Sugar Creek Arts Festival 2022

Welcome Artists!

We can't wait to see your art!  All applications are due May1st, 2022.  If you need any help with your application, we are here for you every step of the way!  Contact Doug Johnson or Kimberly Babin at (309) 829-0011 or email with any questions! 


We wish you luck and happy applying!

McLean County Arts Center

Application Process

How to apply 2022 Sugar Creek Arts Festival? It's Simple!

1.) Register at EntryThingy and submit (3) photos of work and one image of your booth display.

2.) Pay the $25.00 Entry Fee

To do so, click here: McLean County Arts Center - Sugar Creek Artist Application (

All applicants accepted will be notified on June 30th.

The Sugar Creek Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring one hundred and Thirty exhibitors from across the nation in a variety of disciplines.  This outdoor festival is October 8th & 9th in Uptown Normal, Illinois.  Sugar Creek will return to the beautiful streets of uptown Normal. The venue has ample parking for both artists and patrons, and with 20,000 visitors the festival has great public recognition. Sugar Creek Arts Festival is presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest.

If the state determines certain restrictions for the Covid19 virus, we will be in compliance with said regulations.  If regulations call for it, the festival may be canceled. 

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2022

Date of Notification: June 30, 2022

Booth Fee: August 31, 2022

Event Dates: October 8th & 9th, 2022

Categories: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Wood, Other

Entry Instructions:

The artist application to the Sugar Creek Arts Festival is a two-part process:

Part One: Submit Artwork Images through Entrythingy

Please fill out your information, artists desription and category, and submit high-quality digital images of three representative works in .jpg format. and a photo of your booth/ display set up. Jpg image files should be titled, saved, and sent as (yourlastname_1), 2,3 and (yourlatname,_booth).

Part Two: Pay Application Fee

After submitting your photos to EntryThingy, both the completed application and $25 application fee are due to the McLean County Arts Center by the deadline of May 1st, 2022.

SUBMIT $25 APPLICATION FEE HERE: McLean County Arts Center - 2022 Sugar Creek Arts Festival Artist Application Fee (

Applications will not be reviewed without confirmation of application fee payment. A non-refundable application fee of $25 can be made through our secure website at, over the phone by calling (309) 829-0011, in person at the MCAC (When we open again to public), or by sending a check to the MCAC at 601 N. East St Bloomington, IL 61701.

For additional instructions please follow the festival tab on our website For further assistance please e-mail


Terms of Entry for Entrants:
All fine art and fine craft will be accepted for jury. The artwork presented must be original and created by the exhibiting artist. All artworks must be for sale. No more than 50% of a booth may be composed of giclee prints or other items of this type. Castings from commercial molds, kit items, buy/sell items, unlimited series and/or mass editions will not be permitted. The MCAC reserves the right to exclude any work it deems unsuitable for display, or which was misrepresented in the application.

Artists exhibiting Buy/Sell Items will be removed from the festival and applications and booth fees will not be refunded.


Professional artists external to the MCAC serve as paid jurors.

If the state determines certain restrictions for the Covid19 virus, we will be in compliance with said regulations. If regulations call for it, the festival may be canceled.

Instructions for Accepted Entrants:

All applicants must have a standardized white tent and proper displays. Booth Fees must be paid by August 31, 2022.

McLean COunty Arts Center

We encourage & promote the appreciation, study, cultivation, develpoment, and practice of the Arts in McLean County.  An Indepndent 501c3 non-profit organization, we are the arts agency for McLean County.