ART PROVIDENCE

DECEMBER 9-10 | RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER

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SHOW DATES: Saturday and Sunday, December 9&10, 2017

The Art Providence Holiday Show replaces the RISD Alumni & Student Holiday Sale after its successful 20-year run and will now feature over 200 artists and artisans from the greater New England area and beyond.

Considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, Providence has a long, rich history of creating and making. Known more recently as the Creative Capital, it is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and other premiere academic institutions – all of which enrich the city’s creative community and cement its reputation as one of the crown jewels of art, design, and making in the US and beyond. Providence is also a vibrant yet accessible city in terms of restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment. It is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination.

But don't just take it from us... check out this article in Providence Monthly:

"Welcome to the Maker City: With our wealth of talent, resources and long creative history, it's no surprise that Providence is a haven for artists"

The expanded, two-day Art Providence Holiday Show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence and will showcase approximately 200 artists over the course of the weekend. Tickets will be $10 for two days or $8 for one day. In order to continue the RISD legacy, a limited number of RISD Alumni and Students will have the option of a one-day sale (Saturday only). All work will be reviewed and selected for appearance in the show by blind jury.

Please contact us with questions at artprovidenceshow@gmail.com.

E-MAIL

artprovidenceshow@gmail.com

 

Location

Rhode Island Convention Ctr
1 Sabin Street
Providence, RI  02903

 

Hours

SAT DEC 9 10am - 6pm
SUN DEC 10 10am - 5pm

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ART PROVIDENCE HOLIDAY SHOW 2017

SHOW DATES: DECEMBER 9&10, 2017. 

LOCATION: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI 02903

SHOW DESCRIPTION

Presented by Rhode Island-based ArtSmart Productions, Art Providence Holiday Show 2017 has been created to (a) replace the Rhode Island School of Design’s holiday show after its successful 20-year run, (b) open the show to other talented US-based artists and artisans and (c) become one of the premiere arts and crafts events in New England.

Considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, Providence has a long, rich history of creating and making. Known more recently as the Creative Capital, it is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and other premiere academic institutions – all of which enrich the city’s creative community and cement its reputation as one of the crown jewels of art, design, and making in the US. Providence is also a vibrant yet accessible city in terms of restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment. It is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination.

In short, we can think of no better city in which to celebrate and promote the work of artists and artisans than Providence.

 

SHOW FORMAT

The show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence and will host approximately 200 artists over the course of the weekend, in the following formats:

Artists Exhibiting Both Days - December 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday), 10am-6pm. Approximately 150 artists, including both RISD alumni and non-RISD artists will comprise the bulk of the show.

RISD Artists Exhibiting for One Day Only - Saturday, December 9, 10am-6pm. Approximately 35-50 RISD alumni artists have chosen to exhibit for one day only. There will be a specially designated area that will be indicated.

 

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS

A qualified panel of three jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, drawing,  furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, sculpture and wood.

All images will be viewed using computer monitors. Applicants will be notified of jury selections on Juried Art Services and via email shortly after the completion of the jury process.

Wait-listed exhibitors are queued for acceptance based on their juror scores and media category. Approximately 85% of artists will be selected through an open jury process and 15% will be invited by the jurors.

 

OUR JURORS

We are pleased to announce the following jurors for this year's show:

Beth Ann Gerstein

Executive Director, American Museum of Ceramic Art, CA and former Executive Director, Society of Arts + Crafts, MA

Michael Lamar

Owner of Altamira Lighting, Senior Critic at RISD in the Dept. of Industrial Design, former member of the American Craft Council Board of Trustees

Beth McLaughlin

Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Fuller Craft Museum

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (as agreed via application on Juried Art Services)

The undersigned to the Art Providence Holiday Sale 2017 Contract to which these Terms and Conditions are attached agrees to the following:

Artists must be present with their work for the entire 2 days of the Sale (or 1 day if artist is in a RISD one-day booth). If the work is collaborative, each collaborator must be present at the Show.

No commercial agents, dealers or manufactures may attend in place of the artist.

All artists must check in at registration upon arrival. Photo ID is required.

Unacceptable Practices: Kits, molds, dried or silk flowers, green-ware, embellished objects and ready-made clothing will not be accepted for exhibition.

All work displayed must be consistent with images submitted. Any work that is not consistent with the jury images, or does not comply with the standards outlined above may not be exhibited at the Sale.

Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must submit an application and jury fee for each category. Only one exhibitor booth fee is necessary, even if the artist is selected to exhibit works produced in multiple media. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. Artists whose work is selected in multiple media categories must still exhibit in one booth space. The Sale promoter, ArtSmart Productions, reserves the right to refuse any application.

Refunds

  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing.
  • Booth fee paid minus a $50 administrative fee is refundable until June 30, 2017.
  • Half of the booth fee is refundable from June 30, 2017 through October 31, 2017.
  • Booth Fees are not refundable after October 31, 2017.

Artist authorizes the Sale to use Artist’s images to promote the Sale.

Artist hereby releases and forever discharges ArtSmart Productions, RI Convention Center, the City of Providence, the County of Providence and its officials,  all sponsoring organizations of the Sale, and their respective affiliated companies, parent companies, subsidiaries, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents and volunteers (collectively the “Released Parties”) from any and all responsibility, personal liability, torts, claims, loss or damage of any kind or nature whatsoever, arising out of or related in any way to the Artist’s participation in the Sale.

Artist agrees to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising out of or in connection with (a) the Artist’s exhibition space at the Sale, (b) any violation or infringement (or claim of violation or infringement) of any law or ordinance or the rights of any party under any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual proprietary right, and (c) the Artist’s participation in the Sale.

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, INCURRED BY ARTIST WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT OR TORT, EVEN IF ARTIST HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Artist assumes the risk of all dangerous conditions in or about the Sale and waives any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions. ArtSmart Productions at all times reserves the right to return a booth fee and refuse Artist’s participation in the Sale, at ArtSmart Productions’ sole discretion.

This Agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Rhode Island. Any suit brought to enforce or otherwise related to this Agreement shall be brought in a court situated in Providence County, Rhode Island. Artist hereby subjects himself or herself to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of Providence County, Rhode Island in all suits or other enforcement actions arising out of or related to this Agreement.

No waiver of any provision of this Agreement by ArtSmart Productions shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by the owner of ArtSmart Productions.

The failure of ArtSmart Productions to require the performance of any term or obligation of this Agreement, or the waiver by ArtSmart Productions of any breach of this Agreement, shall not prevent any subsequent enforcement of such term or obligation or be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach.

The Released Parties shall not be liable in the event ArtSmart Productions is forced to cancel the Sale due to circumstances beyond ArtSmart Productions’ reasonable control, such as, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of war, governmental emergency, labor strike, or inclement weather. Artist expressly recognizes ArtSmart Productions’ right to cancel the Sale or change the Sale dates.

Artist shall abide by and observe all federal, state, and local laws, codes, ordinances, rules, and regulations, and all rules and regulations of the Sale. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Artist shall construct its booth space to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Artist may not assign this contract or any right herein nor may the Artist sublet or assign any portion of its exhibit space without the prior written consent of ArtSmart Productions, in its sole discretion.

Any and all matters pertaining to the Sale and not specifically covered by these terms and conditions shall be subject to determination by ArtSmart Productions in its sole discretion. ArtSmart Productions may adopt rules or regulations from time to time governing such matters and may amend or revoke them at any time, upon reasonable notice to the Artist. Any such rules and regulations are an integral part of this Agreement and are incorporated herein by reference and shall have the full force and effect as if such rules and regulations are fully set forth herein. Artist is expected to observe and abide by these additional and/or amended rules and regulations.

 

Artists Standards of Eligibility

DESCRIPTION OF ACCEPTABLE MEDIA AND CATEGORIES

CERAMICS:  Functional and non-functional clay works excluding clay jewelry and clay sculpture.  No part of the finished pieces shall be the result of mass production.

DRAWING AND GRAPHICS:  Work created using dry media such as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, and crayons or from fluid media, such as ink applied by brush or pen.  Printed works from which the artist creates the plates, stones or screens and pulls the prints are accepted.

FIBER:  Any work created from fibers, including leatherwork, basketry, papermaking, weaving, etc.  No machine tooling, machine screening or any form of mass production is permitted.  T-shirts and commercial clothing are ineligible. 

GLASS:  Functional and non-functional items are accepted.  No part of the finished pieces shall be the result of mass production.  Pressed glass objects are not permitted.

JEWELRY:  Personal adornment.  Original and unique designs incorporating any of the following: gold, silver, gemstones, glass, wood, clay and other non-precious materials.

What is not permitted:  strung pearls, craft clay, and use of commercial casts or molds; commercially available pendants and brooches, catalogue merchandise.  Loose stones may not be sold.

MIXED MEDIA:  Includes 2-D and 3-D non-sculptural work, incorporating more than one type of physical material or processes in its production, i.e. an etching that is then painted or a collage of handmade paper and photography.

