Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair

Springfield, IL 62705

Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.

The Old Capitol Art Fair, centered in Springfield, Illinois, reigns as one of the most popular, juried art fairs in the country. Originally developed to contribute to the community's cultural, social, and economic growth, the Fair has become an acknowledged success and a model for fairs in other cities.

History of the Fair

The Old Capitol Art Fair was initiated in 1961 by the then Executive Director of the Springfield Central Area Development Association, William Montague. Beginning in 1961 the original concept was defined by the purpose: "Economic, social, cultural, historical and physical aspects of the central area of Springfield, so as to enhance the City, County, and State, and to make a model Capitol City to be observed by other cities of the nation as a source of pride and emulation."

Initially several community organizations sent representatives to a planning conference. Participating were: the Illinois State Museum, the Springfield Art Association, the Women's Club, Springfield Junior League, the Planning Commission, Springfield Chapter of Architects and Premiere Plus Art Gallery. The initial meeting produced the rules and financial needs, as well as the original goals.

These goals are stated:

-To bring Illinois and neighboring states' artists together to a one-day fair.
-To educate the public and provide a chance to purchase original art.
-To supply a cultural event which fulfills the goals of Springfield Central Area Development Association.
-To develop a civic art collection for the city of Springfield.

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