Event Information

Affordable Art for Everyone 2017

Washington County Fair Complex Main Exhibit Hall
Hillsboro, Oregon (West)

Event Dates: 9/16/17 - 9/16/17
Application Deadline: 4/30/17 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

This one-day indoor show will be held Saturday, September 16 in the Main Exhibit Hall at the Washington County Fair Complex, a large, fully accessible event center with free parking.

Affordable Art for Everyone will showcase more than 70 artists creating work in a wide variety of styles and media. All of the art is priced under $100, including many pieces that would normally sell for more.

The Hillsboro area is growing fast and is an up-and-coming market. This is the third year for this annual event, which has been enthusiastically welcomed to the area and enjoys strong support from the local community and cultural organizations.

General Information

Affordable Art for Everyone invites artists to apply for our September 16, 2017 art show in the Main Exhibit Hall at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, Oregon.

About Affordable Art for Everyone

Affordable Art for Everyone is an opportunity for artists to sell their work to patrons who are ready to buy. We want to highlight the wide variety of wonderful art that is available in our area and turn more people into patrons of the arts by offering original art at prices everyone can afford. At the same time, artists can find a home for great work that might be left from previous shows or earlier series. Make room in your studio for new work by using this opportunity to clear out such pieces at reduced prices, and send them home with buyers who are excited to own them.

This is the third year for this annual event, which continues to grow in audience and sales as we expand our advertising and our reputation as a high-quality show.

Similar events in Denver and Milwaukee have been successful for almost 50 years, collectively, and regularly draw thousands of buyers. With a price limit of $100, buyers eagerly anticipate finding great deals.

Show Information

You pay only the application fee and booth fee. All income from sales is yours. No commissions to calculate, no one handling your art or money but you.

Categories include painting, printmaking, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber art, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, encaustic, mixed media, and assemblage.

We’re committed to publicizing widely to get fresh eyes on your work. In addition to a great selling opportunity, this is a chance to build your network and find new fans for your art. Marketing will include poster and flyer distribution in Washington County and the Portland Metro area, press releases and photos to local newspapers, electronic newsletters, ads in community newspapers, radio advertising, and an extensive social media campaign. Marketing resources will also be provided for use by participating artists.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2017

Important Dates:

April 30, 2017 – application deadline.
May 14, 2017 – artists will be notified.
May 28, 2017 – deadline to pay booth fee.
July 15, 2017 – deadline to withdraw and receive a refund of 50% of the booth fee.
July 16, 2017 – no refunds from this date.
September 16, 2017 – date of event.

Artists must be 18 years or older.

Jury Information

Include 4 high-quality images that represent the art that you will be selling at the event. We use artists' images on promotional materials but cannot use them if they are watermarked.

Art will be juried in the order in which applications are received.

If you work in two different mediums (like painting and ceramics) and plan to offer both at the show, make sure the second medium is also represented in your jury photos. If you are interested in offering work in more than two categories, you will need to fill out a second application.

Categories of media include: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, glass, ceramics, fiber art, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, encaustic, mixed media, and assemblage. There are no quotas for different categories. The applicants who are the best fit for the show will be invited to participate.

Artists may share a booth if they work as a team and have collaborated on all of the art in their booth.

Be sure to fill out all fields and complete your payment. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. We are looking for professional-level, well-executed art that is professionally presented.

All artists will be notified via email by May 14, 2017.

Artist Acceptance

May 28 is the deadline for committing to the show, returning the signed agreement, and paying booth fees.  Spots that aren’t paid for by May 28 will be offered to artists on the waiting list.

If you must withdraw from the show before July 15, 2017, you will receive a 50% refund of the booth fee. There will be no refunds for withdrawal after July 15. If you must cancel your participation, please let us know as early as possible so that we can offer your spot to someone on the waiting list.

Artists will receive a 10x10 space and will supply their own booth setup.

For more information: http://www.affordableartforeveryone.com
Questions? Email us at info@affordableartforeveryone.com


Application fees are non-refundable. Through July 15, 2017, paid participants can withdraw and receive a 50% refund of their booth fee. After July 15 there are no refunds.

Show Rules

1. Check-in begins at 7:00 am on September 16, and booths must be completely set up by 9:45. Teardown begins at 5:00 pm and must be finished by 8:00 pm. No materials will be stored after 8:00 pm. 
2. Artists will be in their booths throughout the show. Booths will remain set up until the show ends at 5:00 pm. Starting to break down the booth while the show is still open is disruptive for other artists and patrons.
3. Artists may have helpers to help with setting up their booth and/or selling during the show. Artists and their helpers must be in their booth at 10:00 am when the doors open.
4. All of the art in each booth will be original work handcrafted by the artist. Artists should only display work in the category in which they were juried. To ensure the success of the event and keep patrons interested, every booth should feature some pieces that would normally sell for more than $100 but have been reduced in price for this event. In addition, you may choose to create a line of work especially for this show.
5. Patrons will be expecting to buy original art, so plan to fill the majority of your booth with originals. You may sell some prints and greeting cards of your original art, but they should make up no more than 25% of the booth. Mass-produced items like stationery, T-shirts, postcards, mouse pads, kits, or calendars are not permitted.
6. Two artists may share a booth if they collaborated on all of the art that they are showing. Both must be listed on the application and must sign the rules agreement, as well as remain present throughout the show.
7. Established artist groups and galleries may share a 10'x20' booth. At least one artist from the group must be present throughout the show. The group shall designate one contact person to complete the application and communicate with the organizers.

8. All art must be priced under $100. All art displayed must be for sale. Artists are welcome to bring a small portfolio or tablet to show other work.
9. Artists are responsible for the neat, professional appearance of their booth. All displays and art must fit within the booth perimeter—no overhanging. This is a sale of fine art, so please refrain from displaying signs about bargain pricing or clearance that might give the impression the work is poor quality. Do not overfill your booth or stack art on the floor unless it is out of sight under a table covering. We will have visitors of all ages so keep in mind that art should be appropriate for families. Due to fire regulations, booth canopies or roofs are not allowed.
10. We advise you to bring lighting to show your art to its best advantage. Low wattage bulbs are best. Electrical outlets will be available. In order to use them, you will need to bring heavy duty extension cords.
11. Artists may sell to each other before the doors open if they choose, but selling to the public begins at 10:00 am. We suggest that all artists arrive with cash for making change and come prepared to accept credit cards. Free WiFi is available but can be spotty so you may prefer to process transactions with your cell phone connection.
12. The organizers and Washington County Fair Complex are not responsible for theft or damage to art or displays. Artists should not leave their booths unattended.  
13. Service animals are welcome, but please leave pets at home.  
14. All booths will be vetted and Affordable Art for Everyone reserves the right to remove an artist from the show if the rules are not followed.

Booth Information
Fee for a regular 10' deep ×10' wide x 10 high booth: $150.

Fee for a corner  10' deep ×10' wide x 10' high booth: $175.
Fee for a group   10' deep x20' wide x 10' high booth: $300.

Optional fee to rent a 8' x 2.5' table for your booth: $20.

Electricity for low-wattage booth lighting is provided at no cost to the artists.