64th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair
Emerging Artist Application
Rated in Top 50 Art Shows by Art Fair Calendar
August 21-22, 2021
Fine Art and Fine Craft Show Details
The “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals,” the 64th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Grant Park, Chicago’s premier festival destination! The Gold Coast Art Fair is the 3rd oldest and by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. Located within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, The Bean, and Buckingham Fountain, the Gold Coast Art Fair draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs annually. A heavy advertising program also brings in tourists who buy art as a memory of their special time in Chicago.
The Gold Coast Art Fair features about 300 artists in a lovely setting with both lake views and park vistas backed by the Chicago skyline. Paved walks lead to every booth and every artist is on the main loop. Food, Beverage and Music oasis in each corner of the festival provide good rest stops for artists and visitors. A special Artist VIP tent provides backup support during the festival. Discounted parking is made available to artists (fee).
Set up is dolly in and out, but most distances are short as we load this show in from three sides the day before the festival. Security is on site from load in through load out.
About the Emerging Artist Program
WHAT: This new program is for artists who are new to the outdoor art festival world, and have very little experience exhibiting and selling their artwork and specifically have not been in more than 3 outdoor festivals.
HOW: The Emerging Artist application process is the same as the process for the regular show, however, upon acceptance Emerging Artists pay a discounted space fee of $350, which also includes a 10’ by 10’ tent set up in their show space and receive mentoring from experienced exhibiting artists and Show Staff. Pro panel walls for hanging art will be provided based on availability.
Emerging Artist applicants submit images of their artwork through the Emerging Artist Application on Juried Art Services with four images of their art and one of their display. Emerging Artists should submit a “mock set up” for their display shot of what they imagine their space to be at the show. For 2D artists, we recommend shooting your work on 2 connecting walls in your home to represent 2 walls within your booth. For assistance, please contact Caitlin@AmdurProductions.com.
Artists can apply for an Emerging Artist Space and a Traditional Artist Space. The Art Festival reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artists to make sure they are qualified for this category.
About Amdur Productions:
For over 37 years, Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed arts festival production company, has organized and directed many of the Midwest’s most prestigious juried art festivals. Many of Amdur’s festivals have been rated in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top 100 with several appearing in the top 50. Recent top rated shows include: Port Clinton Art Festival, Art at the Glen Town Center, Gold Coast Art Fair, Millennium Art Festival, artfest Michigan Avenue, Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, Barrington Art Festival and the Promenade of Art Arlington Heights.
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Festival Key Facts
Valet service/cartage in and out available (fee)
Rental of tables and chairs available (fee)
Reserved close paid parking (fee)
Artist Sales: Artists keep all their sales income from the show.
Exhibitor Spaces: About 300 spaces
Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire festival to assist artists from load in to load out.
Load-in: Set up is the Friday before the show or Saturday morning of the show. Artists dolly their things to their booth spaces.
Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire festival
Artist Parking: Amdur Productions gives their best effort to provide close parking at discounted rates.
Tent Rental: Opaque and translucent tent tops available (based on availability). Tents = $275, Weights (2 barrels) = $40, 8’ Table = $20, Chairs = $10
ProPanel Rental: We have limited “pro-panel” walls available for artists. Rental is on a first come/first served basis, quantity is limited. $350 = 9 panels fully set up, $300 = 9 panels without set up.
Valet Service: An Amdur Productions staff member will help load a motorized cart and valet your belongings to your booth for you. For an additional fee, this service is available.
Hotel Rooms: Amdur Productions works to provide discounts at local hotels for each festival.
Break Room: An artist break room/area provides refreshments throughout the festival for artists.
Hotel Rooms: Amdur Productions works with a company that provides discounts at local hotels and rental properties for each festival.
Awards: Bestowed at the festival.
Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show with ads running in newspapers, advertisements, on radio, posters, street banners, social media, and through direct mail postcards. A professional public relations team ensures high visibility for this festival. Over $500,000 is spent on marketing for the festival season.
Security: Overnight security is provided.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- December 15, 2020: Applications due for all festivals
- January 15, 2021: Notifications of festival status online
- February 15, 2021: Registration forms and show fees due (either $100 deposit, half fees, or full fees)
- February 16, 2021 and Thereafter: Late payments apply, $20 per festival
- March 12, 2021: Last day for refunds (less $50)
Jury and Exhibit Space Fees
Jury Fee (non-refundable): $35
10’ Wide by 10’ Deep Emerging Artist Space: $350
All artwork submitted to jury, displayed and presented for sale at festivals must be created, designed and made or made under the direct supervision of the accepted artist(s). All artwork shown must be for sale.
An artist may apply in more than one category, but not twice in the same category.
Jewelry created through fabrication and casting is allowed if the original casts are made by the artist.
No commercial casts/molds allowed in production.
No factory produced items allowed.
Photography/Digital art: Original work made by the hands of the photographer is allowed. Only one size of an image may be hung in a booth. All printing of images must be done by the photographer or under their direct supervision.
