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for our 2019 festival.

Please visit this page in late November-early December for information on how to apply to our 2020 Festival.

We are excited about our 24th annual Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.September 5th – September 7th, 2020.

Every year we have a new jury and approximately 50% of our artists are new to the show. Our all-volunteer board is exempt from jurying but pay the same booth fee as all artists.


2019 Artist Prospectus & Application

Apply now (applications are now closed) to sell art at one of the top art shows in our country. The Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival® is an annual juried arts event, held Labor Day weekend. It is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. The festival is rated one of the top ten art festivals in the country featuring the artwork of 130 artists.

Drawing an estimated 75,000 attendees, Art In The Pearl features exceptional visual artists, artist demonstrations, an interactive art area for children of all ages, a songwriters stage, and a variety of unique food.


Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday, AUGUST 31st: Hours 10am – 6pm
Sunday, September 1st: Hours 10am – 6pm
Monday, September 2nd: Hours 10am – 5pm

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival – 2019

Location:
Portland North Park Blocks
Portland, Oregon (West)

Phone: 503.512.9071
Event Dates: 8/31/19 – 9/2/19
Application Deadline: 2/15/19 Midnight PST
93 day(s) and 7 hour(s) remaining

REQUIREMENTS:

Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non refundable Jury Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

Our 2019 Jury

The board chooses 5 artists or arts professionals to jury our artist applications. There is a different and unique jury every year.

Christine Clark

Christine Clark is an installation and public artist who works in steel, wire, abstract sculpture and mixed materials. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally and is a member of the Nine Gallery, a non-profit alternative art gallery that exhibits experimental and installation-based work in Portland.  She is a two-time recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant as well as a Professional Development Grant.  She has completed public art commissions at the University of Oregon, on Bainbridge Island, Washington and at Eastern Oregon University’s Pierce Library in LaGrande, Oregon.  She has two forthcoming public art projects, one in Everett, Washington and a public park in Portland.  She has been awarded residencies such as the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry residency and at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  She is currently a Professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland.  Her MFA is from Rochester Institute and a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Laura Ross-Paul

Laura Ross-Paul has been pioneering and promoting fine art in the Pacific Northwest for decades. In addition to her numerous gallery showings, she has held solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon State University, and Colorado College, where she held a Guest Artist position in 2007 Also in 2007 she was awarded the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, a distinction designed to honor Pacific Northwest artists.  Born in Portland, OR in 1950, Ross-Paul attended Oregon State University, received her BFA from Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA, and received her BS in Arts and MFA in Painting from Portland State University. She has served on numerous boards and committees for local and regional art and has held teaching positions at Lewis & Clark College, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. She was appointed Commissioner of Portland’s Metropolitan Art Commission in 1994.  Her vivid shapes work to bridge abstraction, representing the intellectual and spiritual, and realism, the material and scientific. She balances multiple dualities with vibrant color; translucent layers of oil and wax, and impressions of the natural environment. Throughout her career she has cultivated an expressionist-driven style –  labeled everything from neo- impressionist to magical realist — that is dynamic, distinctive, and celebrated.

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley makes mixed media paintings from watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Inspirations include marine biology, Art Nouveau, nostalgia, kitsch, childhood experiences, asian art, fairy tales, psychadelia & the amazing & bizarre wonders of nature. She graduated from CCAC in Oakland CA with a BFA in photography and currently resides in Portland, OR where she does fine art and commission paintings and commercial photography. Her work has shown at Vermillion, Thinkspace, Roq la Rue, the Crocker Museum, the AKC Museum of the Dog and The China Institute in Paris, France, and has been published in Subculture in the World (Shoeisha, Japan), Spectrum – The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art (volumes 13, 15, 19), Emaho Magazine (India), and Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press) 2009 and 2010.  Kamala belongs to Waterstone Gallery (Portland, OR) and recently was awarded a combined Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking/Visual Arts Residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She spends her free time trying to make her yard look like Hawaii.

Jim Piper

My interest in art has been a lifelong passion. As a college student of art, architecture and photography, I developed a broad understanding and appreciation of the all-encompassing concept of fine art.

