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Booth Map 2014 REVISED

Things that are NEW for 2014!

Early Bird Special: Applications submitted before Feb 1st = $30. Applications submitted on or after Feb 1st = $35.

New Festival hours: Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Show Information:

The Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival takes place on a level, grassy field surrounded by high alpine mountains. The Larry Harris List of the Nation’s Best Art Festivals ranks the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival among the top 20 in the Pacific Northwest and California. Sales for the 2013 show, which included 130 artists, were approximately $487,000 based on taxes collected by the City of Ketchum. Admission is free and entertainment and educational programs are scheduled throughout the weekend.

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, and will show only their own work 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 Director and should all 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 may not 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 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: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed. Painted greenware is not eligible.

DRAWING: Works created 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: Includes basketry, weaving, paper-making, leather and fine wearables. No machine tooling, machine screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory produced non-wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are prohibited.

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 in 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: Photographic prints made from artist’s original negative that have been processed by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. Photographers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process.

PRINTMAKING: Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones, or screens. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Printmakers are required to disclose their creative and printing processes.

SCULPTURE: 3-dimensional original work done in any medium.

WOODWORK: Original hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved.

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.

Jury Information:
Approximately 130 artists will exhibit in the 2014 show. The 2013 award winners in each category are invited to exhibit, with the remaining slots filled through a competitive jury process.

THE 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. 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.

JURY PROCESS: 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 Director has final discretion on accepted artists.

2014 Artist’s Festival Calendar:
February 28
: Application deadline
April 4: Notifications sent via email
May 2: Booth fee due
June 6: Booth fee refund deadline
August 7: Artist registration and set-up
August 8-10: 46th  Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival 
New Festival Hours:
 Friday 10am-6pm & Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Center Commitment:

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts may determine a special focus for the Festival that is in keeping with long-term goals of the institution.

Fees and Cancellations:

Please note this year we have an early bird special!
Applications submitted before Feb 1st are $30. Applications submitted on or after Feb 1 are $35. Applicants may choose to pay online with their Visa or Master Card or they may pay by a check made payable to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival, P.O. Box 656, Sun Valley, ID 83353). The non-refundable jury fee of either $30 or $35 will be deposited upon receipt. 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 6. Any returned checks will incur a $25 penalty fee which will be payable immediately upon notification.

Booth fees are $450 for a 10’ x 10’ space and $900 for a 10’ x 20’ space.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts highly encourages artists to prepare digital images and apply online. In the event that an artist requires assistance, The Center’s staff is available to answer questions or process your application for an additional $50 fee for a total of $80 or $85 depending on when you apply. Please contact or 208.726.9491 x 121 for more information.

Artist Services:

• 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
• Booth-sitters
• Discounted show merchandise
• Free and convenient parking
• Artist Reception at The Center after Thursday set-up
• Artist Breakfast Saturday morning
• $1,000 Best of Show Award: winner receives automatic acceptance the following year
• Best of Category Awards: winners receive automatic acceptance the following year and a small cash prize
• Referral services provided throughout the year

In an attempt to reduce waste and keep costs low ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE DONE VIA EMAIL.

For application questions or tutorials please contact Sarah Kolash, Festival Director