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The 2018 late application is now open. Deadline is February 6.

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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
  • Emerging Artists (all categories)
  • Fashion
  • Fiber Art
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Gourmet
  • Home Goods
  • Jewelry
  • Kids
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Paper
  • Pet Products
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

Booth Package

Package Pricing:
$1,900 per approximate 10' x 10' booth
$400 additional for corner booths

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

  • 8' high hard walls, 1" thick, painted white
  • 4 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
  • Storage for inventory replenishment
  • Complimentary WiFi

Emerging Artist Program
The One of a Kind Spring Show will be including emerging artists in the 2018 show.  The designated spaces will be dedicated to talented up and coming artists, designers and makers.
$850 per emerging artist space
Acceptance criteria and details are available on the online application.

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 postcards and customizable emails with free ticket promo code, show banner ads, and booth signage
  • PR exposure via the show's extensive media relations
  • Opportunities for on-site fashion shows and artist demonstrations
  • Pre-show artist webinar
  • On-site educational programming
  • Artist lounge 
  • Convenient parking and discounted hotel rates
  • Complimentary accessible storage

General Information

Location:
The Mart (Indoor venue)
Chicago, Illinois

Show Dates and Hours:
Friday, Apr 27 — 11am-8pm
Saturday, Apr 28 — 10am-7pm
Sunday, Apr 29 — 10am-5pm

Event Summary:
The One of a Kind Spring Show is a 3-day show featuring fine art and craft from a juried selection of talented artists that is held at Chicago's Mart. We invite artists, designers and makers with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be a part of the One of a Kind Spring experience! 

Applicants will be juried and chosen based on uniqueness, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Eligible work ranges from giftable craft to premium fine art. 

Show Facts:

  • Featuring approximately 300 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
  • Show will feature special events and sections

Important Dates and Deadlines:

October 16, 2017 Deadline extended through October 16 (for early jury)
October 17, 2017 Jury selection (for early jury)
October 24, 2017 Notifications (for early jury) of participation status emailed (accepted, wait-listed, declined)
November 10, 2017 Deadline for submitting contracts (for early jury) with payment to ensure participation
February 2018 Booth assignments/show information emailed to artists from the early jury
February 6, 2018 Deadline to apply (for late jury)
February 13, 2018 Jury selection (for late jury)
February 20, 2018 Notification (from late jury) of participation status emailed (accepted, wait-listed, declined)
March 1, 2018 Deadline for submitting contracts (for late jury) with payment to ensure participation
March 15, 2018 Booth assignments/show information emailed to artists from the late jury
March 28, 2018 Deadline for pre-show discount on operational needs
April 25, 2018 Artist move work into the building through loading dock and start setting-up
April 25-26, 2018 Artist Set-up
April 27, 2018 One of a Kind Spring Show opens

Application Process

Applications are now available via Zapplication. 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

Online Application Process:
For an additional fee, one of our preferred professional photographers will update, digitized 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 on October 24 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 (exact date will be included in your acceptance email). In special situations, payment plans can be arranged.

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

Kathleen HoganShow Director
312.527.7642
khogan@themart.com

Erin Hartz, Artist Relations
312.527.7757
ehartz@themart.com

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