Art Application Process is now OPEN for the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival 2011

**Enjoy The Show August 19-21, 2011**

The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Welcomes Artists From All Over The World To Apply!

Come see some great art at the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival!

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 high resolution images (1920 x 1920 suggested) to the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival; four images of individual artistic pieces and 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. Application due date March 15, 2011 11:59pm.

Costs: Application for exhibition at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival costs $25 (Application Fees go towards providing a fair and qualified jury). Booth fees for accepted applicants will be $200 for three days, an incredible value for the exposure you will receive. Plein air painters who wish to enter the plein air competition without maintaining a booth, will not pay a booth fee. 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 on May 3rd) must return their signed contract and booth fee by May 24. Failure to return your signed contract and booth payment by May 24 will result in having your spot at the Art Festival offered to another applicant.

Prizes: 5 artist prizes totaling $10,000. Best in show artist will receive $3500; $2000 for 2nd place; $1500 for 3rd place, $1000 for 4th place. The Plein Air winner will receive $2000 (for best plein air painting done on Domes Festival grounds). Plein Air painters who have booths will also be eligible for the “Best in Show” prizes. All prize winners will receive jury exemption for 2011!.

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 19 (12noon-7PM), 20 (10AM-7PM), and 21nd (10AM-4PM) 2010. 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 Art Auction. Artists donating items will receive priority booth placement. Artists will be given a 12 foot wide X 10 foot deep space to set up their booth (including tent). Artists without proper tent for outdoor display may rent a tent from the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival for a cost of $200 for the weekend. Artists who jury in may request more than one booth (at $200 each). Artists who wish to set up a day early may do so if they schedule their setup time with festival coordinators. Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will provide security to protect artist booths during the festival and overnight.

Important Dates
March 15 – Last day to submit artist applications.
May 3 – Artists will be notified by e-mail whether they have been accepted as exhibitors, declined, or accepted as alternates.
May 24 – 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
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: At least one piece must be painted on the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival grounds, between 12:00noon Friday 8/20 and 8:00PM Saturday 8/21. 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.