Artist Hub

Welcome Fellow Artists!! 

Whether you are a first time artist or a returning artist, this is your information center for all things Fine and Art Fair related in Peoria! 


Feel free to browse the Artists Hub to find information about how to apply for the Peoria Fine Art Fair, on our jury process, or what to expect as a participating artist. We have featured hundreds of artists throughout the past 50 years and are always humbled by the compliments given by our artists, sponsors, community, volunteers, local businesses and attendees. 

The unique opportunity to spread fine art to an appreciative audience is many thanks to your hard work, ingenuity and craftsmanship! We THANK YOU for your participation!!



55th Annual Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair — September 23 - 24, 2017

Our 55th anniversary for bringing original art to central Illinois and we want you to be a part of the celebration! As one of the oldest art organizations in the country, the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair is nationally recognized for its organization, event marketing, and for putting artists' needs at the top of the priority list. We offer affordable hotel rates, convenient artist parking, coffee/rolls each morning, boxed lunches, Friday night homemade pizza party, snacks in the Artist Breakroom, cold bottled water on demand, and 500+ volunteers to take care of any artist need. Event planning is still in progress so there’s more to come!

Director: Cathi “Hawk” Hawkinson

Asst. Director: Brittany Moldenhauer


Booth fees: Regular booth, $275. Corner booth, $375. Double booth, $750 (limit 5; first come, first serve). Electricity, $20.

Mediums: Original works include — ceramics, digital art, drawings/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, 2D mixed media, 3D mixed media, metal, painting: oils, acrylics, watercolor, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wearable fiber and wood. 

Sales Potential of Peoria

Peoria, Illinois, is home to world-class medical facilities, world headquarters of Caterpillar (Fortune 50 Company), numerous IT companies, 4 major Universities within 50 miles, boutique shopping, quaint restaurants/bars, sporting and entertainment venues, urban warehouse living, and an active arts community. It's big city amenities with Midwestern charm!



Peoria Riverfront Festival Park 

200 NE Water Street

Peoria, Illinois 61602


Fair Dates

September 23 - 24, 2017

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Artist Awards

Best of Show: $3,000

3 Awards of Excellence $1,000; 1 Artist Choice Award: $1,000

All award winners are invited to return to the 2018 Fine Art Fair



• Easy set-up and teardown/level and accessible

• Convenient reserved free parking for artists

• Affordable hotel accommodations near fair location

• 500+ volunteers to help as needed

• Artist-only break room and information center

• Overnight security – both Friday and Saturday

• ATM on site 



• $25,000+ marketing campaign including social media, TV, radio, newspaper, digital and poster billboards.


Important Dates

January 20, 2017: Applications open

April 14, 2017: Application deadline

May 12, 2017: Jury notification e-mailed

June 23, 2017: Deadline for payment of booth fees and acceptance forms

August 1, 2017: Last day for a booth fee refund (less $25 administrative fee)

August 18, 2017: Booth assignments emailed to accepted artists

September 22, 2017: set up 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

September 23, 2017: set up 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

September 23-24: Fine Art Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Application/Jury Fee: $35  ($10 discount for Peoria Art Guild Members)

Booth Fee: Regular space $275 / Corner space: $350 / Double Booth: $750 (limited 5)

Electricity: $20

• Booth fee and signed release forms are due June 23, 2017.

• Corner spaces are limited and will be assigned based on payment dates

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing (mailed to the address below) or via email to

Electricity Fee: $20 per booth 

Booth Fee Refunds: $25 administrative fee for all cancellations prior to August 1, 2017. No refunds after August 1, 2017.

Payment: Application fees may be paid through zapplication via PayPal, credit card or check. Please mail checks to: 203 Harrison, Peoria, IL 61602, Attn: Fine Art Fair


We are here for you!

Director (Peoria Art Guild)

Cathi "Hawk" Hawkinson • 309-251-1906


Asst. Director (Peoria Park District)

Brittany Moldenhauer • 309-689- 3019 (office)


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Peoria Civic Center




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Stellar Systems Inc. ~ Web Developers in Peoria, IL