Artist Applications are now closed for our 2020 festival.

Here is the information artists used for applying to our 2020 show:

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.

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.

Important Dates

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
Application Deadline

April 2020
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


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.

Our 2020 Jury

Lisa Burge was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of New Mexico in Taos and Colorado University in Boulder where she majored in Fine Art. For nearly four decades she resided in Taos where she had a home and studio. Her focus as an artist has been in abstract painting and monoprinting.  She has also been heavily involved in arts organizations in Taos as well as participating in many solo and group shows. Her work was recently showcased at the Harwood Museum in Taos.

She recently relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where she now has her studio and spends most of her time. Lisa has been invited to numerous exhibitions all over the country and as far away as Turkmenistan and Japan. She has been included in over 400 art festivals winning numerous “best of category” and “best of show” awards. She has also been involved as an artist adviser and juror for some top shows in the country and has shown repeatedly at Art in the Pearl.

Daniel Duford is an artist, writer and teacher. He tells stories drawn from North American history and mythology. He is a 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 Hallie Ford Fellow and a recipient of a 2012 Art Matters Grant. His work has been shown nationally including the Orange County Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, The Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Bellevue Arts Museum and The Boise Art Museum. Residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Crow’s Shadow Art Center and Ash Street Project.  He has taught at Reed College, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College and Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is co-founder of Ground Beneath Us a place based Institute and artist fellowship based in Virginia and Oregon. Ground Beneath Us weaves visual narrative with social justice issues to mine the stories of place and site.

Gabe Fernandez is a Photorealist Oil Painter with an emphasis on Mid Century West Coast Architecture and Pop Culture.  He resides in Beaverton, OR.  Gabe was raised in Sweet Home, Oregon.  He graduated from the Pacific College of Art in 1999 where he received his BFA in painting.  He spent over 13 years as a social worker with St. Mary’s home for Boys in Beaverton facilitating various art programs for at risk boys.

Gabe has shown with numerous galleries on the West Coast for almost 20 years.  He is currently represented by Russo Lee Gallery in Portland, Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, and Woodman Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs, CA.  Gabe’s work has been featured on Oregon Art Beat, OPB’s “State of Wonder”,  on the cover of Professional Artist Magazine, and in “The Office” project space at Russo Lee Gallery.

Vicki Fish is a mixed media artist whose sculptures, paintings, and assemblages combine diverse materials to tell stories that celebrate and explore our connections with nature and the animal world.

She holds a BA in art from Montana State University and an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has a long history as an arts advocate and educator having developed and instructed a wide range of art curriculums from children’s art programs to university classes.  In addition, she co-founded and co-directed a private art school, a cooperative art association and gallery. She has served on the board of directors for several non-profit art organizations and is the recipient of a public art commission from the state of Alaska, a Fine Arts Grant from the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of the Arts, and a Professional Development Grant from the Montana Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited nationally in various juried group and solo shows including The Anchorage Museum of Arts and History, Pratt Museum, Tempe Art Center, Alaska Pacific University, and The Emerson Center for the Arts.

She resides in Bozeman, Montana where she is a full-time studio artist never lacking for inspiration from the natural world.  She currently travels the country exhibiting her work at national juried fine art festivals.


She resides in Bozeman, Montana where she is a full-time studio artist never lacking for inspiration from the natural world.  She currently travels the country exhibiting her work at national juried fine art festivals.

Linda Heisserman was born and raised in Berea, Ohio.  Her family made yearly trips to New York City to take in Galleries, Museums, and Plays.  Her family also camped all across the U.S.  Her work blends both influences of her early life.  At thirteen years old, Linda knew she was going to live in the Pacific Northwest.  She was moved by the mountains and open spaces.  Linda moved to Bend, Oregon in 1976 after receiving a BFA in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Bend is where she still has her home and studio.

Linda has helped promote a pottery community in Bend with the organization of the Clay Guild of the Cascades.  Then in 2008, she and five other artists started the Red Chair Gallery in Bend so local artists could show their work and grow in their art.  In 2019 she left the gallery to concentrate on creating her own new work and exploring new ways of selling her work.

Linda has shown in the Virginia Museum of Art, Oregon Governor’s Mansion, and Central Oregon College.  She has been published in 500 Vases and Pottery Illustrated Magazine.  Currently she sells in Art Festivals around the West and the Pacific Northwest.

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
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image

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. This is an
opportunity to gain experience marketing their work at one of our nation’s premier
art festivals.
– 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,
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 profile. Notifications will be sent via
e-mail by April 10, 2020. 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.
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.

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

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 campaign.

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
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!

Thank you for your interest in Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival


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Applications for our 2020 show are now closed.

For information on how to apply for our 2021 show, please visit our website on December 1st, 2020. For more information on our show application process see our How To Apply page.


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