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Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair 2017

Location:
Naperville, Illinois: Main & Jackson and along the Riverwalk in the downtown section
Naperville, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 630-355-2530
Show Dates: 9/16/17 - 9/17/17
Application Deadline: 3/27/17 Midnight CST
DEADLINE IS TODAY!


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Established in 1985, the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is among the top rated art fairs in the nation. Held annually on the prestigious Riverwalk in Naperville, Illinois, the two day event draws more than 74,000 art conscious citizens from near and far. Enjoyed by artists for its sophisticated crowds, attentive staff and beautiful location, the fair is recognized as a premier festival of fine art and fine craft. The show has earned the reputation of being well juried, skillfully organized and very artist friendly. A strong advertising campaign helps to keep this highly anticipated event a favorite of both vendors and patrons.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Jury Fee is  $35 if the application is submitted by March 27, 2017 and $65 if applying after the deadline of March 27 and before April 3, 2017.

General Information
The Naperville Art League proudly announces the 32nd Annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. We invite you to apply to our juried art exhibition and sale, which is held along the renowned Naperville Riverwalk and downtown city streets. The Riverwalk, considered to be one of the most beautifully maintained park grounds in the Midwest, features plants, trees, fountains and covered bridges along side a winding brick walkway. This paved path is a natural showcase for many of the sculptures and artwork commissioned by Naperville’s Century Walk committee. As the focal point of downtown Naperville, it is a delightful setting for a Fine Art Fair. Visitors travel from far and near to enjoy the splendor of the riverwalk and the quaint restaurants and shops in downtown Naperville. On the third weekend in September we add to the ambiance with an outstanding display of the finest in visual arts.

The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is in the center of a sophisticated, art conscious community, with highly educated, affluent patrons. The show is heavily promoted through newspaper features and inserts, billboards, posters, and paid advertising. Thousands of postcards are sent to previous and potential buyers and an estimated 74,000 festival goers attend this highly anticipated show.

ELIGIBILITY

Participation is open to artists working in painting (acrylic, oil, water media), drawing, sculpture, fiber, graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography (limited-edition photographic prints made from the artist’s original photographic image and processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision. Work must be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition), pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, digital art (any original work in which the original image was crafted and manipulated by the artist using the computer. Work must be in signed and numbered in limited editions. Artwork created using a camera and then subsequently manipulated using computer technology should apply in the photography category). We seek to maintain the highest standards for both artist and the viewing public. We enforce an “ORIGINALS ONLY” policy. Reproductions are not allowed (a reproduction is defined as a work of art which already exists [as a painting, watercolor, drawing etc.] and is copied by digital, photographic or other means and printed in one of a variety of methods including on an offset press, serigraph press or through a computer by means of an ink jet, laser or electrostatic printer to include Giclee). Exceptions are made for those applying under the heading of Printmaking wherein prints must be produced by the artist using printmaking techniques and in Photography and Digital Art where prints must be printed by the creator, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 250 or less. In addition, kits, factory made items, imported work, commercially made products, and fabricated forms or settings will not accepted. Artist must be present for the duration of the show.

SHOW DATES AND HOURS

The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is annually on the third weekend of September. This year the show is scheduled for September 16 and 17, 2017. We are open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days. Optional setup will be available on Friday, September 15 from 11:00 am on.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND ENTRY FEES

To enter, simply complete the application process online at Zapplication.org and submit a non-refundable payment of $35 for the jury fee, $65 if applying after the deadline of March 27 and before April 3, 2017. No applications will be accepted after April 3.

APPLY MULTIPLE TIMES FROM ONE PROFILE

Now you can apply in more than once from just one profile! This eliminates the need for separate profiles if you submit more than one application to our show. Simply log in to your ZAPP account, apply, and check out as normal. Then, repeat each time you apply (we will accept up to 3 applications per profile.  You can apply either in the same or in different medium categories). Each entry requires a separate entry fee. 

BOOTH FEES

Booth Fees are $450. Payment must be received from invited artists by June 10 to ensure participation in the show. All payments are to be made either directly through the Zapp system by credit card or with a check, made payable to the Naperville Art League and sent to the Naperville Art League, 508 North Center Street, Naperville, IL 60563.

