Event Information

Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) 2018

Guthrie Park, 90 Bloomingbank Road
Riverside, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 847.726.8669
Event Dates: 5/19/18 - 5/20/18
Application Deadline: 3/14/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

We are excited to announce RAW was voted in Sunshine Artists top 200 Fine Art and Design Shows for 2017!

This is our 11th year festival held in Guthrie Park and 1st year of expanding to an adjacent in-town location on Quincy Street both in historic Riverside, IL.

Riverside is a historic picturesque town just west of downtown Chicago and easily accessible by both public transportation and interstate highways.  Riverside was the first planned development community co-designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and incorporated in 1875.  Frederick L. Olmstead, also known as the father of landscape architecture, journalist and public administrator, also designed Central Park, Golden Gate Park, and the Colombian Exposition.

ALL artists are juried by a panel of professional educators and working artists.
Everyone has an equal opportunity of being accepted. We are accepting applications, via ZAPP, until March 1, 2018.

  • Jury fee is $30
  • Booth fee (10x10) is $300
  • Cart or drive to your space
  • Free day and overnight parking
  • Outstanding artist amenities
  • Early set up on Friday afternoon
  • Free admission and parking
  • Day and overnight security

RAW is a not for profit organization committed to the arts. Riverside Arts Weekend is sponsored and supported by the Village of Riverside, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, community businesses and art patrons.

Contact D & W Events, dwevents.org or 847-726-8669 for more information.

General Information

Every artist must submit 4 current images of your work and 1 OUTDOOR booth image along with your jury fee.
If you wish to apply in two different media, please submit two application fees.


Pay through Zapp,  or mail checks to:
D & W Events, Inc.
3417 RFD
Long Grove, IL 60047


Application Deadlines:
March 1           Application Deadline 
March 3          Jury Start  
March 6          Begin Artist Notification
Upon Acceptance    Artists must accept their invitation to show on ZAPP and submit the entire booth fee or a      deposit of $150.00.
March 19      Last day to send cancellation notification to D & W Events, Inc. in writing to receive credit for show in 2019.  Credit will apply to fees paid only.
April 19         Full booth fees are due.

Participation is open to all fine art and fine craft.  The following media will be included in each show:
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Clay
  • Digital
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry - Beaded & Glass
  • Jewelry - Metal
  • Jewelry - Semi and precious (precious and/or semi-precious stones set in metal, not beaded)
  • Mixed Media
  • OiL Painting
  • Other
  • Photography
  • Photography - Digital
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Wood
Please note:  If you have jewelery in a non-jewelry medium and want to bring it to the show, it MUST be juried in under a jewelry category.

There are no refunds for canceled shows. Cancellations must be made in writing (preferably emailed) at least 60 DAYS prior to an art show. If you cancel with the proper amount of notice, you will receive a credit for all show fees paid, good for  year, 2019.
Application fees are non-refundable. 
We do not, at any time, issue refunds unless we have canceled a show with ample time prior to its scheduled date. If a show is canceled AFTER logistical and advertising arrangements have been made, refunds will not be issued under our rain or shine policy nor due to any forces of nature, (i.e., hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes) as outlined in the application. If you are not paid in full at this time, you are still liable for the balance. You will not be able to exhibit in a future D & W Event until the show balance has been paid. We understand that there are many unforeseen circumstances that may arise last minute, however, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. 
We are proud to offer the following artist amenities at all of our festivals:
  • Professionally judged events with cash and ribbon awards
  • Free day and overnight parking
  • Continental breakfast and afternoon snacks both days of the show and bottled water
  • Day and overnight dedicated security patrol
  • Booth sitters
  • Name badges, booth signs
  • Discounted hotel rooms
  • Festival brochure
There will be dedicated, on-site security Friday and Saturday nights. We recommend you remove all artwork overnight. All valuables, including displays and tents are left at the artists' own risk.

RAW will be advertised in print publications like the Chicago Tribune, Landmark papers; social media including Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter; on line advertising such as Reader, Time Out, Metro, Landmark, Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, Illinois Arts Council, Cook County Visitors Bureau, and more.
Radio advertising includes Chicago's national public radio, WBEZ.

