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Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 2019

Location:
Snow King Center, 100 E. Snow King Avenue
Jackson Hole, Wyoming (West)

Phone: (307) 690-9719
Event Dates: 9/5/19 - 9/8/19
Application Deadline: 3/1/19 Midnight MST
80 day(s) and 14 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $50.00

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Event Summary
The 27th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West.  From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.  The vision of the show remains the promotion of contemporary artists working in a wide range of Western genres while cultivating young, new and established collectors.

Here you will meet the maker and shop direct from Cowboy to Contemporary!  Handcrafted works in leather, metal, home accents, woodworking, mixed media, jewelry, and fashion will be viewed and purchased by discriminating residents and visitors at our spectacular location in beautiful Jackson Hole. Over $20,000 in awards is presented annually. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses, and residents promises to make the WDC unforgettable—for both exhibitors and attendees.
 
The WDC takes no commission​s.  In addition to the fine artisan craft showcased during the WDC Exhibit + Sale the September 5-8, 2019 show will feature:
  • Designer Show House
  • Opening Preview Party 
  • Live Auction 
  • Runway Fashion Show
  • DailySignature Happy Hours
  • $20,500 awarded for Design Excellence 


General Information
The 27th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) brings together artists, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers with a passion for the West.  From documented American craft, to home design, to fashion, the show is expanding to encompass all aspects of the best of Western design.  The vision of the show remains the promotion of contemporary artists working in Western genre craft while cultivating young, new and established collectors.
 
In addition to the fine artisan craft showcased during the Exhibit + Sale the September 5-8, 2019 show will feature:
  • Designer Show House juried artisan creations and custom interior design in a home environment. Attendees enter a foyer and walk through six custom rooms.
  • Opening Preview Party early entry into the Exhibit + Sale opening Gala.  Meet this year's artisans and enjoy award winning culinary creations, signature cocktails, and a live auction during a festive night of shopping.  A Live Auction and runway  Fashion Show presents couture collections from both up-and-coming and established designers. 
  • Design Excellence Awards are presented to juried pedestal entries.  $20,500 is awarded.
The WDC Exhibit + Sale is a one-of-a-kind showcase for museum-quality functional art. The finest Western-influenced designers and artists from across the country apply to be among the over 100 exhibitors showcased in this event, which is part of the 35th annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

Here you will meet the maker and shop direct from Cowboy to Contemporary!  Handcrafted works in leather, metal, home accents, woodworking, mixed media, jewelry, and fashion will be viewed and purchased by discriminating residents and visitors at our spectacular location in beautiful Jackson Hole. Over $20,000 in awards is presented annually. The energy generated by tourists, artists, local businesses, and residents promises to make the WDC unforgettable—for both exhibitors and attendees.
 
Who applies to be an exhibitor at the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale?
The WDC Exhibit + Sale is a COMPETITIVE JURIED EXHIBITION displaying one-of-a-kind functional art.  Collectively, these artists continue to stretch the limits of western design and advance the genre’s evolution, by creating museum caliber pieces that capture the essence of both the old and the new West.
Non-juried booth space is available featuring furniture, fashion, jewelry, home and lifestyle accessories. Here you will meet the maker and designer and shop direct!
 
The categories are:
 
ACCENTS | All pieces crafted with fibers, ceramics, glass, paper, woven material, and mixed media are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: lighting, fireplace tools, vessels, pottery, wall hangings, fiber arts, doors, rugs, screens, baskets, throws, and pillows.
 
ART TO WEAR—FASHION | All clothing and fashion accessories are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection.
 
ART TO WEAR—JEWELRY | All jewelry and accessories are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection.

LEATHER | All pieces crafted with leather, functional and wearable, are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: clothing, boots, furnishings, pillows, throws, and jewelry.
 
METAL | All pieces crafted with metal are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship, execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: jewelry, silverware, serving ware, lighting, furnishings, vessels, basins, fireplace doors and tools, mirrors, cabinetry, and knives.
 
MIXED MEDIA | All pieces using a collaboration of materials are eligible for this category and award.  These creations incorporate a showcase of multiple techniques, textures, and mediums.  This category knows no limits, and pushes the envelope of design and artistry. 
 
