Juried Art Guidelines


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The theme of the 2018 Juried Exhibition is “Essence”

The mission of the Annual Juried Arts at the Port is to showcase contemporary regional fine art to a large Festival audience. The exhibition will show a range of work from artists working in both 2D and 3D, selected by our prestigious Juror.   This popular exhibition attracts visitors from throughout Washington, multiple states and foreign countries.

Juror: Michael Monroe, Seattle, has been involved with the contemporary American studio craft movement for over 50 years.   In addition to his current status as Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum, Monroe served as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, a 30,000 member national organization. For twenty-one years he was associated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, serving as Curator and Curator-in-Charge. In 1993, Monroe was invited by President and Mrs Clinton to curate a collection of contemporary American craft for the White House to commemorate The Year of American Craft.   He also worked on several related assignments for Presidents Carter and Bush.

Application Process

deadline is April 3, 2018
notification by May 3, 2018

CAFEAll applications are to be completed through CaFÉ (CallforEntry.org). The application fee is $35 and is non-refundable. Artists must submit images of three to six works (all work must be for sale).


Encouraging both 2D and 3D work, artists working in the following categories are invited to enter the Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art Exhibition:

Drawing & Painting (including mixed media)
Monoprints, Photography, Digitally Generated Art & Video

Fine Crafts including fiber, ceramics, metals, glass, wood, basketry, jewelry
Installation (including site specific)

Note: Installation and video artists must submit a separate one-page written or drawn proposal documenting what they intend to create, as well as 5 images documenting past work. If your work doesn’t fit the online format, please call the Festival office at 360-293-6211, or contact Rita James pr@anacortesartsfestival.com.

Basic Requirements

  • No reproduced work (except photography or digitally created) will be accepted.
  • No work displayed, or for sale elsewhere in the Festival will be accepted.
  • No work that has been previously shown in the Juried Exhibition will be accepted.
  • Artists may not substitute, alter, change the price, nor withdraw a work after it has been accepted.
  • The Festival reserves the right to refuse any work it deems unsuitable or misrepresented.


If accepted, all work must be ready for display upon arrival. Wall-mounted pieces must have adequate hangers and/or wire. Three-dimensional work needs adequate installation instruction if it requires more than a standard pedestal. Installation artists must install their own work and must make prior arrangements with festival staff to accommodate the installation.

Art Availability

Your pieces must be available from July 22, 2018 through August 5, 2018.  The show opens on Saturday, July 28th, and runs through Festival weekend August 3 – 5.

Artwork mailed to the office must arrive before July 19, 2018. Mailed work must be accompanied by return mailing label and $20 handling fee (you can call the office with a credit card for handling fee).


All accepted and hung work must be for sale. The Anacortes Arts Festival will handle sales and retain a 50% commission.   An exception of 40% commission will be retained for bronze sculpture.  Artists will receive payment within two weeks after the Festival for any work sold at the show.


Artwork will be insured up to $2,500 per piece while on exhibition at Art at the Port – any additional insurance must be covered by the individual artist.


Artists will be eligible for up to $12,500 in awards, including:

$3,000 Best of Show – selected by juror
2 Excellence Awards – $1,000 each – selected by juror
2 Festival Awards – $1,000 each – selected by Festival Curatorial Team
$4,000 “Anacortes Collects” Festival public art purchase award (note: commission applies)
$1,000 People’s Choice Award
$500 T. Bailey Corporate Award

2018 Award Winners