Info for Artists

There is no jury fee and entry applications are due by 11:59pm on May 1st. 10 x 10 booth space will be $75 due upon acceptance. Notifications will be sent out the week of May 8th. The booth fee for selected artists can be made online via PayPal or with a check payable to 40 North. No cash, please. 


  • Submit outstanding photos: Without question, this is the most crucial element in your application. Glare, over or under-exposed photos, inappropriate backgrounds, and blurriness are unacceptable.
  • Make sure your photos are cohesive: Make sure you carefully select photographs that work together to give a strong impression of your distinctive style and ability. Showing different styles of paintings, or mixing disparate objects gives a fractured presentation.
  • Use clear descriptions: What is your art all about? Do you use rare materials, or have a specific inspiration? Explaining an unusual technique in a concise description can really enhance your application.
  • Your booth photo matters: The booth shot helps to show the scale and impact of your work. It conveys how you present your art to the public, and gives insight into the variety of work in your display. A high quality photograph of your booth is critical. Utilize the best light, angle and presentation of your booth, making sure that it looks clean, organized and welcoming.

Provide images in GIF, JPG or PNG formats, not to exceed 5MB per file (resolution should be between 150 and 300 dpi). If accepted, exhibited work must be representative of the digital photos judged by the jury.

1. All items must be original and/or hand-crafted.
2. All paintings, drawings and graphics must be framed, matted or displayed tastefully in a portfolio on an appropriate stand.
3. We reserve the right to remove objectionable art from the exhibit.
4. Exhibitor is responsible for his/her own display area which must fit within the 10’ x 10’ space and be strong enough to withstand wind and inclement weather. Please bring adequate weights or stakes to anchor your tent and artwork securely. 
5. Exhibitor will take care of his/her own sales receipts and are responsible for collecting and reporting all applicable Illinois Sales Tax.
6. No commission fee is charged. 
7. All exhibitors are required to carry their own liability insurance as 40 North and the Urbana Park District assume no liability for damage, theft or injury on premises.
8. Artists are required to be present with their work during all festival hours.

ARTIST AGREEMENT: By submitting an application to Crystal lake Art Fair, it is understood that all rules and information have been read and that the artist agrees to abide by these and warrants that the works submitted for jurying were produced solely by the artist.


  • booth sitters
  • coffee and breakfast snacks during set up
  • food runners (food trucks on site)
  • hydration station
  • booth signage
  • direct pull up drop off

QUESTIONS? Contact us at or 217.351.9841