WOODWORKING | All pieces crafted with wood are eligible for this category and award. The quality of craftsmanship (joinery, hardware, finish, and techniques), execution, functionality, design appeal, effective adaptation of materials, and originality will all be used in judging this selection. Examples: tables, chairs, armoires, pool tables, wall hangings, screens, bars, beds, cabinets, desks, and vessels.
 
Design Excellence Awards – $20,500 is awarded annually (to juried pedestal entries)
Best of Show $5,000 (All juried pieces are eligible to receive this award in design excellence)
Best Artist, Accents $1000
Best Artist, Art to Wear–Fashion $1000
Best Artist, Art to Wear–Jewelry $1000
Best Artist, Leather $1000
Best Artist, Metal $1000
Best Artist, Mixed Media $1000
Best Artist, Woodworking Historical Design / Craftsmanship $1000
Best Artist, Woodworking Contemporary Design / Craftsmanship $1000
Honorable Mention $200 (awarded in the eight genre categories)
Sonny Tuttle Spirit Award* $1000 (*All juried pieces are eligible to receive these awards)
Western Spirit* $1000 (*All juried pieces are eligible to receive these awards)
Best Collection Fashion Show $1000
Honorable Mention Fashion Show $200
Designer Show House – Best Interior Design $3800 value coverage in Nov/Dec issue Mountain Living

Exhibit + Sale
The Exhibit + Sale will be held at the Snow King Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It will showcase contemporary crafts and highlight artistic traditions including Western, Adirondack, Rustic, Lodge, Asian, Southwestern, Hispanic, Native American, and Modern influences. All products juried into the show will be displayed on white painted pedestals. A pedestal is required and is of the utmost importance to maintain the visual integrity of a gallery. Pedestals are provided by the artist or available for rent. All products must be handmade in the United States or Canada. No mass-produced or imported items will be eligible for this juried show. The 3-day Exhibit + Sale will be open to the public daily Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, with an Opening Night from 5:30pm to 10pm on Thursday, September 5.
 
Live Auction
Past award winners are eligible for consideration to donate new works of art to be auctioned off. All proceeds benefit the artist and the annual WDC Artist Awards Fund, with a 50/50 split. Entries are due no later than April 1, 2019.  A limited number of items will be featured this year.
 
Sourcebook & Advertising
The 2019 WDC Sourcebook will be featured standalone at the Exhibit + Sale and online in Mountain Living throughout the year.  Each exhibitor will receive a listing. Discounted ad rates available.
  Each exhibitor will receive a listing, and additional discounted advertising opportunities are available.

Click WesternDesignConference.com for more information and ABOUT video.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019, APPLY NOW!

Rules/Regulations
Application and Jury Process
  • Create an online artist profile (FREE)
  • Prepare and upload 3 digital images of your work (1920x1920 pixels)
  • Submit a $50 (USD) non-refundable application fee
  • Complete and submit online application by midnight (MST) on March 1, 2019.
Application Assistance & Questions?
Allison Merritt at (307) 690-9719 or email allison@westerndesignconference.com
Here you will meet the maker and shop direct, visit our website for About video.

Jury Deadline
All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2019.

Jury Notification
Selection results will be released on March 5, 2019 via email.

If You Are Accepted
Accepted artists will receive an acceptance email followed by a booth payment schedule and additional show information. 50% payment of booth fees is due with show application. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations before June 1 will be subject to an administrative fee of $100
  • Cancellations after June 1 will be subject to an administrative fee of 50% of the confirmed booth and pedestal fees.
  • NO REFUNDS after July 1, 2019


Booth Information
Pedestal floor space
ALL FUNCTIONAL ART pieces in the juried exhibition may be shown in the spaces detailed below.  All juried entries are eligible for show awards. One pedestal ONLY per space. The fee schedule is as follows: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
4 x 4 ft Space*          $800   (includes ART TO WEAR)
6 x 6 ft Space*          $1000
8 x 8 ft Space*          $1100                   
8 x 8 ft Space            $1400    **
2 Pieces (one pedestal)        
10 x10 ft Space*       $1600                             
10 x 10 ft Space        $1800    **
2 Pieces (one pedestal)
 
*There are a limited number of 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, and 10x10 ft pedestals available.  Pedestals are built to the specifications of your jury entry and are provided by the artist or available for rent. All pedestal space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
**Two pieces (furniture, leather, metal, or accent), or an ensemble made up of a group of complementary pieces contributing to a single effect (example: dining room table and chairs).
 
