Art Competition

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

The 13th Annual Decorated Object Art Competition, sponsored by the Village of Arlington Heights' Arts Commission, will be held on Sunday, July 17 at the Frontier Days Festival!

The Village’s Arts Commission is looking for participants who have a creative flair and an interest in having a lot of fun! We are hosting the 13th annual “Decorated Object Art Competition” for all ages that will be showcased at the annual Frontier Days Festival on July 7 at Recreation Park. Decorate a Mirror, as a group or an individual, and bring your Mirror to Recreation Park on July 7. The competition will be held within the park near Belmont Avenue and Miner between Noon and 2:00 PM. For more information contact Derek Mach, Arts Commission Liaison, at 847.368.5232 or [email protected]

Criteria for selecting the winners includes artistic impression, originality, quality and aesthetic appeal. The winners for each category will receive a prize.

Open to all of any age. An entry could be designed by an individual or by a group.

The recommended size for the Mirrors is not to exceed 24” x 24”. No limit on the number of entries and one entry form per Mirror. 

Setup Date and Time

  • Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Recreation Park (Near Belmont Ave. and Miner Street)
  • Check-in is from Noon  to 2 PM
  • Judging is from 2 to 3 PM
  • Peoples Choice Award voting ends at 2:45 PM
  • Award Ceremony is at 3 PM
  • Mirrors viewed by Public  is from 3 to 3:30 PM
  • Mirror Removal/Pick Up is at 3:30 PM

Suggestions from the Community are encouraged as to what objects should be considered for future Decorated Object Art Competitions.

Application Form
Application forms will be available at the park on July 7. Forms will be completed the day of the event.

There will be five categories, with two prizes (first and second place) for all categories except the People’s Choice Award, for which there will be only one prize. The People’s Choice Award lets anyone vote for their favorite Mirror. The votes for the People’s Choice Award will be accepted until 2:45 PM. A jury of fine arts and crafts professionals will select the winners in the other categories. All winners will be announced at 3:00 PM. Prizes will consist of Downtown Arlington Heights gift cards. The categories include:

  • People’s Choice Award
  • Adult - 18 and over
  • Youth - 12-17
  • Child - 11 and younger
  • Family and Friends - Individuals working together

Deadline of submission shall be no later than 2 PM on July 7 at Recreation Park.