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Boardwalk Art Show 2017, 62nd Annual

Location:
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia (South)

Phone: 757-425-0000 x 320
Event Dates: 6/15/17 - 6/18/17
Application Deadline: 2/1/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $50.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
BOARDWALK ART SHOW SUMMARY
The Boardwalk Art Show (June 15-18, 2017) is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the East Coast, and this year will mark our 61st year! The show is consistently ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top 40 fine art shows. With an average attendance each year of more than 300,000, this four-day festival attracts collectors and artists from across the nation. The show runs along the Virginia Beach boardwalk overlooking the sandy beach and Atlantic Ocean.

Mission Statement
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a non-profit institution, which exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates individual thinking and dialogue throughout the community.
Proceeds from the Boardwalk Art Show directly support MOCA and help us fulfill our mission to provide thought-provoking, contemporary art exhibitions and children’s art education programs.

MOCA is the proud producer of the Boardwalk Art Show.

General Information
2017 ARTIST PROSPECTUS AND APPLICATION PROCESS
MOCA invites you to apply to be one of 275 exhibitors at the 62ND Annual Boardwalk Art Show along the Virginia Beach oceanfront June 15-18, 2017. BWAS enjoys an attendance of 200,000+ visitors to the resort area during peak tourist season. 

Calendar
2017 Application Available – 8/15/2016

Application deadline - 12/31/2016
$45 fee (non-refundable)
Late applications accepted until 1/31/17 - $55 late fee rate applies (non-refundable)

February 2017
Artist works are scored on a scale of 1 (low) to 7 (high) by a three-person jury panel and are given a score of the combined points from each juror. The top scoring artists are reviewed by the standards committee and then invited to participate in the show. Artwork submitted for the official poster competition will also be judged during this time.

March 6, 2017
Notification by email (Please do not call)

245 juried artists will receive an invitation by email to exhibit. As soon as an artist receives an invitation to the show, they can change their status on Zapplication to accept and purchase a booth. BWAS staff will then assign a booth number. Specific requests will be honored in the order in which payments are received. Corner booths and double booths are limited so it is recommended to pay for your booth sooner than later for best selection. After a booth number is assigned, a confirmation email will be sent out with information on show logistics and hotel accommodations.

Artists who advance to the final round but are not invited to participate are considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status.

April 1, 2017
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract, provide proof of liability insurance and remit booth fee

April 15, 2017
Last day to cancel participation in the 2016 show and still receive a 90% booth fee refund. Refunds will be forfeited after this date, no exceptions.

Boardwalk Art Show Dates & Hours
Thursday, June 15, 2017 
Noon to 6pm

Friday, June 16, 2017   
10am to 6pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017  
10am to 6pm

Sunday, June 18, 2017 
10 am to 5pm


Fast Facts
Location: Virginia Beach oceanfront along the boardwalk
Email: Jennifer@virginiaMOCA.org
Web Address: www.boardwalkartshow.com
Mailing Address: 2200 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Artist Sales: 2016 Artist Survey reports 81% of artists “covered expenses and made a profit” and of those 33% of artists “did exceptionally well at this show.”
Market Demographic: Strong local and out-of-town attendance of 300,000+. Median age: 53. Mean Income: $113,000. 12% of attendees have an average income over $200,000.

Images Required to Apply: 4 images of work + 1 booth image
Jurors: 3 paid Art Professionals including 1 working artist
Jury Format: Two rounds, first round scoring 1-7, scored by the date the application is received. Jurors may leave comments about their scoring decision on each application. Final round: review of top scores and juror comments through evaluation with standards committee.
Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with up to 3 applications. They must pay a jury fee for each application.
Application Fee: $45. Late applications accepted after deadline until 1/31/17. $50 fee applies. 
Booth Fee: 10’ x 11’ space $440; 10’ x 21’ $895 for double booth; Corner Fee $175 (limited amount of corners available) 
Awards: Approximately $25,000 is awarded each year. Prize money varies every year. Best-in-Show has been a $7,500 prize for the past several years. MOCA reserves the right to retain Best-in-Show.
Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 36 (determined by previous years’ award winners and highest scores by standards committee)

Security: 24-hour roving police and security on Boardwalk and beach.
Parking: No free parking. Limited trailer parking available in various lots a few blocks from oceanfront. Artists are encouraged to stay at oceanfront hotels to get free parking spaces.
Load-In: Dolly on or access booth directly with vehicle on Wednesday afternoon (The Drive-On Program). You must sign up for the program when you apply to the show. It is a question asked of you on the application. This is your only opportunity to sign up for the Drive-On Program.
Load Out: Dolly off boardwalk or access your booth via vehicle.

Artist Awards
Judging for cash prizes takes place on Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th. Three jurors are invited from around the country to judge the show each year. They are not exhibitors, but have professional careers as curators, gallery owners and college professors. Most are artists in their own right. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Prize money totals vary year to year and is yet to be determined. MOCA reserves the right to retain Best in Show.

