Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Two Deadlines: {ONLINE}

Jan 12, 2015
Jan 19, 2015 [late]

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Glencoe, IL
July 3, 2015 to July 5, 2015

This one-of-a-kind art festival brings botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Festival Eligibility
1. All artwork submitted to the jury process, displayed and presented for sale must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
2. Artist certifies that jury images submitted represent his/her current original work.
3. Art collaborators that produce a single product may qualify as a single exhibitor. Such a team may not consist up to two people. If you enter as a collaboration, it must be clearly noted on the application and the collaborative effort must be clearly defined. Both artists must be present during all festival hours.
4. No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted.
5. Buy/sell vendors are strictly prohibited for all or part of an artist’s booth.
6. Artwork created from commercial molds, mass-produced kits, embellished objects or other commercial methods or artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted.
7. Work made from ready-made items like clothing, glassware, furniture, etc. with painted, dyed or added embellishments will not be accepted.


2D – Original, two-dimensional work including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. All work must be framed and finished. 2D Artists must have panels in your booth.

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 processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.

Jewelry – All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials, must be entered in this category. No commercial cast, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Jury and Selection Process

The jurors’ panel consists of jurors selected for their in-depth knowledge and experience. A diversity of backgrounds and skills including: working artists, educators, fine art and craft gallery owners, and museum directors/curators. It is the policy of the festival to select a new panel of jurors for each year to allow for a fresh perspective and to give applicants a fair chance for entry.

All applications are viewed anonymously. The artists accepted into each category are based on their total combined score of the jurors. The top scoring artists are invited to participate in the show.

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

Jury and Exhibit Space Fees

$35 Jury Fee (non-refundable)

$655 Exhibit Space Fee (half due upon acceptance)

Visit website for complete details including link to online application service:

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Main: (847) 835-5440
Member: (847) 835-8215