Art Contest for Bicentennial Celebration

Take Your Seat in the History of the State of Illinois

Sponsored by Your Wabash County Museum


Illinois is celebrating its Bicentennial with a year- long celebration taking place between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018.  During this time Illinois Bicentennial will celebrate all that is great in Illinois:  our history, our people and our communities.

To commemorate our state’s 200th birthday the Wabash County Museum is having a contest to decorate chairs.  The museum will even supply the chair for you to use!  Just drop in to the Museum on Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 2 and 5 pick up your chair.  All you have to do is decorate your chair with a historical theme of your choice that relates to the state of Illinois.  You may choose any medium of decoration such as:  paint, fabrics, drawings, collage, etc.

This contest begins immediately.  To be judged you must bring your decorated chair to the museum.  All who return their chair for judging will receive a $2 bill.  Judging will be during the week of July 4th.  The winner in each category, for the best decorated chair with a historical theme, pertaining to the state of Illinois, will receive a $50 bill.  Chairs will be judged on theme, creativity and artistic endeavor.

              The categories are:

              #1  6 to 10 years old

              #2  11 to 16 years old

              #3  16 years or older

              #4  made together by the family

After judging, your chair will be displayed.  Following a one week period of display you may pick up your chair to keep.  The Wabash County Museum wants you to have YOUR SEAT in the history of the state of Illinois.  Winners must be available for a photo. 

The chairs available are standard mid-century armless desk chairs made of chrome and hard plastic.  When completed the artwork must still resemble a chair and must be able to stand freely.  A limited number of chairs are available.  The artist may add on or modify the chair with any materials, so long as the materials do not pose a safety hazard.  Only 47 chairs are available.

Each chair should have a title and a 1 paragraph with a written description may accompany the chair.


Entry Form

Name(s) ________________________________    Age __________________

Address _____________________________   Contact phone # _____________


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