June 13, 2020 (10 AM-7 PM) & June 14, 2020 (10 AM-6 PM), Rain or Shine: Old Town Art Fair
The Old Town Art Fair will take place June 13-14, 2020, on the streets of the historic Old Town Triangle neighborhood on Chicago’s near north side. The Old Town Art Fair was rated America's #1 Art Fair this year by ArtFairCalendar.com. It has been a perennial favorite of artists, art lovers and art buyers since 1948.
A distinguishing feature of the Old Town Art Fair is its all-volunteer management. The show succeeds thanks in no small part to the tireless efforts of as many as 750 unpaid volunteers – your partners in this great event! Fair proceeds support the Menomonee Boys and Girls Club, local schools, community organizations, neighborhood improvements and the activities and operations of the Old Town Triangle Association, presenter of the Fair. We invite your application and will give it careful consideration.
2-D Mixed Media: Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-dimensional mixed media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric or other found objects, and collages.
3-D Mixed Media: Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Three-dimensional mixed media should include more than one of the following: clay work, fiber, glass, metal, wood or any other 3-D objects.
Ceramics: Original, hand-crafted clay and porcelain. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed. Work should be primarily aesthetic; functionality is secondary.
Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image was crafted and manipulated by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival paper. Artwork created using a camera and then subsequently manipulated utilizing computer technology should be entered in the photography category.
Drawing/Pastel: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
Fiber: Artwork crafted from fibers, including embroidery, weaving, tapestry, and papermaking. No machine-tooled work, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. We do not accept wearable items/artwork, including clothing, hats and leather goods/purses, in the Old Town Art Fair.
Glass: Glassworks that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted. Work must be made primarily by the hands of the applying artist.
Jewelry: All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed. Work must be primarily hand-fabricated by the artist. Watches are not allowed.
Metal: Includes all non-jewelry work crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Painting: Original compositions on a flat surface created by the artist’s hand using oils, acrylics or watercolor.
Photography: Limited-edition digital or film photographic prints made from the artist’s original image and processed by that artist digitally or using wet techniques, or under his or her direct supervision. Work must be printed on archival-quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Sculpture: Artists sculpting clay, metal, wood or stone should apply in that medium unless the work incorporates mixed materials (in which case it is 3D-Mixed Media) or media not included separately here. This category is only for work that does not fit into any other category.
Stone: Original work in stone that is shaped by the artist, whether hand-tooled or machine worked.
Wood: Original work in wood that is hand-tooled or machine worked by the artist.
Booth Fee: $650 (includes $25 Itinerant Merchant Fee required by the City of Chicago for each artist and forwarded on the artist's behalf to the City). An additional $125 is required from artists assigned a corner booth. Payment for corner booths will be requested separately and paid directly to the show.