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Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 2017

Location:
Snow King Center
Jackson Hole, Wyoming (West)

Phone: (307) 690-9719
Show Dates: 9/7/17 - 9/10/17
Application Deadline: 4/1/17 Midnight MST
7 day(s) and 16 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $50.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The 25th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West.  From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.  The vision of the show remains the promotion of contemporary artists working in a wide range of Western genres while cultivating young, new and established collectors.

Handcrafted works in leather, metal, home accents, woodworking, mixed media, jewelry, and fashion will be viewed and purchased by discriminating residents and visitors at our spectacular location in beautiful Jackson Hole. Over $19,000 worth of cash awards are given out annually. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses, and residents promises to make the WDC unforgettable—for both exhibitors and attendees.
 
In addition to the fine artisan craft showcased during the Exhibit + Sale the September 7-10, 2017 show will feature:
  • Designer Show House
  • Retail Row Shopping
  • Opening Preview Party 
  • Live Auction 
  • Runway Fashion Show


General Information
The 25th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West.  From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.  The vision of the show remains the promotion of contemporary artists working in Western genre craft while cultivating young, new and established collectors.
 
In addition to the fine artisan craft showcased during the Exhibit + Sale the September 7-10, 2017 show will feature:
  • Designer Show House juried artisan creations and custom interior design in a home environment. Attendees enter a foyer and walk through six custom rooms.
  • Retail Row a unique shopping experience where sought after retailers exhibit current fashion trends.
  • Opening Preview Party early entry into the Exhibit + Sale.  Meet this year's artisans and enjoy award winning culinary creations + signature cocktails during a festive night of shopping.  A live model Jewelry + Fashion Show presents couture collections from both up-and-coming and established designers. An exclusive 5 item Live Auction. 
  • Design Excellence Awards are presented to juried pedestal entries.  $19,100 is awarded annually.

The WDC Exhibit + Sale is a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum-quality functional art. The finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be among the over 130 exhibitors showcased in this event, which is part of the 33rd annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

Handcrafted works in leather, metal, home accents, woodworking, mixed media, jewelry, and fashion will be viewed and purchased by discriminating residents and visitors at our spectacular location in beautiful Jackson Hole. Over $19,000 worth of cash awards are given out annually. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses, and residents promises to make the WDC unforgettable—for both exhibitors and attendees.
 
Who applies to be an exhibitor at the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale?
The WDC Exhibit + Sale is a COMPETITIVE JURIED EXHIBITION displaying one-of-a-kind functional art.  Collectively, these artists continue to stretch the limits of western design and advance the genre’s evolution, by creating museum caliber pieces that capture the essence of both the old and the new West.
 
The categories are:
 
ACCENTS | All pieces crafted with fibers, ceramics, glass, paper, woven material, and mixed media are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: lighting, fireplace tools, vessels, pottery, wall hangings, fiber arts, doors, rugs, screens, baskets, throws, and pillows.
 
ART TO WEAR—FASHION | All clothing and fashion accessories are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection.
 
ART TO WEAR—JEWELRY | All jewelry and accessories are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection.

LEATHER | All pieces crafted with leather, functional and wearable, are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: clothing, boots, furnishings, pillows, throws, and jewelry.
 
METAL | All pieces crafted with metal are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: jewelry, silverware, serving ware, lighting, furnishings, vessels, basins, fireplace doors and tools, mirrors, cabinetry, and knives.
 
MIXED MEDIA | All pieces using a collaboration of materials are eligible for this category and award.  These creations incorporate a showcase of multiple techniques, textures, and mediums.  This category knows no limits, and pushes the envelope of design and artistry. 
 
WOODWORKING | All pieces crafted with wood are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship (joinery, hardware, finish, and techniques), execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: tables, chairs, armoires, pool tables, wall hangings, screens, bars, beds, cabinets, desks, and vessels.
 
Design Excellence Awards – $19,100 is awarded annually (to juried pedestal entries)

Best of Show $5,000 (All juried pieces are eligible for this award in design excellence)
Best Artist, Accents $1000
Best Artist, Art to Wear–Fashion $1000
Best Artist, Art to Wear–Jewelry $1000
Best Artist, Leather $1000
Best Artist, Metal $1000
Best Artist, Mixed Media $1000
Best Artist, Woodworking $1000
Honorable Mention $200 (awarded in the seven genre categories)
Historical Craftsmanship* $1000
Sonny Tuttle Spirit Award* $1000
Western Spirit* $1000
Best Collection - Fashion Show $1200 (awarded by the public)
Honorable Mention - Fashion Show $500 (awarded by the public)
People's Choice - Fashion Show $1200 (awarded by the public)
*All juried pieces are eligible to receive these awards.
 
Exhibit + Sale
The Exhibit + Sale will be held at the Snow King Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It will showcase contemporary crafts and highlight artistic traditions including Western, Adirondack, Rustic, Lodge, Asian, Southwestern, Hispanic, Native American, and Modern influences. All products juried into the show will be displayed on white painted pedestals. A pedestal is required and is of the utmost importance to maintain the visual integrity of a gallery. Pedestals are provided by the artist or available for rent. All products must be handmade in the United States or Canada. No mass-produced or imported items will be eligible for this juried show. The 3-day Exhibit + Sale will be open to the public daily September 8-10, 2017 from 10am to 5pm on Friday + Sunday and 10am to 7pm Saturday.
 
