Event Information

Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest 2019

Evanston, IL- Sherman and Church Street
Evanston, Illinois (Midwest)

Event Dates: 6/22/19 - 6/23/19
Application Deadline: 5/22/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
For three decades, the Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. With more than 150 artists, it's the largest and oldest juried arts fair on Chicago's North Shore. The festival is located on six city blocks in downtown Evanston with the fest's eponymous "Renovated Fountain Square" sculpture garden serving as its focal point. This urban setting creates the perfect ambiance and embodies the word "sophistication" with an audience of more than 25,000 discerning, upscale art aficionados and collectors.

General Information
2019 CALL FOR ENTRIES the Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest is pleased to announce an open call for entries for the 40th Annual Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest, to be held June 22nd and 23rd, 2019 in downtown Evanston, Illinois.

May 6th, 2019: Regular Deadline
Online applications must be received by midnight CST. -Checks are not accepted
*Paper Applications are not accepted for this event. 

May 8-10th, 2019: Jury Session

Week of May 13th, 2019: Acceptance Notifications are sent out (please do not call).

May 17rd, 2019:  DEADLINE for accepting by picking out your booth space and confirming your participation by finalizing payment for booth fee and optional equipment rentals. Please remember that you are not "Confirmed" into the event until you have accepted your invitation and continued to proceed to checkout to pay for your booth space at which time your status will be updated to "Confirmed." Only at this status are you confirmed into the event. "Accepted" is not the same as "Confirmed".

Second week in June 2019: Booth space assignments, Load in location and time, as well as other information will be sent out to the artists e-mail address on file.

May 20th, 2019: Deadline to cancel and receive 50% refund (less $50 administrative fee)

June 21st, 2019: Artist Set-Up between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, June 22nd, set up between 7:00am and 9:00 am:

June 22nd  and June 23rd 2019: 40th Annual Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest  11am - 7pm daily 

JURY PROCESS Categories:
Please review the following category definitions. The Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest has the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission.
  • 2-D Mixed Media- Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material and has relief depth of less than 1/8 inch.
  • 3-D Mixed Media & Sculpture- Original, non functional, free standing work of any material.
  • Ceramics- Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terra cotta).
  • Digital Art- Original, two-dimensional works utilizing computer technology to craft or manipulate visual images.
  • Functional Art- A functional, three-dimensional object which serve a purpose such as fiber objects, furniture, toys, wind chimes, etc.
  • Glass- An object made of glass (including blown glass and stained glass).
  • Jewelry- The use of several different materials (such as clay, glass, metal and wood) to form a body adornment.
  • Painting- The use of oil, acrylics, watercolor and tempera on canvas or board.
  • Photography- Prints or transparencies must be from original negatives.
  • Works on Paper- A two-dimensional design on paper (including drawings, etchings, monoprints, pastels and silkscreens). Artists may submit more than one application in separate categories.

Jury Session:
Jurying is done separately for each category and is anonymous. The scale for jury is 1(low) to 7(high). Jurors are briefed to consider presentation, quality, originality, technical ability and booth display. The jury takes each image into consideration for approximately 10 seconds while the artist statement is read aloud. Jurors can request to re-view the artist’s slides and revise their score before final submission. Discussion is permitted. The cumulative score is processed and the top scores in each category receive an invitation to show in the Festival. The decision of the jurors is final.

Wait List
The next 20 highest scoring artists in each category are selected to be on the wait list. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show. Artists taken off the wait list will be notified by telephone. Called wait list numbers will be posted on our website. As artists withdraw we look at the ratios in each category and invite from the wait list with concentration on the media we feel needs more representation. The goal of the Festival committee is to maintain a balanced show; no quota is set for each individual media. Any wait list artist is welcome to show up the morning of the Festival during set-up and register at the “Festival Office” beginning at 6:00 am on Saturday, June 22nd . If any no-show spaces become available, artists will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any artists accepted on the day-of must come prepared with a photo ID and booth fee in the form of cash or money order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Jury Panel
Jurors are selected for their experience and expertise in a specific media and serve on panels in their area. A diversity of backgrounds and skills is sought, including artists, educators, fine art and craft gallery owners and museum directors/curators. A new panel of jurors is selected each year to allow for fresh perspective. A separate panel of jurors is selected for on-site jurying. “Best-of” awards are given in each category.  

