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

2020 Spring Application
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Acceptance Criteria for Artists

With the wide variety of media and production processes in our show, we recognize that there is no single definition of "handmade". For this reason, each application is independently and thoughtfully reviewed by our selection committee. To qualify for our selection process, 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
  • Artists must be at the show representing their work for the duration of the event
  • Artists may display work only in the media category in which they were accepted
  • Reproduction aids such as molds used in jewelry or ceramics must be created by the applying artist
  • For photographers only: original photography should make up most of the artist's booth
  • For fine artists: signed and numbered limited editions will be permitted
  • Booth sharing is not permitted
  • Fair Trade work is not eligible for participation

Media Categories:

  • Accessories (fashion)
  • Bath & Body
  • Candles
  • Ceramics
  • Design & Illustration Transfers
  • Emerging Artists (all categories)
  • Fashion
  • Fiber Art (non-wearable)
  • Furniture (wood or other)
  • Glass
  • Gourmet
  • Home Goods
  • Jewelry - Fashion
  • Jewelry - Fine
  • Kids
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Paper
  • Pet Products
  • Photography
  • Screenprinting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile & Fabric
  • Wood

Booth Package

Package Pricing:
$1,950 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 Emerging Artists section of the show includes designated spaces dedicated to talented up and coming artists, designers and makers. To be considered, you must meet the following requirements (in addition to the artist acceptance criteria):

  • First time participant in a One of a Kind Show
  • Less than 3 years of professional experience as a working artist
  • Less than 3 years of professional experience presenting your work (installations, exhibitions and/or art shows)
  • Exceptional work and presentation

$900 per emerging artist space
For more details please visit 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
  • Pre-show artist webinar
  • On-site educational programming
  • Artist lounge
  • Convenient parking and discounted hotel rates
  • Storage for inventory replenishment

General Information

Location:
The Mart (Indoor venue)
Chicago, Illinois

Show Dates and Hours:
Friday, Apr 24 — 11am-8pm
Saturday, Apr 25 — 10am-7pm
Sunday, Apr 26 — 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
  • Over 35,000 shoppers attended the 2019 show
  • 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 17, 2019 Deadline to apply (for early jury)
October 22, 2019 Jury selection (for early jury)
October 25, 2019 Jury notifications (for early jury) status emailed (accepted, wait-listed, declined)
October 30, 2019 Invited artists must "accept" through Zapp by this date
November 6, 2019 Deadline for submitting contracts (for early jury) with payment to ensure participation
November 13, 2019 Application for late jury goes live.
January 15, 2020 Deadline to apply (for late jury)
January 16, 2020 Jury selection (for late jury)
January 24, 2020 Notification (from late jury) of participation status emailed
January 28, 2020 Invited artists must "accept" through Zapp by this date
February 2020 Booth assignments/show information emailed to artist from the early jury
February 3, 2020 Contract link will be emailed to artists (completion of contract is needed for participation)
February 10, 2020 (Late jury applicants only) deadline for submitting online contracts with payment
March (mid) 2020 Booth assignments/show information emailed to artists from the early jury
April 3, 2020 Deadline for pre-show discount on operational needs
April 22-23, 2020 Artist move work into the building through loading dock and start setting-up
April 24, 2020 One of a Kind Spring Show opens

Application Process

Applications are now available via Zapplication. To be considered, you will be asked to:

  • 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 the online application and submit it before midnight (CST) on October 17, 2019 for the early jury.

Online Application Process:
For technical questions regarding proper image sizing and application issues, please contact Zapplication at contactzapp@westaf.org. 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 (early jury) will be emailed to you on October 25 and posted on your profile through Zapplication. Please do not call.

Invited artists will receive an acceptance email including instructions for contracting and additonal show information. Once invited artists have "accepted" through Zapplication, an email will be sent and a 50% deposit will be due with the online contract (contracting portal is NOT through Zapplication) by November 13th.

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

Kathleen Hogan, Show Director
312.527.7642
khogan@themart.com

Amber Melson, Artist Relations
312.527.7757
amelson@themart.com

2020 Spring Application