As a commercial photographer, for over 25 years, I photographed the artwork of many of the areas most respected artists, including Frank Boyden, Margot Voorhies-Thompson, Martin Eichinger, Michael deForest, Pat Horsley, Newman Myrah and many others. Through my exposure to art of many media, I further developed my understanding and knowledge of the world of truly fine art.

My association with artists for over 40 years, first as a commercial photographer then as a craftsman and artist, instilled an ardent respect for form and craftsmanship. It has long been apparent, that quality and attention to detail, earns long-lived reverence and appreciation.

More recently, my work, as a woodturner, carver and sculptor, has enabled me to express my personal experiences, sometimes abstractly, in a media that I have a lifetime of exposure to. I was raised in a logging community in southwest Oregon, learning about wood and the forest around me as I grew up. In the early ’80s I milled timbers for the construction of our home from trees that grew on our homesite northwest of Portland, Oregon. I continue to be enamored with the character of wood and love working with it as my primary media of choice.

Yoshi Aoki

Yoshi was born and raised in Japan.  After graduating from Meiji University, and obtaining a B.A. in literature, He worked in many different environments while he enjoyed acrylic painting and other art projects.  He started his art career creating sculptural lamps with wire and paper in 2002.  His fascination with the construction of three dimensional forms lead him to create non-functional sculptures.  He uses various metals, hardwood pieces and clay for his unique creations.

Yoshi exhibits his work at galleries and the nation’s top juried shows and has won several awards.  He lives in Oregon’s coastal mountain range with his wife and three cats and a dog.

Event Summary
We invite you to apply to one of the top art shows in our country. 
The Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is an annual juried arts event, held Labor Day weekend.  It is located in  the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. Drawing an estimated 85,000 attendees, Art In The Pearl features the artwork of 130 exceptional visual artists.

Our  Emerging Artist Program provides regional artists in the early stage of their art career, an opportunity to gain experience marketing their work at one of our nation’s premier art festivals.

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.

General Information
2019 Artist Prospectus & Application
Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival invites you to apply to be one of 130 exhibitors at the 2019 event. The three-day event gives patrons the special opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
2019 Application Available
Early Application deadline  $40.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Midnight, Pacific Time
Late Application deadline  $50.

Friday, February 15,  2019 Midnight, Pacific Time
Application Deadline

March  2019
The five person jury convenes over two days to select 130 exhibiting artists.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Notification by email  (Please do not call)
– 130 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
– Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as well.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract, and remit booth fee.

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Last day to cancel participation in 2019 show and still receive 50% booth fee refund.

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Saturday, August  31st
Hours  10am – 6pm
Sunday, September  1st
Hours  10am – 6pm
Monday, September 2nd
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 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 category.
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

Digital Images
– 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 applications.

Images:  4 images of work + 1 booth image
Fee:  (Application Fee)   Early Deadline  $40   (January 31)
Late Deadline  $50      (February 15)

Jurors for the 2019 show 

Christine Clark

Christine Clark is an installation and public artist who works in steel, wire, abstract sculpture and mixed materials.  She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally and is a member of the Nine Gallery, a non-profit alternative art gallery that exhibits experimental and installation-based work in Portland.  She is a two-time recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant as well as a Professional Development Grant.  She has completed public art commissions at the University of Oregon, on Bainbridge Island, Washington and at Eastern Oregon University’s Pierce Library in LaGrande, Oregon.  She has two forthcoming public art projects, one in Everett, Washington and a public park in Portland.  She has been awarded residencies such as the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry residency and at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  She is currently a Professor at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland.  Her MFA is from Rochester Institute and a BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Laura Ross-Paul

