Event Information

Boston Mills Artfest 2017

Boston Mills Ski Resort
Peninsula, Ohio (Midwest)

Phone: 800-875-4241
Event Dates: 6/23/17 - 7/2/17
Application Deadline: 1/2/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Boston Mills Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized Fine Art and Fine Craft show. 2017 marks the 46th consecutive year that the Artfest will be held Rain or Shine at Boston Mills Ski Resort, nestled in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park midway between Cleveland and Akron.

Boston Mills is committed to producing a high-quality art show every year and we understand that great shows are made up of two components: talented artists and savvy patrons. We strive to attract both.

Positive word-of-mouth from satisfied art patrons and customers are our best publicity, but we work tirelessly all year round to publicize Artfest. More than 50,000 postcards are sent out to households who have visited the Artfest in previous years or are in locations with our targeted demographics. Cleveland Magazine prints the show programs and inserts copies into their June issue for distribution. Boston Mills also cultivates media and corporate partnerships to increase the dollars we put into each year's advertising on a mix of billboards, print, and radio.

Our show is artist-friendly. We have an Artist Dinner before the show's Preview to the daily newsletters, food discounts, and open lines of communication.  We take pride in Artfest and make it enjoyable for everyone.

The Boston Mills Artfest consists of two separate shows on consecutive weekends with 160 different artists at each show.

Boston Mills I is June 23-25, 2017 and Boston Mills II is June 30-July 2, 2017.

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 Cuyahoga Valley National Park, midway between Cleveland and Akron. This year, we are proud to celebrate 46 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 2017 Boston Mills Artfest dates are as follows:

Boston Mills I (aka “The June Show”):
Preview Night: Friday, June 23 (6pm-9pm)
General Show: Saturday, June 24 (10am-6pm) and Sunday, June 25 (10am-5pm)

Boston Mills II (aka “The July Show”):
Preivew Night: Friday, June 30 (6pm-9pm)
General Show: Saturday, July 1 (10am-6pm), Sunday July 2 (10am-5pm)

Available Spaces for Artists:

The majority of the booth 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.  Artists inside the four large tents can bring as much or as little of it as they choose.  All booths must have a backdrop so patrons cannot see into the storage area.

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.

Booth dimensions and pricing vary depending on location. Artists will not be permitted to expand past those specified dimensions. Only the indoor booths have access to electricity, which is limited to 400 watts per booth. Outdoor booths 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.  Each fee includes the $10 Vendors fee that our local township requires for each artist. You may request two 10' x 10' booths in a row to make one 10' x 20' booth with a 20' opening.  There will be space in your application to request this double space.

June Show
Outdoor Spaces 10' x 10' $310
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $360
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $360
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $410
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $510
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $510

July Show
Outdoor Space 10' x 10' $360
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $410
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $410
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $460
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $560
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $560

Artist Requirements & Jury Details

About Reproductions

Reproductions must be presented, either framed or matted, in portfolios/bins.  They may not be displayed on the walls.  All Reproducation must be signed and numbered--no open editions are permitted.  Reproducation cannot make up more than 20% of the display, except in the case of Photography and Computer Art.

The Work on Display

Exhibitors will be permitted to exhibit only the specific type of work accepted by the jury of selection. For example, Jewelry 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, 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

All work must be for sale. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents are permitted. Prices must be clearly displayed on all items and sale signs are not permitted. There are no commissions charged by the organizers on any sales.

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

Grounds and Security

Boston Mills will provide overnight security during the show. Pets are not permitted on the grounds. Upon request, contact Boston Mills Guest Services for local kennels.  There is no driving and/or parking within the show grounds.  We do have a limited number of parking spaces behind the North and East tents for unloading/loading.  All artists will need to dolly their display/artwork anywhere from 30 ft. to 300 yards depending on booth locatio and available unloading parking.  Artists must bring their own dollies.  If assistance is needed loading-in and setting up or tearing down, we recommend Labor Ready in Akron who should be contacted at 330-899-0783 at least a week prior to Boston Mills Artfest.

Show Awards

All participating exhibitors are eligible for show awards and will be asked to submit one original work from their display to the jury room for the Awards Judges to review. Judges will award $7500 each weekend: three Awards of Excellence ($1000 each), sixteen Best of Category awards ($250 each), and one Peoples Choice Award ($500).  The award judges will be announced at a later date.

Award of Excellence, Best of Category and the Peoples Choice Award winners are automatically accepted 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 and are for sale. Artists may replace sold work with another of their choice.

Our Show Awards Jurors will be as follows:
June Show 
Anna Arnold, Director, The Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, OH

July Show
John W. Carlson, Artist, Art Instructor BAYarts, Bay Village, OH
Freehand Southward, Professor Cleveland Art Institute, OH

Jury of Selection: January 24 & 25, 2017

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 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.

The jury dates are January 24 & 25 and the jury foreman will be Artfest Director George Whitten.

Fine Art Jury 
Deborah Banyas
George Kocar
Paul McClain
Patrick Whalen
Richard Skelton
Fine Crafts Jury 
Tim Niewiadomski
Joseph Cyberski
Rebecca Hungerford
Gail Russell
Mark Sudduth
Michael Martell

Applications for the 2016 Boston Mills Artfest will be accepted in the following mediums:
Drawing (Pastels and Printmaking)
Mix-Media (2 or more physical materials)
Wearable Fiber
Fiber (Paper Making)
Computer Art

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

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 2016 cash award winners from both shows and 2017 jurors.

Artists receiving honorable mentions are not exempt but will have 3 points added to their final jury score.  This is handled in house by our Director; there is no need to contact us if you were an Honorable Mention winner last year.

Jury results are scheduled to be released on February 28, 2017. Payment for booth space is due after acceptance, which will include the $10 Boston Township Vendors Fee that Boston Mills obtains on your behalf. Also, the State of Ohio requires each artist to purchase a $25 Transient Vendor's license for sales tax purposes that each artist will need to obtain on his/her own. Accepted exhibitors must pay their booth fee by March 31, 2017, or that booth will be reassigned. The last day to withdraw from the Boston Mills Artfest and recieve a 90% booth refund is April 30, 2017.

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 the 2017 Boston Mills Artfest application is December 31, 2016.