Exhibit booths at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival are awarded on the basis of blind jury selection. Art show applicants must fit one of the 14 categories of the art show (see below). Exhibitors will be chosen based on overall artistic excellence (skill, creativity, aesthetic sensibility). The show will be balanced across artistic categories, but there are no mandated quotas for any particular category.
Art Show Applicants will submit 5 (FIVE) high resolution images (1920 x 1920 suggested) to the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival; 4 (FOUR) images of individual artistic pieces and 1 (ONE) image of the applicant’s booth. If the applicant does not yet have a booth (mandatory for art festival exhibition - except for plein air painters) they may photograph a group display of art pieces representative of the work that would be present at their booth.
Costs: Application for exhibition at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival costs $35 (Application Fees go towards providing a fair and qualified jury). Application fee is non-refundable and must be paid in order to be entered into the jury process for the 3rd Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival. A completed application form along with payment must be received by April 30, 2013.
Outdoor booth fees for accepted applicants will be $250 for three days, an incredible value for the exposure you will receive. A limited number of indoor booths will be available in 2012 for $450. Indoor booths are available on a first-come-first-served basis and are air conditioned.
Plein air painters who wish to enter the plein air competition without maintaining a booth, will not pay a booth fee. Plein air painters will pay the application fee of $35 only, unless they will have a booth as well. If you are applying as a plein air painter, please indicate in the "About Your Art" section below whether you would like to have a booth.
Artists who are invited to exhibit (invitations will be sent by May 12) must return their signed contract and booth fee by May 31. Failure to return your signed contract and booth payment by May 31 will result in having your spot at the Art Festival offered to another applicant.
Prizes: 8 artist prizes totaling $10,500. Best in show artist will receive $3500; and there are 5 $1000 honorable mention prizes. The Plein Air competition winner will receive $1500 (for best plein air painting done on Domes Festival grounds), and Plein Air competition honoroable mention will receive $500. Plein Air painters who have booths will also be eligible for the "Best in Show" prizes. All prize winners in 2012 received jury exemption for 2013!.
Other Requirements: Art Festival Applicants must submit work representative of what they will exhibit at the Art Festival. No more than 20% of the pieces in an artist's booth may be reproductions. This means if an artist wants to have two reproduction pieces, they must have eight original artworks, etc. Artists must maintain an attended booth for all three days of the festival, August 16 (12noon-8PM), 17 (10AM-8PM), and 18 (10AM-4PM) 2013. The Domes Art Festival will provide attendants to monitor booths for limited periods of time, but artist must be present at booth for the majority of the festival. Artists are encouraged but not required to donate an item for the Domes Silent Art Auction. Artists donating items will receive priority booth placement. Artists will be given a 10 foot wide X 10 foot deep space to set up their booth (including tent). Artists who jury in may request more than one booth (at $250 each for outdoor booths and $450 each for indoor booths), as there are some multiple booth spaces available. Staging for the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will be throughout the day on Thursday, August 15. The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will do our best to make accomodations for artists who wish to set up Friday August 16th. Artists who wish to have special accomodations regarding their setup time should contact festival coordinators. Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will provide security during the festival and overnight, though Milwaukee Domes Art Festival, The Friends of the Domes, Milwaukee County Parks and The City of Milwaukee are not liable for any property loss or damage. Artists store their artwork and property at their own risk.
April 30 – Last day to submit artist applications.
End of the First Week in May – Artists will be notified by e-mail whether they have been accepted as exhibitors, declined, or accepted as alternates.
May 31 – Deadline for artists to accept invitation, return signed contract and remit booth payment fee. Artists may send a check or ask us to charge their credit card.
Media categories are used by the Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity among media is a principal Arts Festival objective, the Arts Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.
Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
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 casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions can make up no more than 20% of the pieces in an artist's booth.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
Plein Air Painting Competition: At least one piece must be painted on the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival grounds, between 12:00noon Friday 8/16 and 5:00PM Saturday 8/17. This piece will entered into the Domes Art Festival auction, with 50% of proceeds going to the Friends of the Domes, and 50% going to the artist. There are additional prizes available for plein air painters as well (see prizes section). Plein air painters are the only category of artists who are not required to maintain a booth. When applying, please indicate whether you are applying for a booth, or for the plein air competition only.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
Once you are ready click the button below to proceed with the Juried Artist application process. Applicants must upload 5 (FIVE) photos; 4 (FOUR) photos of individual artworks and 1 (ONE) booth photo. Plein air painters not applying for a booth please submit a fifth photo of individual artwork. You will have 15 min to finish the application including upload of images. The Friends of the Domes hopes to see you at the 3rd Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival!