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Wells Street Art Festival 2014
Show Dates: 6/14/14 - 6/15/14
Application Deadline: 12/20/13

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:

Media
Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

General Information
2014 CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Wells Street Art Festival is pleased to announce an open call for entries for the 40th Annual Wells Street Art Festival, to be held June 14th and 15th, 2014 in Chicago’s Old Town.


Note: the online application only accepts payments by credit cards.

IMPORTANT DATES

DEADLINE: December 16, 2013: Regular Deadline: Online applications must be received by midnight CST. 
Week of December 9th, 2013: Jury Session
Week of December 16th, 2013: Notifications are sent out (please do not call).
January 10th, 2014: Confirmed acceptance  and booth fees are due from accepted artists.
Late May 2014: Booth space assignments and other information sent out to accepted artists.
May 14, 2014: Deadline to cancel and receive 50% refund (less $50 administrative fee)
June 14, 2014: Artist Set-Up between 6:00 am and 7:30 am
June 14-15, 2014: 40th Annual Wells Street Art Festival

*Paper applications will not be accepted for the 2014 Art Festival

ABOUT THE WELLS STREET ART FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 40th year in 2014, The Wells Street Art Festival is one of the most prestigious fine art fairs in the nation, continuously ranked in Sunshine Artist’s Top 100 Fine Art Fairs. This juried event features the work of 250 national exhibitors and is attended by more than 70,000 art enthusiasts.

But it’s not just art that draws the upscale crowd to the event— the Festival also features the cuisine of 20-plus neighborhood restaurants, a music stage with continuous entertainment, a kids’ activity area, and an elaborate silent auction. The Wells Street Art Festival transforms Wells Street—the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town—into an open air fine arts museum.

The Wells Street Art Festival is the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association’s most important annual fundraiser with proceeds providing crucial support to various community endeavors.

JURY PROCESS

Categories
Please review the following category definitions. The Wells Street Art Festival has the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission.

  • 2-D Mixed Media-Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material and has relief depth of less than 1/8 inch.
  • 3-D Mixed Media & Sculpture-Original, non functional, free standing work of any material.
  • Ceramics-Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terra cotta).
  • Digital Art-Original, two-dimensional works utilizing computer technology to craft or manipulate visual images.
  • Functional Art- A functional, three-dimensional object which serve a purpose such as fiber objects, furniture, toys, wind chimes, etc.
  • Glass-An object made of glass (including blown glass and stained glass).
  • Jewelry- The use of several different materials (such as clay, glass, metal and wood) to form a body adornment.
  • Painting -The use of oil, acrylics, watercolor and tempera on canvas or board.
  • Photography -Prints or transparencies must be from original negatives.
  • Works on Paper-A two-dimensional design on paper (including drawings, etchings, monoprints, pastels and silkscreens).

    Artists may submit more than one application in separate categories.

    Jury Session
    Jurying is done separately for each category and is anonymous. The scale for jury is 1(low) to 7(high). Jurors are briefed to consider presentation, quality, originality, technical ability and booth display. The jury takes each image into consideration for approximately 10 seconds while the artist statement is read aloud. Jurors can request to re-view the artist’s slides and revise their score before final submission. Discussion is permitted. The cumulative score is processed and the top scores in each category receive an invitation to show in the Festival. The decision of the jurors is final.

    Wait List
    The next 20 highest scoring artists in each category are selected to be on the wait list. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show. Artists taken off the wait list will be notified by telephone. Called wait list numbers will be posted on our website.

    As artists withdraw we look at the ratios in each category and invite from the wait list with concentration on the media we feel needs more representation. The goal of the Festival committee is to maintain a balanced show; no quota is set for each individual media.

    Any wait list artist is welcome to show up the morning of the Festival during set-up and register at the “Event Command Center” located at Evergreen and Wells beginning at 6:00 am. If any no-show spaces become available, artists will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any artists accepted on the day-of must come prepared with a photo ID and booth fee in the form of cash or money order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    Jury Panel
    Jurors are selected for their experience and expertise in a specific media and serve on panels in their area. A diversity of backgrounds and skills is sought, including artists, educators, fine art and craft gallery owners and museum directors/curators. A new panel of jurors is selected each year to allow for fresh perspective.

    A separate panel of jurors is selected for on-site jurying. “Best-of” awards are given in each category.

    FESTIVAL POLICIES

    Rules for Participation
    The Wells Street Art Festival is a highly selective fine arts fair. Participating artists’ booths will be visited periodically throughout the fair by Festival Management to ensure that artists are complying with the rules. Artists will be asked to remove all work that is not in compliance. The Festival committee reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work not consistent with the quality and cohesiveness of submitted images. Artists that do not comply with Festival rules and regulations will not be eligible for refund and may be refused at other Special Events Management shows.

