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Anacortes Arts Festival Juried Fine Art Show 2018
Anacortes Arts Festival
505 O Ave.
Anacortes, WA 98221

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington
Event Dates: 7/28/18 - 8/5/18
Entry Deadline: 4/3/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (Anacortes Arts Festival Juried Fine Art Show 2018): $35.00

The annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Arts at the Port, is the crown jewel of the Anacortes Arts Festival, August 3 - 5, 2018.    The mission of this exhibition is to showcase regional fine art to the Festival audience (estimated at 90,000). The exhibition shows 3 – 5 pieces from selected artists, working in both 2D and 3D. The exhibition is housed in the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center; a rustic waterfront setting at the north end of the Festival.  Arts at the Port also includes the Allen Family Invitational Gallery and Emerging Artist Exhibition.

Juror: Michael Monroe has been involved with the contemporary American studio craft movement for over 50 years. In addition to his current status as Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum, Monroe served as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, a 30,000 member national organization. For twenty-one years he was associated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, serving as Curator and Curator-in-Charge. In 1993, Monroe was invited by President and Mrs Clinton to curate a collection of contemporary American craft for the White House to commemorate The Year of American Craft.   He also worked on several related assignments for Presidents Carter and Bush.

Theme: “Essence”

Awards: Artists will be eligible for up to $12,500 in awards, including:                             

  •   $3,000 Best of Show – selected by Juror
  •   $2,000, 2 @ $1,000 each - Excellence Award selected by Juror
  •   $2,000, 2 @ $1,000 each -  Festival Awards selected by Festival       Curatorial Team
  •   $4,000 "Anacortes Collects" Festival Public Art Purchase Award (commission applies)
  •   $1,000 People's Choice Award
  •   $   500 T Bailey Corporate Award
Festival information: In its 57th year, the Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the largest and oldest arts festivals in the Northwest.  It has been named one of the top 100 fine craft fairs in the U.S. and has garnered top awards from both the Washington and International Festival and Events Associations.  Also included in Festival activities are 280 juried booth artisans, a large demonstrating artist area, 3 music stages, 3 beer & wine gardens, regional and ethnic food trucks and booths and youth activities.  Info at

Exhibition dates: The Juried Show Opening is Saturday, July 28 at 6 pm.  It is open July 30 – August 2 from 9 am to 5 pm, and Festival weekend hours Aug 3 - 5. 
Application Dates: Deadline: April 3, 2018 
notification by May 3, 2018
Categories: Encouraging both 2D and 3D work, artists working in the following categories are invited to enter the Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art Exhibition:
2-Dimensional - Drawing & Painting (including mixed media), Monoprints, Photography, Digitally Generated Art and Video
3-Dimensional - Sculpture, Fine Crafts including fiber, ceramics, metals, glass, wood, basketry, jewelry
Installation (including site specific)  Note: Installation and video artists must submit a separate written or drawn proposal documenting what they propose to create, as well as 5 images documenting past work.   If your work doesn’t fit the online format, please call the Festival office at 360-293-6211 or email Rita James

Basic Requirements

  • No reproduced work (except photography or digitally created) will be accepted. 
  • No work displayed, or for sale elsewhere in the Festival will be accepted. 
  • No work that has been previously shown in the Juried Exhibition will be accepted.  
  • Artists may not substitute, alter, change the price, nor withdraw a work after it has been accepted. 
  • The Festival reserves the right to refuse any work it deems unsuitable or misrepresented

Presentation: Accepted work must be ready for display upon arrival. Wall-mounted pieces must have adequate hangers and/or wire. Three-dimensional work needs adequate installation instruction if it requires more than a standard pedestal. More complicated installation work must be done by the artist with prior arrangements.
Art Availability: Artwork must be available from July 23, 2018 through August 5, 2018. Artwork mailed to the office must arrive before July 19, 2018.
  Mailed work must include a return label, or credit card information (called in) - and a $20 handling fee. The handling fee will be refunded if no work is mailed back.
Sales: All accepted and hung work must be for sale. AAF will handle sales and retain a 50% commission.  An exception of 40% commission will be retained for bronze sculpture.  Artists will receive payment within two weeks after the Festival for any work sold at the show.
Security: The Festival will insure accepted work up to $2,500 per piece while on exhibition at Art at the Port - any additional insurance must be covered by the individual artist.

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