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We are excited about our 24th annual Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. September 5th – September 7th, 2020.
2020 Artist Prospectus & Application
Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival invites you to apply to exhibit at
the 2020 event. This is an annual juried arts event, held Labor Day weekend. It
is located in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, and features the artwork of
130 exceptional visual artists.
Art In The Pearl is a nonprofit organization founded and produced by a dedicated
volunteer board of local artists. Our focus is on promoting the arts, educating the
public, and strengthening creative and educational bonds with the community.
The three-day event gives patrons the special opportunity to meet and purchase
art from exhibiting artists.
Sunday December 1, 2019
2020 Application Available
Early Application deadline $40. Now until January 2nd, 2020 midnight PST
Application Fee: $45 January 3rd – January 31, 2020
Late Application deadline $50. February 1 – 15, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Midnight, Pacific Time
The five person jury convenes over two days to select 130 exhibiting artists.
Friday, April 10, 2020
Notification by email (Please do not call)
– 130 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
– Artists who advance to the final round of jurying but were not one of the top
scoring 130 artists are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as
Friday, May 15, 2020
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract, and
remit booth fee.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Last day to cancel participation in 2020 show and still receive 50% booth fee
Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Saturday, September 5th
Hours 10am – 6pm
Sunday, September 6th
Hours 10am – 6pm
Monday, September 7th
Hours 10am – 5pm
JURY SELECTION AND PROCESS
A total of 130 artists will be chosen to exhibit through a highly competitive jury
process. Artist applicants remain anonymous during the jury process. All of the
jurors will view each artist’s set of images projected simultaneously in a
horizontal grouping. The materials, dimensions for each image, and artist
information statements will be made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the
sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The five jurors will view all artist images at
the same time and in the same room. Scoring is based on originality, design,
technical proficiency, and craftsmanship. All scores are combined and averaged.
Art in the Pearl establishes no quota or entitlement by media category. The top
scoring artists will receive invitations to exhibit. Remaining applicants in the final
round are placed on a waiting list of alternates. Decisions of the jury panel are
final. We reserve the right to move applications into the most appropriate
Projection Jury: Images are viewed simultaneously projected from left to right
horizontally. The booth image will not be projected. However, it will be
available on the jurors computer monitor.
Jurors: Five, Art Professionals including three exhibiting artists
Jury Format: Two Days – First day scoring Yes, No, Maybe, Second day 1-10
Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received
– Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist. –
Four images must be of individual pieces of work.
– The fifth image, must be of a display of the artist’s work, showing overall
continuity and presentation of your current body of work.
– The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of
work which is represented both in the first four images and also within the fifth
image. It also helps identify the scale of the artist’s work.
– Note: this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any
identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.
– In addition, any work outside of the medium and context of the 4 images
submitted that may appear in the booth shot will not be considered accepted by
the jury, due to it’s mere presence in the booth image. If artists have multiple
bodies of work, Art In The Pearl encourages them to submit these in separate
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image
Artists submitting an application as a collaborating artist or partnership must
submit the names of both collaborators with the application. You may not add a
partner after the jury.
Art In The Pearl maintains a wait list from the jury process. This list is utilized to
maintain a balanced show. Please do not call.
The Regional Emerging Artist Program
The Emerging Artist Program is designed to assist regional (Oregon and
Washington based) artists who have minimal to no experience exhibiting and
selling their artwork. Artists who are in the early stage of their art career and/or
have made a recent career change to art are encouraged to apply. Emerging
artists may not have previously participated in more than four juried art shows
and/or four gallery exhibitions. Acceptance to the Emerging Artist Program will be
determined by a combination of jury score and committee review.
Upon acceptance, Emerging Artists will pay a fee of $300 and will exhibit in a
10×10 booth space. Art In The Pearl will provide the booth space, canopy and
electricity. Emerging Artists will be responsible for their own display materials.
Art In The Pearl will provide a mentor to help guide the Emerging Artist participant
through the details of festival preparation, display, and sales. This is an
opportunity to gain experience marketing their work at one of our nation’s premier
– If a booth image is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works
representative of the works to be exhibited at the show.
Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or for the general show,
but they may not apply to both. Art In The Pearl reserves the right to prescreen
and research any emerging artist applicant to make sure they conform with the
requirements for this category and have the level of experience represented in
Booth Fees / Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
Selected artists must confirm acceptance and return the booth fee by May 15,
2020. Failure to respond by May 15, 2020 will result in revocation of the
invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list. A $35
administration fee will be charged if an artist withdraws after having submitted
booth payment. The applicant is responsible for keeping their e-mail address
update and current on their zapplication.org profile. Notifications will be sent via
e-mail by April 10, 2020. Please see the detailed refund policy in General Rules
10 wide x 10 deep – $ 650.
15 wide x 10 deep – $1055.
10 wide x 20 deep – $1080.
20 wide x 10 deep – $1295.
Emerging Artist Program 10 wide x 10 deep – $300.
Electricity – 600watts – $80.
All space is subject to availability at the time of reservation.
