2017 Artist Awards

Best in Show 1st Place: $1500 - Reiko Uchytil (Ceramics) - Grimes, IA

Best in Show 2nd Place: $1300 - Ivy Solomon (Jewelry) - Oak Park, MI

Best in Show 3rd Place: $1000 - Kate Tillman (Mixed Media) - Lakeville, IN

Category Winners: $750 each**

  • Best New Artist (Mixed Media) - Dan Hay, Frostproof, FL
  • Acrylic - Dominic Cheng - ForestPark, IL
  • Ceramics - Richard Gruchalla - Duluth, MN
  • Drawing - Kim Russell - Wisconsin
  • Fiber - Kara Kirchner - Bloomington, IL
  • Glass - Ray Lapsys - Wheeling, IL
  • Jewelry - Megan Tippy Reese - Pawnee, IL
  • Metal - Cliff Matyszczyk - Wales, WI
  • Mixed Media - Kim Caisee, Hannibal,MO
  • Oil - Kathleen Green, Groveport, OH
  • Other - Chuck Wimmer, Brecksville, OH
  • Photography - David Barthel, Sauk Rapids, MN
  • Sculpture - Abraham Mohler - Saint Louis, MO
  • Wood - Steve Martin - Carterville, IL

** The artists receiving a category award must have the majority of his/her work in that particular category. Artists receiving category awards are not eligible for merit awards. A category award will not be awarded if there are fewer than five exhibiting artists in that category.

Awards of Merit: $500 each (between 1-5 merit awards may be awarded each year)
1. Jimmy Langford (Metal) - Cumming, GA
2. Karin Connolly (Photography) - Orlando, FL
3. Annette Poitau (Oil) - Oberlin, OH
4. Lois Neal (Jewelery) - Squires, MO

Children's Tent 1st Place: $500 - Char terBeest Kudla (Fiber) - Baraboo, WI
Children's Tent 2nd Place: $400 - Steven Martin (Wood) - Carterville, IL
Children's Tent 3rd Place: $300 - Reiko Uchytil (Ceramics) - Grimes, IA

Civic Purchase - Stuart Roddy (Oil), Coleta, IL

All Fair winners (not including the Civic Purchase) are exempt from jurying into the next year's Fair and will automatically be invited to return.