2021 Art In The Pearl Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts:

The 2021 Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is an invite-only show since the 2020 arts festival was canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the State of Oregon’s prohibition on publicly held events.

The festival takes place on Labor Day weekend Saturday, September 4th through Monday, September 6th. Set up is on Friday, September 3rd at various assigned times.

The show is located in the tree-covered North park blocks of the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Oregon. It features the artwork of 130 exceptional visual artists that have been selected by an independent jury panel, comprised of both working artists and art professionals.

Art In The Pearl is in its 25th year and draws an estimated 85,000 attendees. It hosts top visual artists from around the country as well as artist demonstrations, an interactive art area for all ages, an intimate songwriters stage, and a variety of food choices.

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 directors comprised of professional local artists.  Our focus is on promoting the arts, educating the public, and strengthening creative and educational bonds with the community. 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.

2021 Artist Prospectus & Application

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, 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.

2021 artists have been invited from the top scoring artists in the 2020 jury. Wait list artists will be invited as spots open up. These alternate slots will be determined from jury scores and category fulfillments.

The 25th Art In The Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival consists of 130 exhibitors. The three-day event gives patrons the special opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists.

Important Dates:
Monday,  May 17, 2021
Deadline to accept invitation to participate and remit booth fee.

Tuesday, June 30, 2021
Last day to cancel participation in 2021 show and still receive 50% booth fee refund.

Thursday, July 1, 2021
Official Deadline for the Board to decide if we will go ahead with the in-person festival for 2021.

Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Show Dates
Saturday, September 4th
Hours  10am – 6pm
Sunday, September 5th
Hours  10am – 6pm
Monday, September 6th
Hours  10am – 5pm

The following Jury information pertains to the 2020 jury. There is no jury in 2021.

A total of 130 artists have been chosen to exhibit through a highly competitive jury process. Artist applicants remain anonymous during the jury process. The materials, dimensions for each image, and artist information statements is made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. 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 received 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.

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

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, 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 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.

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 public.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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


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