Illinois Department of Natural Resources seeks submissions for cicada-themed art exhibit – Muddy River News

SPRINGFIELD Illinois – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will host a cicada-themed art exhibit during the Illinois State Fair from August 8 to 18.

Illinois is the epicenter of a rare double cicada brood this summer, and IDNR wants to commemorate the occasion with a public art exhibit at Conservation World.

Anyone can participate in a junior exhibition for young people aged 17 and under or in an adult show for anyone aged 18 and over. The deadline for participation is Sunday, June 16.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest in crickets this year in Illinois. They are fascinating insects, and I’m excited to see what artists from across Illinois come up with,” said IDNR Director Natalie Phelps Finnie in a press release. “Artists can be as serious or as crazy as they want with this challenge. Realistic, creative, crazy, whimsical or kitsch: we are here for everything. We think the crickets would want it that way.”

Original artwork must reflect the artist’s best interpretation of a cicada or cicada brood. No AI-generated artwork will be accepted. Acceptable materials and media include paper, canvas, charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, markers, alcohol markers, ink, acrylic paint, oil paint, oil pastels, or watercolor paint. Photography is also accepted.

The artwork must not exceed 18 by 24 inches. Entries will initially be accepted digitally. Complete the entry form online and upload a clear, well-lit digital photo of the artwork. The artist’s name must be included in the photo’s file name.

Entries will be judged by panelists from IDNR and the Illinois State Museum. Finalists will be selected who will show their work during the fair. Finalists will be contacted and asked to submit their original artwork by mailing it to IDNR headquarters in Springfield. Participants are responsible for shipping costs. Artwork can also be delivered to IDNR headquarters or to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

During the fair, fair visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite cicada artwork from their phone. The winning People’s Choice entry will win a prize from IDNR.

For more information about the 13- and 17-year-old cicada broods emerging in Illinois this year, go online to IDNR’s Division of Education.