JURY PROCESS

Submitted images must be representative of the work to be exhibited and should be sharply focused. All 5 images will be simultaneously projected and juried by professional art experts. Artists will be ranked numerically in their category based on jury scores. Exhibitors are selected by ranked point total. A brief artist statement may be read while your slides are being projected. Booth fees are $450 for a single booth. Notification of status will sent by May 12, 2017. Due to unexpected circumstances which occur every year, the director may be involved in artist selection after the jurying process.

100 CHARACTER JURY STATEMENT

Artists must include a brief statement about their materials and how they are used in the application form. This statement may be read aloud while their images are being projected.

DISPLAY SPACE/FEES

Standard booth size is 10 X 12. Booths run along the Riverwalk and adjacent downtown city streets. Exhibit areas have both sun and shade and possible uneven terrain. Some booths are on the grass and others will be on the street or brick walkway. Tents are required. Tents must be weighted down and not staked into the ground. Artists must provide their own tents, display boards, tables, chairs, etc. Booths will be assigned by show management to provide media variation throughout the show.

AWARDS

One Best of Show with a $1,000 cash prize will be awarded. Ten awards of excellence will be presented with a cash prize of $250 each. Up to five merit ribbons with a $100 cash prize will be awarded. Awards are given  where excellence is determined regardless of media categories.

ABOUT NAPERVILLE

Naperville is located 30 miles west of Chicago, Illinois in affluent DuPage County. Known for its nationally-acclaimed schools and library system, Naperville is consistently recognized as a top community in the United States in which to raise children or retire. In December of 2003, Naperville earned the top honor in Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” rankings. Home to over 140,000 citizens, Naperville is a booming suburb with a concentration of high tech firms. The most recently recorded estimated median family income was $95,000.The community works hard to maintain its small town character. The quaint downtown area is populated by several national retail chains, small shops, and several fine restaurants making it a favorite destination of area shoppers. For more information about the City of Naperville, area events and attractions visit the Naperville Visitors and Convention Bureau web site at www.visitnaperville.com or call toll-free at 1-877-23NAPER.

SHOW DIRECTION

The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is sponsored by the Naperville Art League and professionally directed and produced by Deborah Venezia. The expressed intent of the Naperville Art League is to keep the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair a high quality yet intimate art fair. We make every effort to prevent the loss or damage of artwork, however, Deborah Venezia and/or The Naperville Art League, is not responsible for such occurrences. We reserve the right to alter details associated with The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.

REFUND POLICY

Accepted artists wishing to cancel must notify Deborah Venezia at the Naperville Art League in writing by July 31, 2017 in order to get a refund (minus a $50.00 handling fee). NO refunds will be given after that date.

There will be a $35 charge for checks returned due to insufficient funds.
 
SECURITY
 
The Naperville Art League works with the volunteers from the Community Radio Watch to provide an overnight security presence on Friday and Saturday night.  There may be from 3 to 5 volunteers each night.  While we do all we can to maintain security, the Naperville Art League, Community Radio Watch, the Naperville Park District or the City of Naperville, its members or volunteers and contractors, as well as beneficiaries and agents will not assume liability for loss or damage.  We recommend artwork not be stored in the booth overnight.
                                                                                                                                 
CALENDAR
  • Application Deadline on ZAPP:  March 27, 2017
  • Application Deadline with a Late Fee:  April 3, 2017
  • Exhibitor Image Jury: April 24 – April 28, 2017
  • Invited notification available on ZAPP: May 12, 2017
  • Deadline for invited artists/pre-accepts to remit booth fee: June 10, 2017
  • Information on booth assignment will be posted on ZAPP by August 15, 2017
  • Last day for full refund due to artist cancellation: July 31, 2017
  • Booth set up: 11:00 am September 15, 2017
  • Art Festival: September 16 and 17, 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
  • Booth Tear Down:  5 pm Sunday, September 17.  NO vehicles are not allowed on the street until all pedestrians have exited the area and clearance is granted from the local authorities.