Artists participation in the marketing effort can include sending eblasts and/or postcards to your mailing lists, announcements on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Awards are offered at all events.  Award winners are posted at the festival and on our website.
Best of Show award winner receives cash, ribbon, free jury and booth fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year
First Place award winner receives cash, ribbon, and free jury fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year
Awards of Excellence winners receive a ribbon

All festivals are juried by a panel of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
Artists are judged, the first day of each show, by a different group of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
Votes are tallied and cash awards and ribbons (if applicable) are presented that afternoon.

All notifications will be sent via ZAPP email.  Please make sure this doesn't get sent to your spam!  Also, double check your ZAPP email is your most current one.

We try to update artists of their wait list status as often as possible.
Artists on the wait list are welcome to show up the morning of a festival during set-up and register to see if any “no show” spaces become available.  Final determination to add artists is at the sole discretion of D & W Events, Inc.

1.  All work must be the artists' original handmade work.  Production, mass produced, kits, molds, stencils etc. are not permitted.  Artists may not sell promotional items such as t-shirts.  If you wish to sell note cards or postcards, make sure your booth image shows them.  Card stands are not allowed. Artists whose work does not comply with the rules or differs from the slides submitted, will be asked to remove said items or leave.  No refunds will be given.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Handwritten signs or sale signs are not permitted.
2.  Artists must be present both days, all hours, of the festival.  No representatives allowed.  In the case of a two artist collaboration, both artists must be present during the festival.
3.  Late setups and early shut downs are not allowed.
4.  Artists are responsible for providing their own white tents, displays, setup and weights. Each tent pole should have a minimum of 40 lbs of weight.   If it is deemed that your weights are insufficient, you will be asked to correct the situation.  If that is not possible, you will be asked to leave the show with no refund.  Milk jugs with sand or water, uncovered bricks or other such items are not considered acceptable weights.  In addition to function, please consider how your weights look.
5.  New this year:  Some artist spaces may be on pavement or grass.  If you have a preference, please indicate so.
6.  Tents are available for a fee, upon request
7.  Standard display space is 10’ x 10’.   All spaces are assigned. We will attempt to honor requests.  We typically allow 3-4 ft between booths.  This space can be used for display.
8.   All table legs must be covered with table cloths, to the floor.
9.  Storage items may be stored behind tents or under tables.  If stored under tables, items should not be visible.  If behind tents, stack items so they are neat and tidy.
10.  Awnings and tent extensions are allowed but must be a minimum of 7' high.
11.  Prints; giclees and offset, are allowed but may not exceed 25% of work shown and must be labeled accordingly.
The exception to this rule is photography and/or digital.
12.  Your booth is your gallery!  Displays should be aesthetically pleasing.  If your work should be framed, frame it!  Cardboard corners are not allowed.  Artist will be asked to correct any unsatisfactory or unstable displays.  
13.  Only artists juried in jewelry may have jewelry in their booths.
14.  Umbrellas are allowed in artist chairs.  Fasten them securely.
15.  Artists must leave their space clean at the conclusion of the show.
Illinois state law requires all adults follow proper tax filing procedures.  Illinois tax forms will be available on our website.  If you have an Illinois tax number from a previous year or if you already file in Illinois, you do not need a new number.  The state has a record of your festival participation so make sure you file!
RIVERSIDE TAX RATE IS 10%.   We will confirm and reiterate this from your acceptance notice through the festival dates.
Each festival's tax form is different.  Please direct any and all questions regarding taxes to the Illinois Department of Revenue  (800) 732-8866.


Booth Information

-Early set up begins from 3 pm - dark.  There are no lights in the park.
-Set up resumes Saturday morning at 6:30 am.

-If you are located in the park, be prepared to cart your tent and work.  Artists located on Quincy Street can drive to their booth locations. 
-There is reserved artist parking, day and overnight for trailers, nearby free of charge.
- Staking is not allowed on street locations.

Standard 10x10 booth - $300.00
Corner booth - $375.00
Double booth (10 x 20) - $600.00
Double corner booth - $675.00
Note:  Corner and double booth quantities are limited so reserve early.

If invited, your booth display at the event should match the booth display picture that was submitted with your Zapp application. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you have any display changes prior to the festival, you must resubmit your booth image for approval.