Shop Local Artists Week

From December 1-7, 2019, Americans for the Arts asks communities across the country to join together to promote the sales of the work of local artists. Local art makes great holiday gifts!

DSI makes it easy by hosting two Old Capitol Holiday Walks, on December 4 and 7, during this time. We have several art galleries and many artisan shops in the downtown neighborhood.

Paint The Street 2019 presented by PNC

The Springfield Art Association is hosting a community block party where you literally PAINT THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD!

Anyone can come and paint the Street! Participants and groups will purchase a 6′ x 6′ square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. All participants and groups will receive an event bag containing: paint supplies (including the tempera paint which is water soluble/washable) and giveaway goodies from sponsors. A 6×6 ft square is $35

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Food stands and great music will be available throughout the day. Visitors will enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event, and for months to come, until Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year’s event!

2019 Paint the Street Professional Artist Category:
-Open to all artists.
-Registration $45. You must register in advance.
-Winners will be selected by a panel of art professionals.
First Place = $300
Second Place = $200
Third Place = $100
(More info on Professional Category is at:

Proceeds will go toward the operations and programming at the Springfield Art Association. Thank you to our Premiere Sponsor PNC Bank for helping make this event happen!!

Artists Paint the Alley

A tease of the unfinished mural by Jeff C. Williams

This Thursday, September 20, the alley just south of the Myer’s building will be filled with creatives and their fans from 5:30 – 9pm. Adding to last year’s successful art, 3 new professional artist murals will be debuted and an interactive mural will be painted the night of with public participation. A pop-up art show will also be on display just for the evening. Chicago based DJ and funk re-mixer, Acid Dad Crash Pad will be providing music.  Complimentary appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $10 online and $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit future public art projects, part of DSI’s program for downtown revitalization.

Although the celebration of this public art lasts just the evening, the muralists have been working for weeks to finish their pieces. This is the largest scale art most of them have ever created. Locals have enjoyed watching them progress each day and many stop to offer water, conversation and even help!

Muralist Bios:

Newcomer to the scene, Jen Santarelli is an abstract painter who is interested in breaking down common objects like maps and comic book pages into their most basic design elements. Using acrylic paint on canvas, her work has been included in shows at the Pharmacy Gallery, SAA’s BackDoor Gallery, Radon Lounge, and various pop-up art shows around central Illinois.



Jeff C Williams may be the most well-known in the bunch, as his local popularity stems from singing in the band NIL8. Jeff’s artwork is reminiscent of graffiti and tattoo art, which makes his talent an incredible fit for this event. He volunteers on many local boards, including The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space. Williams is a lover of bicycling, and has a true niche of combining his love of cycling and painting, landing his canvases in numerous galleries as well as on the cover of a national magazine.



Brytton Bjorngaard, Shane Harris, Allison Lacher, and Jeff Robinson are Springfield-based artists and frequent collaborators. They are colleagues in the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Department of Art, Music, and Theater. They were among a tight-knit group of artists that ran DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield that gained national acclaim, and served as Co-Directors of the space until its demolition in 2018. They are committed to art education through teaching, exhibitions, and community programs.


This event is only possible because of our sponsors: Solomon Colors, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, and PPG Paints. This year’s building facades were generously provided by the Nickell and Stern Families. Special thanks go to Springfield Art Association staff Erin Svendsen and Corrin McWhirter, members of the Design Council and champions for community art.


Downtown Springfield Shop Hop

Shop the Best Downtown Springfield has to offer. In this guided shop hop, participants will hop from shop to shop, meeting the owners, getting behind the scenes looks, and meeting the artists behind the works in our amazing art co-op shops.

This completely complementary tour, will give you chance to visit shops with a new perspective! Grab your friends, your family, your kids and make it a Saturday on the town or a mother-daughter day and enjoy Historic Downtown Shops!

Featured Artist Reception

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Featured Artist Reception for Penny Zimmerman-Wills

Penny creates whimsical arrangements with succulents and air plants. See event discussion for pictures of her work.

– Learn tips about growing, caring for and arranging these beautiful plants
– Enter to WIN a live arrangement
– Enjoy refreshments & snacks

Illinois Bicentennial Essay + Art Contest



For further detail of each topic please click above.

Bicentennial essay and art contests are open to students who attend a school in Sangamon County. Individual contest descriptions may limit the age and/or grade of eligibility based on selected topic or sponsor request. Immediate family members of board members of the Illinois Bicentennial Coordinating Committee of Springfield (IBCC of Springfield) or of the sponsoring organizations for individual contests are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law.


The winner of the Contest will be determined by judging all the entrants’ submissions based on the criteria established by contest sponsors. All entries to an individual contest will be judged using the criteria listed on the contest description. Judges will be selected by the IBCC of Springfield, but will not include members of the Board of Directors. The decision of the judges is final and binding on all matters relating to this contest.

There will be first, second and third place winners for each contest. Prizes will be different for each individual contest – review the contest description for complete information. All taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the winners or their guardians. The IBCC of Springfield will not be responsible for any loss, liability or damage arising out of any winner’s acceptance or use of the prize. All prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.

Selection of Winners: Winners will be selected within 30 days of the contest deadline date and notified by email. Return of prize or prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Entry and/or acceptance of prize(s) constitutes permission for the IBCC of Springfield to use the winner’s contest entry, name and/or likeness for advertising and trade purposes without further compensation or authorization, worldwide and in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, unless prohibited by law.

The IBCC of Springfield is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed computer or telephone transmissions, other technical difficulties or failures. The IBCC of Springfield is not responsible for any damage to user’s computer system from downloading/uploading any information necessary to participate in the contest or other technical difficulties or errors of any kind. Limit one entry per person. All entries become the property of the IBCC of Springfield and will not be returned.

The IBCC of Springfield reserves the right to terminate or modify this contest at any time for any reason. In this event, winners will be selected based on entries received to date of termination.
If you wish to receive a list of prize winners or have any questions about the Contest, specify your request and write to: IBCC of Springfield, P.O. Box 9108, Springfield, IL 62791-9108.


The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space presents • interconnectivity • The Pharmacy’s Twenty First Group Art Exhibition on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Original art being raffled. Original music created by Timothy Donavan Russell. Snacks and drinks provided. Donations encouraged.

Exhibiting Artists Include:

Wendy Allen
Shannon Bohlen
Joan Burmeister
Delinda Chapman
Eric Craddock
Bill Crook
Kristin Diehl
Jim Edgecomb
James Elliott
M. L. Finch
Edward Haber
Patricia Myers
Felicia Olin
Timothy Donavan Russell
Diane Schleyhahn
Janet Sgro
Jamie McCormick
Mary Ellen Strack
Andrew Tinge
Bernie White-Hatcher
Jeff Curtis Williams

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