Thursday, September 15, 2011

2012 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Two Deadlines: (ONLINE)

Nov 1, 2011
Nov 15, 2011 (Late Application--Additional Fee applies)

2012 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

Reston Town Center
Reston, Virginia
May 19 and 20, 2012

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival showcases the best contemporary fine art and craft from around the country. Artists are selected on the basis of quality, originality, and craftsmanship by a panel of jurors who are experts in their fields. Award winners from the previous year and six percent of participating artists are invited by the festival organizers. In 2011, thirty percent of exhibitors were first-time artists. The festival is produced by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in support of its exhibition, education, and outreach programs. No sales commissions are charged and festival admission is free but voluntary donations are encouraged. 100% of the funds collected go directly to support GRACE’s mission.

All applications to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival must be submitted online through

Early Deadline: November 1, 2011, Midnight EDT
Late Deadline: November 15, 2011, Midnight EST

The non-refundable fee for applications of $50 is payable online or via the mail by check. Early or late deadline dates apply.

TO ENTER: Each application requires an online application, a non-refundable application fee, and artwork images for consideration by the jury.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: Artists must submit separate applications, fees, and images for each medium in which they wish to be considered. Artists may submit only one application per medium.

ACCEPTABLE MEDIA: Ceramics, Decorative Fibers, Drawing & Pastels, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3D, Oil & Acrylic Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Watercolor, Wearable Art, Wood

IMAGES: Applicants must electronically submit four artwork images and one booth image (mandatory) that are fully representative of the work they will exhibit at the 2012 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. All work must be original, well conceived, and expertly executed by hand or with appropriate tools by the exhibiting artist. Artwork produced with commercial kits (e.g. molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms) or by other commercial methods is not eligible. Collaborative work must be submitted as a joint application. Studios producing works in volume are not eligible. T-shirts, commercial clothing, candles, soap, and reproductions (other than those listed in the Rules) are not eligible. All work must have been created within the last two years.

AWARDS: Greater Reston Arts Center recognizes outstanding work through Awards of Excellence in Contemporary Art. A panel of judges knowledgeable in fine art and craft visits each artist on the first day of the festival and selects award winners. Awardees receive cash prizes and are automatically juried into the following year’s festival.

Note: 2011 award winners must complete a 2012 application but the application fee will be waived.

NOTIFICATIONS: Jury results will be sent to applicants by individual email on January 17, 2012.


Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, VA 20190
Tel: 703.471.9242
Fax: 703.471.0952