    1)All work must be original and handcrafted. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s). No work that has been made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans or prefabricated pieces is allowed.
    2)Reproductions must be clearly identified as such and may only constitute one third of the total display.
    3)Artists displaying work produced in editions must disclose edition numbers to the Festival audience.
    4)Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality and type that is shown in images juried.
    5)Artists must prominently display their Artist Statement along with a picture of the artist(s), describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used in the production of the work.
    6)Artists must be present with their work for the duration of the Festival. If the work is collaborative, each collaborator must be present. All artists must check in at the designated check-in points with a valid photo ID.
    7)All work must be for sale.
    8)Artists are responsible for collecting and paying the applicable Chicago Sales Tax (10.25%) to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

    Cancellation Policy
    If you are invited to participate and choose to cancel your acceptance into the Festival, please follow the procedures below:

    Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail or e-mail. E-mails can be sent to Rosalia Robinson, Exhibitor Relations at rrobinson@chicagoevents.com. A Special Events Management staff member will contact you via the phone number listed on your application to verify your cancellation. If your cancellation is made on or before May 14h, 2014, 50% your booth fee(less a $50 administrative fee) will be processed and refunded in approximately 3 weeks from the date of cancellation.

    Artists who cancel after May 14th, 2014 (including the day-of the show) will NOT be eligible for refund.

    No Show Policy
    Artists who have not checked-in and/or called the Festival Emergency Number (number will be available in confirmation materials) by 9:00 AM Saturday, June 14th will be considered a “no-show.” No Show artists will not be eligible for refunds and assigned space(s) will be forfeited to a wait-list artist.

    Rain Date
    There will be no “rain date” and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.


    BOOTH SPACES & ARTIST AMENITIES

    Assigned booths are 10’x10’ spaces back-to-back down the center of Wells Street. Double booths are also available, space permitting. All work exhibited must be confined to the assigned space(s). Artists are responsible for providing their own means of displaying their work. Tents, tables and chairs may be rented through Special Events Management. No overhangs/awnings are allowed. All artists must weight down their tents.

    Fees
    Booth fees will be paid upon acceptance. All booth fees are due in full by January 10th, 2014.
    10’x10’ - $550
    10’x20’ - $700 (as available)
    Corner Upgrade - $150 (as available)

    Event Hours
    Event hours are from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Artists may close down their booth at dusk (approximately 8:00 pm) but no traffic will be allowed on the street until pedestrians have been cleared and security/police have deemed it safe.

    Load-In/Out
    Artists will be able to unload near their booth during set-up and tear down. Artists can load-in only during their designated time and must check-in at one of the designated check-in points with a photo ID. The lane of traffic on Wells Street is only wide enough for one vehicle. Therefore, we depend upon artists’ cooperation to keep traffic moving at a pace that will allow everyone equal time to set-up. We ask that upon arrival at your booth location you unpack then move your vehicle before you start set-up. Wells Street will be closed to all artist/vendor traffic promptly at 9:00 am each morning. Artists will be responsible for hand carting in additional merchandise after this time.

    Space Requests
    We will do our best to honor any space request submitted in writing on the application. Artists who have guaranteed re-entry to the Festival will receive first consideration in booth selection.

    Electricity
    Electricity will be available for an additional $150. Desired booth location is not guaranteed as artists with electricity will be blocked together. Artists are responsible for bringing their own extension cords—outlets may be up to 50 feet from the booth space. No personal generators will be allowed.

    Parking
    Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis within a 3 block radius of the event site. Parking lot assignments are at the discretion of Festival Management; although individual requests will be considered, there is no guarantee of parking location. Parking passes will be provided upon check-in and passes must be placed on the driver’s side dashboard inside the vehicle. Access hours to secured lots will be provided with confirmation materials; overnight parking is not guaranteed.

    Security
    Overnight security will patrol the festival grounds on Saturday. Please keep in mind that security is limited so we request that you cover up all merchandise and remove all items of high value and small “walk away” items. Be aware of your surroundings at all times—especially during set-up and tear-down. Although incidents are rare, they do happen. Neither the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association nor Special Events Management is responsible for any loss, theft or damage.

    Artist Lounge
    The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association will provide an air-conditioned space (with real bathrooms!) at 1520 N Wells, Garden Level, open to all artists. Refreshments will be provided 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Artist badges for ease entering/exiting the Festival and Artist Lounge will be provided at check-in.

    Silent Art Auction
    A silent art auction will be hosted during the event; 50% of proceeds will benefit educational programs in the community and 50% will be awarded to the contributing artist. In appreciation of donation, artists selected for the auction will have guaranteed acceptance for the festival the following year.


    Postcards/Program
    All artists will receive 50 postcards for their own mailings. A festival program will be produced and distributed at the event. Artists will be given the opportunity to purchase ad space in the program for a reduced fee.


    More information about the Old Town neighborhood can be found on the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association website at www.oldtownchicago.org.


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