Art in the Park, our unique summer exhibition, embodies the incredible beauty and rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Drawing 25,000 visitors, our Festival promotes and showcases the work of regionally and nationally recognized makers in a broadly inclusive venue. We seek dedicated artists, designers, and craftsfolk who draw inspiration from this unique part of the planet and have a vision to share with their collectors and the public.
Art in the Park, located in George Rogers Park, is a juried, outdoor booth show open to artists who produce original, hand-made, fine art and crafts. We welcome makers working in long standing traditions, artists on the cutting edge, and newly emerging artists.
Artists may apply in these categories:
● New Media: New media art is defined as a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, and art as biotechnology. Artists and makers working in this category are highly encouraged to submit electronic editions of new media work to exhibit and sell to the public in a boutique-style booth display. The work must be created by a sole individual or small team.
● Emerging Artist: We welcome those artists who show significant potential but have yet to be significantly recognized in their professions. Typically, this applies to a young artist just out of school, but we also welcome people of all ages who are in the very beginning stages of their careers as artists or are transitioning to a new medium.
● 3D Mixed Media: Work that combines multiple materials to form an object intended as a work of art. This category includes the use of found objects, use of recycled materials, and assemblage to create new forms.
● Ceramics: Original functional or non-functional works created by the artist from clay, porcelain, stoneware, and/or earthenware. We welcome ceramics artists whose work may challenge the assertion of a functional and non-functional relationship. Mass produced work is not permitted. However, artists using 3D printing technologies for ceramic work are highly encouraged to apply.
● Digital 2D Art: Original 2D work for which the image, or the manipulation of other source materials, was created by the artist using a computer. All work must be in very limited editions, signed and numbered on archival-quality materials. Not permitted: Traditional photography. Even if taken through the digital process, it must be entered under Photography.
● Drawing: Original compositions hand-drawn by the artist using pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, wax, crayon, ash, etc.
● Fiber-Decorative: Decorative works handcrafted by the artist from natural and/or synthetic fiber. Fiber-Decorative includes basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, papermaking, leather, straw, and fabric. Plastic fiber is also permitted under this category. Not permitted: mass or factory-produced work.
● Fiber-Wearable: Clothing and fashion designers are highly encouraged to apply. Wearables are intended as objects of utility, beauty, and art. Not permitted: mass or factory-produced work.
● Glass: Original functional or decorative works that have been handcrafted by the artist by glass blowing, fusing, molding, casting, or kiln forming. Works may be etched or engraved and be of any size. Not permitted: any form of mass-produced or factory-produced work.
● Jewelry: All jewelry must be designed and handcrafted by the artist. This may include jewelry that is made primarily from metals, gems, stones, precious metal clay (PMC), flame-worked beads, clay, wood, fiber, etc. that is made by the artist. All jewelry displayed at the show must have been juried in the Jewelry category. A maximum of 15% of a piece may consist of commercial findings. Jewelers must label their PMC jewelry as such. Not permitted: commercial components (e.g., beads, glass, gems, pearls, metal, or other elements not made by the artist) that are strung or assembled and/or twisted on wire, with no substantial work done by the artist. Commercial casts, molds, mass production, or production studio work is not permitted.
o EXTRA!! Artists applying within the Jewelry category are invited to apply to the Festival’s Special Exhibit: Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements. Artists may participate in both exhibits and pay two fees. Find more about the 2020 Special Exhibit here: https://www.lakewood-center.org/pages/Special-Exhibit-call-for-entry-2020
● Metalwork—Functional: Functional, non-sculptural work handcrafted from metals with the purpose of being used as a tool. This category includes tools of all persuasions such as knives, saws, shovels, and pitchforks. All sculptural metalwork should be submitted in the Sculpture category. Not permitted: mass production studio work.
● Painting: Original compositions that are created by the artist in oil, water-based media, and encaustic media. Painters whose work challenges those material assertions are also welcomed to submit under this category.
● Photography: Original compositions created by photographic processes that begin with a camera lens. Prints must be made from the artist’s original negative or digital image and be processed by the artist or under his or her direct supervision. The photographic process (including digital alteration, hand-painting, or over-painting, etc.) must be displayed with the photograph. Prints must be signed, numbered, and dated in a limited edition of no more than 150. Photographers having prints made by machines other than their own must be using professional printers. Photographers are required to disclose their labs, the paper, and the ink or process that is used. Prints must meet “archival quality” standards. Artists for whom digital manipulation is significant to the intention of the work should apply under Digital 2D Art.
● Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stone, blocks, composite reliefs, or screens and which have been signed and numbered in a limited edition. Not permitted: photocopies, giclées, offset reproductions, and machine-produced images are not considered print originals. They are reproductions of the original print and must be labeled as such.
● Sculpture: Three-dimensional, stand-alone works incorporating materials that are carved, modeled, constructed, or cast. Media examples include metal, stone, ceramic, hand-built clay, blown glass, and wood. Sculpture that has a utilitarian purpose, like a fountain, are welcome to apply in this category. If recycled materials are used, they must be modified or used in a way that is different from their original function.
● Woodworking: Original functional or non-functional work that is hand-tooled, machine worked, turned, or carved primarily from wood by the artist. Painted and/or wood assemblages, which are primary pieces not created by the artist, should be entered in 3D Mixed Media.
● 2D Mixed Media: Work that combines more than one medium such as paint, collage, and ink to create original works of art with a one-sided orientation. In order for mixed media to be accepted as such, the work should clearly be the product of different surface materials.
● Musical Instruments: Handcrafted, locally assembled instruments intended for performance and display. This may include acoustic and electronic instruments such as drums, wind instruments, stringed instruments like lutes and mandolins and guitars, and keyboards. Emphasis is placed on the quality of the workmanship.
● Leathercraft: Leathercraft is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art using shaping techniques, coloring techniques or both. Both functional and decorative leathercraft are accepted, and artisans who combine both approaches are welcome. Handcrafted and hand-stitched leatherwork is preferred, but machine aided work is acceptable so long as the work is not mass produced.
BUY/SELL, IMPORTED, OR PRODUCTION WORK IS NOT PERMITTED. IF YOU ARE FOUND TO BE SELLING IMPORT OR PRODUCTION WORK, YOU WILL NOT BE INVITED BACK TO THE FESTIVAL.
● Applications available online: Friday, November 1, 2019
● Application deadline: Sunday, February 23, 2020, by 11:59pm.
● Jury results emailed to artists: Monday, March 16, 2020
● Early bird booth fee discount deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020 by 11:59pm
● Deadline for regular booth fee: Monday, April 20, 2020 by 11:59pm
● Cancellation date for 50% refund: Monday, April 27, 2020 by 5:00pm (No refunds after this date.)
● Booth assignment & info packet: Monday, May 25, 2020
● Load in Thursday: June 25, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm (Setup times are staggered & assigned by booth location.)
● Show hours for Art in the Park:
○ Friday & Saturday, June 26 & 27, 2020, 10:00am – 8:00pm*
○ Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10:00am – 5:00pm
* The Festival remains open until 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday. This allows Art in the Park artists to visit other Festival exhibits after closing at 8:00pm.
Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of selected individuals from varied backgrounds who embrace the philosophy and goals of the Festival of the Arts. Artists for Art in the Park will be selected based on originality, personal voice, technical skill, and booth presentation. Jurors for 2020 TBA.
● Show Size: Maximum 124 artist booths.
● Booths: 10’x10’, all booths are corners and have ample storage space. A limited number of double booths (10’x20’) are available on a first come, first served basis.
● Booth fees:
o Regular booth fees: $410.00 for 10’x10’ and $755.00 for 10’x20’.
o Early Bird rates: $385.00 for 10’x10’ and $730.00 for 10’x20’ if payment is received by March 27, 2020. Artists who are accepted in multiple categories need only pay one booth fee.
● Commission/sales tax: No commission is taken on sales. There is no sales tax in Oregon.
● Security: Twenty-four-hour security is provided from Thursday evening through Sunday evening.
● Promotion: The Festival is promoted nationally, regionally, and locally to the art-buying public through television, newspapers, radio, direct mail, press releases, magazines, websites, and social media.
● Awards: A prominent judge will recognize six artists with awards honoring their booth designs and work quality. Blue Ribbon and Honorable Mention winners are automatically accepted into the 2021 Art in the Park show. Blue Ribbon winners receive a cash award. There is a sponsored prize for one Emerging Artist.
o 2020 Art in the Park Judge: TBA
● Amenities: Booth sitting, water, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, Artists’ Reception breakfast on Sunday, artist rates with our hotel partners, drive-to-booth location for setup and tear-down.
● Parking: Off-site parking is provided with frequent shuttle service to and from the park.
● Pets: Pets are not allowed. Service dogs only are allowed.
The Festival of the Arts uses the ZAPP online application system. We do not accept slides, printed photographs, links to websites, or paper applications.
