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 Carie Collver is the Gallery Director and Chief Curator of the Schack Art Center in Everett.  After studying at Pilchuck, she started an arts career in glass – owning a stained glass business for 17 years.   Prior to her current position, Collver was the Director of the Arts Council of Snohomish County and instrumental in its transition through building acquisition and into the Schack Art Center.  The Schack includes two large galleries, a glass hot shop, retail store, and numerous studios for artist and student use.  She has curated well over 200 exhibits including Chuck Close and Dale Chihuly.   Collver has recently received the Mayor of Everett’s 2020 Legacy of Honor Award for her outstanding work in the arts.

Application Process

The 2020 application deadline is April 1, 2020 April 14, 2020

All applications are completed here through CaFÉ (CallforEntry.org). The application fee is $35 and is non-refundable. Artists must submit images of two 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:  In addition to applying through CaFE (showing images of proposed or past work), installation and video artists must submit a separate one-page written or drawn proposal documenting what they intend to create. 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 19, 2020 through August 2, 2020.  The show opens on Saturday, July 25th, and runs through Festival weekend July 31 – August 2.

Artwork mailed to the office must arrive before July 16, 2020.   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