Sales
Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Arts Festival. 6% sales tax is due to Virginia Department of Taxation and we will give you that paperwork in your registration packet upon arrival.

Support MOCA
All artists are encouraged to donate a piece of their work to the museum at the end of the show for an annual fundraising effort here at MOCA. Your donation will go a long way in supporting the exhibition and educational programming here at the museum. As a non-profit, we appreciate your consideration and you will receive a special ribbon to display and an in-kind donation form in your packet that you can use as a write-off on your taxes.

Collaborative Work / Multiple Applications
Artists must submit separate applications, unless applying as a team. If artists are accepted as a team they may only exhibit the collaborative work they were accepted for and both artists must be in attendance.

Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category may submit up to 3 applications. Each application must have its own set of digital images and jury fee. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Maximum of 3 applications. Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. 

Application Fees
Each application must be accompanied by a jury fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card, or they may pay by check made payable to Virginia MOCA (mailed to 2200 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451). The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt. Work will not be juried if the fee is not collected by the 1/31/2017.

Booth Space
Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 11' wide. Artists are to provide their own display booth, heavy weights, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment. Professional-grade tents and weights are required due to strong winds and are available to rent directly from BWAS through Zapplication upon acceptance into the show.

Liability Insurance
Artists are required to show proof of liability insurance, naming Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art as an additional insured. Short-term event policies can be purchased here  for those without existing policies.

Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit must accept the invitation, return a signed exhibitor contract, proof of liability insurance, and pay for their booth by April 1, 2017. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation.
 
Digital Images
Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist. Four images must be of individual pieces of work. The fifth image must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works to identify the scale of the artist's work and confirm consistency in work style. Note: any work outside of the medium and context of the 4 images submitted that may appear in the booth shot would not be considered accepted by the jury, due to its mere presence in the booth image. Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Boardwalk Art Show.
 
Media Categories
Media categories are used by MOCA as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases all types of fine art as well as diversity among media is a principal objective, we establish no quota or entitlement by media category.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. All work must be signed.

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered. The number of limited editions must be acknowledged on the application in order to be considered for the show. Traditional photographs taken through digital media should apply in the photography category. An artist statement must be in the booth explaining how this work was created. 

Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. Fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including two-dimensional, basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items may be exhibited, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.

Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects (for example, pressed wine bottles).

Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist has hand manipulated plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, are ineligible. Printmakers are required to disclose on the application their creative and printmaking processes as well as the numbering of their limited editions.

Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts or molds or production studio work is allowed. No strung beads.

Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media: Includes non-sculptural original work incorporating more than one type of physical material or process in its production. For example, an etching which is then painted or a collage combining handmade paper and photography. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes as well as the numbering of their limited editions. Photography printed on gallery wrapped canvas is NOT allowed.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
 

Rules/Regulations

RULES OF THE SHOW
1. All work must be original and made by hand. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on the application. Both must be present at the art show. If only one artist of a collaborative team is present, their work will not be allowed in the show.
4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire four days of the art show. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. BWAS requires photo identification at check-in and throughout the days of the show to ensure compliance.
5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
6. There is a $20 floor limit on price and at no time during the show will sale, grouping or discount signs be allowed.
7. Browse bins are not allowed in the first 3 feet of the front of your booth. They must be placed no more than 7 feet from the boardwalk railing.
8. No work may protrude outside of the artists booth space or inhibit a neighboring booth.
9. Artist statements describing technique, materials and processes must be displayed in the booth.
10. This is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given for cancellation due to weather. The decision to close the show due to weather is at the sole discretion of the Boardwalk Art Show committee.
11. MOCA reserves the right to remove any artist from the show for any reason.
12. See special notes and rules per media category below.

Media Categories
Media categories are used by MOCA as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases all types of fine art as well as diversity among media is a principal objective, we establish no quota or entitlement by media category.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. All work must be signed. 

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered. The number of limited editions must be acknowledged on the application in order to be considered for the show. Traditional photographs taken through digital media should apply in the photography category. An artist statement must be in the booth explaining how this work was created.

Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. Fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including two-dimensional, basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items may be exhibited, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.

Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects (for example, pressed wine bottles).

Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist has hand manipulated plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, are ineligible. Printmakers are required to disclose on the application their creative and printmaking processes as well as the numbering of their limited editions.

Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts or molds or production studio work is allowed. No strung beads.

Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media: Includes non-sculptural original work incorporating more than one type of physical material or process in its production. For example, an etching which is then painted or a collage combining handmade paper and photography. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. No reproductions or giclees allowed.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes as well as the numbering of their limited editions. Photography printed on gallery wrapped canvas is NOT allowed.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
 



Booth Information
BOARDWALK ART SHOW BOOTH SPACE
Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 11' wide. Artists are to provide their own display booth, heavy weights, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment. Professional-grade tents and weights are required due to strong winds and are available to rent directly from BWAS through Zapplication upon acceptance into the show.

Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit must accept the invitation, return a signed exhibitor contract, proof of liability insurance, and pay for their booth by April 1, 2017. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation.
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