Event Information

Boston Mills Artfest 2018

Boston Mills Ski Resort
Peninsula, Ohio (Midwest)

Phone: 800-875-4241
Event Dates: 6/29/18 - 7/8/18
Application Deadline: 1/6/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Boston Mills Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized Fine Art and Fine Craft show. 2018 marks the 47th consecutive year that the Artfest will be held Rain or Shine at Boston Mills Ski Resort, nestled in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park midway between Cleveland and Akron.

Boston Mills is committed to producing a high-quality art show every year and we understand that great shows are made up of two components: talented artists and savvy patrons. We strive to attract both.

Positive word-of-mouth from satisfied art patrons and customers are our best publicity, but we work tirelessly all year round to publicize Artfest. More than 50,000 postcards are sent out to households who have visited the Artfest in previous years or are in locations with our targeted demographics. Boston Mills also cultivates media and corporate partnerships to increase the dollars we put into each year's advertising on a mix of billboards, print, and radio.

Our show is artist-friendly. We have an Artist Dinner before the show's Preview to the daily newsletters, food discounts, and open lines of communication.  We take pride in Artfest and make it enjoyable for everyone.

The Boston Mills Artfest consists of two separate shows on consecutive weekends with 160 different artists at each show.

Boston Mills I is June 29-July 1, 2018

Boston Mills II is July 5-July 8, 2018.

General Information
The Boston Mills Artfest is a nationally recognized Fine Art and Fine Craft show. Since 1971, Artfest has been held at Boston Mills Ski Resort, nestled in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, midway between Cleveland and Akron. This year, we are proud to celebrate 47 years of bringing fine art and fine craft to Northeast Ohio!
Artfest consists of two separate shows held on consecutive weekends. A Preview Night is held each weekend so that Artfest patrons can purchase art while sampling wines and hors d'oeuvres. The 2018 Boston Mills Artfest dates are as follows:

Boston Mills I (aka “The June Show”):
Preview Night: Friday, June 29 (6pm-9pm)
General Show: Saturday, June 30 (10am-6pm) | Sunday, July 1 (10am-5pm)

Boston Mills II (aka “The July Show”):
Preivew Night: Thursday, July 5 (6pm-9pm)
General Show: Friday, July 6th  (10am-6pm) | Saturday, July 7 (10am-6pm) | Sunday July 8 (10am-5pm)

Available Spaces for Artists:
The majority of the booth spaces are located inside four large, clear-span tents, with the remainder of the spaces positioned in an outdoor area. Those artists in the outdoor area need to bring their entire outdoor tent setup.  Artists inside the four large tents can bring as much or as little of it as they choose.  All booths must have a backdrop so patrons cannot see into the storage area.

How do we set the show and decide which artists go in which spaces? Exempt artists are placed first, and then spaces are set according to jury score. We try to accommodate all artist requests for specific spaces and areas but reserve the right to place applicants where needed to maintain a balanced show.

Booth dimensions and pricing vary depending on location. Artists will not be permitted to expand past those specified dimensions. Only the indoor booths have access to electricity, which is limited to 400 watts per booth. Outdoor booths do not have access to electricity. Personal generators are not permitted. Below is a listing of prices broken down by space size and by weekend.  Each fee includes the $10 Vendors fee that our local township requires for each artist. You may request two 10' x 10' booths in a row to make one 10' x 20' booth with a 20' opening.  There will be space in your application to request this double space.

June Show
Outdoor Spaces 10' x 10' $310
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $360
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $360
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $410
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $510
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $510

July Show
Outdoor Space 10' x 10' $360
Outdoor Corners 10' x 10' $410
Tent Spaces 10' x 10' $410
Tent Corners 10' x 10' $460
Tent Spaces 10' x 15' $560
Tent Spaces 10' x 20' $560

Artist Requirements & Jury Details:

Artists are required to disclose creative techniques and reproduction process in their artist statement.

About Reproductions:
Painting, Watercolor, Drawing, Pastels and Mix-media: A copy of an original art works by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, a serigraph press, or through a computer by means of an ink jet or electrostatic printer is a reproduction.  This includes giclees and reproductions with an additional enhancement by the artist.
Reproduction pieces must be clearly marked as a “Reproduction” on the front of each piece and signed and numbered. No open editions are permitted.   Reproductions can be presented, either framed or matted, in portfolios/bins. They may not be displayed on the walls and may not be in the same browse bin as originals.  Portfolios/bins of reproductions cannot make up more than 25% of the floor display space in your booth. 

T-shirts, posters, calendars, cards/postcards, or any other personal merchandise that is mass reproduction of an original piece of artwork will not be permitted.
The Work on Display:
Exhibitors will be permitted to exhibit only the specific type of work accepted by the jury of selection. For example, Jewelry cannot be exhibited with another medium without being screened and accepted by the jury of selection.

Unacceptable items are imported work of any type, any work created by a person other than the exhibitor, greenware pottery, sculpture from molds, mass-produced factory art and jewelry, and any other items deemed by the Director to not fall within the spirit of our requirements.

Exhibitor Presence at the Show:
Each exhibitor must be present for the entire show, including Preview Night. If accepted as a collaboration, both artists must be present.  

Selling Your Work:
All work must be for sale. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents are permitted. Prices must be clearly displayed on all items and sale signs are not permitted. There are no commissions charged by the organizers on any sales.

Final interpretation of these requirements and Artfest rules will be at the discretion of the Director.

Grounds and Security: 
Boston Mills will provide overnight security during the show. Pets are not permitted on the grounds. Upon request, contact Boston Mills Guest Services for local kennels.  There is no driving and/or parking within the show grounds.  We do have a limited number of parking spaces behind the North and East tents for unloading/loading.  All artists will need to dolly their display/artwork anywhere from 30 ft. to 300 yards depending on booth location and available unloading parking.  Artists must bring their own dollies.  If assistance is needed loading-in and setting up or tearing down, we recommend Labor Ready in Akron who should be contacted at 330-899-0783 at least a week prior to Boston Mills Artfest.

Show Awards:
All participating exhibitors are eligible for show awards and will be asked to submit one original work from their display to the jury room for the Awards Judges to review. Judges will award $7500 each weekend: three Awards of Excellence ($1000 each), and sixteen Best in Category awards ($250 each).  

Award of Excellence and Best in Category and the winners are automatically accepted into the following year's show. Honorable Mentions are given at the judges' discretion and those recipients have 3 points added to next year's jury score. All award-winning pieces will be displayed in our Awards Gallery for the remainder of the show and are for sale. Artists may replace sold work with another of their choice.

Awards Jurors:

June Show
Thomas Wagner, Outsider Art Collector / Lecturer & Curator
Andrew McCauley, Progessor & Associate Director of CORE Studies, Columbus College of Art & Design

July Show
Jack Corle, Associate Professor of Art, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
Brandon Briggs, Instructor of Painting, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 
Jury of Selection: January 30 & 31, 2018
The selection of exhibitors is the duty of the jury of selection. The jury of selection will select 160 artists for each weekend of the Boston Mills Artfest, less exempt artists who are confirmed for each show. Standby exhibitors are also selected during the jury process. The Director will add standby artists to the show by medium to maintain balance when openings become available.

Jurors are changed annually and are chosen by the Director from past award-winning exhibitors and other outstanding working artists.

The jury dates are January 30 & 31 and the jury foreman will be Artfest Director George Whitten.

Fine Art Jury:
Chris Coffey
Tom Hale
Cathy Welner
Don Poff
Paul Fletcher
Fine Crafts Jury: 
William Shearrow
Clifford Lounsbury
Sebastian Coleman
Mike Kozumplick
MP Marion
Michael Martell

Applications for the 2018 Boston Mills Artfest will be accepted in the following mediums:
Acrylic & Oil Painting
Watercolor Painting
Drawing (Pastels & *Printmaking) 
Digital Art***
Jewelry (Only artists accepted in the jewelry category may display and sell jewelry) 
2D Mix-Media  
3D Mix-Media 
Wearable Fiber  
Fiber (Paper, basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and leather)
*Printmaking: This includes prints that are hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone, and plate lithography, linoleum block, or woodcut.  Images must be produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.  Printmakers are required to disclose their creative and printmaking techniques in their artist statement.
**Photography and ***Digital Art:  Includes all photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative or digital image processing, and computer art which have been created by the artist and processed under his or her direct supervision.  Work in these media category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Photographers and Digital artist are required to disclose their creative and printing processes in their artist statement

Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CDs of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned. No late applications will be accepted.
Exempt artists will need to contact Boston Mills Arfest either via phone (800-875-4241) or email (info@bmbw.com) for directions on how to apply without paying the fee. Exempt artists are 2017 cash award winners from both shows and 2018 jurors.

Artists receiving honorable mentions are not exempt but will have 3 points added to their final jury score.  This is handled in house by our Director; there is no need to contact us if you were an Honorable Mention winner last year.

Jury results are scheduled to be released on February 28, 2018. Payment for booth space is due after acceptance, which will include the $10 Boston Township Vendors Fee that Boston Mills obtains on your behalf. Also, the State of Ohio requires each artist to purchase a $25 Transient Vendor's license for sales tax purposes that each artist will need to obtain on his/her own. Accepted exhibitors must pay their booth fee by March 31, 2018, or that booth will be reassigned. The last day to withdraw from the Boston Mills Artfest and recieve a 90% booth refund is April 30, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in applying in two separate categories, please complete the application for your first category, then either email or call us to receive further instruction on how to apply for the second category. We will not be able to assist you in applying for the second category if you have not applied for the first.

Deadline for the 2018 Boston Mills Artfest application is January 6, 2018.