BOOTH SPACES & ARTIST AMENITIES Assigned booths are 10’x10’ spaces back-to-back down the center of Sherman and Church streets as well as along the curb lines. Double booths are also available, space permitting. All work exhibited must be confined to the assigned space(s). Artists are responsible for providing their own means of displaying their work. Tents, tables and chairs may be rented through Special Events Management. No overhangs/awnings are allowed. All artists must weight down their tents.

Booth fees will be paid upon confirming your acceptance for participation.- Checks are not accepted

All booth fees are due in full by March 29, 2019.

10’x10’- $450

10’x20’- $650 (upon availability)

Corner Upgrade- $100 (upon availability)

Event Hours:
Event hours are from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. No traffic will be allowed on the street until pedestrians have been cleared and security/police have deemed it safe.

Load-In/Out :
Artists will be able to unload near their booth during set-up and tear down. Artists can load-in only during their designated time and must check-in at the Festival Office with a photo ID. The lane of traffic on Sherman Avenue is only wide enough for one vehicle. Therefore, we depend upon artists’ cooperation to keep traffic moving at a pace that will allow everyone equal time to set-up. We ask that upon arrival at your booth location you unpack then move your vehicle before you start set-up. Sherman Avenue and Church Street will be closed to all artist/vendor traffic promptly at 9:00 am each morning. Artists will be responsible for hand carting in additional merchandise after this time.

Space Requests :
We will do our best to honor any space request submitted in writing on the application. Artists who have guaranteed re-entry to the Festival will receive first consideration in booth selection.

Electricity will be available for an additional $150. Desired booth location is not guaranteed as artists with electricity will be blocked together. Artists are responsible for bringing their own extension cords—outlets may be up to 50 feet from the booth space. No personal generators will be allowed.

Parking will be available adjacent to the Festival site at the Sherman Avenue Self Park located on Davis Street between Sherman and Benson. A reduced rate for artists may be secured. More information regarding other lot locations and pricing will be available closer to the Festival date.

The Evanston Police Department will patrol the festival grounds on Friday and Saturday. Please keep in mind that security is limited so we request that you cover up all merchandise and remove all items of high value and small “walk away” items. Be aware of your surroundings at all times—especially during set-up and tear-down. Although incidents are rare, they do happen. Neither the Evanston Chamber of Commerce nor Special Events Management is responsible for any loss, theft or damage.

Artist Lounge
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will provide an air-conditioned space (with real bathrooms!) open to all artists. Refreshments will be provided during Festival hours. Artist badges for ease entering/exiting the Festival and Artist Lounge will be provided at check-in.


FESTIVAL POLICIES Rules for Participation
The Fountain Square Artisan SummerFest is a highly selective art fair. Participating artists’ booths will be visited periodically throughout the fair by Festival Management to ensure that artists are complying with the rules. Artists will be asked to remove all work that is not in compliance. The Festival committee reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work not consistent with the quality and cohesiveness of submitted slides. Artists that do not comply with Festival rules and regulations will not be eligible for refund and may be refused at other Special Events Management shows. 1) All work must be original and handcrafted. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s). No work that has been made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans or prefabricated pieces is allowed. 2) Reproductions must be clearly identified as such and may only constitute one third of the total display. 3) Artists displaying work produced in editions must disclose edition numbers to the Festival audience. 4) Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality and type that is shown in images juried. 5) Artists must prominently display their Artist Statement along with a picture of the artist(s), describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used in the production of the work. 6) Artists must be present with their work for the duration of the Festival. If the work is collaborative, each collaborator must be present. All artists must check in at the designated check-in points with a valid photo ID. 7) All work must be for sale. 8) Artists are responsible for collecting and paying the applicable Evanston Sales Tax (10%) to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Cancellation Policy:
If you are invited to participate and choose to cancel your acceptance into the Festival, please follow the procedures below: Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail or e-mail. E-mails can be sent to  Exhibitor Relations Manager at exhibitors@chicagoevents.com. A Special Events Management staff member will contact you via the phone number listed on your application to verify your cancellation. If your cancellation is made on or before May 17, 2019, 50% of your booth fee(less a $50 administrative fee) will be processed and refunded in approximately 3 weeks from the date of cancellation. Artists who cancel after May 17th, 2019 (including the day-of the show) will NOT be eligible for refund.

No Show Policy:
Artists who have not checked-in and/or called the Festival Emergency Number (number will be available in confirmation materials) by 8:00 AM Saturday, June 22nd will be considered a “no-show.” No Show artists will not be eligible for refunds and assigned space(s) will be forfeited to a wait-list artist.

Rain Date :
There will be no “rain date” and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.