Juried Art Guidelines


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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: Joanna Sikes recently took over as Executive Director of the Museum of Northwest Art in  LaConner.  She was the Founding Executive Director of the Imagine Museum, exhibiting the artists of the American Studio Glass movement, in St. Petersburg FL. prior to accepting the position at MoNA.  Sikes comes with a strong vested interest in the Pacific Northwest arts community.  She worked closely with Dale Chihuly as Studio Manager, marketing/client relations and Director of Special Projects.  In 2012 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma named her the Director of External Affairs.  Sikes other experience includes tenures at the Phoenix Fine Arts Museum the Crocker Museum of Art and the American Federation of Arts where she worked with more than 20 museums around the country with a focus on sculpture.

Application Process

deadline was April 2, 2019
The 2020 application will be available in January

All applications are 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 21, 2019 through August 4, 2019.  The show opens on Saturday, July 27th, and runs through Festival weekend August 2 – 4.

Artwork mailed to the office must arrive before July 18, 2019.   Mailed work will require a credit card number to cover actual return shipping costs (acquired after the Festival) – plus an added $20 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 $11,000 in awards, including:

$2,500 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
$1,000 Eve Deisher Creative Excellence Award – selected by Lanny Bergner
$2,000 “Anacortes Collects” Festival public art purchase award (note: commission applies)
$1,000 People’s Choice Award
$500 T. Bailey Corporate Award

2019 Award Winners