The Artist is entitled to keep all proceeds from show-related sales. There is no
sales tax in Oregon. Art in The Pearl is a nonprofit organization that receives no
commission on the sale of artwork. Admission is free to the public.
Approximately 100,000 persons visit Art In The Pearl each year. Our extensive
marketing program is directed towards a diverse audience of individuals likely to
be interested in the visual arts. While the majority of the audience is from the
Portland metro area, a significant and increasing number of art patrons from
around the nation attend.
The application requires a description of materials, process, and technique.
Please describe your work and process, not your philosophy or inspiration. This
statement (to be posted in your booth) is part of our mission to educate the
A total of three Best of Show awards are given to Artists for outstanding work.
Award winners are invited to return in their awarded category the following year.
An image of that artistʼs work will be on Art In The Pearl’s website, and social
Media categories are used by Art In The Pearl as a tool for organizing Artistsʼ
images into logical, related groups for the juryʼs review. While a balanced show
that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity
among media is a principal objective, Art In The Pearl establishes no quota or
entitlement by media category.
2-D Mixed Media: includes any combination of a variety of materials used to
create an original work of art that is by design to be displayed on walls with a
3-D Mixed Media: incorporates more than one type of physical material to form
an original work of art visible from 360 degrees.
Ceramics: all original clay work other than jewelry is accepted in this category.
No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. Work produced from
commercial molds is not acceptable. No more than 15% of display may consist of
slip cast work which has been designed by the Artist. If multiple pieces of the
same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Digital Art: This category includes any original work created solely by the artist
utilizing computer technology to craft visual images. Work must be properly
signed and numbered as a limited edition, not exceeding 250 per image, using
only archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital
media should apply in the Photography category. No work printed on canvas will
be accepted for display at the Festival.
Drawing: compositions that are created by the artistʼs hand using dry media
including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid
medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this
Emerging Artist: regional Oregon and Washington based artists who have
minimal to no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork.
Fiber: all work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving,
tapestry, leather work, batiking, and papermaking. No machine tooling, machinescreened
patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. All premanufactured
wearable items are prohibited, regardless of additional
modification or enhancement by the artist. The Fiber Wearable category includes
all items that are worn or used for adornment.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted. All pre-manufactured items
are prohibited, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.
Jewelry: all jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber,
paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. Work must be
designed, created and executed by the artist. All work displayed must be similar
in style, quality and method to the work presented in the artistʼs images. No more
than 15% of a piece may consist of commercial findings, and no commercial
casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Metalwork: original work created through the forging, twisting and fabricating of
various metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Painting: original compositions created by the artistʼs hand in oils, acrylics,
watercolor etc. are in this category.
Photography: Photographers are encouraged to do their own printing.
Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been
processed by that artist, are included in this category. Photographers are
required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
***All work must be signed, numbered, and dated in limited editions of no
more than 250 per image.
No photographic images printed on canvas are allowed. The photography
category includes hand colored, Polaroid transfers, emulsion transfers, etc.
Please do not enter such work in the Mixed Media category. Signage of an
overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces
and/or framing options is prohibited.
Printmaking: defined as multiple originals where the artistʼs hand has
manipulated the plates, stones, blocks, composite reliefs, or screens. Prints must
be properly signed and numbered in limited editions not to exceed 250.
Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking
Sculpture: three-dimensional original work incorporating any materials that are
designed and executed by the artist. Any work that is reproduced must be signed
and numbered. No production studio work is permitted.
Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or
* Accepted Artists will be allocated a space measuring 10ʼ deep by 10ʼ wide for
their display. (A limited number of double wide and double-deep booths are
* Artists are responsible for appropriate insurance, the security of their
belongings, and protection of work and display.
* Artists are to provide their own display structure appropriate for an outdoor
event. Booths must be of sound construction, conform to fire code regulations,
and must be capable of withstanding inclement weather.
* Artist is responsible for back, sides, and top of the booth. Booth must be
visually presentable to adjoining booths and must not obstruct or endanger
neighboring booths or the general public .
* Artist must confine booth structure and all work, boxes, chairs, and other
display materials within the allotted exhibit space.
* Contracted security will be provided after 6:30pm Friday until 6:30pm Monday.
Art In The Pearl will not be responsible for damage to work or display due to
weather or unrelated incidents.
* If an exhibitor does not have a tent, a local rental company is available for
* Browse bins may occupy no more than 15% of booth space, must be
aesthetically pleasing, and may not obstruct traffic flow.
These requirements will be enforced for reasons of safety and crowd control, at
the sole discretion of the Art In The Pearl.
In the event of Artist cancellation, Art In The Pearl will refund 50% of the booth
fees paid in advance if Art In The Pearl receives written notice of Artistʼs
cancellation no later than June 30, 2020. No refunds will be made for
cancellations for any reason after this date. A $35 administration fee will be
charged if an artist withdraws after having submitted booth payment. In the event
that Art In The Pearl withdraws its invitation to an Artist or removes an Artist from
the show for violating a rule or policy, any prepaid booth fees will not be
Thank you for your interest in Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival!
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If you have further questions you may contact us at email@example.com or call us at (503) 512-9071.
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