Artists must create their work from start to finish.
The Artist certifies that jury images submitted represent their current original work and represent the category and body of art that will be displayed at the festival.
Art collaborators (up to two artists in total) producing a single item qualify as an exhibitor. A collaborator is not an employee or helper. If artists enter as a collaboration, it must be clearly noted on the application and art shown must be signed by both.
No work made solely by apprentices or employees is allowed. All artwork must be made in the country the artist resides in.
“Buy/sell” items are strictly prohibited from all or part of an artist’s booth. Buy/Sell is any art or object that is purchased from a manufacturer or maker other than the artist and sold at a festival as “original” work. The restriction of buy/sell work is in ALL categories of art at ALL shows.
Multiples: Limited editions of work in which the artist hand manipulates plates, stones, or screens numbered and signed in editions up to 500 are allowed and are an artist’s original body of work. Reproductions by mechanical techniques including “giclee” and “iris” prints must be signed and numbered (up to 500). Artists may display reproductions on up to 10 linear feet of their booth, and at the Port Clinton Art Festival in a single bin only.
Acceptance is non-transferable. Booths cannot be split without the expressed consent from the Festival Committee.
All festivals are drug-free. No smoking or vaping is allowed in or near artists’ booths.
Accepted artists must be present during all festival hours. No agents, representatives, family members or friends are permitted as a substitute for the accepted artists’ attendance, unless express exception is granted in special circumstances.
Any artist closing the booth prior to the end of the show without permission will not be permitted to return the next day or in future years.
Only artwork in the category accepted through the jury process is allowed. It is the exclusive right of the Festival Committee to direct removal of work at the show that is not in compliance with festival rules. Non-complying artists will be asked to leave the show immediately and no refund will be given.
Discount/sales signs, and ribbons from other shows are not allowed.
Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting and remitting local sales tax to the State’s Department of Revenue as required by law.
Double and corner spaces may be requested but not guaranteed and are awarded at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Double spaces must be occupied by two 10’ x 10’ tents or one 10’ x 20’ tent.
Reproduction and Limited Edition Prints Policy
Fine art reproductions must be clearly and individually labeled as a limited edition which is signed and numbered on the front of each piece. The method of reproduction and brief process description must be on the back. Browse bins may be used, but reproductions may not be mixed with originals. Framed reproductions may be hung on one wall not to exceed a total of ten linear feet. No laser prints or photo copies permitted.
Limited Edition Prints are printed works for which the artist hand manipulates the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. These hand pulled prints are considered to be originals. Printmakers are encouraged to identify their process.
Applications will be processed online through Juried Art Services (JAS) at www.juriedartservices.com. If you have any questions with the process of applying to our festivals, contact email@example.com.
When applying in two categories, work in each must be substantially different. Four images of the work and one image of the display must be submitted for each category. A separate jury fee is required for each category.
Online jury payments are processed directly by Amdur Productions through a secure payment system. Email confirmation of your payment will be sent. Please follow online payment instructions if paying your jury fee with a credit card. Your jury fee payment will be posted to JAS within three days after you submit your application. All questions or concerns regarding the payment of your fees should be directed to the office at 847-926-4300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If paying with a check or money order (US currency only) please send via US mail no later than 7 days after the submission of your online application. Applications will not be processed or forwarded on to our jury unless your jury fee is paid in full. The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt.
All checks are to be made payable in US dollars to “Amdur Productions” and sent to:
PO Box 550
Highland Park, IL 60035
Please note the festival name on your check.
Spaces are 10’ wide X 10’ deep and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Exhibitors must have a white tent. All tables must be skirted to the ground. Only one artist’s work or the work of two approved collaborating artists may be displayed per booth. Artists must keep their area clean and orderly. Double and corner spaces may be requested but are not guaranteed and are awarded at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Double spaces must be occupied by two 10’ x 10’ tents or one 10’ x 20’ tent.
An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner wall open or use the outside wall to display art.
Special booth space and special needs requests will be accepted (including corner space and double space requests) but are not guaranteed. We will make every effort to meet all special requests on a first come, first served basis. Additional charges may apply. If invited into a show, please include all booth requests on that show’s registration form.
During the festival, all exhibits will be visited by a festival representative to ensure that they are in compliance with our festival policies. It is the exclusive right and responsibility of the Festival Staff to call for the removal of work that is not in compliance with the festival policies and requirements. Non-compliance may result in expulsion from the festival or refusal of future festival participation.
Requirements for Exhibiting Artists
All canopies are required to be white and able to withstand winds and rain and be properly weighted. Properly weighting requires AT LEAST 40 pounds per leg (more in windy weather). Tents must be connected to weights with rope or straps, not bungee cords. Weights may not include cinder blocks or water jugs as they do not meet the 40 pound requirement.
