Call Detail
Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts
PO Box 526
Joseph, OR 97846

Contact Email:
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Oregon
Entry Deadline: 4/3/15
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts): $30.00

33rd Annual

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts

June 5, 6, 7, 2015

Joseph Community Center, Joseph, Oregon

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Prospectus Outline:

The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is dedicated to promoting the arts and supporting artists.  We are the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, located in the beautiful town of Joseph, known for its many bronze foundries and main street art installations.  During the course of our 3 day festival we sell between $12,000 and 17,000 dollars worth of art!  That is a significant accomplishment in just 3 days!

The festival features contemporary art and traditional realism and reflects the beauty, culture, and traditions of the region through its arts and artists.  The mission of the festival organization is to showcase and market the accepted artists’ diverse and wide ranging talents.  Consistent with that intent any subject, style or medium within these categories will be considered by the jury: (sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and collage).  Exhibition space is limited; jurors will select the best art appropriate for the venue and diverse audience.  The show will run from June 5th, 6th, and 7th, with an opening night reception on Friday June 5th from 7pm - 10pm.  The festival is open to all artists.  All work submitted must be for sale.  Each piece of art entered must be the same one accepted in the jury process.  Work must be original and must not have been displayed in a previous Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts show.

1.  Deadlines and Timelines         

  • April 3  Deadline for Entry forms and Images for Jury (midnight MTS).
  • April 18  Acceptance email sent to artist.  See "Acceptance" section for details.            
  • May 26 - June 1  All shipped artwork due. (Be mindful of the Memorial Day Holiday).  See "Shipment/Return of Artwork" section for detailed instructions.
  • May 30-31  Hand delivered art to Valley Bronze Gallery, 18 South Main St., Joseph, OR 97846 (Noon-5 pm)
  • June 3  Hand delivered art to Joseph Community Center, 102 East 1st Street, (11 am-2 pm)
  • June 5th  Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Opening Reception 7-10 pm (ticket event)
  • June 6 - 7  Open to the public Saturday (10 am to 5pm) and Sunday (10am - 2pm), also featuring art demonstrations and music (see program guide for specific scheduled events)
  • June 6  “Night of the Quick Draw” Saturday 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.  Public admission is $5.00 at the door.  Up to 15 artists may participate – see details in paragraph 12.
  • June 7  Silent Auction bids close at 1:30 pm.  Art buyers can pick up their purchases at 2pm.  Unsold art must be picked up between 2:30- 4 pm at the Joseph Community Center.                                            

 2.  Categories

  • Sculpture/Bronze:  Any three dimensional work in bronze
  • Sculpture/Other:  Any three dimensional work in wood, clay, stone, or metal other than bronze
  • Painting:  Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor
  • Drawing:  Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink or any combination thereof
  • Printmaking:   Wood block, Engraving, Etching, Monoprint, Aquatint, Linotype, Lithography, Silkscreen
  • Photography:  Any photograph that begins with the capture of the image through a lens, including digitally altered photography
  • Other:  Mixed Media / Collage, Glass, Jewelry, Ceramics, Fiber Art

3.  Eligibility

The festival is open to all artists.  All work submitted must be for sale. Each piece of art entered must be the same one accepted in the jury process.  Work must be original and must not have been displayed in a previous Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts show.  Copies, kits, reproductions, or work done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible.

4.  Acceptance

At the conclusion of the juried process, artists will be sent an acceptance email.  "Invited" and "Not Invited" email notices are sent as separate notifications, so please check your email carefully for the status of each piece submitted for entry.  It will contain detailed instructions for delivery and pick-up of artwork, options to enter the silent auction and/or quick draw and directions for purchasing additional reception tickets.

5.  Entry Fee, Images and Biography

A $30.00 non-refundable entry fee will be charged for up to 3 pieces of art.  Please submit one image per entry piece. We request that each accepted artist provide a brief biography (170 words or less); high lighting your career or past achievements, information regarding your process as an artist if appropriate, a simple artist statement, or anything you would like the viewer to know.  This information will be posted adjacent to the artist’s work when the show is hung.  All biographies will be reviewed by the Festival committee and reprinted for display with artist’s work during the show.

6.  Size Constraints & Framing

Pieces weighing more than 200 lbs. or two dimensional work measuring more than 20 square feet will not be considered.  Glass and Plexiglas must be properly secured.  Framed art must be fitted with a wire for hanging.  Bracket frames, Uni-frames, rings, zigger and sawtooth type mountings are not acceptable and will not be included in the Festival.

7.  Sale of Art

All exhibited art is for sale and all sales of artwork will be handled through the Festival sales desk.  The price you assign to your artwork in the online entry process is the price we will use.  We will not accept price changes once your piece has been accepted.  The Festival will retain a 25% commission on all sales resulting from the exhibition and all artwork will hang until the end of the show.  All artists are invited to participate in our silent auction.  A percent of auction proceeds are returned to the artist (see section 11 for Silent Auction  details).  Sales and awards proceeds will be paid to the artist within three weeks of the close of the festival.

8. Awards

Cash awards and ribbons totaling approximately $4,000 will be given at the discretion of the judge.   Monetary awards will be given for “First, Second and Third Place”, “Best of Show”, “People’s Choice (entire show)”, and “Directors Choice”.  Additional sponsored cash awards include “Best Photography”, “People’s Choice Photography”, and “Art of the American West Award”, “Wildlife Art Award” and “Western Heritage Award.”

