Event Information

Art on the Commons 2017

Lincoln Park Civic Commons
Kettering, Ohio (Midwest)

Phone: (937) 296-0294
Event Dates: 8/13/17 - 8/13/17
Application Deadline: 3/31/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (JURY FEE): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Now in its 29th year, the Art on the Commons  fine arts and crafts festival features approximately one hundred artists from around the country.  Located in a scenic park within the vibrant Dayton area, the festival's live music and top notch artists make Art on the Commons  a destination for several thousand art lovers every year.  Art on the Commons is consistently recognized as an outstanding festival by national and regional news publications. Art on the Commons is organized by Rosewood Arts Centre, a division of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts of the City of Kettering.

General Information
Important 2017 Dates

Applications open: January 1
Application Deadline: March 31
Jurying: April 2017
Artist Notifications Sent Out: May 5
Accept Invitation Deadline: May 15
Booth Payment Due: May 15
Waitlist/Alternates Contacted: May 15 – July 31

Artist Networking Event: August 12
Festival Date: August 13

Application Process

  1. Artists apply online to http://www.zapplication.org by midnight (Eastern Standard time zone) on Friday, March 31, 2017. Submit one application per category. 
  2. Submit a twenty dollar ($20), non-refundable jury fee. Please pay with a credit card via ZAPPlication®, or mail a check payable to "City of Kettering" to Art on the Commons, c/o Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio 45420. The payment must be received by application deadline or the application will not be accepted.
  3. If applying in more than one category, you will need separate ZAPP profiles.
  4. Booth fees are required after notice of acceptance and are due Monday, May 15, 2017. The booth fee is paid directly to the City of Kettering by check or by credit card (you may not pay the booth fee through ZAPPlication®).  Accepted artists must sign the artist contract agreement which will be provided with acceptance notification. Mail your booth fee and a hard copy of the artist contract agreement to Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, OH 45420 or call (937) 296-0294.
  5. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the show, please contact Rosewood Arts Centre immediately. Deadline for a cancellation with a booth fee refund is Saturday, June 10, 2017. After that date, no booth fee refunds will be issued.
  6. Applicants must apply online through ZAPPlication®. It is in your best interest to prepare your images to 1920 pixels square (with black borders masking rectangular images) and upload these prepared images to your ZAPP profile. While the system will automatically add black borders to any images not already meeting those requirements, we encourage artists to prepare your images to meet those requirements prior to uploading them to your ZAPP profile.

Jury Process
The jury for Art on the Commons consists of three arts professionals with a wide range of artistic knowledge.  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.The jurying process is done by category and is anonymous.  Factors included are presentation, quality, originality, technical ability and booth display.

2017 Jurors
Lisa Goldberg is the owner of Lisa Goldberg Ceramics, producing mystical masks and hand-built everyday objects. In addition, Lisa is an event organizer, and founder of the Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour as well as the Art & Soul Art Fair in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  She currently works for Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield, Ohio, and volunteers for organizations throughout the Miami Valley.
Mary Gray is the Director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. Gray has collaborated with scores of Ohio, regional and international artists, curators and art institutions in the presentation or production of over 140 exhibitions of varying themes and media. She serves as chair of the Committee for Art Acquisitions for the Commission on the Thomas J. Moyer Judicial Center, Supreme Court of Ohio, she is a member of The Ohio State University’s Town and Gown Advisory Committee, a City of Columbus Art Commissioner, and on the steering committee of the Central Ohio Visual Arts Consortium. Ms. Gray served on the board of the Jefferson Center’s Academy for Leadership and Governance, the National Advisory Board of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Collection and is past Vice-president of the Ohio Women in Government.
Pat Higgins is the Vice President of the Kettering Arts Council. She currently works for the B-W Greenway Community Land Trust and has previously worked for the City of Kettering, Fairborn and Waynesville.  Ms. Higgins has long been involved in community development and arts in the Dayton region. Ms. Higgins received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her Master of Arts in Government from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Ms. Higgins resides in Kettering with her husband Michael and has two grown children.


  • Ceramics: Original thrown or hand-built objects created in earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terra cotta. No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Digital Art: Original, two-dimensional works utilizing computer technology to craft or manipulate visual images. Digital art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision. Work must be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Fiber and Leather: Original works including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and wearable art. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Glass: Original objects created through kiln-formed, glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Original pieces hand-crafted from precious and semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, etc. Commercial casts, molds, production studio work or other forms of mass production are not permitted. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.
  • Mixed Media: The use of more than one material or object in a given work, or the combination of more than one medium to create a 2D or 3D artistic expression. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric or other found objects. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Painting: Original, one-of-a-kind works created with oil, acrylics, watercolor, gouache or tempera. No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Photography: Photographic prints must be made from the artist’s original image, both from film and original digital files, printed by the artist or under the artist's direct supervision. Work must be printed on archival quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Sculpture: Original, one-of-a-kind stone, wood, clay, metal, etc. in figurative or abstract three-dimensional work inclduing but not limited to objects in stone carving or metalwork employing traditional welding, fabrication, and/or foundry techniques. No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Wood: Furniture, vessels and functional items created through traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques. No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Works on Paper: Original, two-dimensional design on paper created with printmaking, collage, chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, inks, wax crayon, etc. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Artists may display work only in the media categories in which they are accepted. All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images.

