Event Information

Cain Park Arts Festival 2019

14591 Superior Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Midwest)

Event Dates: 7/12/19 - 7/14/19
Application Deadline: 3/1/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Cain Park Arts Festival is a juried fine arts and fine crafts event featuring the work of artists across the country, directed by George Kozmon. This three-day outdoor event, held rain or shine, takes place in a municipally owned and operated park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Supplemental to the art exhibits, restaurant-quality food concessions and entertainment are set up away from the artist exhibit areas. The Festival is comprised of approximately 55% two-dimensional art, which includes painting, watercolors, hand-pulled prints and photography. The other 45% includes fine crafts in all categories. Signed and numbered digital or mechanical prints can be in one display bin in the artist's booth. Approximately 25 of the artists in the Festival are award winners from the previous year who were automatically accepted into the next year's show. A diverse, progressive, vital suburb of Cleveland with nearly 50,000 residents, Cleveland Heights promotes an environment rich in the arts. Minutes from University Circle, Cleveland's cultural center, Cleveland Heights is a city of exceptional natural and architectural beauty where many artists and artisans call home. The booth fee for accepted artists is $450.

General Information
Accepted Categories
  • painting
  • drawing and prints
  • photography
  • clay
  • sculpture
  • glass
  • fiber and leather
  • jewelry
  • wood

Jury Process
The jury panel consists of three visual arts professionals with evaluating experience. Jury choices are based exclusively on artistic merit as represented on the images submitted. No geographical, organizational or political criteria are employed in making selections. Every applicant, except the 2018 prizewinners, undergoes the same anonymous, critical evaluation by our jury.

Jury Exemption
2019 Arts Festival award winners are automatically accepted to the 2020 Festival. However, they still must comply with all other requirements, fees and deadlines.

Artist Perks
  • A panel of professional artist judges will award cash prizes
  • Judges' Selection and Director's Choice certificates will be awarded to approximately 20 additional artists and a special "Artist-to-Artist" award will be selected by a vote of participating artists.
  • Cain Park takes no percentage of artist sales
  • All winners are announced at the Sunday continental breakfast and are automatically accepted to the 2020 Arts Festival
  • Three-day access to show director
  • Drive to your booth to unload
  • Energetic staff helpers who assist with set-up and take-down
  • Booth sitting
  • Food pick-up
  • Personalized booth sign
  • Friday lunch, complimentary snacks and beverages

Accepted artists must attend in person and remain throughout all three days.
Those applying in more than one art category must fill out a separate application and pay another set of application fees.

Inadmissible work
  • Buy-sell art, imported art, workshop art or mass-produced items
  • Traditional craft items
  • Work produced from dies, casts or molds
  • Decorations on commercially produced products
Artist Friendly Refund Policy
Those artists who've been accpted to the 2019 Arts Festival and choose not to participate need to send a written withdrawal request by April 19, 2019: email jhoffman@clvhts.com or mail to Janet Hoffman, Cain Park Arts Festival, 40 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Booth fees for artists who withdraw after April 19, 2019 will not be refunded.

Booth Information
Exhibit Terrain
Exhibits are set up on grassy ground on both sides of a wide, winding paved Park path. We suggest using indoor/outdoor carpet or Astroturf to achieve smooth flooring and better footing.

Booth Space
10' wide, depth depends on location. No double spaces. Electricity is not available in booths. We will do our best to comply with specific booth location requests; however, traffic flow, good balance of media, and special health-related needs of exhibitors are the first considerations when assigning spaces.

Many spaces will accommodate one normal vehicle behind or close to the booth, but you must give us the style and dimensions of your vehicle in order for you to have a parking space within Cain Park. Due to the limited access to your booth, please be aware that it may not be possible for your vehicle to be moved until after the Festival closes each day. We cannot guarantee a parking spot behind your booth.