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Art Spectacular was ranked in “The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States” in 2015, 2016 2017 & 2018 by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the only art fair in Central Illinois with this distinction. In 2018 Art Spectacular is in the Top 20 at #18!

The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At Art Spectacular this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world’s finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.

September 12, 2020   –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September 13, 2020   –   10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Held annually on the 2nd full weekend of September)

Art Fair – Free.
Free Parking in the Park and surrounding side streets.
For the safety of pets, people and artwork, only Service Animals Allowed.

What is Art Spectacular? It is a multi-experience festival of art and music. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Board Member, Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a professionally juried fine art and craft show featuring collector- and museum-quality works of art and crafts. Over two days, Art Spectacular attracts approximately 5,500 to 6,500 attendees. Works of art and crafts range from $50 to $7,500. In addition to a silent auction and gift basket raffle, the event also features hourly carillon performances and other performances by local musicians.

High School art students throughout Sangamon and Menard Counties competed to be included in the ten juried finalists who will display their artwork at Art Spectacular and be judged for cash prizes. Congratulations to the ten 2019 Finalists:

Megan Brand – Rochester High
Olivia Collins – Rochester High
Paige Dowllar – Rochester High
Isabella Drum – Rochester High
Rachel Evers – Rochester High
Allorah Garner –Glenwood High
Jamie Hefley – Rochester High
Cass Manansala –Glenwood High
Zoe Nielsen – Springfield High
Amanda Wayman – Rochester High
(There is no charge to visit the Youth Art Showcase.)

2020 CALL FOR ARTISTS: Page 1 | Page 2
September 12-13, 2020

Who should apply? If you’re looking for an art fair that is loved by artists and patrons, with great amenities, awesome volunteers, reasonable fees, and an on-site, available producer, then consider applying to Art Spectacular at the Carillon! We cater to artists! Art Spectacular is professionally juried for quality and balance in Fine Art and Fine Craft. Art Spectacular at the Carillon is held on the lawn of Washington Park in Springfield, IL. Washington Park is next to a wealthy neighborhood of art-buying, appreciative and knowledgeable patrons who love Art Spectacular, and provides a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing venue.

Art Spectacular is extensively advertised in newspapers, TV, radio, billboards, patron invitations, newsletters, websites, signs, posters, flyers, e-mail, social media, and sponsors. Six thousand patrons from Central Illinois love this art fair for its size, quality of artwork, and balance of media. Featuring up to 50 artists, Art Spectacular also features a preview sale, patron bucks, demos, Kids’ Art Sale, Music, Food Vendor, Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle. Springfield is home to four universities, a community college, a school of medicine, a large medical community, the IL State Capitol, and the President Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Art Spectacular is a fundraiser for the world-class 67-bell carillon in Washington Park, one of the largest and finest carillons in the world.







Carillonneur’s Club:

Concordia Village

President’s Club:

Ameriprise Financial – Steven Koch, CFP
BJ Salon & Spa
Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home
Heartland Credit Union
United Community Bank
Zara’s Collision Center

Youth Art Showcase:

Carillonneur’s Club:


President’s Club:

Gregory P. Sgro, Attorney at Law


To be an awesome volunteer, please contact Barb Walker 217-787-3532 or dandbwalker58@gmail.com
Fifty volunteers are needed in half-day or full-day shifts on Friday to set-up the event; Saturday and Sunday, to assist artists, and deliver water; staff parking lot, gates, gift basket raffle, silent auction, Kids’ Art Sale, and the VIP tent; and close-down the art fair on Sunday evening. Enthusiastic Volunteers keep our artists and patrons happy and help make this a successful fundraiser for the Rees Carillon.

Local Musicians:
Would you like to showcase your talent and donate an hour or two of your time for the benefit of the Rees Carillon?
Please contact Barb Walker dandbwalker58@gmail.com or 217-787-3532

2018 Artist Award Winners:

• Best of Show: Lisa Becker – Glass
Best New Artist: Lois Gress Neal – Jewelry
• Favorite Artist: Karrie Evenson – Acrylic
• 1st Place Fine Art – Karrie Evenson – Acrylic
• 1st Place Fine Craft – Kent Epler- Sculpture
• 2nd Place Fine Art – Ken Tiessen – Pastel
• 2nd Place Fine Craft – Nancy Krahn – Jewelry
• Returning in 2019