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Goals for the Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
- To honor artists and their craft by providing a welcoming venue to showcase and sell their art
- Provide a robust PR and marketing plan to draw audience to the Festival
- Provide an opportunity for our community, both locals and visitors to learn about the national arts and crafts scene by interacting directly with artists and makers
- Provide community economic impact
- Scheduled set-up and tear-down times
- Full color festival program printed by the Idaho Mountain Express
- Security provided from the end of the show in the evening until the following morning and during tear down
- Free and convenient parking
- Artist Breakfast Saturday morning
- $1,000 Best of Show Award, winner receives automatic acceptance the following year
- Best of Category Award winners receive automatic acceptance the following year and a small cash prize
- Referral services provided throughout the year
2016 Artist Calendar
- December 1: Application becomes available
- February 29: Application deadline
- April 1: Notifications sent via email
- May 6: Booth fee due
- June 3: Booth fee refund deadline
- August 11: Artist registration and set-up
- August 12-14: 48th Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival
- Festival Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm & Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
In an attempt to reduce waste ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE DONE VIA EMAIL.
Festival Director, Sarah Kolash: 208-726-9491 x 121 /
Mailing Address: Sun Valley Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 656 Sun Valley, ID 83353
Physical Address: Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 5th Street East, Ketchum, ID 83340
130 Booth Spaces Total
- 10 returning artists from 2015
- Remaining slots will be filled through our jury process
Application Fees, Payments & Cancellation Information
- $35 per application will be deposited upon receipt
- Jury fee is non-refundable
- The Sun Valley Center for the Arts highly encourages artists to prepare digital images and apply online. In the event that an artist cannot apply through Zapplication, The Center will accept paper applications for an additional $50 processing fee, making the application fee $85. Please contact or 208.726.9491 x 121 for more information.
- Artists may choose to pay online with their Visa or Master Card. If you choose to pay by check, please make the check out to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and mail it to: Sun Valley Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 656, Sun Valley, ID 83353).
- Booth fee is due upon acceptance, deposited upon receipt. A full refund (less a 3% processing fee) will be given if written notification is received by June 5th. Any returned checks will incur a $25 penalty fee which will be payable immediately upon notification.
Booth Sizes, Fees and Other Booth Information
- 10 x 10 tent = $450 (Additional $50 added for a corner booth)
- 10 x 20 tent = $900 (Additional $100 added for a corner booth)
- Power is not available for artist booths
- White and neutral colored tents only
- Artists are responsible for bringing, setting up, manning and tearing down their tent
- Artists are not allowed to share a booth
Artists may apply in multiple categories. Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must apply with a separate online user identification, set of digital images and jury fee for each category. For more information on this process please visit www.zapplication.org.
- Six images must be submitted.
- Five images should feature individual pieces that accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited; work shown in the images must be representative of current work, and no more than five years old.
- One booth shot is mandatory and must be representative of presentation and work to be displayed. Booth image will be used to determine scale of work, balance and overall presentation.
- All images are juried anonymously so please be sure your name (or business name) does not appear anywhere in the image or in the image title.
- Each set of six images submitted by an artist is viewed as a group. Each group of images is viewed by category in the order submitted to ZAPP.
The jury is asked to evaluate applications by following these general guidelines:
- Original thought and intent
- Strong overall concept
- Excellence in craftsmanship
- Consistency of style and presentation
Who makes up our jury?
The jury consists of a panel of 7 professional artists and collectors. The majority of the panel rotates on a yearly basis to ensure objectivity and a fresh festival annually. The same jurors who judge the festival participants are also asked to judge Best of Show and Best of Category Awards during the Festival. Jurors are not compensated for their time financially or otherwise.
- Prior to scoring each category, jurors review all of the applicant’s images within the category.
- During the jury, images are projected simultaneously onto a large screen, 3 across from left to right starting with #1.
- The description of materials and technique submitted in each artist’s application is read aloud for the jurors and is an important tool for sharing unique aspects of the pieces represented and creative process.
- During this time a member of the jury who is an expert or professional in the related field may be asked questions about certain techniques related to the category by the rest of the jury.
- An overall score is awarded on a scale of 1-5 for quality, creativity, originality and craftsmanship.
- Scores are then totaled for one cumulative score per artist with 35 being the highest possible score.
- Jurors are instructed to score independently and they do not discuss their scores with other jurors during the scoring process.
LOCAL ARTISTS: All local artists, those living in Blaine County (as full time residents), will automatically receive one point before jurying to encourage participation and ensure a positive environment for local artists.
JURY EXEMPTIONS: The Best of Show and Best of Category winners from the previous year are exempt from the jury process. The Best of Show winner may participate as a jury member for the following year. The Festival Director has final discretion on accepted artists.
Rules & Eligibility
- Artists in all fine art and fine craft disciplines are welcome to apply.
- Artists agree to be present during all show hours, all three days.
- Work shown can only be made by their own hands in only the category in which they are accepted.
- Artists displaying work in categories other than the one for which they were accepted will be asked to remove the unaccepted work or to leave the Festival.
- Exhibited work should not be older than five years unless prior permission has been received from the Festival Director and all should be for sale.
- No commercial agents, dealers or manufacturers may enter. Kits, tumbled stones, embellished objects, manufactured objects, imported objects, mass-produced goods, exhibitor posters, edible items, candles and personal care items are unacceptable for sale during the Festival.
- Offset printed reproductions cannot make up more than 20% of a booth and must be labeled as such with a clear definition of the reproduction process displayed and available for the general public. Any artist displaying reproductions as their primary item for sale will be asked to remove reproductions or to leave the Festival.
- All artists must disclose materials and processes used in on-site signage. A standardized format for artists’ signage can be found at www.naia-artists.org. If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, all must be identified on the application.
- No more than one assistant may be in the booth with an artist at any time.
- No raffles of an artist’s work are allowed.
You may choose only one category per application. Artists are welcome to apply in multiple categories, but must submit separate applications for each category. While a balanced show that showcases fine art and diversity of media is a principal objective, the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival does not establish a quota in any category.
Please review category definitions carefully.
CERAMICS: Original functional and/ or non-functional works created by the artist from clay, porcelain, stoneware, and/or earthenware. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed. No machine made or mass produced work is permitted. Painted greenware is not eligible.
DRAWING: Includes works created by the artist using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons, etc. or from fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
FIBER: All works crafted from fibers including leather, paper, basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. Machine tooling, machine screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are NOT permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, will be accepted.
GLASS: Works that have been crafted via glass blowing, molding, or casting, as well as works that have been kiln-formed. Works may be etched or engraved. Glass works may be functional or purely decorative in design. No form of mass production is permitted.
JEWELRY: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds, mass production, or production studio work allowed.
METALWORK: Functional, non-sculptural metal work. All sculptural work should be submitted within the sculpture category.
MIXED MEDIA: Includes 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of material in their production.
PAINTING: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, tempera, etc.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Includes all photographic processes which begin with a camera lens. Photographers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process. All pieces must be signed, numbered and dated, in a limited edition. Prints must have been processed by the artist or under artist’s direct supervision. Prints must meet “archival quality” standards.
PRINTMAKING: Prints are defined as multiple originals where the artists hand has manipulated the plates, stone, blocks, composite reliefs, or screens and which are properly signed and numbered in limited editions. Printmakers are required to disclose their creative and printing processes.
SCULPTURE: 3-dimensional original work done in any medium.
WOOD: Original hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved.
For application questions or tutorials please contact Sarah Kolash, Festival Director at