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Dandelion Gallery & Studio

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Taking Pride 
Community Exhibition 
Enter Now through June 1st, 2023

Pride Month is dedicated to celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities.  This art exhibition is about uplifting LGBTQIA+ voices, recognizing LGBTQIA+ history, and fighting discrimination. During Pride 2023, Dandelion Gallery & Studios, its affiliates and Waukegan Friends want to celebrate LGBTQIA+ artists.


Seeking artwork that honors and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community.  We welcome perspectives from LGBTQIA+ artists on their unique viewpoints and experiences. What does Pride mean to you?  What makes you proud of who you are?  What message do you want to share about your journey?


Artist Eligibility:  Any artist who identifies as LGBTQIA+ that resides in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Artwork Eligibility: Original artwork only. Categories may include but not limited to: Painting, Drawing, Mixed-Media, Sculpture, Photography, Metalwork, Textile, etc.  The maximum size for large sculptures/ 3D art is 12 inches high x 15 inches wide/deep. All wall art entries must be appropriately mounted and framed, complete with wire across the back for hanging.  It is the responsibility of the artist to provide necessary equipment to properly display their artwork.  Artwork that does not comply with these show standards will not be accepted. Limited entries. Artists will be selected to exhibit by a Jury

of selected members from both Dandelion Artist Alliance and Waukegan Friends. 

Important dates of entry and celebration:

  • Entry Deadline: June 1st, 2023 at 11:59pm.

  • Curating and Hanging: June 11th 1:30-4:00pm.  A responsible party is responsible for the handling, displaying, and hanging of the artwork and artwork tag(s) ( Name of artwork, medium, size, short description of the artwork). Tags of the artwork must be typed out and printed (on business card size tags). 

  • ArtWauk: June 17th, 2023 during between 5-9pm 

  • Waukegan Friends Private Benefactor Cocktail Reception the evening of June 15th (additional details to follow). 

Please check all arrival, show, and release dates carefully! See below for complete entry information. Reception/Waukegan Friends Celebration date is tentatively scheduled for June 15th. 

Interested in being a Mission Donor? E-mail us:


 Contest Rules:

  1. Entries may submit up to 3 pieces to be considered. A single piece of art will be selected for each participant.  This juried exhibition accepts entries in a diverse range of media, including but not limited to Painting, Drawing, Mixed-Media, Sculpture, Photography, Metalwork, Textile, etc.. Artwork must fit the theme and meet the criteria. Artwork that may not be selected to be exhibited may be selected for other community exhibitions that are conducive to the theme. 

  2.  Performing Artists including but not limited to (Acting, Performing, Reciting, Demoing) are also encouraged to participate and would need to upload a short video of such performance.  Performance must fit the theme.  Performances will only be considered for ArtWauk. 

  3. All artwork must be original and created by the entry artist. All artwork must have a completed entry tag secured to the upper right corner of its reverse side and must include the exhibitor’s name, short artist statement, title of entry, price or NFS (not for sale) listing, and media type. Artists receive a 60% in commission sales. 40% goes towards supporting the gallery. 

  4. Images of the artwork must be uploaded below for entry.  May support a short 3 min video of artist bio, and information on artwork. This video may be used for marketing, and shared with the community during the duration of the exhibition. 

  5. Entries that originate from copyrighted sources such as but not limited to Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Pixar, etc., or celebrity images, will be disqualified. Historical figures and landmarks are acceptable and represented in its true representation.  Seeking artwork that honors and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community.  We welcome perspectives from LGBTQIA+ artists on their unique viewpoints and experiences.

  6. Artwork should not contain anything explicit or harmful. 

  7. Artwork must not contain any inappropriate content or symbolism. Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios, NFP, Inc, reserves the right to exclude an entry if it is not acceptable as determined by Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios, NFP, Inc.

  8. The entry deadline is Thursday, June 1st, at 11:59 pm. 

  9. Entries will be judged by a jury.  

  10. Artists Exhibiting will be announced by Monday, June 5th, 2023. ​

Publicity: Please check below to grant permission to use submitted work for promotion. If this is not checked, then artwork will not be considered for exhibition.

Not all entries will be publicized online and on various social platforms and website; Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios, NFP, Inc, will exercise sole discretion in determining which artworks to exhibit.

We look forward to receiving your submission and honoring your artistic talents! Questions? Email:


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Admission is free. Donations welcome!

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Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios, NFP, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 C3 call 224-440-8006 or email For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 224-440-8006. 

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Donations may also be mailed or Delivered (with notice) to:
Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios, NFP, Inc
109 S Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085
Your entry will be reviewed after successfully submitting. It may take a few moments to process your submission. If successfully submitted you will receive a notification, and an e-mail confirmation. If you experience technical issues, please email Dandelion Gallery & Studio for assistance at

Thanks for submitting, we will be in touch soon!

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