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Black Swamp Arts Festival 2017

Location:
Main Street, Downtown
Bowling Green, Ohio (Midwest)

Show Dates: 9/9/17 - 9/10/17
Application Deadline: 4/1/17 Midnight EST
5 day(s) and 2 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.

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Event Summary
The Black Swamp Arts Festival is held each autumn in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio on the weekend after Labor Day. The Festival is well-known for its inclusive nature. The high quality of the visual arts, live music, and youth arts activities make it one of the most well-attended events in NW Ohio. The Festival draws more than 80,000 area residents and visitors over the course of the weekend each year.

In 2014 and 2016 the Ohio Magazine named the Black Swamp Arts Festival the Best Arts Festival in Ohio.
The Festival is ranked 67th of the top 200 festivals nationally by Sunshine Artist magazine in their 2014 poll.  It is the largest Arts Festival in Ohio that offers, free of charge, a rich arts experience to the public; incorporating  so many areas of the arts and for so many age groups.

The Festival's Juried Art Show is a small, quality focused, fine arts and fine craft show comprised of 112 booths.  The Art Show typically receives 250 - 300 applications. If all past award winners return,100 artists will be selected for this year's festival.

Awards:

Best of Show $1,600
Best 2D $1,100
Best 3D $1,100
2nd place $850
3rd place $600
Honorable Mention (3 awards) $200 each

Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSwampArtsFestival

General Information
The Black Swamp Arts Festival is a two-day outdoor arts fair held in on Main Street in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. The festival is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to connect art and the Bowling Green community by providing programming the celebrates all arts and providing opportunities for artists.

The Festival's Juried Art Show is a small, quality focused, fine arts and fine craft show comprised of 112 booths.  The Festival typically receives 250 - 300 applications. If all past award winners return,100 artists will be selected for this year's festival.  A jury of arts professionals will be selecting artists for this year's Festival.

Awards:

Best of Show $1,600
Best 2D $1,100
Best 3D $1,100
2nd place $850
3rd place $600
Honorable Mention (3 awards) $200 each

Find us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSwampArtsFestival

The Festival invites you to submit an application to exhibit your works of art at the 22nd annual Black Swamp Arts Festival.


Application and Notification Calander:

April  1          Application deadline
May 15         Invitation to participate sent
May 31         Acceptance and booth fee due
June 15        Last date to cancel and receive booth fee refund
 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after June 15
  • Refunds issued will be disbursed via US Mail 30-60 days after cancellation or via zapplication.
  • We select artists for a waitlist from the highest scores remaining after invited artists have been selected.

Set-up:
Saturday
5:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hours:

Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Take-down:
Sunday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Main Street in Bowling Green is a state highway and can be closed from 5:30 am on Saturday through 7 pm on Sunday only.

 
The Black Swamp Arts Festival will provide the following:
  • Volunteer assistance is available for loading, unloading, and booth tending for artist breaks.
  • A Hospitality Area, with refreshments and restrooms, is available for artists during the Festival. Your Festival name tag will provide you access to the Hospitality Area.
  • An extensive marketing campaign promotes the art and artists including social media.
  • A Festival Program that features each artist’s name, booth space, and medium, plus a map of the Festival area and a program of activities for the weekend.


Rules/Regulations

Rules and Regulations:
  • The Black Swamp Arts Festival Juried Art Show is open to artists 18 years of age or older.
  • Artwork shown must be of the artist’s own design and craftsmanship.
  • Artwork exhibited must reflect style and genre of artwork submitted for jurying.
  • Artists displaying work not consistent with Festival requirements or with submitted images will be asked to remove disputed work.
  • Any collaboration must be stated at time of application.
  • Commercially cast jewelry, molds and imported or commercially-made products (including fiber/wearables).
  • Artists in the 2D and 3D categories are permitted to sell reproductions of their original work in limited, signed and numbered editions.  Reproductions cannot represent the majority of work in the booth.
  • Collaborating artists may apply jointly on one application; however, the primary artist of application MUST be present at check-in and for the duration of the Festival. (The primary artist is defined as the person whose signature appears on the application form.)
  • Artists who submit multiple applications may be represented in one booth only.
  • Artists are required to provide their own insurance for all situations.
  • Artists must check in as soon as they arrive on location beginning at 5:30 am Saturday.
  • Artists must attend in person throughout the entire Festival.
  • Artists who apply and are juried in under multiple mediums will have to choose one medium to present during the festival. Only one Booth assiment per artist, a double booth must feature the medium of one application.

All exhibiting artists are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism. The Festival reserves the right to remove a vendor if regulations stated in this prospectus and otherwise made contractually are not adhered to, or if a vendor's conduct or merchandise is unacceptable.

Booth Information

Our booths are laid out in quads of four, ensuring that each artist has a corner booth.
Single Booths are $275.00
Double Booths are $550.00

Booth Policy:
  • Booths may be of any design, color, or character of the artists choice so long as it is a sound, manageable, and insurable structure.
  • Single booth spaces are 10 ft. x 10 ft., Double booths are 20 ft. x 10 ft.
  • Each applicant must supply their own individual booth. Two artists may not share a double booth if they were invited as seperate artists.
  • Artists must furnish their own materials such as tents, tables, chairs, display walls, etc.
  • Electrical service is not available. Generators are not permitted.
  • Artists displaying work not consistent with these requirements or with submitted images will be asked to remove disputed work.
  • Artists must observe the firelane on east or west sides of booths.  Any awnings, displays, cables, cords or other materials that extend into the firelane must be removed.
 
Set-up & Take Down:
  • Set-up must be completed by 9:30 AM. Unloading assistance is available if requested.
  • Work may not be moved from the assigned space before 6:00 PM on Saturday and 5:00 PM on Sunday.
  • All artist booths must be off Main Street on Sunday by 7:00 PM. Loading assistance is available upon request.

Information and Guidelines for Selling:
  • A broad price range of work is suggested.
  • The Black Swamp Arts Festival takes no percentage of the artists' profits.
  • All work exhibited is to be the original work of the artist. Buy/sell articles are forbidden.
  • Artists in the 2D and 3D categories are permitted to sell reproductions of their original work in limited, signed and numbered editions.  Reproductions cannot represent the majority of work in the booth.
  • Each artist is responsible for collecting and paying Ohio state sales tax and Wood County sales tax (6.75%.)  For more information on this tax visit  Ohio Department of Taxation or call 1-800-282-1780 or 1-888-405-4039 for taxpayer assistance.
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