Event Information

Washington Art + Design 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC, District of Columbia (South)

Phone: 561-635-2037
Event Dates: 8/23/19 - 8/25/19
Application Deadline: 4/23/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
Washington Art + Design, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the heart of DC, is proud to present nearly 200 of the nation's top contemporary artists offering their latest celebrated work in more than a dozen media.  The DC metro area is the most educated and affluent area in the United States. It has surpassed the Philadelphia area to become the sixth-most populous in the United States with a population estimated at over 6 million, which makes it the 7th largest metro area in the United States.

While utilizing direct mail and traditional print and broadcast media, we will also take full advantage of exciting new technologies that allow us to target users of cell phones and other mobile devices in defined geographic areas.  On-site advertising is another new addition to the convention center's offerings, and we will have ample exposure on video boards throughout the facility.

By working with a non-profit group in the area, we will also enjoy added exposure in the media and within that organization's universe of supporters.  We are in the process of finalizing details of our support agreement with VSA Arts, a wonderful organization whose signature programs offer multi-faceted, unparalleled opportunities for youth, with disabilities, who have aspirations in the performing and visual arts.

General Information
Move-in Date: August 22, 2019
Show Dates: August 23-25, 2019
Move-out Date: August 25, 2019

Show Hours:
Friday, August 23: 10am-7pm
Saturday, August 24: 10am-7pm
Sunday, August 25: 11am-5pm

Washington Art + Design is open to all artist who are residents of and working in the United States. Work must be produced by the artist or under their personal direct supervision. Work should be made by hand or with appropriate tools.

Best in Show: $1000
5 Collector's Awards: $500 each

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your application early, as we will be accepting a limited number of artists in each category. Please submit a non-refundable jury fee of $35 with your application. Payments may be made with credit cards online via ZAPPLICATION or by a check made payable to: The Pomeroy Group.  Mail check to: 13657 Seven Oaks Drive, Fishers IN 46038

  • Eligible media categories include basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber,drawing, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, print making, wearable art, wood.
  • Categories not eligible (except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable category); soft sculptures; dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; cut bottles and embellished objects such as painted boxes, weather boards, stones, shells, buttons, decorated furniture and handmade reproductions. Objects made from commercial reproduction, commercial kits or commercially available plans are not acceptable.
  • Artists may only show work in categories represented on their entry. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, and category of work represented in digital images.
  • All artwork displayed must be original and produced entirely by the hands of the exhibiting artist.  We do not allow reproductions.
  • When choosing a media category, allow the function of the work to determine the category rather than the material (i.e., metal furniture should apply in furniture and not in metal).
  • If an individual artist or collaborating team is invited to display work in one category and wishes to display work in an additional category, the artist must call the show organizer to discuss the availability of space in the two separate media categories.
  • Basketry: Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.
  • Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural. No artwork from mass produced studios, collectives, or items made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, or prefabricated pieces are allowed. Artists may not exhibit work purchased in part or in entirety from other artists for resale.
  • Digital Art:  Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be signed and numbered limited editions, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions. 
  • Decorative Fiber:  Unique, one of a kind artwork crafted from fibers, including embroidery, basketry, weaving, and tapestry created by the exhibiting artist alone are accepted. No machine-tooled work, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted.
  • Drawing:  Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of ink on archival material are accepted in this medium. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
  • Furniture:  Work where the primary intention is furniture, including clocks and lamps. All media are included. Work must be made entirely by the exhibiting artist’s studio. No reproductions or mass produced work.
  • Glass:  Functional and sculptural work using kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting as well as cold working processes are permitted. No forms of mass production or reproductions are permitted.
  • Jewelry:  Jewelers must be the designers and hands-on makers of their one of a kind work. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work. Work primarily made from materials including precious metals and stones, sterling, non-precious metals or other materials such as acrylic, clay, fiber, glass, leather, paper, polymer clay, and wood. No reproductions.
  • Leather:  One of a kind unique pieces created by the exhibiting artist are welcome.  No machine tooled, machine-screen printed or other forms of mass production accepted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, are allowed.  No reproductions.
  • Mixed Media:  This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Original one of a kind pieces are accepted. No reproductions are allowed.
  • Painting:  Acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolors are accepted in this medium. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
  • Paper:  Flat and three dimensional unique one of a kind works made with paper by the exhibiting artist are accepted. No reproductions are allowed.
  • Photography:  Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist's original source material is acceptable. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival material and all work displayed in the booth must be for sale. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces, and/or other framing options is prohibited.
  • Printmaking:  Only hand pulled original mono-print, serigraph, lithograph, etching, woodcut or other relief techniques are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival material.
  • Sculpture:  Unique, one of a kind, art that is 3-dimensionally sculptural and is original work done in any medium by the exhibiting artist is welcome. No reproductions or mass produced work.
  • Wearable Art: Work where the primary intention is to be worn and where the primary material is fiber (excluding leather). No mass produced merchandise or merchandise that has been purchased for resale.
  • Wood:  Unique, one of a kind, original hand-tooled, machine worked or carved work made entirely by the exhibiting artist is accepted. No reproductions or mass produced work.

