Jury Process


Fine Art Fair Artist Selection

Each year, over hundreds of artists from around the world submit their proposal of images and summary of work to be juried into the Peoria Fine Art Fair - one of the top fine art fairs in the country. To select the final body of artists to be showcased, a panel of professionals with varying backgrounds in art education, history, collecting and aesthetics is gathered to score each artist’s work.

Jurors for the 2019 Fine Art Fair- TBA

After each juror reviews all of the artists and their work, the artists with the top scores in each medium are then invited to participate.


Fine Art Fair Awards Selection

On the Saturday of each Peoria Fine Art Fair, two special judges review all of the artists’ works in person. They score everyone and determine a select group of artists to be granted $10,000 in cash awards. Merits distributed are:

  • 1 Best of Show - $3,000

  • 3 Awards of Excellence - $1,000

All award winners receive an invitation to return to the upcoming Peoria Fine Art Fair.

This year's Fine Art Fair will be the Peoria Art Guild's 57th annual fair!

The 2018 On-Site Judges


Duffy Armstrong Farrell
Pekin, Il

Duffy Armstrong Farrell is an artist with extensive experience as an arts administrator and arts advocate. She has a BFA from Bradley University and studied printmaking, drawing and photography. While a student, she worked at the Peoria Art Guild and Muir Omnigraphics doing commercial silk screening. She taught art both at the Guild and at Lakeview Museum, (the predecessor to the Peoria Riverfront Museum) where she became Curator of Education and later the Public Relations Director. Her history with the Peoria Art Guild began in 1969. During the 1980s she served on the Guild’s Board and chaired the Fine Art Fair in 1983 and 1984. In 1990, as a full-time Director of the Guild, she helped build its membership and enjoyed creating special exhibits for local artists alongside the traditional gallery exhibitions and sales/rental gallery artwork. She was involved in the Guild’s first attempt at bringing the Fine Art Fair to downtown Peoria, but the successful move to its current location didn’t occur until several years later. In 1992 she began her professional career in development with the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley, raising funds for the art, theater, music and communications programs and facilities. In 1996 she helped found the Friends of Art in order to establish Cradle Oak Press, the art department master print program.  John Chamberlain, Philip Pearlstein, Hollis Sigler, Carol Wax, Wayne Kimball, Warrington Colescott, Susan Sensemann, Leonard Baskin, Robert Natkin and other renowned artists worked with Oscar Gillespie and the Friends in intimate gatherings to share their work, ideas and to help the Friends develop as fine art collectors. 

Duffy served as a juror and educational curator for Sculpture Walk Peoria for 2015, 2016 and 2017. In past years she juried the Guild’s Fine Art Fair, the Galesburg Fine Art Fair, the 34th Annual Beloit Vicinity Art Show and the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Exhibits.  She served on the Executive Committee and as a Board member of Arts Alliance Illinois from 2006 to 2017 and brought the advocacy organization’s One State conference to Peoria during her tenure.

Recently retired, she has returned to making art. Presently her work can be seen at Exhibit A Gallery in Peoria Heights and as an exhibiting member of CIAO (Central Illinois Arts Organization).

Art Enthusiasts: Be sure to return Sunday morning, to see which artists have made top honors. Enjoy a Sunday stroll along the Riverfront and see if your favorite artist has won a ribbon!