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Applications for the Holiday 2017 Show are now closed. To apply to the Spring 2018 Show, please contact our team by clicking below.

Spring 2018
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Acceptance Criteria

Artist’s work, booth design and application information will be juried based on quality, authenticity, uniqueness, salability, booth presentation and overall balance of show categories. To be accepted, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be the artist/designer of your work
  • You must be the original creator/assembler/producer/maker of your work
  • You must understand and have mastered the craft process needed to make your work
  • You must be intimately involved in the production process from start to finish
  • You must create/produce your work in the country in which you reside
  • Artists may have limited assistants/apprentices as long as the original artist is on-site and involved in the production as stated above
  • Reproduction aids such as molds used in jewelry or ceramics must be created by the applying artist
  • For photographers only: original photographs should make up most of the artist’s display
  • For fine artists: signed and numbered limited editions will be permitted

Media Categories:

  • Accessories
  • Bath & Body
  • Ceramics
  • Fashion
  • Fiber Art
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Gourmet
  • Holiday
  • Home Goods
  • Jewelry
  • Kids
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Paper
  • Pet Products
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

Booth Package

Package Pricing:
$2,550 per approximate 10' x 10' booth
$425 additional for corner booths

Package Details:
Exhibiting artists get an all inclusive booth package:

  • 8' high hard walls, 1" thick, painted white
  • 6 flood lights
  • Multiple booth configuration options
  • Gray carpeting
  • Drayage (the moving of work to and from loading dock and artist booth space)
  • Standard electrical outlet
  • Waste basket
  • Booth signage
  • Complimentary WiFi

Emerging Artist Program
The One of a Kind Holiday Show will be including emerging artists in this year's show. The designated spaces will be dedicated to talented up and coming artists, designers and markers. 
$1200 per emerging artist space 
For acceptance criteria and details, please visit zapplication.org 

Comprehensive Marketing Package:
Exhibiting artists are equipped with generous materials and exceptional opportunities to promote their presence and enjoy their experience at the show:

  • Listings in online directory featuring artist images and link, and on-site Show Guide
  • Complimentary marketing materials for artist use including printed complimentary passes, emailable complimentary tickets, show banner ads, and booth signage
  • PR exposure via the show's extensive media relations
  • Opportunities for on-site promotion in displays, fashion shows, artist demonstrations
  • Pre-show artist webinar
  • On-site educational programming
  • Artist lounge with internet access
  • Convenient parking and discounted hotel rates

General Information

Location:
The Mart (Indoor venue)
Chicago, Illinois

Show Dates and Hours:
Thursday, Dec 7 — 10am-8pm
Friday, Dec 8 — 11am-8pm
Saturday, Dec 9 — 10am-7pm
Sunday, Dec 10 — 10am-5pm

Event Summary:
The 17th annual One of a Kind Show Chicago is an extraordinary holiday shopping event featuring fine art and craft from a juried selection of North America's most talented artists. The 4-day show is scheduled during one of the busiest weekends of the year and provides an outstanding opportunity for exhibiting artists to sell to tens of thousands of qualified and enthusiastic shoppers in an ideal location and premium environment.

The One of a Kind Show invites artists, designers and makers with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be a part of the One of a Kind experience in Chicago! Eligible work ranges from giftable craft to premium fine art. Applicants will be juried and chosen based on uniqueness, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Show Facts:

  • The show is entering its 17th year
  • More than 70,000 shoppers came to the show in 2016
  • Featuring approx. 600 artists, designers and makers
  • Show promotion to our database of over 200,000
  • Held in a premium indoor environment with all inclusive hard wall booth package in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • Ranked 2nd on the Sunshine Artist’s 200 Best list
  • Ranked as one of the top shows in the country by ArtFairCalendar.com

Important Dates and Deadlines:

December 28, 2016 Application is open/available online through Zapplication.org
May 10, 2017 Deadline to apply
May 16, 2017 Jury selection
May 24, 2017 Notifications of participation status emailed (accepted, waitlisted, declined)
June 8, 2017 Deadline for submitting contracts with payment to ensure participation
October 2017 Booth assignments/show information emailed to artists
November 3, 2017 Deadline for pre-show discount on Operational Needs
December 5, 2017 Artist move work into the building through loading dock and start setting-up
December 7, 2017 One of a Kind Holiday Show opens

Application Process

All applications must be submitted online through Zapplication here. To be considered, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Create an online artist profile
  • Prepare and upload 5 digital images in total:
    • 3 images of your work
    • 1 image of your studio/workspace
    • 1 image of your booth/display
  • Submit a $35 USD non-refundable application fee
  • Complete online application and submit it before midnight (CST) on May 10, 2017

Online Application Process:
For an additional fee, one of our preferred professional photographers will update, digitalize and format photos (or slides) for your One of a Kind application through Zapplication. Please contact either of them directly at:

Christy Clow
Christy Clow Photography
773.879.4292
christy@christyclowphotography.com
christyclowphotography.com

Larry Sanders
Sanders Visual Images
877.726.3377
lzs@gowebway.com
juryimage.com

Jury Notification:
Notification of your jury status will be emailed to you at end of May 2017 and posted on your profile through Zapplication. Please do not call.

Accepted artists will receive an acceptance email including a contract, booth payment schedule and additional show information via email.  A 50% deposit is due with the contract no later than 2 weeks after receiving your acceptance notification—June 8, 2017. In special situations, payment plans can be arranged.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions regarding applying to the show, please contact:

Kathleen Hogan, Show Director
312.527.7642
khogan@themart.com

Erin Hartz, Artist Relations
312.527.7757
ehartz@themart.com

Spring 2018