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Omaha Summer Arts Festival 2019 - 45th Annual

Location:
The Festival is relocating for three years (2019, 2020, 2021). At this time our temporary location is still being determined.We will make a formal announcement and update this information as quickly as possible.
Omaha, Nebraska (Midwest)

Phone: (402) 345-5401 Ext. 104
Event Dates: 6/7/19 - 6/9/19
Application Deadline: 1/22/19 Midnight CST
67 day(s) and 18 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Attracting more than 80,000 patrons from throughout the region, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival is one of the finest in the Midwest.
 
This professionally managed arts festival features 135-juried artists from across the country exhibiting and selling their fine art and contemporary crafts in 14 media categories. 
 
The mission of the Omaha Summer Arts Festival is to present a variety of high-quality arts programs and exhibits in downtown Omaha for the general public to enjoy and appreciate. Our artists enjoy exceptional amenities including an Artist Concierge, experienced booth sitters, artwork delivery service, air-conditioned lounge with artist-only restrooms, complimentary snacks, beverages and box lunches, an Artist Awards Breakfast with cash awards and much, much moreā€¦

 

General Information
Summer Arts Festival Important Dates
 
December 14, 2018
Deadline for Invited artists (invited from 2018 onsite jury) must apply / register for our show through ZAPP. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of participation.
 
January 11, 2019
Application Deadline - Jury fee ($30) must be submitted by midnight CST
 
January 18, 2019
Late Registration Deadline – Jury fee ($40) must be submitted by midnight CST
 
February 8, 2019
Notifications emailed and available on Zapp
 
March 8, 2019
Deadline to accept show invitation
 
March 8, 2019
Deadline to submit booth payment 
 
May 3, 2019
Cancellation deadline for refund; less a $50 processing fee
 
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Set-up for show
 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Artists' Market open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Artists' Market open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Sunday, June 9, 2018
Artists' Market open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Location:
The Festival is relocating for three years (2019, 2020, 2021). At this time our temporary location is still being determined. We are considering several downtown options including the Festival’s former location (Between 17th and 20th on Farnam Street). We will make a formal announcement and update this information as quickly as possible.

 
Booth Fees/Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit:
An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit, must submit their booth fee of either $350 for a middle booth or $425 for a corner (see Booth Space below for booth descriptions) to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival by March 8, 2019. Failure to make payment by the deadline will result in withdrawal of invitation to participate and exhibit space will be filled by an alternate from the artist waitlist.

Jury Process:
A maximum of 140 (usually 135) artists will exhibit at the 2019 Omaha Summer Arts Festival. Approximately 50% of the artists have been invited back from the 2018 show based on their onsite jury score. The remaining spaces will be filled by a jury panel that will consist of up to four art professionals. The jury will consider the following three items:


Technical aspects and competence
Originality / Uniqueness
Overall Impression
 
Images are considered on the merits of the work pictured. Images are reviewed by the panel simultaneously using individual laptops. All of the laptops will be color calibrated just prior to the jury. The artists' statement, price range, process, materials used and dimensions will be available, upon request, to the jury panel to aid in the scoring process.
 
The Omaha Summer Arts Festival will notify all applicants whether accepted, rejected or on the waiting list. Scores will be given upon request.
  
Images for Jury:
Please submit four (4) images. Three of the images must be of individual pieces of work and one (1) image must be of your current display booth. Images must portray work that is current, original and representative of the work you would actually display and sell on-site at the Festival.
 
The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work which is accurately represented in the first three images. It also helps identify the scale of the artist's work. This is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable signage, business or artist name or a photo of the artist themselves.
 
Awards:
The same panel of judges will conduct an on-site jury on Friday, June 7th. Cash awards will be presented to Best of Show, 2nd and 3rd place as well as ten merit award winners. The presentation will take place at the Artists' Awards Breakfast on Saturday, June 8th.
 
Artist Concierge Services & Amenities:
•   Discount hotel rates
•   Artist Concierge Hotline
•   Complimentary box lunch on Friday
•   Awards breakfast on Saturday
•   Continental breakfast on Sunday
•   Air-conditioned lounge
•   Complimentary snacks and beverages
•   Artist-only indoor restroom facilities
•   Experienced booth sitters
•   Artwork delivery service
•   Water delivery
•   Overnight indoor storage
•   24-hour security by off-duty Omaha Police Officers
•   Electricity available – Limited
*   Corner spaces available – Limited
*   Double spaces available - Limited
 
Sales:
Each artist is responsible for collecting and paying any and all taxes including Nebraska sales tax. Tax forms will be issued in the on-site artist packet. It is the responsibility of each artist to return payment to the Nebraska Tax Revenue Service.
 
Media Descriptions:
•   Ceramic: original clay work, excludes jewelry
•   Drawing: two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen and/or ink
•   Fiber: work crafted from fiber including fabric and paper, excludes jewelry
•   Glass: works made of glass that gave been crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming, excludes jewelry
•   Jewelry: metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials are accepted
•   Leather: any work crafted from leather, excludes jewelry
•   Metal: work crafted from metal, excludes jewelry
•   Mixed Media 2D and 3D: single works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production (ceramic/fiber; wood/metal etc.), excludes jewelry
•   Painting: two-dimensional works in paint including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.
•   Photography: photographic prints created from the artist’s original negatives that have been processed by the artist or under direct supervision of the artist
•   Printmaking / Graphics: original works created using traditional printmaking methods including lithograph, block, serigraph, etc. as well as computer generated art
•   Sculpture: three-dimensional original work created in any medium, excludes jewelry
•   Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved, excludes jewelry
 
Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked on or before May 3, 2019.  Any accepted artist who cancels from the show prior to May 3, 2019, will be entitled to a refund, less a $50 processing fee, provided the space is filled by another accepted artist. Absolutely no refunds will be made for cancellations postmarked or received electronically after May 4, 2019.
 