● Artists must register with an accurate email that will be working throughout the application process until show date. This email address will be used to notify you of your status. Notification of accepted/waitlist/declined status will be emailed to the email address you entered to register for ZAPP. Please check your application email inbox for all correspondence. NOTE: Festival notifications will come from ZAPP and also “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Place these addresses in your address book to be sure you receive notifications.
● Artists may enter in multiple categories by submitting a separate entry for each category and paying the application fee for each entry.
● Up to two artists may collaborate on single artworks in one category and enter using one entry form. Both artist names are required on the application.
Provide a completed application submitted through ZAPP on the Lakewood Center for the Arts website. Your application must include:
● Description of Work: Briefly describe the materials, process, and inspiration used in the design and execution of your artwork.
● Images: Five (5) digital images: four (4) of your artwork and one (1) of your overall booth. See image formatting requirements on ZAPP.
o NOTE: The booth shot is very important. Please, NO photos of you, your name, your customers, your website, the name of your business or town. See Larry Berman’s advice about photographing your booth.
For do-it-yourself image formatting, go to Larry Berman’s Jury Images. When formatting your images, select 1920×1920 ZAPPtm on the order form under Action. ZAPPtm–formatted images are accepted by ZAPP. There is no charge for this service. However, donations are gladly accepted to keep this “free” service available.
Payment for Application
To ensure that the jury sees your entry, your non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 must be paid online when you complete your application.
RULES OF PARTICIPATION
The Festival reserves the right to remove any artist from present or future Festivals for non-compliance with these rules:
● Artwork must be original, handcrafted work that is similar in style, quality, and process to the work submitted to the jury.
● Artists may show artwork only in categories in which they were accepted. If you plan, for instance, to show jewelry with your fiber, you must submit an application for both fiber and jewelry.
● An artist may share a booth with another artist only if both artists have collaborated on every piece of work. Both artist names must be included on the application. Collaborating artists may submit one application and, if accepted, pay for one booth.
● Artists must display a process statement in their booth including a photo of the artist(s), plus images and a description that illustrate the process and materials used to create the work. This statement supports the Festival mission to educate the public about art and has been shown to increase sales. Please, focus on the process for developing your work.
● All artwork must be for sale. Prices may not be changed after the show has opened.
● Reproductions of artist’s original work must be clearly marked as such. (See Reproduction Policy below.) Artist greeting cards may be displayed in one small tabletop rounder or in a single basket or box on a table.
● Artists, their partner, or their representative must be present in their booth during show hours. They must keep their booth intact during the entire show. Volunteers are available to provide short breaks during the show.
● Artists must provide their own booth tent and display equipment that are of sound construction and capable of withstanding inclement weather and wind gusts. The Festival recommends standard white pop-up tents with sidewalls. Artists may use stakes or weights to ensure their canopies are secure. Tent rentals are available by arranging with the Curator by April 27, 2020.
● The Festival has showcased 3D printing, and as such, we are continuing to welcome artists working in 3D printing to exhibit and sell in Art in the Park. Artists working with 3D modeling software with the intention of creating 3D printed works of art may offer both the code and the objects for sale in limited editions with the understanding that the code and the object created by it are original works of art, and is not intended for mass production and distribution. Work under New Media is also understood to be an original work of art even though its production may involve mechanical duplication.
● Limited edition reproductions for original 2D work are allowed and should be no more than 10% of your overall presentation of work. A reproduction is any work that is duplicated by machine rather than by the hand of the artist. This includes photocopies, giclées, offset reproductions, and machine-produced images. The Reproduction Policy applies to all original 2D media including drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking. Reproductions must be consistent with the style and quality of the juried work. Show us your real work!
● Reproductions must be labeled “reproduction” on the front of each piece along with the type of reproduction it is. The word “print” is reserved for hand-pulled prints. Reproductions must be signed and in limited editions of no more than 150. “Altered reproductions” may not be sold as originals.
● For original 2D work, no more than 10% of the work shown may be reproductions. A maximum of two browse bins is suggested.
● Any artwork that is not properly labeled or does not meet these requirements will need to be removed from the show.
Christopher St. John, Curator, Art in the Park
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father’s Day each year and attracts nearly 25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.
Mission Statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is arts education and the celebration of culture & community through art.
The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Held annually at the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the Festival proudly hosts six unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music, performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts nearly 25,000 festival goers each year.
Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 South State Street in Lake Oswego, OR 97034