Event Information

The Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier Late Application


Chicago, Illinois (Midwest)

Event Dates: 4/8/17 - 4/9/17
Application Deadline: 4/4/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $45.00

You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Amdur Productions is proud to announce the launch of The Chicago Art Show, a new indoor art show at famous Navy Pier. The spectacular high ceiling exhibition hall will be the location of this show.
Original art of all types is welcome. An area of the show will be reserved for galleries so as to allow a limited number of galleries to represent artists.
On site parking (fee) is available for exhibitors. Artists support on site includes booth sitters and on site staff from load in to load out. Day before set up makes this event easy to do.
Includes pipe and drape, electricity, skirted 6' table, chairs and self set-up, or union cartage.  Free on-site storage for empty containers.  Optional adds include: hard wall systems in variety of colors, track lights, display cases, pedestals, furniture and ship to booth options. All media. 150 booth maximum.
Over 9.2 million people come to Navy Pier annually. This show will be heavily marketed to the entire Chicago Metro area as well.

General Information
Festival Information
  • Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire show to assist artists from load in to load out.
  • Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire show
  • Artist Parking: Amdur Productions gives their best effort to provide close parking at discounted rates.  Offsite, oversize parking is also available.
  • Set Up/Take Down Help: Booth set up and take down assistance is available on scheduled reserved time and an hourly basis.
  • Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show with ads running in newspapers, advertisements, on radio, posters, street banners, social media and through direct mail postcards. Professional public relations insures high visibility for this festival.
  • Security: Security is provided.

Categories- All artists must apply to a category
2D – Original two-dimensional work including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. All work must be framed and finished. 2D Artists must have panels in your booth.
3D Functional – Dimensional work that has a function – such as wearable fiber or wood furniture. 
3D Non Functional – Art that serves an aesthetic not functional purpose. Generally “sculptures.”
Painting – Original, two-dimensional work created with pigment, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Photography –  Signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
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 cast, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Ceramics – Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terracotta)
Fiber – Original work created by the artist from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory produced items are permitted.
Furniture – Original work in any material which is functional as a piece of functional furniture or home accessory.
Glass – Original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass or stained glass.
Print Making - Prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been signed and numbered.
Metal – Original work created by the artist without use of a production studio.
Mixed Media – Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material. Generally flat, wall hung art.
Wood – Original hand-tooled, machine worked, built-up, turned or carved work in wood.
Acrylic Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Acrylic Resin – Applied to a surface in any way
Batik – Technique used on fabric
Collage – Variety of materials applied to a surface
Drawing – Charcoal, graphite, and color pencils applied to a surface
Egg Tempera – Applied to a surface in any way
Gold and/or Silver – Precious metal or precious metal clay used in jewelry
Leather – Primary material used
Oil Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Paper – Hand made
Pastel – Dry pigments applied to a surface
Photo – Black & white, color, black and white & color, hand color, digital. Select the area the majority of your work is in
Stone – Carved
Watercolor – Applied in any way

Jury Process
Applications will be reviewed on the following rubric:
Body of Work- a cohesive body of work is presented
Originality- ideas and work is fresh and original
Technique- proficiency & execution of pieces shows expertise
Presentation- well thought out professional presentation of work 


Festival Eligibility For Artists:
  1. All artwork submitted to the jury process, displayed and presented for sale must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  2. Artist certifies that jury images submitted represent his/her current original work.
  3. Art collaborators that produce a single product may qualify as a single exhibitor. Such a team may consist of up to two people. If you enter as a collaboration, it must be clearly noted on the application and the collaborative effort must be clearly defined. Both artists must be present during all festival hours.
  4. No work made fully by apprentices or employees will be accepted.
  5. Buy/sell vendors are strictly prohibited from all or part of an artist’s booth.
  6. Artwork created from commercial molds, mass-produced kits, embellished objects or other commercial methods or artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted.
  7. Work made from ready-made items like clothing, glassware, furniture, etc. with painted, dyed or added embellishments will not be accepted.
Festival Policies
  1. Acceptance is non-transferable.
  2. The Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier is a drug-free and alcohol-free environment.
  3. No smoking is allowed in artists booths.
  4. Accepted artists must be present and exhibit during all festival hours. No agents, representatives, family members or friends are permitted as a substitute for the accepted artists’ attendance.
  5. Any artist closing his/her booth prior to the end of the show will not be permitted to return the next day or in subsequent years (unless illness so requires).
  6. Only artwork in the category accepted through the jury process are allowed to be exhibited. It is the exclusive right and responsibility of the Festival Committee to remove work that is not in compliance with the festival policies and requirements.
  7. Discount/sales signs, ribbons and awards from other shows are not allowed.
  8. Each exhibitor is responsible to collecting and remitting local sales tax to the State’s Department of Revenue as required by law.

Artist Statement
An Artist Statement describing the technique, materials, and processes used in the creation of your entire body of work must be included with each Zapp entry. Co-artists must describe the collaboration. Your Artist Statement may be used in the promotion of the festival through public relations efforts and should be no longer than a maximum of 200 characters (including punctuation and spacing).
Wait List Policy
A wait list is selected from the jury's scores in each category, and wait listed artists are invited as cancellations occur in that particular category. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show and will be notified by phone and email when a booth becomes available.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail, fax, or email. Emails should be sent to the Artists Director, Caitlin@amdurproductions.com.
No refunds after March 1, 2017. Booth fee transfers to next year’s festival will be determined on a per case basis.
No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked in and/or notified Amdur Productions with a message via festival phone (224-253-2330), office phone (847-926-4300), or email (info@amdurproductions.com) by 7:00 am Saturday (first day of festival) will be considered a NO SHOW and the assigned space will be forfeited with no refund.

Booth Information
Spaces are 10’ X 12’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. All tables must be skirted to the ground. Only one artist’s work or the work of two collaborating artists may be displayed per booth. Artist must keep their area clean and orderly. Double spaces are considered.
An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner open or use the outside wall to display art.
Special booth space or special needs requests will be accepted but not guaranteed. We will make every effort to meet all special requests on a first come, first served basis. Additional charges may apply. Please include all booth requests on the registration form.
During the festival, all exhibits will be visited by a festival representative to ensure that they are in compliance with our festival policies. It is the exclusive right and responsibility of the Festival Staff to call for the removal of work that is not in compliance with the festival policies and requirements. Non-compliance may result in expulsion from the festival or refusal of future festival participation.

Space fees start at $1,625.
All spaces include pipe and drape, electricity, skirted 6' table, chairs and self set-up, or union cartage.  Free on-site storage for empty containers.  Optional adds include: hard wall systems in a variety of colors, track lights, display cases, pedestals, furniture and ship to booth options.