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Gold Coast Art Fair 2017

Location:
Grant Park
Chicago, Illinois (Midwest)

Show Dates: 6/17/17 - 6/18/17
Application Deadline: 1/18/17 Midnight CST

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REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (2017 Gold Coast Art Fair Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals,” the Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Grant Park, Chicago’s premier festival destination! Now celebrating its 60th year and another year being a top rated festival according to Art Fair Calendar, the Gold Coast Art Fair is the 3rd oldest, and by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. Located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Bean, and Buckingham Fountain, this show draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs annually. A heavy advertising program also brings in tourists who buy art as a memory of their special time in Chicago.  Chicago has just been rated one of the top 5 tourist destinations in the United States by Travel magazine.

The Gold Coast Art Fair features about 300 artists in a lovely setting with both lake views and vistas backed by the Chicago skyline. Paved walks lead to every booth and every artist is on the main loop or at a festival entry. Food, Beverage and Music oasis in each corner of the festival provide good rest stops for artists and visitors. A special Artist VIP tent provides backup support during the festival.  Discounted parking is made available to artists.

Set up is dolly in and out, but most distances are short as we load this show in from three sides the day before the festival. Security is on site from load in through load out. Great music and food add to the weekend.

General Information

Attendance: Festival attendance has steadily increased year over year because of the festival’s long standing tradition and for its location in Chicago’s premiere festival destination. About 300 juried artists are featured at this show which enjoys attendance of about 120,000+ 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 works with garages around the downtown area to give artists the best rates on oversize and regular parking over the festival weekend.

Load-in: This is a dolly in show.

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.

Valet Service: An Amdur Productions staff member will help load a motorized cart and valet your belongings to your booth for you. For an additional fee, this service is available.

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 festival.

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.

Categories

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 


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. 
 

Rules/Regulations

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. Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park 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 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 (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

$625 Exhibit Space Fee + City Permit Fee
Double Deal: 10 x 20 Booth Space for $1,000

Exhibit Space

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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