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Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair Call-for-Artists

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Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair Call-for-Artists




Now accepting applications to the 2019 Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2019
10 am to 5 pm

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2019 – Deadline with a Late Fee: April 1

​Apply at

Application Submission and Entry Fees
To enter, simply complete the application process online at and submit a non-refundable payment of $35 for the jury fee, $65 if applying after the deadline of March 26 and before April 1, 2019. No applications will be accepted after April 1, 2019.

Participation is open to artists working in painting (acrylic, oil, water media), drawing, sculpture, fiber, graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, digital art and enamel. We seek to maintain the highest standards for both artist and the viewing public. We enforce an “ORIGINALS ONLY” policy. No copies, kits, signed offset, laser, ink jet, giclee or photocopied reproductions, commercially made products, fabricated forms or settings in lapidary work will be accepted. Exceptions are made for those applying under the heading of Printmaking wherein prints must be produced by the artist using printmaking techniques and in Photography and Digital Art where prints must be printed by the creator, signed and numbered. Artist must be present for the duration of the show.

Show Dates and Hours
The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is annually on the third weekend of September. The next show will be held on September 21 and 22, 2019. We are open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Optional setup will be available on Friday, September 20  from 11 am on.

Booth Fees
Booth Fees are $450. Payment must be received from invited artists by June 20, 2019 to ensure participation in the show. All payments may be made directly to the Naperville Art League or through the Zapp system. Checks, made payable to the Naperville Art League should be sent to the Naperville Art League, 508 North Center Street, Naperville, IL 60563.

Jury Process
Submitted images must be representative of the work to be exhibited and should be sharply focused. All 5 images will be simultaneously projected and juried by professional art experts. Artists will be ranked numerically in their category based on jury scores. Exhibitors are selected by ranked point total. A brief artist statement may be read while your slides are being projected. Booth fees are $450 for a single booth. Notification of status will sent by May 15, 2019 Due to unexpected circumstances which occur every year, the director may be involved in artist selection after the jurying process.

100 Character Jury Statement
Artists must include a brief statement about their materials and how they are used in the application form. This statement may be read aloud while their slides are being projected.

Display Space
Standard booth size is 10 X 12. Booths run along the Riverwalk and adjacent downtown city streets. Exhibit areas have both sun and shade and possible uneven terrain. Some booths are on the grass and others will be on the street or brick walkway. Tents are required. Tents must be weighted down and not staked into the ground. Artists must provide their own tents, display boards, tables, chairs, etc. Booths will be assigned by show management to provide media variation throughout the show.

One Best of Show with a $1000 cash prize will be awarded. Ten first place ribbons will be awarded with a cash prize of $250 each. Up to five honorable mention ribbons with a $100 cash prize will be awarded. Ribbons are awarded where excellence is determined regardless of media categories. Numerous purchase awards will be available.

Show Direction
The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is sponsored by the Naperville Art League and professionally directed and produced by Deborah Venezia. The expressed intent of the Naperville Art League is to keep the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair a high quality yet intimate art fair. We make every effort to prevent the loss or damage of artwork, however, Deborah Venezia and/or The Naperville Art League, is not responsible for such occurrences. We reserve the right to alter details associated with The Riverwalk Fine Art Fair.


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