     
AMENITIES INCLUDE :
  • Best of Show Award: One recipient receives $1,000 cash award and an invitation to return in 2018.
  • Awards of Excellence: Ten artists will receive a $250 cash award (based on the highest average scores of our judges) and an invitation to return in 2018.
  • Honorable Mention Awards:  Four artists will receive a $100 cash award (based on judges’ scores) and an invitation to return in 2018.
  • Artists are invited to set up on Friday any time after 11:00 am. If an artist would like to set up earlier than 11:00 am, please call the show director and special arrangements will be made.
  • Artist Reception:  All participants are invited to the artist reception and award presentation on Saturday, September 16.
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for artists on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Estimated attendance of over 74,000.
  • Overnight security officers patrol the park on Friday and Saturday and Police Explorers are on site during the day.
  • Electricity is available in limited areas at no extra charge. Artist must indicate the need in the application. Determination will be made on a winning artist/returning artist/new artist priority.
  • Roving and on-demand booth sitters are available to assist the artists.
  • Delivered box lunches available for purchase on both days.
  • Complimentary bottled water for artists.
  • Unlimited complimentary invitation postcards.
  • Marketing materials feature artwork from select, accepted artists.
  • Booth sign identifying artist, category, city and state.
  • Promotional Riverwalk Fine Art Fair booklet distributed to over 40,000 homes and businesses listing artists and their mediums, to include color images, booth map and helpful information for festival goers.
  • Food lines for "artists only" at food vendors.
  • Curb-side unloading and loading on main street.
  • Roomy booths with storage space behind them and some with space on both sides.
  • Artist-only parking close to the fair during show plus reserved overnight parking for large vehicles and trailers. We will keep you updated!
  • A strong volunteer staff dedicated to making the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair an artist’s favorite show.


Rules/Regulations
  
  1. Artist must be present.
  2. The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is an “Original Only” show.  No copies, kits, signed offset, laser, ink jet, giclee or photocopied reproductions.  No commercially made products, imported/mass produced work, fabricated forms or settings in lapidary work.  No cards, note cards, etc. unless they are handmade by the artist.  No prints or reproductions other than printmaking techniques.  Photography prints must be printed by the hands of the photographer and be a reasonable size of limited edition, signed and numbered.
  3. Artists must remove all packing material, boxes, etc. from the show grounds.  Please do not leave these at the trash collection sites at the end of the show.
  4. Booths should be neat in appearance.  Storage bins should be hidden from sight.
  5. All hanging 2D work must be framed or finished.  Bins should be limited to 1 or 2 per booth.
  6. Displays of clippings, former awards or other credits are not permitted.
  7. Light poles, telephone booth, bus stops, street signs or trees should not be used to tie down tents or for display of work.  Do not drive screws, nails, etc. into the pavement, sidewalk or brick walkway.
  8. ALL TENTS MUST BE WEIGHTED DOWN.  No stakes are allowed to be driven into the ground, bricks or street.
  9. The same quality and media of work juried into the fair must be exhibited.
  10. Be courteous of your neighbors – No Cigar smoking.
  11. Alcohol is not permitted on park district or city property.
  12. The Naperville Art League contracts the Naperville Police Explorers to monitor the general flow of activity and to enforce regulations throughout the course of the fair.  Please show them the respect they deserve by following their instructions. 
  13. Please read and follow the traffic and parking instructions provided.
  14. Tear down begins Sunday, September 17 at 5:00 pm, but please be aware that vehicles are not allowed on the street until there are no more pedestrians and clearance is granted from the Police Explorers.
  15. All vendors must be off Jackson Street by 7:30 pm on Sunday
    in order to be in compliance with the permit issued by the City of Naperville.  Please help us to observe their request by packing up your booth in a timely manner.
     


Booth Information

BOOTH FEES

Booth Fees are $450. Payment must be received from invited artists by June 10 to ensure participation in the show. All payments are to be made either directly through the Zapp system by credit card or with a check, made payable to the Naperville Art League and sent to the Naperville Art League, 508 North Center Street, Naperville, IL 60563.

DISPLAY SPACE/FEES

Standard booth size is 10 X 12. Booths run along the Riverwalk and adjacent downtown city streets. Exhibit areas have both sun and shade and possible uneven terrain. Some booths are on the grass and others will be on the street or brick walkway. Tents are required. Tents must be weighted down and not staked into the ground. Artists must provide their own tents, display boards, tables, chairs, etc. Booths will be assigned by show management to provide media variation throughout the show.
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