If you wish to be considered in more than one category, you must submit a separate entry for each category. Please note that you will need a separate ZAPP profile for each cateory you enter, but you may repeat the booth slide. Each category is juried separately.  If your work is not accepted into one of the categories for which you applied, you may not show this work in your booth.  On-site jurors will be present at the festival to ensure the quality of this process. Exhibiting work that was not juried in to the Art on the Commons is grounds for removal from the show.Art on the Commons is a renowned fine arts and crafts festival with high standards for participants.  Artists are selected to participate each year through a jurying process, with criteria focused on craftsmanship, originality, diversity and artistic professionalism.

Artist Statement and Description of Materials/Techniques
An artist statement and a description of materials and technique of no more than 200 characters is required. Artists are encouraged to enter a description of material and technique that is concise and explains the body of work.

Acceptance Notification
Acceptance notification will be made by May 5, 2017.  Rosewood Arts Centre will send e-mails to all artists informing them of their status along with contracts to invited artists. The status of each artist will also be posted to his or her Zapplication account. All communication will be done by email.

Booth Fees
Booth Fees are due on acceptance to the Festival. Booths not paid in full by the deadline of May 15 will be considered available and offered to an artist on the waiting list.

Wait List
Because of the limited number of booth spaces available, the jury will select artists for the wait list, depending on the category of media and jurying criteria.  Any withdrawals from the festival will prompt the Art on the Commons staff to contact the waitlist for the jury's first selection for that category.

Only fine arts and fine crafts will be considered for display. All works must be of original design and produced by hand. No kits, handicrafts, or manufactured items will be accepted for jurying or displayed in the booths. Only individual artists may submit work. Submissions by retail outlets or galleries are not eligible. Reproductions relating to your original artworks, such as stationery, cards, giclee prints, commercially produced fabrics and/or tshirts, etc., may not exceed 25% of the total work on display. The Art on the Commons committee retains the right to request the removal of work not meeting the quality and standards represented in the juried images or the eligibility requirements.

All images submitted for jurying must represent recently produced work (within the last two years) that will be offered for sale at this festival. Artists may display work only in the media categories in which they are accepted. All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. Exhibiting work that was not juried in to the Art on the Commons is grounds for removal from the show.

We require all artists to submit an additional booth image for the jury review process. The booth image shows the jury your body of work, provides dimension and scale, and shows overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.  If available, please use an image from an outdoor show.  Booth images may not be manipulated in Photoshop or other computer program, may not contain the artist or studio name and must show the entire booth, not just a portion.  Booth image should be exclusively representative of the product/merchandise that will be brought to the Festival – works which are not juried into the festival will not be allowed to be sold.

Rosewood employees are not eligible to participate as vendors at Art on the Commons.

Artists with a history of not appearing on the day of show without notification will not be eligible for jurying.

Shared Booth
A two-person partnership exhibiting one media category may qualify as a single exhibitor if this is explained at the time of application (please see questionnaire portion of application). If more than one artist wishes to share a booth, each artist must submit a separate entry form in each respective media category and four images of his/her artwork, plus a booth image, as well as the completed entry form. Shared booths are limited to two media category entries.

Sale of Work
There will be no commission charged on sales. Artists will be responsible for collecting sales tax and obtaining vendor’s licenses. 

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 aotc@ketteringoh.org. A Rosewood staff member will contact you via the phone number listed on your application to verify your cancellation. If your cancellation is made before June 10, 2017, a full refund will be processed and refunded in approximately 3 weeks from the date of cancellation.

Artists who cancel after June 10, 2017 (including the day of the show) will NOT be eligible for a refund.

No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked-in and/or called the Festival Emergency Number by 8 am Sunday, August 13th will be considered a “no show.” No Show artists will not be eligible for refunds and be ineligible for participation in future Art on the Commons festivals.

Rain Date
Art on the Commons takes place rain or shine.  There will be no rain date and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.

Booth Information
10' x 10' $165.00
10' x 10' shared by two artists $210.00
10' x 20' $190.00
10' x 20' shared by two artists $235.00

The exhibit area is paved. Staking of canopies will not be permitted. All storage must be out of sight or behind booth display. Reservation of a 10' x 20' booth to use for additional storage is not permitted. Indicate any special needs you may have for your booth in the space provided on the entry form, including requests to adjoin another artist’s booth.

The artist must be present in the booth during the festival. No agents or employees may represent the artist, and all items must be handmade by the artist.

Non-compliance to any of these requirements may result in exclusion from next year’s jury selection.

Artist Amenities
  • An artist networking event the evening before Art on the Commons (Saturday, August 12).
  • complimentary breakfast will be provided from 7 - 9 am.
  • Ample off-street parking close to the fair during show.
  • Curb-side unloading and loading.
  • If requested in this application, electricity is available at no extra charge.
  • Booth sitters are available to check with artists and provide up to 15-minute breaks.
  • Booth sign identifying artist, category, city and state.
  • Complimentary bottled water for artists.
  • Marketing materials will be designed using artwork from select, accepted artists.
  • Complimentary invitation postcards.
  • Estimated 7,000 plus patrons.
Further Information
For more details about the Art on the Commons, contact:

Rosewood Arts Centre
2655 Olson Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
(937) 296-0294
or email aotc@ketteringoh.org.

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