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 totally 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: "To Be Heard Submission"

Submissions should be sent by email to by April 2.
The email subject line should read: If To Be Heard 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, 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 Court House 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 & hanging 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 $20 for up to 5 images until May 13, $26 for fees mailed with a postmark of March 14 through Apr 1 Mail checks to Kathleen Isacson, 833 Blue Mound Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Accepted artists contribute a hanging fee of $30 (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.

Pay online here: 

Artist Notifications will by made by midnight, April 20. When all notifications have been made, an announcement will be posted on Facebook here.

Artist Name
To Be Heard is a national fine art exhibition focused on artwork that is controversial itself or explores controversial subject matter.

Concept: This exhibition focuses on controversial artwork and the power artists have to highlight issues and social causes.

Artwork that takes a strong moral stance can depict both the intensely personal experience or reflect society at large, If your work evokes strong opinions from people, makes them feel like they have to choose sides on a subject or challenges the viewer to think about a social issue in a new way, this show is for you. 

All mediums (and points of view) are accepted for consideration. 
We welcome work that voices both liberal and conservative values.
See the submission guidelines below for more details, or to submit. 

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. 
(This show is part invitational and part open call to artists. Invitational spots are currently filled.)     

Exhibition Timeline:

Final Submission
Deadline: April 1, 2018

Jury fee:
$20 through 3/13
$26 3/14 - 4/1

Notifications of 
acceptance by 

Hanging Fee due 
by 4/30 ($30 per artist, not per piece)

Delivery dates for artwork: 
Thurs - Sun 5/17 -5/20,

Work must remain 
up through June 29, 2018.

Awards presented 
on opening night.

Artwork pick up
will be June 30, 2018.

The opening 
reception will
be Saturday, 
June 2, 2018

Exhibit location:

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

A piece from "AmeriKKKa - Reflection of a Divided Nation"
Cesar Conde  - invitational artist
From the Postcard series
Mary Telfer, invitational artist
Consititutional Drip
Richard Houser, invitational artist
from the "Bang Bang Project"
Cesar Conde, invitational artist
from the postcard series
Mary Telfer, invitational artist
Baby Capitalism Suckling Mother Africa - Richard Houser, invitiational artist
From the series "Feeding Time"
Mary Telfer, invitational artist
Heading image: Photo by Joe Isacson
Model, Selena Lester