GALEX is the combination of the words Galesburg and Exhibit. What began as a regional competition has grown into a national competition and exhibition celebrating its 53rd year.  Open to artists working in all mediums, this year's juror, Harlow Blum, Emeritus Professor of Art, Monmouth College, will award over $2,500 in prizes choosing over 50 works for the exhibition. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: January 26, 2019 at 11:59pm


• GALEX is open to all artists residing in the United States.
• All work must have been completed within the last three years and MUST NOT have
been previously shown in Galesburg Civic Art Center galleries or gift shop.
• Art must be the original work of the artist.
• All mediums are accepted; however, work is not to exceed 100 pounds or be unstable.
• Two-dimensional work may not exceed five feet, and must be wired and ready to hang. Plexiglas is preferred for framed work.
• No work will be suspended from the ceiling.
• One entry (up to four works) per artist.


Harlow B. Blum received his BFA (Painting) from the University of Illinois (1956 ), MA (Painting) Michigan State University (1959), and MFA, (Printmaking) Syracuse University (1966).  He taught art at Monmouth College (1959-1999). He has continued to create collage paintings from his studio in Monmouth.  He currently has a Retrospective Exhibition on display at the Buchanan Art Center in Monmouth through January 4, 2019.

Harlow Blum, Emeritus Professor of Art - Monmouth College

Harlow Blum, Emeritus Professor of Art - Monmouth College

I look forward to serving as Juror for the 53rd Annual GALEX Exhibition.  In viewing the art work being submitted for inclusion, my selections will be based on the aesthetic characteristics of each work, as well as its originality, use of materials, and its structure.


Blick Art Materials Purchase Award $1000
One piece is chosen each year to expand the Art Center’s Permanent Collection. The artwork is not returned to the artist, $1000 is awarded regardless of the price of the piece. It is optional to be considered, please indicate whether your piece is eligible - mark your identification form, included with notification, with a yes or no.
Lonnie Eugene Stewart Award of Excellence $600
Merit Award $400
Medallion Award $300
Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award $100
Robert Reed Memorial Sculpture Award $150


January 26........................................ entry deadline
February 12............................... notifications sent
March 2..............................artwork due by 3:00pm
March 8.......................opening reception 5-7pm
April 6......................................exhibition closes
April 8-9.... artwork must be picked up or shipped back to artist


The non-refundable entry fee is $25 per artist for up to four pieces (4 images), or $20 for current members of the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Renew your membership or become a new member now!

All entries are to be submitted digitally through (CaFÉ). Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form. If you have not registered with CaFÉ, setting up your portfolio is free. After completing the entry information, a credit card number or check number will be required to confirm the entry process. CaFÉ requires all images to conform to a specific format, please review the instructions and tutorials for formatting images and entering before beginning the actual entry process. Entries will be accepted through the CaFÉ website December 15 through January 26, 2019, all entries must be completed by midnight CST on January 26, 2019. Accepted works that do not reasonably meet the quality indicated in the image can be refused. The Art Center reserves the right to reject any work that is not structurally sound or ready to hang. For technical assistance with your entry, please see or contact


Artists are responsible for the cost of ALL shipping. The Art Center prefers the use of a call tag or prepaid shipping label sent with the piece for return shipping. All shipped works will be returned in original containers with original packing. If selected, instructions for shipping and picking up or returning artwork will be sent to the artist during the notification process.


All sales made during the exhibition are subject to a 30% sales commission. Work that is not for sale may be submitted, but the insurance value must be listed.


All accepted work is insured for up to $1,000 for the duration of the exhibition. The Art Center is not responsible for items damaged due to improper packing or from damages that occur in transit. Work will not be insured for more than the retail value.


• The Galesburg Civic Art Center reserves the right to photograph works for the purpose of documentation, education and publicity.

• The Galesburg Civic Art Center is not responsible for work left longer than 30 days after the close of the exhibition.

• The Juror reserves the right to reject any work not conforming to eligibility requirements.

• Sending an entry to this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions of the prospectus.

For questions about exhibition guidelines, please contact