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2021 Community Showcase


General Information

The Crete Creative Community Showcase is an independent survey of art in Crete, IL, and surrounding communities.  This exhibition is intended to provide a unique opportunity for artists in the far south Chicago suburbs to showcase their work within their own community.


Exhibition Dates

November 26, 2021 – January 22, 2022



The Community Showcase will be judged by a committee of Crete Creative volunteers.


About Crete Creative

Crete Creative is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the creative arts in and around Crete, IL. Crete Creative produces solo and group exhibits, teaches classes for all ages, and provides workspace to local artists.


The Crete Creative Community Showcase is open to all artists within a 20 miles radius of Crete IL.  Artists may enter work created in any media, with the understanding that the Crete Creative venue may not be able to accommodate all work.


How to Enter

  • The competition is open to everyone, 16 years and older; established and emerging artists alike.

  • Entries must be in JPEG format, no larger than 1400 x 1800 pixels, and under 2MB. Send entries to along with your name, the name of the art, whether you will be offering the art for sale, your address, phone number and details (materials, size etc...) about your medium. 


  • The following media will be accepted:

    • Two-dimensional work including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and digital art. All two-dimensional pieces must be framed and ready to hang.

    • Three-dimensional work including sculpture, ceramics, fiber, glass and metal.

    • Installation and video.

  • ​Each accepted piece will be assessed a $10 registration fee.

  • Collaborative work is allowed if all artists are identified.

  • All work must be original. If the artist worked from photo references, they will need to originate the photo, or name the photographer as a collaborator (with permission).

  • Only one work per artist will be accepted

  • Proof of local residency will be required

  • All work must be packed appropriately to ensure its safety during shipping and storage awaiting exhibition installation. Crete Creative is not responsible for

damage due to improper packing or shipping. The artist is responsible for any shipping costs and should include a prepaid return shipping label with any work that will be shipped after the show.

Important Dates

Exhibition Announcement: October 20, 2021
Entry Deadline: November 16, 2021

Delivery of Artwork: November 18-20, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, November 26, 6pm CST
Exhibition: November 26, 2021 – January 22, 2022

Pick-up of Artwork: January 21-23, 2021


Equipment and Instructions

You should be prepared to provide all equipment and instructions necessary to present your art, as needed.


Authorship and Ownership

By entering a work, you represent that you are its creator and that you either own the work or have the permission of the owner to enter it for presentation.


Loan Agreements

Artists will be required to complete a loan agreement, including specification of insurance value, before acceptance of a work is final.


Reproductions and Publicity

By entering your work and providing images and other documentation, you agree that any images and other materials you provide may be reproduced and published in the Crete Creative Biennial promotional and press materials and distributed via the websites and social media channels. You also agree that images of your work may be reproduced in the context of the exhibition and its promotion by third parties such as journalists.


Sale of Work

All work included in the exhibition must have a value for insurance purposes. If you agree, your work may also be considered available for purchase. Crete Creative will receive a 20% commission on works sold during the exhibition.



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