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Port Clinton Art Festival 2017
Central Avenue, 1st and 2nd Streets
Highland Park, Illinois (Midwest)
Show Dates: 8/26/17 - 8/27/17
Application Deadline: 1/18/17 Midnight CST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (2017 Port Clinton Application Fee): $55.00
You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.
More than 100,000 art savvy, loyal attendees and buyers visit this high caliber festival which celebrates its 34th year this summer. Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country and is rated one of the top 6 art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar.
Highland Park is a community of more than 56% of the households having incomes of $100,000 or more. About 28% of the households have incomes of $200,000 plus. Situated in the affluent suburb of Highland Park, art collectors wait to buy the really big pieces at this end of summer event. The best of the best is what art lovers come to see and buy at this festival.
Spread over the downtown streets, people start arriving at this festival before the official 10 am opening Saturday. Food and music at the section called “Taste of Highland Park” add to the weekend. A youth division gives artists under 18 a chance to participate in the Junior Division.
Jury selection is very competitive. Artists are encouraged to submit their very best images in jury.
Day before set up allows for a comfortable easy paced load in. Artists are well supported during the festival by staff and volunteers.
The new adored layout which debuted in 2015 will continue in 2017 giving everyone an easy street location in the heart of the downtown.
Attendance: Festival attendance has built steadily year over year from the Chicago communities and the surrounding communities. About 260 juried artists are featured at this show which enjoys attendance of more than 100,000 people.
Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire festival to assist artists from load in to load out.
Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire festival
Artist Parking: Amdur Productions reserves close day and overnight parking for artists at no additional cost.
Load-in: Artists will be able to drive up to or very close to their booth space and unload their vehicle.
Artist Breakfast: Enjoy a complimentary full, hot breakfast while announcing the award winners on Sunday morning before the festival opens.
Tent Rental: Artists may rent tents, tables, pro-panels, and weights through the festival. Tents are commercial grade and rental includes delivery, set up, weights and removal.
ProPanel Rental: NEW THIS YEAR! We will have limited “pro-panel” walls available for artists. Rental is on a pre-ordered and first reserved basis, quantity is limited.
Set Up/Take Down Help: Booth set up and take down assistance is available on a scheduled reserved time and hourly cost basis.
Break Room: An artist break room/area provides refreshments throughout the festival for artists.
Hotel Rooms: Hotel rooms are blocked to give artists the best rates in the area.
Awards: Bestowed at the artist breakfast on Sunday morning before the festival opens.
Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show with ads running in newspapers, advertisements, on television, radio, posters, street banners, social media and through direct mail postcards. Professional public relations ensure high visibility for this festival.
Security: Over night security is provided.
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
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:
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.
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 April 20, 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 (email@example.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.
$765 Exhibit Space Fee + city permit fee
Spaces are 10’ X 10’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Exhibitors must have a white tent. All tables must be skirted to the ground. Only one artist’s work or the work of two approved collaborating artists may be displayed per booth. Artist must keep their area clean and orderly. Double spaces are considered and must be occupied by two tents.
An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner wall open or use the outside wall to display art.
Special booth space and special needs requests will be accepted but are 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.
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