Each exhibitor is permitted to purchase two pedestal spaces to show their oversized work.
  • No additional items may be used to enhance the appearance of the exhibition piece. Rugs, pillows, lamps, candles, bronzes, artwork, dishes, and other accessories are not allowed on the pedestal. Beds are excluded from this rule; they will be allowed to have a single cover and two pillows.
  • Only self-contained lighting fixtures may be integrated into a pedestal.
  • Business cards, brochures, and/or portfolios may be placed on your pedestal.
 
Exhibit + Sale Booth Space
Booths are professionally lined with craft paper (color choice available) and include 9 ft tall wooden walls, overhead trellis lighting, electricity, up to two chairs. 6' tables are available for rent $40 each, includes linens.
  • 10 x 10 ft Booth                         $2000
  • 10 x 10 ft Corner Booth            $2400
  • 4 x 16 ft Booth at Entry/Exit     $2500
  • 10x 16 ft Booth                          $2700
  • 10 x 20 ft Booth                         $3600
  • 10 x 30 ft Booth                         $5400
  • Additional Corner                      $400
  • 10x10 Pop Up Booth                $1300 see details below 
Juried artists can purchase booth space to show more of their work. The conference is a gallery style exhibit; purchasing booth space allows artists the opportunity to create an intimate salesroom space for buyers and clients. Artwork displayed in booth space will not be part of the juried exhibition, and works sold there will not be eligible for awards or cash prizes. All artwork must be displayed inside the booth area. Only 65, 10 x 10 ft booth spaces are available, so apply early!

* Purchase a Booth Space + Pedestal Floor Space   Receive a $200 pedestal discount
Package Rates
               
Pedestal  Floor Space (4’x4’)  +  Booth (10’x10’)    $2,600   ($200 off pedestal space)
Pedestal  Floor Space (4’x4’)  +  Pop Up Booth (10’x10’)    $1,900   ($200 off pedestal space + $700 off booth)
 
Popup Booth Space
Booths “Pop Up” after the Opening Preview Party.  Pedestals are out Thursday – Booth setup begins Friday at 7am.  Booths are open Friday – Sunday hours.  Pop Up Booth (10’x10’ Fri- Sun only)    $1,300  
 
Outside Space
10x10 ft floor space only $750

2019 EVENT SCHEDULE
27th Annual Western Design Exhibit + Sale
Snow King Center, 100 E. Snow King Avenue Jackson Hole, WY 83001
 
Wednesday, September 4

8 am–6 pm      Check-in begins, Booth move-in (no pedestal setup)   
                       
Thursday, September 5

8 am–Noon       Artist Pedestal setup/Pedestal lighting
12:15–5 pm        Closed judging in progress
The Center is closed to ALL artists and booth exhibitors until judging is complete
 
 5:30 pm             Opening Preview  Party, VIP entry
 6 pm                  Opening Preview  Party, General Admission
 7:15pm              Live Auction
Past award winners will donate new works of art to be auctioned off. All proceeds benefit the artist and the annual WDC Artist Awards Fund, with a 50/50 split.  A limited number of items will be featured.
7:30pm               Runway Fashion Show
8:30-10pm          Evening shopping + after party (stations of local catered creations + 5 open bars)
 
Friday, September 6
10 am–5 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale, Retail Row, Designer Show House
2pm                  Design Excellence Awards Ceremony
 
Saturday, September 7
10 am–5 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale

Sunday, September 8
10 am–5 pm     WDC Exhibit + Sale

Accommodations
Be certain to book early.  Each year the town sells out during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival
Snow King Hotel (on site)
Mention offer: Western Design Conference Artist for discounted hotel and condo accommodations
SnowKing.com or 307.733.5200 for reservations
 
Virginian Hotel and RV Parking (1 mile from WDC)
Mention offer: Western Design Conference Artist for discounts
VirginianLodge.com or 307.733.2792 for reservations, ask for Judy
 
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