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Heart of America Artists Association
2017 Illinois River Salon

Illinois River Watershed Partnership and

Heart of America Artists’ Association present

The 2017 Illinois River Salon Art Exhibition


This is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

1.    Paintings and drawings will be considered including oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, and drawing mediums.
2.    No photography or wall sculpture. Questions about mediums can be directed to the Heart of America Artists’ Association.
3.    The subject matter and content of the artwork must be family appropriate as determined by jurors.  
4.    The number of selected entries for the full show will be at the discretion of the jurors.
5.    Must be an artwork completed in the past year.  Work created with guidance of instructor is not eligible.
6.    Artwork is not to exceed 30” in either height or width, not including the frame.  
7.    If accepted, artwork must be framed and ready to hang upon delivery. No Gallery Wrap or saw tooth hangers.  
8.    Artwork must be for sale, and must remain with the show for its duration.
9.    Artwork must be representative of the Illinois River watershed located in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. It will be assumed that artists submitting entries have gathered reference photos or plein air studies of the Illinois River Watershed region currently or in the past. Artist must be prepared to provide the relative location represented in their submitted artwork as we feel it will enhance the show for viewers. A detailed map of the area can be accessed HERE.

35% of sales will go to Heart of America Artists’ Association, 65% to the artist.

All sales will be handled contractually between the artist and Heart of America Artists’ Association.

We’ve assembled a Google map to give you a starting place for reference gathering or painting in the Illinois River Watershed. Go to this HERE

Seven works by seven different artists will be recognized for their merit with the following awards:
Best of Show $2,500
1st Place $1,500
2nd Place $1,000
Honorable Mention Awards (4) $500 each
Additional Sponsor Awards - TBD

How to Enter:  Entry must be made through  Up to three pieces may be submitted, and the submission fees are as follows: $45 for one, $55 total for two, $65 total for three. You will be granted membership to HOAAA this year with your submission to the Salon. Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Deadline for entries is September 27, 2017.

Entering Images: Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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Shipping: Complete shipping instructions will be sent with the acceptance notification to the artist. Artists are responsible for shipping costs both to and from the Gallery and must provide a prepaid return shipping label, UPS or FedEx account number or credit card information for return shipping. Artwork will be returned in the packaging in which it was received.  Please, no Styrofoam peanuts in packaging.  All shipped work will require a handling fee.

Liability:  Artwork will be handled with all reasonable care while in the possession of the Illinois River Salon.  The IRWP, HOAAA and Fayetteville Underground Gallery are not responsible for artwork while in transit. Artists must carry their own insurance if desired.  Artists are responsible for round-trip shipping and insurance of artwork.

Judging:  The jury process will be conducted by the founding members of Heart of America Artists Association, Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV.

Judge of Awards will be Jeff Legg - “Masterful” is a word often used to describe the paintings of Jeff C. Legg, born in 1959 in Joplin, Missouri.  He was apprentice to a well-known regional artist and college art professor by the age of 12.  This relationship laid the foundation for his painting and drawing skills.  He later went on to study at Atelier Lack and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

His luminous oils have established the national recognition and garnered numerous awards since he began painting full-time at age 30.  Legg is recognized as a Master Signature member by the Oil Painters of America.  His work can be seen in distinguished galleries across the United States and is highly sought after and collected in America and abroad.  He has been written up in American Art Collector magazine, The Artists Magazine and North Light Books to name a few, as well as being featured on the cover of Southwest Art and Art of the West magazines.

“I must diligently search my heart to find out what really moves and captivates me.  Truth is the essential ingredient in making art.   The human soul is hopelessly bound to express it.”   - Jeff Legg

Mr. Legg resides in the Northwest Arkansas Ozark mountains where he paints daily in his studio.

Important Dates:
September 27 - ­ Entry deadline
October 2 ­ - Notification of selected artwork
October 25 - 27 - ­ Selected artwork must arrive or be hand delivered between 11am and 3pm to the Fayetteville Underground Gallery. All selected works will be exhibited from November 2 – 26.
November 16 ­- Illinois River Salon exhibit and awards reception at Fayetteville Underground Gallery, 101 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR.
November 29 – December 1 - ­ Remaining unsold work may be picked up between 11am and 3pm or will be shipped back to artists.

Questions can be directed by email to: Heart of America Artists' Association (