SCULPTURE (LARGE):  Defined as over 3 feet tall, functional and non-functional, 3-D work in any medium. 

SCULPTURE (SMALL):  Defined as less than 3 feet tall, functional and non-functional, 3-D work in any medium.

PAINTINGS:  Original 2-D work created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Limited edition prints from the artist’s original film or digital file.  The edition quantity shall not exceed 250 of any one image.

WOOD:  Works crafted from wood, excluding furniture and sculpture that are hand tooled, machine turned or machine carved.  No magnifying glasses, pens, bottle stoppers or catalogue merchandise are permitted.

 

THE ARTWORK

  • Works produced with commercial kits (molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods) are not permitted.
  • Artwork must have been created within the last 5 years, defined as works conceived between 2012 to present.
  • Exhibited work must be consistent with the digital images or slides submitted by the artist and follow Sale guidelines.
  • Paintings, graphics, prints, and photographs must be appropriately framed or matted and must be displayed in a suitable panel, portfolio or stand.
  • Only the work of the juried artist or collaborating team may be displayed and/or sold.
  • There will be a $20 floor limit for all work sold. Do not display sale or discount signs.
  • Work produced with commercial kits (molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods) is not permitted .

 

REPRODUCTIONS

  • Reproductions include, but are not limited to, the following non-original medium: silk screen, lithography, intaglio, and giclee prints, signed or unsigned.
  • Whether framed or unframed, these must be clearly and individually labeled “REPRODUCTION” or “LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION”. Please note that limited edition and giclee prints of no more than 25 from one source will be permitted.
  • Reproductions must not be displayed in the same browse bins as original art work.  However, exhibited (bins, hanging, etc.), reproductions must not comprise more than 10% count of your total booth display.

 

THE DISPLAY

  • Approximately 200 artist booths will be placed throughout Sale area.
  • Each booth area is 10×8 unless otherwise specified.
  • Artists are responsible for providing display equipment. Electricity is available from the convention center.
  • All materials must be kept within the assigned booth area. Display, bins, or work cannot extend out into traffic areas.
  • Paintings, graphics, prints and photographs must be appropriately framed or matted and must be displayed in a suitable panel, portfolio or stand.

 

ARTIST DETAILS

  • Artists may exhibit work in two or more categories if they have applied and have been accepted in each category.
  • Art displayed in artists’ booths must fit the media category/categories for which they were juried (i.e. an artist juried only in the ceramic medium may not display ceramic jewelry).
  • Artists must personally attend their booth for the duration of the Sale.  Booth sitters are available to artists for short breaks.  Smoking is not permitted in booth area or in patron shopping area.

 

FAILURE TO MEET THE STANDARDS: Artists will be expected to adhere to the Sale Rules. ArtSmart Productions retains the right to remove any ineligible artwork from the exhibition. Further, ArtSmart Productions and their representatives also have the right to remove an artist for non-compliance of Sale rules with no refund.

 

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TICKETS

Tickets will be $8 per adult per day or $10 per adult for a two-day pass. Kids 16 and under get in free.

 

Please contact us with any questions at artprovidenceshow@gmail.com. 

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Show Vision

Our vision for the Art Providence Holiday Show December 9-10 is for the event to be on par with such juried shows as those run by the American Craft Council, the Society of Arts and Crafts (CraftBoston), etc. - across similar categories and with the same level of artistic skill and/or craftsmanship. In other words, a very high level of work that will be juried by blind jury. While we're serious about the level of work, we also hope to infuse the show with some fun and some philanthropy - details TBD as we move closer to the date. You can watch it unfold here our website and on our Facebook page.


About ArtSmart Productions

I’ve long wanted to leverage my marketing skills developed in the corporate world - working for companies like Hasbro, PepsiCo, etc. - to help promote the work of artists and artisans to a broader audience. I'm well-versed in marketing, branding, advertising, etc. - on a national and global level. And as an artist myself (www.lauraburkettdesigns.com), I have taken part in the aforementioned shows and thus know the landscape from the artists' perspective. Although not a RISD graduate, I developed a deep respect for this school through the eyes of my late uncle, Malcolm Grear (Professor Emeritus), who taught scores of RISD graphic design students for nearly four decades. He had a tremendous impact on the world of graphic design and on me personally. To bring this show to life, I'm working with a team of talented, art savvy individuals who provide additional support, from event operations to show promotion.

Laura Burkett, Show Director
artprovidencesale@gmail.com