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Visual art is a key element of the Elgin Fringe Festival. Fringe celebrates bold artistic experimentation, showcasing artists' work across a spectrum of forms and genres. Artists are selected via lottery, and the exhibition is not curated. Artwork is on display during a free exhibition at Side Street Studio's Gallery during the festival week. Applications are open February 1 - March 1.

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The Fringe Visual Art Exhibition opens on SEP. 21st! 


How Do I Apply for Elgin Fringe?

Our applications for this year's festival are accepted from February 1st to March 1st. There is no application fee. No late submissions will be accepted. Artists are selected via lotteries based on the artist's location and representation. You will be notified of your acceptance into the festival within 90 days of the application closing date. If you have trouble submitting your application, please contact EFF Managing Director Jess Rocha.


How are Artists Selected? 

EFF selects artists via lottery and is not curated. The lottery categories are as follows:

Equity Seeking Artists: artists that self-identify as Underrepresented. This can include but is not limited to those who are BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community. The festival is always open to questions and concerns about who qualifies as underrepresented. All artists that are not drawn from the Equity Seeking Lottery are automatically transferred to the Local and Out of Area pools, respectively. 


Local Artists: The artists’ address is within 50 miles of Side Street Studio Arts’ Elgin address.

Touring Artists/Out of Area: The Artists’ address is outside of 50 miles from Side Street Studio Arts’ Elgin address.

What Happens if I am Not Selected? 

Have no fear! All artists not selected by the lottery will automatically be put on the waitlist in their respective categories. Wait-listed artists will be contacted within 90 days of the close of the application. 

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