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Springfield Art Assoc. Plans a “Salon des Refusés” Response to 2022 IL State Fair Pro Cancellation

Edouard Manet's Le Dejeuner sur L'herbe was one of the famously rejected paintings in 1863 by the official Paris Salon resulting in a historic artistic backlash! See art history notes below...

Rosemary Buffington, Illinois State Art Fair Coordinator, provides ENTRY INFORMATION in her April 5, 2022 note below for Illinois professional artists wishing to participate in the new art exhibit venue organized by the Springfield Art Association which will run concurrently with the 2022 Illinois State Fair -- AUGUST 11-AUGUST 21, 2022.

Hi! Artists,

In response to the Illinois State Fair eliminating the professional artist exhibition and competition, the Springfield Art Association has created an exhibition alternative:

"No Place to Show".

Professional artists, ages 21 and above, who are residents of Illinois are invited to submit up to three works of art in any media. All work must be original and completed in the last three years. The show will run from July 15 through August 6, 2022 in the M. G. Nelson Gallery at the Springfield Art Association located less than two miles from the Illinois State Fairgrounds. A reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, July 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the SAA.

A total of $1,200 in prizes will be awarded. Best of Show, First, Second, Third Place and two Honorable Mentions will be chosen by the judge. Bob Sill, Director of Collections and Research at the Illinois State Museum will be the judge. Bob brings years of experience working will Illinois' artists for exhibitions and collections at the State Museum.

Springfield Art Association reserves the right to photograph all exhibited works for promotional and educational purposes.

Opening Reception A reception and awards presentation will be held on Friday, July 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the SAA. Calendar June 1 Electronic entry deadline June 12 Notification of acceptance e-mailed/sent July 9 Deadline for receipt of work July 15 Exhibition Opens July 15 Exhibition Reception 5:30– 7:30, Awards 6:30 August 6 Exhibition Closes August 10 Work will be shipped out

Artists must be 21 years or older and a resident of Illinois. There is a non-refundable application fee of $15. For the fee, each artist may submit up to three works. One image per work. Applications will only be accepted through this website. Work must be original and completed in the last three years.

Here is the link to enter online.

Hope you will consider submitting works. You can share this with other artists.


FROM THE INTERNET: Exhibition of Rejected Art (1863)

In 1863, so many paintings had been rejected by the Paris Salon selection jury (fewer than 2,218 pictures out of a total of over 5,000 were accepted) and so many artists protested, that Emperor Napoleon III (ever sensitive to public opinion) ordered a new exhibition to be organized - dubbed the "Salon des Refusés" (Exhibition of Rejected Art) in order to display all the paintings and sculptures that had been refused admission to the Salon, so as to allow the public to judge the merits of these works for themselves.

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