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WheatonArts is an internationally acclaimed arts community dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit in us all. The Festival of Fine Craft, now in its 21st year, is our premier annual event and one of the most highly rated shows in the Mid-Atlantic region. Named one of Sunshine Artist's 200 Best in 2018, this campus-wide event continues to grow in attendance, programming, and quality overall. Approximately 150 exhibitors, ranging from new & emerging artists to masters in their mediums, are carefully selected by a jury of WheatonArts professionals and experienced staff artists. We take pride in maintaining an artist-friendly show with a high standard of quality, and are continually working toward a balance of mediums, styles and techniques. WheatonArts provides convenient day-before set up, overnight security, booth sitters, and unequaled hospitality throughout the show. Lodging at reduced rates is offered to exhibitors at some nearby hotels. Open Studios, craft demonstrations, live music, exceptional food, and a variety of interactive activities add to the excitement, making the festival both entertaining and educational.
Applications and Eligibility
We encourage you to apply if you produce original work in any of the following mediums or categories: artisan food, clay (decorative, functional, or sculptural), clothing, fiber (decorative or wearable, including basketry), fine arts (2D paintings or drawings), furniture and lighting, glass (decorative, functional, or sculptural, including stained glass), handmade soaps or other household/skincare items, jewelry (fine or fashion), leather, metal, mixed medium, musical instruments, photography, stone, and wood (decorative, functional, or sculptural).
Deadlines & Dates
The deadline to apply to the Festival of Fine Craft is Saturday, April 20, 2019 Midnight EST.
Late applications will not be processed or sent to jury. A post-jury application may open by invitation only if there is a need for additional exhibitors in a specific category and there are not waitlisted applicants in that category.
Jury results will be mailed to applicants in late May 2019.
Cancellations for accepted applications must be made by July 31, 2019 in order to receive a refund for your booth deposit.
Final payment for accepted applicants will be due by August 31, 2019.
WheatonArts does not currently require an additional fee to apply to the Festival of Fine Craft. All submissions must be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of 50% of your total booth fee. Upon acceptance, your deposit will be process and you will receive a remaining balance notification. Should your application not be accepted, your deposit will be returned to you.
Available booth space fees are as follows*:
Outdoor Space 10' X 12' without electric: $300.00
Outdoor Space 10' X 12' with electric: $340.00
Inside Event Center (electric included) 10' X 10': $390.00
Event Center Corner (electric included) 10' X 10': $415.00
WheatonArts requires each applicant to submit five (5) digital images to be uploaded with the application. Applicants should prepare four (4) images of their most recent work and one (1) image of their intended booth display. Image requirements are as follows:
All submitted images should be a high resolution (minimum 300 dpi at 5 x 7 inches) and should be submitted in .jpeg or .jpg or .tiff format. In order to upload images properly, pixel count on the longest side of the image should be at least 2100 pixels.
Each file name should be titled with Artist’s Last Name ONLY and numbered 1 through 5 to correspond with the entry form. Example: Smith1, Smith2, etc.
WheatonArts will not accept emailed or printed images for jury.
Images must display an accurate representation of the object as it was originally photographed. Acceptable manipulations include: size of the file, lighting, color correction, background manipulation, and/or adjustments that do not affect the object itself.
Booth images should represent a current, previous, or intended display that includes either objects being submitted or the artist/exhibitor. Booth images should be clear and unmanipulated with the exception of file sizing and lighting or color correction.
Professional photography of all objects is highly recommended. Acceptance into the Festival of Fine Craft is based largely on the quality of the work shown in your images. Quality images also allow for more marketing opportunities. WheatonArts suggests using a single color or gradient grey background for all object images.
We encourage returning applicants to submit at least two images of new work. Marketing and promotional efforts focus on newer pieces.
Booth fees include the following:
Exhibitor badge plus one assistant badge (additional badges can be purchased)
Artist listing in the print show directory and on the show website
Booth fees DO NOT include:
Decorative or display services or items such as tents, pipe and drape, shelving, tables, linens, carpet, etc.
Crate removal or storage
Move-in or move-out assistance
Accepted vs. Waitlisted
WheatonArts will accept up to 150 artists into the Festival of Fine Craft. Applicants may be waitlisted if the accepted number of applications exceeds 150 or if the number of applicants in one category exceeds the amount of exhibitors permitted in that category. Waitlisted applicants will be on stand-by up to the week prior to show or until cancelled by the applicant.
Late applications will not be processed or sent to jury. A post-jury application may open by invitation only if there is a need for additional exhibitors in a specific category and with no waitlisted applicants in that category.
WheatonArts does not currently require an additional fee to apply to the Festival of Fine Craft. All submissions must be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of 50% of your total booth fee. Upon acceptance, your deposit will be processed and you will receive a remaining balance notification. Should your application not be accepted, your deposit will be returned to you.
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