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posted: 12/20/2013 9:53 AM

Naperville Art League sponsoring public contest

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For the 10th consecutive year, the Naperville Art League is inviting individuals to enter an original work of art in its public art contest.

This year's theme, "Grounds for Potential," was inspired by the collaboration between the arts organization and fellow nonprofit Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry. By creating a partnership for the competition, both groups hope to reach a larger audience and raise awareness of their presence in the community.

Eligibility for participation in the competition is open to high school students, college students and adults.

Entrants can submit pieces interpreting the theme in virtually any media. Pieces may be representational or abstract and must be original in design, concept and execution.

Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and awards of excellence. Winning entries will be considered for inclusion on Loaves and Fishes' 2015 wall calendar. Applications and details on media, size and other requirements are available from the Naperville Art League by calling (630) 355-2530 or visiting

The works will be exhibited March 7-15 at the Naperville Art League's Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 N. Center St., with a special reception and awards ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. March 9.

"This is one of our most popular shows," said Debbie Venezia, executive director of the league. "It is always amazing to see how the participants will execute their interpretation of the theme."

Entries for "Grounds for Potential" will be accepted at the Naperville Art League's Fine Art Center and Gallery from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 15.

The entry form must be completed and affixed to the piece along with an artist's statement of 100 words or less explaining how the entry relates to the theme.

Details are available by calling (630) 355-2530, stopping into the League's gallery or on its website, There is a nominal fee for entering.

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