Any method of making multiple copies of original art using photo, mechanical, digital or casting technology is considered to be a reproduction. Reproduction technology have one or more of the following characteristics:
  • The work is not the product of the artist’s own hand.
  • The number of reproducible copies is technically limitless.
  • All copies are identical.
  • The copies are produced by commercial entities, and the artist is not involved in the process.
  • Methods of creating multi-copy art in limited runs, such as intaglio, lithography, relief painting and other traditional printmaking means, are not considered reproductions.
  • Regarding photography and digital art, Washington Art + Design recognizes that artwork created utilizing photographs and/or computer technology are inherently reproducible. We also recognize that the use of cropping, enlargement and darkroom and digital processes can produce different effects even from the same negative/image. All of this is allowed. We require that participating fine art photographers show only work that they have signed, numbered and produced in limited editions on archival material. Such work is not considered to be a reproduction.
To prevent the sale of mass produced work The Pomeroy Group reserves the right to halt sales of such work on-site, and/or to not invite artists who are believed to be selling reproductions, unlimited editions, mass produced work to future shows.

Artists wishing to share booth space may contact show organizer to discuss.

Artists who accept this invitation will contacted by email and be required to submit the entry form and a $500 initial payment. The balance of booth fee will be due as follows:
April 10, 2019 – $500
July 1, 2019 – the balance of booth fee + jewelry lockup (if ordered)
Cancellation and refund of initial payment can only be made within 3 days of receipt of submitted contract. There are no refunds on subsequent payments.

  • Artists must furnish or rent their own display equipment including booth walls or pipe & drape, carpet, chairs, display cases and lights.
  • Electricity will be ordered through Hi-Tech Electric.
  • Load-in and load-out will conform to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center regulations.
  • Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work. No commission on sales is due to show management. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting the Washington DC sales tax (6%) on any sales. In order for management to register the show with the DC Department of Revenue, you will need to give us an FEIN#, Individual Tax ID# or Social Security#.
  • All artists must be present for the entirety of the show. Breakdown will begin at the close of the show Sunday, August 25, 2019. Any artist breaking down their booth prior to 5pm will not be invited back to subsequent shows.
Washington Art + Design will provide 24-hour security inside the venue; however, each artist exhibits at his or her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. JPParssi, Inc., The Pomeroy Group, Washington Art + Design or the Walter E. Washington Convention Center or DC Events are not responsible for damage, theft or loss of an individual's work or belongings. A secured overnight lock-up will be available to jewelers at an additional charge.

Booth Information
Booth sign
Badge for you and your assistant(s)
Shopping bags
24-hour security
Jewelry lock-up (extra charge)
Booth sitters
Website presence
Listing in program guide
WiFi throughout the hall
Cash Awards
Artists' lounge
Complimentary electronic postcard, personalized with image of your work and name

10'x10' - $1250
10'x10' corner- $1575
10'x15' - $1650
10'x15' corner - $1975
10'x20' - $2100
10’x20’ corner - $2475
5’x30’ end-cap with 2 corner exposure - $2300
There are a limited number of corners and end-caps available, awarded on a first-come basis.
Jewelry Lock-up - $100
Electricity – purchased directly by artist from Hi-Tech Electric

For additional information call 561-635-2037 or email info@washingtonartanddesign.com