Jury and Selection Process
The artistic work submitted by each artist is juried based on the criteria listed below:
Body of Work: How well the images represent a point of view
Artistic Theme: design, vision, creativity
Technical Competence: technique, skill, degree of difficulty, mastery of materials used
Notification and Booth Fee Payment
Once the jury process is complete, all artists will receive an email from Juried Art Services directing the artist to log into their JAS account to check the status of their application. Please keep your email up to date with JAS to receive this information in a timely manner.
All artists who have applied will be notified January 15, 2021 via email. Your application status will be indicated by a color:
- Green checkmark indicates invited artists
- Yellow exclamation point indicates waitlisted artists
- Red “x” indicates declined
Invited artists will be required to submit their online registration and booth fee payment (either $100 deposit, half fees, or full fees) by February 15, 2021 for participation. If the booth fee is not received by the deadline date, the artist will automatically be put on the waitlist. Late fees apply on booth space fees paid after February 15, 2021. The late fee on booth space fees are $20 per show fee.
Credit card payments are processed directly by Amdur Productions. All questions or concerns regarding the payment of your fees should be directed to Annette in our accounting office at 847-926-4300.
If paying with a check or money order (US Currency only) please send via US mail on or before the registration due date (2/15/2021). If we do not receive the check on or before the registration due date, you will be put on the waitlist. Include the artist's name and name of the festival on your check.
All checks are to be made payable to “Amdur Productions” and sent to:
PO Box 550
Highland Park, IL 60035
If you have any questions regarding status notification or our payment process please contact us.
All artists must apply to a category
2D – Original two-dimensional work including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. All work must be framed and/or presented in a finished format. 2D Artists must show work vertically in your booth. Matted work must be shown in bins only and not on display walls.
3D Functional – Dimensional work that has a function – such as wearable fiber or wood furniture.
3D Non Functional – Art that serves an aesthetic not functional purpose. Generally “sculptures.”
Painting – Original, two-dimensional work created with pigment, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Photography – Signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been “taken” and processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
Jewelry – No buy/sell or buy/sell fill-in allowed.
All artists must select a sub-category
Ceramics – Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terracotta)
Fiber – Original work created by the artist from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory produced items are permitted.
Furniture – Original work in any material which is functional as a piece of functional furniture or home accessory.
Glass – Original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass or stained glass.
Printmaking - Prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been signed and numbered.
Metal – Original work created by the artist without use of a production studio.
Mixed Media – Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material. Generally flat, wall hung art.
Wood – Original hand-tooled, machine worked, built-up, turned or carved work in wood.
Acrylic Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Acrylic Resin – Applied to a surface in any way
Batik – Technique used on fabric
Collage – Variety of materials applied to a surface
Drawing – Charcoal, graphite, and color pencils applied to a surface
Egg Tempera – Applied to a surface in any way
Gold and/or Silver – Precious metal or precious metal clay used in jewelry
Leather – Primary material used
Oil Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Paper – Handmade
Pastel – Dry pigments applied to a surface
Photo – Black & white, color, black and white & color, hand color, digital. Select the area the majority of your work is in
Stone – Carved
Watercolor – Applied in any way
Other - If your category is not represented, you may add your own
An Artist Statement describing the technique, materials, and processes used in the creation of your entire body of work must be included with each Juried Art Services entry. Co-artists must describe the collaboration. Your Artist Statement may be used in the promotion of the festival through public relations efforts.
Wait List Policy
A wait list is selected from the jury's scores in each category, and wait listed artists are invited into the show as cancellations occur in that particular category. Wait list artists can resubmit art images and/or a booth image for reconsideration on their overall jury score. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show and will be notified by phone and/or email when a booth becomes available.
Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail, fax, or email. Emails should be sent to the Director of Artist Relations, Caitlin, at Caitlin@AmdurProductions.com.
If an artist cancels a show on or before March 12, 2021, they will be given a refund for the amount they have paid towards the booth, less $50 processing fee. Application fees, credit card processing fees, and permit fees are non-refundable. NO REFUNDS AFTER MARCH 12, 2021.
Artists that cancel after March 12, 2021 can have the amount that they have paid toward their booth fee transferred to another 2021 Amdur Productions’ festival balance. The fee to transfer is $125. Permit fees, credit card processing fees, and application fees are non-transferable between festivals. Credit transfer will not be accepted if an artist cancels within a week from the festival start date. Credits from a cancelled show can only be transferred once.
No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked in and/or notified Amdur Productions with a message via festival phone (TBD), office phone (847-926-4300), or email (email@example.com) by 7:30 am on the first day of festival, will be considered a NO SHOW and the assigned space will be forfeited with no refund.
By applying to this festival, I hereby certify that these images represent my original work, and that the work is unique and made by me. I also agree to follow all festival rules as outlined in the prospectus. In partnership situations, we declare that our combined efforts made every individual piece of work we would exhibit, if accepted. I/We also agree to allow images of my/our work to be used in publicity and or materials.