75th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 75th Phidian Art Show

April 5-26, 2024
The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 75th Phidian Art Show for 2024. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

The show remains on display until April 26. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Awards opening reception.

The show opens on Friday, April 5, with the awards ceremony and reception taking place the same evening, 6-8 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar are available at this time.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Tim Harrison of Milwaukee, WI. He is a curious, disciplined, and friendly creative director with over 15 years of experience working at global agencies and brands in New York City.

Although his professional career has been rooted in the digital arena, such as websites, social media, and video, he admires all mediums and welcomes the opportunity to luxuriate in more traditional art forms, like painting and photography. He received a BFA in Visual Design from Loyola University Chicago (2004). After graduating college, he spent two years in Spain, harnessing his art direction skills through Miami Ad School in Madrid (2010). After 12 years in New York City, he returned to the Midwest to run his creative agency in Milwaukee. In addition to working as a creative professional, Harrison has taught visual design courses at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and participated in various portfolio reviews for young professionals while in NYC.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballots at TNPS from April 5–19. The People’s Choice award will be announced at that time.

Come back to this page for the full list of award winners.

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event was started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

Artwork will be received at The Next Picture Show, Monday through Wednesday, April 1–3, from 2–6 p.m. daily. The entry fee is $15 for one artwork and $25 for two artworks, with a two-artwork limit.

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Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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Phidian Art Club Musicale

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Mark your calendars!

On Sunday, November 12, from 2-4 p.m., Arcomusical performs a unique program of percussion music at The Next Picture Show in Dixon, Illinois. The Phidian Art Club, established in 1890 in Dixon, Illinois, hosts this annual performance.

The Arcomusical band is based in DeKalb. They have a sister ensemble, Arcomusical Brasil, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. However, the group performing is based in DeKalb. The ensemble performs passages from the Lucumí “oro seco,” first on Afro-Cuban batá drums and then on Afro-Brazilian berimbau musical bows.

The Lucumí religion, Regla de Ocha – Ifá, is a rich and deep nature-based practice with deep cultural roots in Yorubaland, Nigeria. Its liturgy involves drumming, singing, and dancing, and the powerful and elegant musical language of the batá drums literally speaks a language that bridges humans with a pantheon of gods and goddesses known as Oricha. In Arcomusical’s unique musical bow arrangement, this drumming language takes on harmonic sophistication as the berimbau strings are tuned to beautiful intervallic ratios informed by the ascribed numerology of each of the orichas represented.

Before each musical offering, Arcomusical Director Gregory Beyer will discuss and detail the names of each of the Orishas, what they represent in the natural world, and how to best listen to this uniquely beguiling and sophisticated music.

This is a free event.

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Dixon, IL 61021 United States
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Awards announced for 2023 Phidian Art Show

Awards night canceled due to weather

For three years in a row, the in-person awards presentations had to be canceled. The first two years, it was COVID. This year, Mother Nature decided to send miserable, stormy spring weather.

Never fear. The judging went on anyway. Mary Jo Schuneman, a long-time local art educator, was this year’s judge. Just below is a listing of our award recipients. Congratulations to all of our talented local artists.

People’s Choice

The only award not shown at the time of this writing is the 2023 People’s Choice winner. Visitors are encouraged to visit The Next Picture before April 14 to cast a ballot for their favorite piece. The show remains on the gallery’s walls until April 22. Come in and vote!

UPDATE: People’s Choice is the same as our Best of Show, Matt Jagitsch.


“Don’t Breathe” by Matt Jagitsch, best of show for the 2023 Phidian Art Show
Best of Show AND People’s Choice | “Don’t Breathe” by Matt Jagitsch

…and the winners are

Myrtle Walgreen Best of Show Award
“Don’t Breathe” by Matt Jagitsch

Phidian Past President’s Award
“T. To J.P.” by Kitto

Roger Brown and Iva L. Gamel Memorial Award for Best American Scene
“Let’s Dry the Corn” by Julie Young

Robert Crowson Memorial Award
“Tramp Olay” by Elizabeth Jahn

Lesage Memorial Award for Realistic Style
“White Hollyhocks” by Karen Tucker

Ann Roe Memorial Award for Best Pencil or Pen & Ink
“Scarred Orange and Blue Bottle” by Elizabeth Coss

Jane Marshall Award
“Storyville” by Dan Bowman

Beverly Weber Memorial Award
“Old Truck” by Jerry Scheffler

Roxy Hey Memorial Award for Best Floral
“White Dahlia #2” by Karen Tucker

Ruth Wood Davis Memorial Award Watercolor 
“Yellow Hi-Flyer” by Craig Carpenter

Lucile Warner Award
“Great Uncle Paul” by Jerry Scheffler

Myra Nichols Memorial Award
“Slide” by Elizabeth Jahn

Marie L. Helin Memorial Creativity Award
“Shay’s Cat, Pan” by Amy Bailey

Mary Helen “Mame” Cooper Award
“Two on Two After School at Hefty’s” by Craig Carpenter

The Telegraph Award 
“UNITY Carpeted in Colors of Pink and Gray” by  Shirley Guay

KSB Hospital Award
“Lavender Abstract” by Jayne Rose

Caryl Crawford Fleming Memorial Award for Best Nature Subject
“Whisper” by Dale Tulk

Ronald Reagan Presidential Award for Best Regional Scene
“Iowa Sunset” by Perry Paliga

Mary Ann Ferolo Award
“What a Wonderful World” by Betty Predmore

The Next Picture Show Award
“No Show” by James Hey

HONORABLE MENTIONS

“T. To J.P.” by Kitto

“Our Hero: Uncle Ray” by  A. Elizabeth Anderson-Hall

“Symbolism of Peonies” by Laura Brown

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

UPDATE: The rescheduled reception on Apr. 4 was ALSO canceled due to another bad weather situation. This time we did not reschedule.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS at any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

CLICK HERE for the list of AWARDS

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event was started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

815-285-4924

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

74th Phidian Art Show

Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The 74th Phidian Art Show

The Phidian Art Club of Dixon, Illinois, presents the 74th Phidian Art Show for 2023. This is the second year TNPS has hosted this popular art event. The show puts local artists’ work in the spotlight. Awards are given in various categories, including American and regional scenes, nature, best floral, landscape, oil, watercolor, and pen and ink entries.

NEW DATE for Opening night and awards reception

The Phidian Art Show’s award reception, originally scheduled for Mar. 31, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the main gallery of TNPS. The awards program begins at 7 p.m. Due to tornado-like weather and multiple weather warnings, the opening reception had to be canceled.

The show remains on display until April 22. The original artwork and awards presentation exhibit takes place in our main gallery on the first floor during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here comes the judge.

This year’s judge is Mary Jo Schuneman. She graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. and M.S. in art education. As an art specialist, Shuneman’s students have varied in age from preschool to adults over her 25 years of teaching art in public schools. She is currently teaching art at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling, IL.

Peoples Choice Award

The public can vote for a People’s Choice Award for their favorite entry. Visitors to the gallery can cast their ballot at TNPS any time during the exhibition. The People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the show’s duration.

AWARD recipients | to come

About the Phidian Art Club

This annual event started in 1947 by the Phidian Art Club, a group formed in 1890 to promote art, literature, and music.

For artists

The Phidian Art Show Guidelines and Entry Forms are available for download just below.

Registration dates:
Monday through Wednesday, Mar. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. To make the registration go smoothly, be sure to download the entry form below and have your information filled out and taped to the back of each art piece. The volunteers at registration will help with any questions you may have.

113 W. First St
Dixon, IL 61021 United States
+ Google Map
815-285-4924

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