The Art Center

Biennial Quad-State

The Biennial Quad-State show will not be held in 2021 due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned to the Art Center website for future updates on this event!

The information listed below is from the 2019 Biennial Showcase. 


Biennial Quad-State Prospectus Calendar

Monday, April 1 Deadline for digital submission
Friday, April 19 Notification and Posting of Judge’s Selections
Monday, May 6 Deadline for accepted works to be received at the Art Center
Saturday, May 18 Opening Reception 7-9 p.m. | Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
July 2 Deadline for Artwork Pick Up
July 6 Artworks with prepaid shipping labels will be shipped from the Art Center


We do not accept artificial intelligence-generated art (AI-ART) for the competition. Our competition is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating human creativity and artistic expression. We encourage artists to submit their original, human-created artworks that reflect their individual perspectives and creative journeys, allowing us to appreciate the depth and diversity of human artistic talent.

Best of Show-$1,500 to Gary Beaumont of Champaign, IL for Pulsar Planet, hanging earthenware platter

Second Place– $750 to Peggy Wyman of Macomb, IL for Enigma, fiber & pine needle sculpture

Third Place-$500 to Ann Miller Titus of Quincy, IL for Untended, fiber

Merit Award-$350 to Brian Roberts of Pella, IA for Nucleus, steel

Merit Award-$350 to Howard Kuo of Hannibal, MO for Don’t Slam My Door, watercolor

Honorable Mention-$200 to Sara Slee Brown of Iowa City, IA for Eamon Alan Diner, mixed media

Honorable Mention-$200 Leslie Hirshfield of Evanston, IL for The Magician, mixed media

Honorable Mention-$200 to Elizabeth Rankin of Quincy, IL for Puzzled, ceramic, painted found objects

Honorable Mention-$200 to Lee Stanton of Rolling Meadows, IL for I’m Not The Girl I Used To Be, Acrylic

Local Recognition – $200 to Cherie Sampson of Canton, MO for Enticing the Tide, video (performance for the camera)

3-D Recognition – $200 Leah deMatta of St Louis, MO for Dynamic Equilibrium, steel