Winners’ Circle Art Auction
Past award winners are eligible for consideration to donate new works of art to be auctioned off. All proceeds benefit the artist and the annual WDC Artist Awards Fund, with a 50/50 split. Entries are due no later than May 15, 2017.  Selection results will be released on June 1.  LIMITED TO 5 EXCLUSIVE ITMEMS.

Sourcebook & Advertising
The 2017 WDC Sourcebook will be inserted into the September/October issue of Mountain Living magazine and hosted online (total audience of 695K+).  Each exhibitor will receive a listing, and additional discounted advertising opportunities are available.

Click WesternDesignConference.com for more information.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017, APPLY NOW!

Rules/Regulations
Application and Jury Process
  • Create an online artist profile (FREE)
  • Prepare and upload 3 digital images of your work (1920x1920 pixels)
  • Submit a $50 (USD) non-refundable application fee
  • Complete and submit online application by midnight (MST) on April 1, 2017.
Application Assistance & Questions?
Allison Merritt at (307) 690-9719 or email allison@westerndesignconference.com

Jury Deadline
All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

Jury Notification
Selection results will be released on April 5, 2017 via email.

If You Are Accepted
Accepted artists will receive an acceptance email followed by a booth payment schedule and additional show information. 50% payment of booth fees is due with show application. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Booth Information
Pedestal floor space
ALL FUNCTIONAL ART pieces in the juried exhibition may be shown in the spaces detailed below.  All juried entries are eligible for show awards. One pedestal ONLY per space. The fee schedule is as follows: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
4 x 4 ft Space*          $  800   (includes ART TO WEAR)
6 x 6 ft Space*          $ 1000
8 x 8 ft Space*          $1100                   
8 x 8 ft Space            $1400    **
2 Pieces (one pedestal)        
10 x10 ft Space*       $1600                             
10 x 10 ft Space        $1800     **
2 Pieces (one pedestal)
 
*There are a limited number of 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, and 10x10 ft pedestals available.  Pedestals are built to the specifications of your jury entry and are provided by the artist or available for rent. All pedestal space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
**Two pieces (furniture, leather, metal, or accent), or an ensemble made up of a group of complementary pieces contributing to a single effect (example: dining room table and chairs).
 
Each exhibitor is permitted to purchase two pedestal spaces to show their oversized work.
  • No additional items may be used to enhance the appearance of the exhibition piece. Rugs, pillows, lamps, candles, bronzes, artwork, dishes, and other accessories are not allowed on the pedestal. Beds are excluded from this rule; they will be allowed to have a single cover and two pillows.
  • Only self-contained lighting fixtures may be integrated into a pedestal.
  • Business cards, brochures, and/or portfolios may be placed on your pedestal.
 
Exhibit + Sale Booth Space
Booths are professionally lined with craft paper (earth tone colors) and include 9 ft tall wooden walls, overhead trellis lighting, electricity, up to two chairs. Tables are available for rent.
  • 10 x 10 ft Booth                         $2000
  • 10 x 10 ft Corner Booth             $2400
  • 10x 16 ft Booth                          $2700
  • 10 x 20 ft booth                         $3600
Juried artists can purchase booth space to show more of their work. The conference is a gallery style exhibit; purchasing booth space allows artists the opportunity to create an intimate salesroom space for buyers and clients. Artwork displayed in booth space will not be part of the juried exhibition, and works sold there will not be eligible for awards or cash prizes. All artwork must be displayed inside the booth area. Only 65, 10 x 10 ft booth spaces are available, so apply early!

Retail Row Booth Space
Retail Row is a secondary shopping location dedicated to retail merchants and takes place during the entire WDC Exhibit + Sale at the Snow King Center. Work displayed in booth space will not be part of the juried exhibition, and works sold there will not be eligible for awards or cash prizes. All product must be displayed inside the booth area. Fashion, jewelry, home accessories, art work and more will be featured in a boutique setting. 

Retail Row Booths are pipe and drape, electricity for additional lighting is available.
  • 6 x 8ft Booth                     $700
  • 4 x 16ft Booth                  $1050
  • 10 x 10ft Booth                $1100
  • 10 x 10ft Booth                $1150

2017 EVENT SCHEDULE
25th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale
Snow King Center, 100 E. Snow King Avenue Jackson Hole, WY 83001
 
Wednesday, September 6

8 am–6 pm      Check-in begins, Booth move-in (no pedestal setup)   
                       
Thursday, September 7

8 am–Noon       Artist Pedestal setup/Pedestal lighting (no booth move-in)
12:15–5 pm      Closed judging in progress
The Center is closed to ALL artists and booth personnel until judging is complete
 
5:30 pm              Opening Preview  Party (VIP entry)
 6 pm                  Opening Preview  Party (General Admission)
 7pm                   Winners’ Circle Art Auction
Past award winners will donate new works of art to be auctioned off. All proceeds benefit the artist and the annual WDC Artist Awards Fund, with a 50/50 split.
7:30pm              Fashion Show
8:30-10pm         Evening shopping + Gala party continues
 
Friday, September 8
10 am–5 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale
2pm                 Design Excellence Awards Celebration 

Saturday, September 9
10 am–7 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale

Sunday, September 10
10 am–5 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale
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