Chicago area fine art exhibition in the northwest suburbs. Submit paintings, drawings, mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, metal. Contact Kathleen & Joe at submissions@culturea for details. 
Dangerous Lullabies is an annual group fine art exhibition showcased in Crystal Lake's historic Dole Mansion.

Artists are invited to submit work that explores the curious allure of things that frighten us. If you have work that is designed to examine the beauty found in the ashes of terror or the magnetic pull of work that is disturbing, on-edge or dark, this is the show for you. All mediums will be accepted for consideration through the final deadline.

Joe + Kathleen Isacson are the curators for this exhibition, working in partnership with the Lakeside Legacy Foundation.  


This show is open to all artists in the US. 

All artwork must be original, and totally conceived and created by the artist. Artists are responsible for knowing and adhering to existing copyright laws. (Please submit only original pieces for inclusion in the show, not reproductions of work, unless it is a medium such as photography, digital or other work in which the original form is reproductive in nature.)


Artists who ship work to the gallery for the show will need to cover the cost of shipping work to the gallery, return shipping and any insurance for the packages. Further directions will be provided upon acceptance. Please note in your submission if you are shipping work. 

Any artwork that is damaged during shipping or not ready to hang per specifications below will not be included in the show. Work that arrives without a return shipping label/paid postage will not be returned. Work that arrives late is not guaranteed inclusion in the show. Shipments will be accepted by the LLAP during office hours of the last week of September.


Artist Entry Form:

Submissions should be made by August 12, 2019. Early bird fee ends 5/31. 

Jury fees contribute to the operation of the exhibition and therefore are non-refundable. 

Submissions without a jury fee will be considered incomplete.

Notifications will be made by 8/19. Please be patient!  Follow us on FB for updates.


2D work: All art must be presented to exhibit in a frame* and wired on the back. (Wire must be wide enough to hang on a 3" hanging structure, due to the hanging system in the space.). 

*If you have a mixed media piece or painting that is designed to exhibit without a frame, that is fine, but it will need to be finished/complete in some fashion on all sides that are visible to the public. 

3D work: Lakeside Legacy has a limited number of pedestals for use. If you require a pedestal for your work, please request one with your submission, noting any size requirements. 

If any accepted pieces are dramatically different in person from the submitted image, are in poor condition or are not framed properly, they may be removed from the exhibition.


The Lakeside Legacy will handle sales. Commission is 30% and goes to the arts center for operational costs.


Joe and Kathleen Isacson, and The Lakeside Legacy Arts Park Foundation are not liable for any loss, theft, damage or deterioration of artwork before, during, or after the show.

    Participating artists assume responsibility for their property and their personal safety.
    Insurance coverage for Artists’ property is the responsibility of the Artist.
    Artists are responsible for adhering to copyright laws that may pertain to their work. 


J and K Isacson and the Lakeside Legacy Foundation may use Artist’s Name, biographical information as submitted by the artist, and images of their artwork for the sole purpose of promoting the exhibition.

This information will be used for online and print publications, social and broadcast media, and marketing materials including postcards and flyers. Artists release Kathleen Isacson & Lakeside Legacy from any liability resulting from the use of this information.  Photos of the Dangerous Lullabies opening night and exhibit, images the artist and/or artwork may be used to promote current and future shows.


Jury and hanging fees are used to support the promotion and operation of this event and therefore are non-refundable. 
Accepted artists contribute a hanging fee of $25 (per artist, not per piece) for the show. This allows us to have a smaller jury fee and cover the costs of the show at the non-profit gallery location.

Jury fees may be paid online or by check. Checks should be made out payable to Kathleen Isacson. Jury Fee is $20 for up to 5 images until June 30, $25 for fees mailed after with a postmark through August 12 or submitted online during those dates. 
Mail checks to Kathleen Isacson, 833 Blue Mound Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Pay online here: 

Artist Notifications will by made by midnight,  August 19. When all notifications have been made, an announcement will be posted on Facebook here.

The hanging fee for accepted artists is $30 per artist. This is due no later than Sept 1, 2019. 

Jury & hanging fees are used to support the promotion and operation of this event and therefore are non-refundable. By submitting to to this exhibition you are agreeing to the terms of the prospectus.
A piece from the 2015 Dangerous Lullabies exhibition by Nina Palumbo 
(detail with added promotional heading)
An outside view of the historic Dole mansion

Photo by Marcy Kennedy Anderson
Creature, by Kelly Schmidt - this installation greeted visitors in a an antique dining room setting as they first approached the gallery space.
Shot from opening night Oct 2015

Photo by Josie Mintz
View of the first gallery room, with a piece by Grace Heaney
Oil painting by Jennifer Cronin
Shot from opening night 2015

Photo by Josie Mintz
Walter, by Karl Jahnke
View of the gallery highlighting Curio by Karl Jahnke
The Shoemaker's Son by Vince Natale
Digital Photograph by David Feingold
Hide in Plain Sight
Monotype with colored pencil
James Deeb
Enter Artist's Name:
Heading banner includes images by Karl Jahnke, David DeCesaris, Michael Depue & David Soderstrom
Exhibition Timeline:

Early Bird submissions: 6/30
FInal Deadline: 8/12

Jury fee:
$20 through 6/30
$25 7/1 - 8/12

Notifications of 
acceptance by 

Hanging Fee due 
by 9/1 ($25 per artist, not piece)*

Shipping/drop off dates TBA.

The show will
be hung Sat 9/28,
& remain up through October.

Awards presented 
on opening night.

Estimated artwork pick up
dates: 10/28 & 10/31.

The opening 
night event will
be the 1st Friday, 
October 4,  5-8 pm

Exhibit location:
Historic Dole Mansion
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
401 Country Club Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60014