Please note, refunds may not be processed until after the final cancellation deadline of 11:59 PM CST May 3, 2019 to ensure that cancelled space can be filled.
 
Collaborators / Partners / Associates:
SAF uses the terms Collaborator and Partner interchangeably. Collaborations/partnerships are permitted, however both artists must be listed on the application. Collaborators/partners MUST participate in both the creation and the production of the work; they are not assistants, business partners, employees, family members, dealers/agents, apprentices or part of the production studio.If artists apply as collaborators/partners, each artist must be present. No proxy of any kind is permitted. Artists are limited to one registered collaborator/partner and the collaborator/partner must be registered in Zapplication. 
 
Associates is a Zapplication term and a field within the application that we cannot delete. Associates do not receive nametags or benefits (access to lounge, breakfast tickets or boxes lunches). We do not recognize Associates as Partners/Collaborators.
 
Contact Information:
 E-mail: rnielsen@vgagroup.com (Roxanne)
Telephone number: (402) 345-5401
Fax number: (402) 342-4114
Website: summerarts.org
 
Mailing Address:
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
P.O. Box 31036
Omaha, NE 68131
 

Rules/Regulations
1) The registered artist must be present all three days of the show. Collaborations/partnerships are permitted, however both artists must be listed on the application. If artists apply as collaborators/partners, each artist must be present. No proxy of any kind is permitted. Artists are limited to one registered collaborator/partner and the collaborator/partner must be registered in Zapplication. Collaborators/partners MUST participate in both the creation and the production of the work; they are not assistants, business partners, employees, family members, dealers/agents, apprentices or part of the production studio. 
 
2) Applicant photo ID is required for verification at registration.
 
3) All work must be the original work of the accepted artist. No artwork from molds, kits or other commercial methods is allowed. If the originality of an artist's work is questioned, the Festival reserves the right to require said artist to provide proof of process which may include: photography, drawings, material samples, invoices, etc. All submitted proof is for Festival use only and will remain confidential. 
 
4) Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which they are juried and accepted. Please note, artists who specialize in more than one category and wish to exhibit in more than one category, must submit separate applications for each medium.
 
5) All work displayed must be for sale.
 
6) Limited edition prints are accepted in editions of 500 or less, provided each print is individually signed and numbered.
 
7) All developing and printing of photographs must be made from the artist’s original negatives and under the artist’s direct supervision.
 
8) To participate in the Festival each artist must provide a brief Artist Statement of 100 words or less, describing their style, process and/or creative vision.
 
9) Exhibitors may NOT sell promotional items such as t-shirts, pillows, calendars, notecards, postcards, compact discs, etc. The sale of non-original promotional items is prohibited.
 
10) Sandbags and/or other appropriate equipment is required to ensure the stability of all displays. Any artist with a hazardous display will be required to close and will forfeit his/her registration fee. Tents must be white topped, professional grade and made of flame retardant material. No low quality, light-weight pop-up tents are allowed.
 
11) Exhibitors are responsible for providing proper insurance for all of their personal property, including their artwork and display. The Omaha Summer Arts Festival will not be responsible for damage to work or displays due to weather or unrelated incidents.
 
12) Artists are not permitted to have any pets or unattended children on the Festival site.
 
13) Generators are prohibited.
 
14) No amplified music is allowed in artist booths.
 
15) No displays or equipment can be set outside the front of booth or in walkways between booths.
 
16) Rules may be added or existing rules edited at the discretion of the Festival. Any edits or additions would be made in writing and provided via email. Additional regulations and guidelines (cancellation policies, booth sizes, etc) are included in other sections of this application.
 

 


Booth Information
A single booth has one (1) selling side (a 10’ section across the front; booths abutting on both sides and 2’ of storage space along the back of the booth).
 
A corner booth has two (2) selling sides (a 10’ section across the front and one side; booth abutting on one side and 2’ of storage space along the back of the booth). No displays, art, panels, racks, chairs, etc may be set up in the 10’ gap between spaces - - corner spaces provide a second 10’ of visibility, not extra display space. The Festival, at its own discretion, may provide a small amount of buffer space within spaces, however tents and displays are limited to a 10’ x 10’ footprint.
 
The event takes place on a paved surface, which does not allow for anchoring of any supports into the ground. Structures should be built to withstand gusty winds. Sandbags and/or other appropriate equipment is required to ensure the stability of displays. The Festival provides free sandbags that are first come, first served. Any artist with a hazardous display will be required to close and will forfeit his/her registration fee. Tents must be white topped, professional grade and made of flame retardant material. No low quality, light-weight pop-up tents are allowed.
 
Corner Booths (Limited):
Corner availability is limited and we may not be able to fulfill all corner requests. Corners can be set-up to provide a better view of your work or an extra entry point to your booth. They do not provide additional square footage.
 
Double Booths (Limited):
At the sole discretion of Show Management, a limited number of double booths may be allowed. Please send the show administrator an email to discuss this option.
 
Electricity (Limited):
Electricity is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Electricity must be ordered in advance and is $85 per duplex, which provides 20 amps, 110v.Electricity is only available in select sections of the Festival. We will not be able to accommodate on-site requests. Generators are prohibited. 
 
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