Event Information

Boston Mills Artfest 2013
Show Dates: 6/28/13 - 7/7/13
Application Deadline: 2/7/13

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

General Information
The Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft show. Since 1971, Artfest has been held at Boston Mills Ski Resort, nestled in the scenic national park, midway between Cleveland and Akron. This year, we are proud to celebrate 42 years of bringing fine art and fine craft to Northeast Ohio!
Artfest consists of two separate shows held on consecutive weekends. A Preview Night is held each weekend so that Artfest patrons can purchase art while sampling wines and hors d'oeuvres. The 2013 Boston Mills Artfest dates are as follows:
Boston Mills I (aka “The June Show”):
General Show: Saturday, June 29 (10am-6pm) and Sunday, June 30 (10am-5pm)
Preview Night: Friday, June 28 (6pm-9pm)

Boston Mills II (aka “The July Show”):
General Show: Saturday, July 6 (10am-6pm), Sunday July 7 (10am-5pm)
Preivew Night: Friday, July 5 (6pm-9pm)

Available Spaces for Artists:

The majority of the display spaces are located inside four large clear-span tents, with the remainder of the spaces positioned in an outdoor area. Those artists in the outdoor area need to bring their entire outdoor tent setup, and those artists located inside the four large tents can choose to bring as much or as little of it as they choose.

How do we set the show and decide which artists go in which spaces? Exempt artists are placed first, and then spaces are set according to jury score. We try to accommodate all artist requests for specific spaces and areas, but reserve the right to place applicants where needed to maintain a balanced show.

Space dimension and pricing vary, depending on location. Artists will not be permitted to expand past those specified dimensions. Only the indoor spaces have access to electricity, which is limited to 400 watts per booth. Outdoor spaces do not have access to electricity. Personal generators are not permitted. Below is a listing of prices broken down by space size and by weekend.

June Show
Outdoor Spaces 10' x 10' $300
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $350
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $350
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $400
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $500
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $500

July Show
Outdoor Space 10' x 10' $350
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $400
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $400
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $450
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $550
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $550

Artist Requirements

About Reproductions

Applicants must create 100% of all work displayed. Reproductions must be presented, either framed or matted, in portfolios/bins. They may not be displayed on the walls.

Reproductions must be signed and numbered--no open editions are permitted. Reproductions cannot make up more than 20% of the display, except in the case of photographers, digital artists, and all other artists who jury in under the "Multiple Images" category.

The Work on Display

Exhibitors will be permitted to exhibit only the specific type of work accepted by the jury of selection. Jewelry, for example, cannot be exhibited with another medium without being screened and accepted by the jury of selection.

Unacceptable items are: Imported work of any type, any work created by a person other than the exhibitor, "Art on a Stick" of any kind, greenware pottery, sculpture from molds, mass-produced factory art and jewelry, and any other items deemed by the Director to not fall within the spirit of our requirements.

Exhibitor Presence at the Show

Each exhibitor must be present for the entire show, including Preview Night. If accepted as a collaboration, both artists must be present.

Selling Your Work

Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents are permitted. Prices must be clearly displayed on all items. There are no commissions charged by the organizers on any sales.

Grounds and Security

Boston Mills will provide overnight security during the show. Pets are not permitted on the grounds. Upon request, contact information for local kennels will be provided.

Final interpretation of these requirements will be at the discretion of the Director.

Show Awards

All participating exhibitors are eligible for show awards and will be asked to submit one original work from their display for the Awards Judges to review. Each weekend, judges will award three Awards of Excellence ($1000 each) and Best of Category awards ($250 each) for a total of $7,750 in cash awards given out per show.

Award of Excellence and Best of Category winners are automatically exempted into the following year's show. Honorable Mentions are given at the judges' discretion, and those recipients have 3 points added to next year's jury score. All award-winning pieces will be displayed in our Awards Gallery for the remainder of the show, but may be replaced by the artist if a patron purchases the award-winning piece.

Jury of Selection: February 23rd & 24th

The selection of exhibitors is the duty of the jury of selection. The jury of selection will select 160 artists for each weekend of the Boston Mills Artfest, less the number of exempt artists who are confirmed for each show. Standby exhibitors are also selected during the jury process. The Director will add standby artists to the show by medium to maintain balance when openings become available.

Jurors are changed annually and are chosen by the Director from past award-winning exhibitors and other outstanding working artists. Our Artfest Director, Ron Beahn, will serve as the jury foreman.

The 2013 Boston Mills Artfest will be held June 28- June 30, and July 5-July 7.

Applications for the 2013 Boston Mills Artfest will be accepted in the following mediums:
Traditional Acrylic/Oil
Conceptual Acrylic/Oil
Multiple Images (includes digital images & photography)
Wearable Fiber
Non-Wearable Fiber
Mixed Media

Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CDs of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

Exempt artists will need to contact Boston Mills Arfest either via phone (800-875-4241) or email (info@bmbw.com) for directions on how to apply without paying the fee. Exempt artists are 2012 cash award winners from both shows, and 2013 jurors.

Artists receiving honorable mentions are not exempt, but will have 3 points added to their final jury score.

UPDATE 3/20/13: We apologize for the delay in releasing jury results but our jury process was pushed back a week.  We are working hard to catch up and will have the results posted and sent out as soon as possible.  We thank you for your patience!

Jury results are scheduled to be released on March 18, 2013. Do NOT submit payment for a display space now. Payment for display space is due after acceptance, at which time you will also need to submit $10 for a vendor permit from Boston Township which will be included in your space payment. The State of Ohio requires you to purchase a $25 Transient Vendor's license from them for sales tax purposes as well. If accepted exhibitors do not pay their space fee by April 30, that space will be reassigned. No space fee refunds will be issued after May 15th.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in applying in two separate categories, please complete the application for your first category, then either email or call us to receive further instruction on how to apply for the second category. We will not be able to assist you in applying for the second category if you have not applied for the first.

Deadline for applications for the 2013 Boston Mills Artfest has been extended to February 7, 2013.