Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts

Pending moderation
Jun 3 2017 to Jun 4 2017

10 am - 5 pm

Jewett Park
836 Jewett Park Drive
60047 Deerfield , IL
United States
Phone: 8474013553
Illinois US
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Free to the public, and in its 14th year, Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts will showcase the work of more than 80-juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Live music, kid-friendly art activities, and international epicurean delights also will be available for visitors to enjoy.

We focus on you, the Artist. Buy/sell products are not allowed at our festivals and we enforce this rule.

The Deerfield Fine Art Commission and the Village of Deerfield host and support the festival through numerous marketing channels including their website, cable tv and direct mailing to residents. They also host the Artist Preview Party, in it's 11th year. This continues to be highly successful for artist pre-sales and interest. Participating artists are allowed to set up at 1 pm on Friday afternoon.

Jury fee is $30
Booth fee (10x10) is $300
Drive to your space for easy unload and load
Free day and overnight parking
Outstanding artist amenities
Early set up for artist preview party on Friday
Free admission and parking
Seasoned show promoter is organized & attuned to artist needs.

Eligible Media: 

*Only original art is accepted, no mass made, kits or buy/sell.
Ceramics (2 D and functional)
Fiber (2 D and wearable)
Glass (2 D and functional)
Jewelry - Beaded (Beads are purchased)
Jewelry - Glass (Glass is hand made by artist, i.e. lampwork, drops. Can be set in metal)
Jewelry - Metal (Jewelry is all metal. Can have stones, rocks etc. set)
Jewelry - Semi/Precious (contains semi-precious and/or precious stones)
Leather (functional and wearable)
Mixed Media
Pen & Ink
Photography - digital
Printmaking (hand pulled print)
Sculpture (wood, stone, glass)

Artist Deadline: 
Artist Vendor Fees: 

Jury fee: $30
Booth fee:
Standard, 10x10 footprint with 2-3 feet on either side and 2 feet in back = $300
Double, 20x10 = $600
Corner, add $75

Estimated Attendance: 
15000-20000 for the weekend
Number of Exhibitors: 

*If you wish to apply in two media, please submit 2 applications and 2 jury fees.
Only collaborating artists can share a booth.


We are proud to offer the following artist amenities at all of our festivals:
Professionally judged events with cash and ribbon awards
Free day and overnight parking
Continental breakfast both days of the show
Flexible booth payment schedule
Day and overnight dedicated security patrol
Indoor restroom facilities
Booth sitters
Name badges, booth signs
Discounted hotel rooms
Festival brochure


All artists may begin set up on Friday, June 2nd at 3 pm.
If you are participating in the Artist Preview Party, you may set up on Friday, June 2nd at 1 pm.

All booths can be driven to for drop off and load out. There is reserved artist parking, day and overnight for trailers, nearby free of charge.

There will be dedicated, on-site security Friday and Saturday nights. We recommend you remove all artwork overnight. All valuables, including displays and tents are left at the artists' own risk.


D & W Events will advertise each festival with print ads, public service announcements, social media, banners, signs, and when possible, radio and tv.

Artists can advertise their participation in the festival by downloading the postcard and/or poster from our website and emailing or mailing to their personal lists, posting on their facebook page, twitter etc.

Awards are offered at all events. Award winners are posted at the festival and on our website.
Best of Show award winner receives cash, ribbon, free jury and booth fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year.
First Place award winner receives cash, ribbon, and free jury fee to next years' show and show invitation for next year.
Awards of Excellence winners receive a ribbon.

All festivals are juried by a panel of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
Artists are judged, the first day of each show, by a different group of professionals and/or educators in the art world.
Votes are tallied and cash awards and ribbons (if applicable) are presented that afternoon.

Acceptance/non acceptance notification will be sent via email. Please make sure the email associated with your ZAPP account is current as that is the email used.

If you have not received notification by March 25th, please contact us immediately.


We will keep artists updated of their Wait List Status as often as possible.
Artists on the wait list are welcome to show up the morning of a festival during set-up and register to see if any “no show” spaces become available. Final determination to add artists is at the sole discretion of D & W Events, Inc.


-All work must be the artists' original handmade work. Production, mass produced, kits, molds, stencils etc. are not permitted. Artists may not sell promotional items such as t-shirts. If you wish to sell note cards or postcards, make sure one of your image slides shows them. Artists whose work does not comply with the rules or differs from the slides submitted, will be asked to remove said items or leave. No refunds will be given.
-Artists must be present both days, all hours, of the festival. No representatives allowed.
-Late setups and early shut downs are not allowed.
-Artists are responsible for providing their own white tents, displays, setup and weights. Each tent pole should have a MINIMUM of 40 lbs of weight. If it is deemed that your weights are insufficient, you will be asked to correct the situation. If that is not possible, you will be asked to leave the show with no refund. Milk jugs with sand or water, small bricks or other such items are not considered acceptable weights. In addition to function, please consider how your weights look.
--Tents must be weighted, staking is not allowed.
Tents are available for a fee, upon request.
-Standard display space is 10’ x 10’. All spaces are assigned. We will attempt to honor requests.
-Artists are not allowed to sell other artists' work, no resale allowed.
-All table legs must be covered with table cloths, to the floor.
-Storage items may be stored behind tents or under tables. If stored under tables, items should not be visible. If behind tents, stack items so they are neat and tidy.
-Awnings and tent extensions are allowed but must be a minimum of 7' high.
-Reproductions are allowed but only on one tent wall and must be labeled as such.
Two bins of reproductions is allowed and must be appropriately labeled.
-Your booth is your gallery! Unprofessional/amateurish displays are not allowed. If your work should be framed, frame it! Cardboard corners are not allowed. Artist will be asked to correct any unsatisfactory or unstable displays. If no remedy occurs, artist will be asked to leave the festival, immediately, with no refund.
Only artists juried in jewelry may have jewelry in their booths.
-Umbrellas are allowed in artist chairs. Fasten them securely.


We would like to include your website in our festival brochure. If you wish to take advantage of this additional marketing opportunity, please include your website address when submitting your application.


Illinois state law requires all adults follow proper tax filing procedures. Illinois tax forms will be available on our website. If you have an Illinois tax number from a previous year or if you already file in Illinois, you do not need a new number. The state has a record of your festival participation so make sure you file!
Sales tax varies from city to city. We will inform artists of the rate prior to the festival.
Each festival's tax form is different. Please direct any and all questions regarding taxes to the Illinois Department of Revenue (800) 732-8866.

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Contact Info
Debra Netter