Laura Ross-Paul has been pioneering and promoting fine art in the Pacific Northwest for decades. In addition to her numerous gallery showings, she has held solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon State University, and Colorado College, where she held a Guest Artist position in 2007 Also in 2007 she was awarded the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, a distinction designed to honor Pacific Northwest artists.  Born in Portland, OR in 1950, Ross-Paul attended Oregon State University, received her BFA from Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA, and received her BS in Arts and MFA in Painting from Portland State University. She has served on numerous boards and committees for local and regional art and has held teaching positions at Lewis & Clark College, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. She was appointed Commissioner of Portland’s Metropolitan Art Commission in 1994.  Her vivid shapes work to bridge abstraction, representing the intellectual and spiritual, and realism, the material and scientific. She balances multiple dualities with vibrant color; translucent layers of oil and wax, and impressions of the natural environment. Throughout her career she has cultivated an expressionist-driven style –  labeled everything from neo- impressionist to magical realist — that is dynamic, distinctive, and celebrated.

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley makes mixed media paintings from watercolor, acrylic and gouache. Inspirations include marine biology, Art Nouveau, nostalgia, kitsch, childhood experiences, asian art, fairy tales, psychadelia & the amazing & bizarre wonders of nature. She graduated from CCAC in Oakland CA with a BFA in photography and currently resides in Portland, OR where she does fine art and commission paintings and commercial photography. Her work has shown at Vermillion, Thinkspace, Roq la Rue, the Crocker Museum, the AKC Museum of the Dog and The China Institute in Paris, France, and has been published in Subculture in the World (Shoeisha, Japan), Spectrum – The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art (volumes 13, 15, 19), Emaho Magazine (India), and Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press) 2009 and 2010.  Kamala belongs to Waterstone Gallery (Portland, OR) and recently was awarded a combined Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking/Visual Arts Residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She spends her free time trying to make her yard look like Hawaii.

Jim Piper

My interest in art has been a lifelong passion. As a college student of art, architecture and photography, I developed a broad understanding and appreciation of the all-encompassing concept of fine art.

As a commercial photographer, for over 25 years, I photographed the artwork of many of the areas most respected artists, including Frank Boyden, Margot Voorhies-Thompson, Martin Eichinger, Michael deForest, Pat Horsley, Newman Myrah and many others. Through my exposure to art of many media, I further developed my understanding and knowledge of the world of truly fine art.

My association with artists for over 40 years, first as a commercial photographer then as a craftsman and artist, instilled an ardent respect for form and craftsmanship. It has long been apparent, that quality and attention to detail, earns long-lived reverence and appreciation.

More recently, my work, as a woodturner, carver and sculptor, has enabled me to express my personal experiences, sometimes abstractly, in a media that I have a lifetime of exposure to. I was raised in a logging community in southwest Oregon, learning about wood and the forest around me as I grew up. In the early ’80s I milled timbers for the construction of our home from trees that grew on our homesite northwest of Portland, Oregon. I continue to be enamored with the character of wood and love working with it as my primary media of choice.

Yoshi Aoki

Yoshi was born and raised in Japan.  After graduating from Meiji University, and obtaining a B.A. in literature, He worked in many different environments while he enjoyed acrylic painting and other art projects.  He started his art career creating sculptural lamps with wire and paper in 2002.  His fascination with the construction of three dimensional forms lead him to create non-functional sculptures.  He uses various metals, hardwood pieces and clay for his unique creations.

Yoshi exhibits his work at galleries and the nation’s top juried shows and has won several awards.  He lives in Oregon’s coastal mountain range with his wife and three cats and a dog.

Collaborating Artists

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.

Wait List
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.

– 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 the application.

Booth Fees / Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
Selected artists must confirm acceptance and return the booth fee by May 15, 2019. Failure to respond by May 15, 2019 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 5, 2019.  Please see the detailed refund policy in General Rules and Regulations.

Booth Fee: 
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.

Sales
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.

Attendance
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.

Artist Statement
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 public.

Awards
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, social media  and publicity campaigns.

MEDIA CATEGORIES
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 one-sided orientation.

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 category.

Fiber: all work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, leather work, batiking, and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. All pre-manufactured 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. Commercially purchased components (beads, glass, gem, pearls, metal, other not made by the artist) that are strung or assembled and/or twisted on wire are prohibited.

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 processes.

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 carved.
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