Exhibit

The late jury application for the 2020 Spring show is now open. Deadline to apply is January 15.

The 5th annual One of a Kind Spring Show is a 3-day show, held indoors at The Mart in Chicago, featuring fine art and craft from a juried selection of participants. 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!

2020 Spring Application
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Applicants will be juried and chosen based on uniqueness, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Eligible work ranges from giftable craft to premium fine art.

What Artists are Saying

  • "The One of a Kind Shows are an amazing experience for shoppers and artists alike!" - Mary Boesdorfer, Written in Wood
  • "The show attracts enormous hordes of serious shoppers who get my work." Jenny Walker, Jenny Walker Jewelry
  • "People were friendly and eager to see and buy our new work. It was a fun and relaxed environment we enjoyed, and sales were good." - Cameron Lewis, Camryn Forrest Designs
  • "The One of a Kind Show is a top notch show for vendors and customers alike. The staff is outstanding, the caliber of artists is unique and the customers who attend are there to spend." - Dianna Dunlevy, D'marie
  • "A true of of a kind show curated with endless pieces of unique work and artists whose stories and design inspirations are inspiring." - Brooke Mullen, Sapahn
  • "It was such an amazing experience hearing customers who came out to the show just to see us! We love catching up with vendors year after year, the atmosphere is so warm and inviting!" - Kelsey Schroeder, Katherine Ann Confections
  • "The Mart is a perfect location for a show." - Roxy Lentz
  • "A brilliant selection of the best of handmade in the US." - Karyn Ruiz, Lilliput Hats
  • "Perfect location, perfect timing of the year, perfect support and unbelievably enthusiastic shoppers. That is the Spring show!" - Barb Mason, Bobbie Kahn Design Jewelry

Show Facts

  • Featuring approx. 300 artists, designers and makers
  • Show promotion to our database of over 100,000
  • Held in a premium indoor environment with all inclusive hard wall booth package in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • Over 35,000 shoppers attended the show in 2019
  • Show will feature special events and sections

Marketing That is One of a Kind

The show’s comprehensive multi-media campaign includes:

  • Extensive print and online advertising
  • Show postcards with complimentary ticket offers mailed and distributed to targeted shoppers in the Chicago area
  • Wide reaching e-mail campaign to 100,000+ subscribers
  • Major promotional outreach via strong show partnerships within the art/craft industry
  • Media partnership with the Chicago Tribune and its affiliates
  • Outdoor advertising including street banners in prime city shopping locations
  • Media hits generating over 10 million impressions and featuring TV interviews on major networks
  • Full-color Show Guide with floor plan, show highlights and exhibiting artist information

Unparalleled Support for Artists

Unique, pre-event and on-site visibility opportunities, including exposure in show promotional and advertising material are offered to promote the sale of your art and create interest and excitement.

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, printable poster, 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
  • Convenient parking and discounted hotel rates
  • On-site accessible storage
  • Complimentary WiFi

Unique Partnerships

One of a Kind Show partners elevate the show by providing valuable programming and promotional support. Partners have included:

Marwen, Ann & Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital, Toyota, Chicago Tribune, Nissan, NBC, ClearChannel Communications, Etsy, Lillstreet Art Center, Old Town School of Folk Art, Goose Island, Gallery 37/After School Matters, The Chicago Department of Tourism, Andersonville Galleria, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Chicago Loop Alliance, The Chicago Art Foundation