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Art Exhibitions


Flights of Fancy Artshow

  ( will begin accepting applications March 1)


Annual International Juried Show

The highlight of our visual arts year is our annual international juried show in October with a gala opening and a $2,000 purchase prize. In 2010 the length of the show was increased from 4 to 6 weeks. Jurying takes place in early summer and applications are available online and at the Library. Inquiries may be made to


The 2012 theme was Journeys. We invited a number of artists who participated in previous shows to submit possible themes and this one seemed very appropriate. This was our 10th annual exhibition. 

The 2013 theme was Social Media.

Our 2014 theme is Pip Squeak: Small Works, Big Vision.

Our 2015 theme is Flights of Fancy: Unexpected Works of Whimsy.

Monthly Exhibitions

For 9 months out of the year the Library hosts month-long exhibitions by local artists and arts groupsTypically, these shows are booked a full year in advance or more and are open to practicing artists in the chicagoland areaIn order to apply for an exhibition, call 847-272-7035. Expect to show some examples of your work before approval is granted for a show. For email inquiries, write to and be sure to include "Monthly Exhibition Request" in the subject heading.

Northbrook Originals Juried Show

In April the library exhibits a juried show of artwork from Northbrook artists who are 18 years or older. The show is co-sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission. Northbrook Artists who are not on the mailing list and want to be can contact the Commission.

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