Event Information

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair 2019

Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Covington, Kentucky (South)

Event Dates: 11/29/19 - 12/1/19
Application Deadline: 7/14/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $27.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Ohio Designer Craftsmen is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine craft for over 50 years. We present three fine art and fine craft fairs annually: Columbus Winterfair, Greater Cincinnati Winterfair,and the Art Studio Clearance Sale. The goals of ODC's fairs, exhibitions, education programs and publications are to establish a standard of excellence in craft, encourage creative growth, provide professional support to craftspeople, and build public awareness, appreciation and collection of fine craft.

This over 40-year-old show opens the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Strategically located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, just across the river from Cincinnati, the fair attracts an audience of 7,000–8,000 from the Tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Artists enjoy easy show hours, allowing time to try out the many fine restaurants nearby or relax in their rooms at the affordable Marriott RiverCenter Hotel, adjoining the fair venue. 

General Information
Contact Information:
Ph: 614-486-7119
For more information on Ohio Designer Craftsmen please visit our website at www.ohiocraft.org

Important Dates:
July 14 - Application Deadline. This deadline has been extended one week!
July 23 - Notifications of participation status
September 15 - Booth fees and contracts due 
October 4 - Deadline for Cancellation Refund (less $45.00 administrative fee.) ALL cancellations must be received in writing by October 4, 2019 to receive refund. Requests after this date are non-refundable.
November 27 and 28 - Artist set-up

Artist Amenities:
  • well staffed and energetic volunteers for booth sitting
  • 24 hour security beginning 6PM on Wednesday through 7PM Sunday
Application Process:
  • 4 images of your work
  • 1 booth shot
  • $27 non-refundable application fee

Jury Procedure:
Your images will be viewed and scored by a panel of jurors chosen on their fine craft/art expertise, and an effort is made to invite jurors specializing in a variety of media. Applicants are not identified to jurors.

Exhibitor numbers in each category will be limited to ensure a balanced show; however, only the top scorers in each medium will be accepted. Up to 10% of the spaces can be filled at the discretion of the Artistic Director, in order to introduce new artists and ensure a quality, balanced show.

ODC Membership:
Anyone may apply to ODC shows; however, members receive a 2-point bonus on jury scores. If accepted, membership is required. Annual membership is $35 for individual, $45 for joint, and may be paid after acceptance. Membership benefits, applications and renewals are available on our website: http://ohiocraft.org/membership-2/

Gourmet Marketplace:
Pre-packed food items intended for home consumption off-site and/or gift giving. Bath and body products, candles, salsa, teas, books, pet products, cakes, soup mixes and dips, candy, seeds, spices, chocolates, apiaries, may also apply here. Space for this area is limited. Marketplace applicants and participants are NOT required to be ODC members, however all vendors selling food products and giving food samples must comply with the Northern Kentucky Health Department regulations. Please visit the website NKYHealth.org and under the Business and Organization flag click on Food Service Operator. If you have any questions please contact them directly.

Artist Eligibility/Show Policies
  • Artist must be present each day of the show
  • Work must be of original concept, design and execution by the exhibitor him/herself; no kits, commercial molds. Absolutely NO buy-sell.
  • Only work of individual or collaborating artists may be shown and sold.
  • Images submitted for jurying must be representative of the majority of work to be exhibited and sold in terms of both quality and price range. Jurors use booth images to judge overall appearance and make up of your display.
Studios where the applicant artist designs the work and creates it along with assistants qualify if:
  • The studio has no more than six full-time (or equivalent part-time) assistants (not including non-artist employees such as office help).
  • The studio adheres to the above outlined stipulations regarding actual production of work.
If you are not sure whether your work qualifies, please contact us for clarification.  ODC is committed to presenting shows featuring artists and work as outlined above. Violators will be required to remove items in question from their display, and risk expulsion from the fair and loss of booth fees.

2D Reproductions Policy:
Reproductions of two-dimensional work are permitted, subject to the following stipulations:
  • Reproductions must be clearly marked.
  • Reproductions must be signed and numbered.
  • Up to one wall of the artist's booth may show framed reproductions; they must be displayed separately from originals. All other reproductions must be kept in a browsing bin.
  • Violators of this policy will be required to remove all reproductions from their booth.

Booth Information
10' x 10' booth space - $390.00
10' x 15' booth space - $577.00
10' x 20' booth space - $765.00
Corner space - additional $100.00
Booth fees reflect a $15.00 retail vendor fee required by the City of Covington, Kentucky.
The booth fee includes white back drapery and electrical hook-up for up to 500 watts.
Side panels or drapery is required and may be rented from our decorator.  Order forms will be made available upon acceptance. You may also bring your tent with side walls attached so you do not have to rent them from the decorator. Your walls facing your neighbors booths on each side must be clean and free of hanging cords. Artists are responsible for any display lighting and display equipment that they wish to use. Artists must supply their own heavy-duty extension cord to access the electricity.