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. 


This show is open to all artists in the US. All mediums accepted for consideration. 

All artwork must be original, and entirely conceived and created by the artist. 


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 with postage due will not be accepted by the gallery. Work sent without a return shipping label/paid postage will not be returned.


Please use the form found here to submit: 

An alternate way of submitting is below, if your device is incompatible with the above form: 

Visual Artists:
- 2D & 3D work is welcome for the exhibition. (i.e. painting/drawing, ceramics, photography, bronze, fiber, mixed media, etc.)  
- Submit up to 5 JPG or GIF files sent in one, single email. The files should be 600 KB or smaller. 
- Artwork information should include: title, medium, dimensions, price. (& weight if sculpture or heavy wall piece.)
- You are also encouraged to also send a link to your online portfolio.

*Please note the weight of any pieces over 20 lbs, any installation/space needs for installation work & if the work needs to be on a pedestal, if you will provide one.

-Include your name, address & phone number. Your email subject line should read: "Heaven & Hell Submission"

Submissions should be sent by email to by April 6.
The email subject line should read: Heaven & Hell Submission. 

Jury fees are non-refundable. Submissions without a jury fee will be considered incomplete.

Notifications will be made by 4/22. 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. If you have a mixed media piece or painting that is designed to exhibit without a frame, it will need to be professionally finished on all sides. 

3D work: the Old Courthouse gallery 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 without a refund.


The Old Court House Arts Center will handle sales. Commission is 30%. 


Joe and Kathleen Isacson, the Northwest Area Arts Council and The Old Courthouse Arts Center 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 The Old Courthouse Arts Center 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 & the Old Court House Arts Center from any liability resulting from the use of this information.  Photos of the opening reception, exhibit (possibly including artist & artwork) may be used to promote current and future shows. 


Jury fees are used to support the promotion and operation of this event and are non-refundable. Jury fees may be paid online or by check. Checks should be made out payable to Kathleen Isacson. Jury Fee is $25 for up to 5 images until May 15, $30 for fees mailed with a postmark of March 16 through Apr 10. Mail checks to Kathleen Isacson, 833 Blue Mound Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Pay online here: 

Artist Notifications will by made by midnight, April 22. When all notifications have been made, an announcement will be posted on Facebook here.

Enter Artist's Name:
Heaven & Hell is a national fine art exhibition that explores the concepts of good vs. evil, and the idea of a link between our experiences during life and after death.


Artists are encouraged to submit work that explores:

-heaven or hell
-either good or evil

-good vs evil
-heaven or hell as a metaphor
-your hopes, fears, beliefs & feelings relating to either

All mediums are welcomed for submission. 

The exhibit will be in the Old Courthouse Arts Center, located on Woodstock's historic square, NW of Chicago. You may recognize the square from the film Groundhog Day

J + K Isacson are curators for this exhibition, working in partnership with the Old Court House Arts Center. 

Adam & Eve 2017 National Exhibition at the Old Courthouse Arts Center. 

This exhibition explored the themes of beauty, loss and innocence.

Sculpture in foreground by Pat Brutchin
Adam & Eve 2017 Exhibition - detail shot.
To Be Heard June 2018 exhibition at the Old Court House Arts Center.

This exhibition explored themes of social justice and freedom of speech.
2018 Jan/Feb exhibition at the Old Court House Arts Center. 

Selections from this show went on to be in an invitational exhibition at the Freeport Art Museum Sept-Nov 2018.
View of the If You Only Knew invitational version of the exhibition at the Freeport Art Museum (Fall 2018)
View of the Adam & Eve exhibition at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock in Jan/Feb 2017.
View of the Lobby at the Old Court House Arts Center (w/custom made sign for the 2016 Future So Bright exhibition.)
View of If You Only Knew Jan/Feb 2018 exhibition at the Old Court House Arts Center.
To Be Heard June 2018 exhibition opening night - view of the south gallery.
View of the Old Courthouse Art Center on historic Woodstock square.
Exhibition Timeline:

Final Submission
Deadline: April 6, 2020

Jury fee:
$25 through 3/15
$30 3/16 - 4/6

(No hanging fee.)

Notifications of 
acceptance by 

Delivery dates for artwork: 
Thurs - Sun 5/22 -5/26,

Artwork up June 4 -27

Work must remain 
up through June 27

Artwork pick up
will be June 28, 2019.

Awards presented 
on opening night.

The opening 
reception will
be Saturday, 
June 6, 2020

Exhibit location:

Old Court House Arts Center
101 N. Johnson Street Woodstock, IL 60098