Art that receives an award will be photographed for use in promoting the Art Festival.  Please see the Art Festival website for the full privacy statement and opt-out procedure.

9.  Artist Reception

An “Opening Night Reception” to honor participating artists will be held Friday, June 5th, 7 pm to 10 pm at the Joseph Community Center.  Major award winning artists will be announced and this year’s Judge will be introduced.  Hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages will be served, and each attendee will receive a beautiful hand painted wine glass.  Artists will receive one complimentary reception ticket, if requested on their entry form.  Artists will be able to purchase additional reception tickets online at website (see tickets).  This event often sells out in advance so artists desiring additional tickets should plan accordingly.

10.  Judge 2015

Each year a new judge is selected to assist in the judging of the show.  Awards and ribbons are given at the discretion of the judge, excluding Best Photography, People’s Choice Photography and Directors choice.  This year we are pleased to announce the distinguished artist Paul Hoelscher as the 2015 Festival judge.  For more information on this year's judge see our festival website ; or visit Paul’s website

11.  Silent Auction

Accepted artists are invited to enter a small piece of artwork in our silent auction.  Participating artists will receive 50% of the final bid; the remaining 50% will be retained by the festival to support future shows.  Artists will assign the market value of the piece and the minimum bid will be established at 25% of the established market value.  For example, if the piece is valued at $100, then the starting bid for that piece would be $25.  If the minimum bid is not met then the piece is returned to the artist.  Sale proceeds from pieces that meet or exceed the minimum bid will be divided equally (50/50) between the artist and the Festival. The original value of the piece will not be revealed on the bid sheet nor will viewers be informed of the starting bid ratio.  We recommend auction pieces have an assigned value of no more than $200.  If an artist does not assign a market value, the Festival will estimate one.  All silent auction pieces will be prominently displayed and a cash award given for “Best Silent Auction Piece".  An auction piece is not required as a condition to exhibit in the Festival.

12. Night of the Quick Draw

A special evening unfolds Saturday, June 6th, at the Joseph Community Center, (same venue as the festival exhibition) when selected artists participate in the Quick Draw Event from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  The atmosphere is thrilling and fast paced as artists work feverishly to create a finished work in 1 ½ hours time.  The finished pieces are sold by auction during the course of the evening.  There will be a no host bar, hors d’oeuvres and music. If your work is accepted and you have indicated  an interest in participating, the Quick Draw coordinator will contact you with specific information for the evening.  Space is limited; up to 15 artists will be accepted.  The Festival will retain a 25% commission on art work created and sold during the Quick Draw event.

13. Entry and Delivery Detail

ENTRY DEADLINE:  April 3, 2015— late entries will NOT be accepted.

Jury results and acceptance emails will be sent by April 18, 2015.  If the artist does not receive communication from the Festival by April 24, 2015, it is the artist's responsibility to contact the Festival Directors:

Jeff Costello - 510 – 390 – 2121

Mary Edwards - 541-432-1078

Carolyn Gilbert - 541 - 432 - 7535

Shelley Curtiss - 541 - 432 - 9105

At time of delivery, accepted artwork must be identified by artist name, entry number assigned to each accepted piece, category, medium, title, and sale price.


  • Preferred delivery - Directly to the show at the Joseph Community Center, 102 East 1st Street, Joseph, OR 97846 on Wednesday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • If this is not possible - Deliver to the Valley Bronze Showroom at 18 South Main Street, Noon - 5 p.m. on May 30 - 31, or see Shipment instructions below.
  • “Art- Pooling” - for delivery and pickup is acceptable and encouraged.  Please note that the individual picking up unsold art at the Festival’s conclusion MUST have the artwork receipt in order to claim the unsold art for another artist.
  • Art Pick Up - Please insure that the receipts issued for accepted artwork are safeguarded in the process; a receipt is required to pick up any unsold artwork 
  • Liability - All reasonable care will be given to objects in the custody of the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts; however, it is the artist’s responsibility to provide insurance for their artwork.


  • If you are using a shipping service that requires a physical address (such as UPS or FedEx) please ship to:  WVFA 2013, c/o Valley Bronze, 18 South Main St., Joseph, OR 97846.
  • If you are using the US postal service please ship to: WVFA, PO Box 526, Joseph, OR 97846
  • Art should arrive in Joseph between May 26 and June 2, (no weekend or Memorial Day delivery service is available)
  • All art shall be labeled with artist’s name, medium, title, and sale price.
  • All shipped artwork must be either picked up on Sunday, June 7, between 2:30 and 4 p.m. or shipped in reusable containers with pre-paid return shipping.  Shipping options include UPS, or FedEx, all with insurance and shipping prepaid.

For general information please visit   If you still have questions please contact any of the Festival Directors below:

Jeff Costello – 510 – 390 – 2121

Mary Edwards - 541-432-1078

Carolyn Gilbert - 541 - 432 - 7535

Shelley Curtiss - 541 - 432 - 9105

We look forward to another fun filled festival in 2015 and to seeing your beautiful work on display at our 33rd Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts.


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