an artistic outlet for the community & serve as an economic driver for businesses and services. Our overarching goal is to continue to advance the quality of life for all local and regional residents, guests, and friends.

Become a member and/or volunteer your time and skills to the WCI Arts Center today.

Calling All Photographers!!!

Spring 2014 -KMM

The West Central Illinois Arts Center will soon be hosting an exhibition of photographs. The title of this year’s show is Narrative Photography: Happy Places of the Mind.

All photographers are encouraged to share the ‘happy places of their mind’ which could be a person, place, or thing– whatever makes you happy. There is no entry fee for Members. A $15 hanging fee for Non-members is due upon delivery of the work to the gallery. You may submit up to 4 pieces. A brief explanation of 100 words or less must accompany each piece to explain why it puts you in a happy state of mind. Please fill out the entry form online at our website (Exhibitions/Submit Work for Exhibit). You may either include your narrative(s) in the Artist Statement box (please number)… or email the narrative(s) to me at

All photos must be framed and ready to hang. The WCIAC Gallery uses and provides ‘S’ hooks for hanging.

Exhibition Timeline:

1) July 6 ~~~~ Deadline for your entry (including the written narratives)

2) July 20 / 3:00-4:00 ~~~~ Deliver photos to the WCIAC for Jurying. The $15 hanging fee for Nonmembers needs to be paid at this time (refunded if none of the photos make it into the show).

3) July 22 – August 16 ~~~~ Narrative Photography: Happy Places of the Mind exhibit. Gallery hours. Tues.-Fri. 11-3 / Sat. 10-4.

4) July 25 / 4:30-6:30 ~~~~ Public Opening Reception. Please plan to attend this festive event if you can and encourage all your friends to come too.

5) August 17 / 3:00-4:00 ~~~~ Please pick up your photographs; or make arrangements:

I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s submissions. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the entry forms (

Dean Rockwell
WCIAC Gallery Director

May WCIAC Newsletter!

Our May WCI Arts Center Newsletter just got pushed via email! Highlights include: Scavenger Hunt Information, Notes from the ED and a help wanted ad from the Communications Director with a plea for help! Also, if you’ve picked up amazing art treasures in your various travels we’d love to see it! Contact Dean at!

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2014 Light Up the Arts Center!

Trivia Night

Alert all you trivia buffs – artist or not!!! We had such a fun time at last year’s trivia night, we’re doing it again!

Trivia up!

Registration form can be downloaded and dropped off or sent in to the Arts Center. $10 per person registration fee can be dropped off or paid the night of the event. For more information please contact

[Download Registration Form PDF]  or  [Submit Online Team Registration]


trivia flyer

2014 Registrtion

Blast off for 2014!

As the chair of the communications committee for the past year I have neglected the newsletter for the WCI Arts Center. This year we have so many new and exciting things planned we have to keep everyone up to date! Today we e-mailed our first newsletter of 2014 and will be snail mailing them to our wonderful members who don’t subscribe via email. I would like to personally thank our members for hanging with us while we tweak our organization into becoming an amazing source of arts news in the west central Illinois region!

It’s going to be an amazing year!

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