Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

New artists encouraged to apply to the Emerging Artist program

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Information sourced from press releases, photo submitted.

One of the Northeast’s largest arts and crafts shows welcomes new artists to start their career in an Emerging Artist program.

The Letchworth Arts & Crafts show welcomes the next generation of professional artists to join more than 330 vendors at this year’s show. The show now hosts up to 90,000 people and includes artists from around the country.

“At the last Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show, we launched this program with great success,” said ACWC Emerging Artist program coordinator Pilar McKay. “The artists were able to network with each other and with us. In fact, one artist returned to exhibit her art in Wyoming County.”

Acceptance in this program will include display and selling space in an indoor venue (north shelter) at the show on Oct. 8 and 9. Accepted emerging artists will have no booth fee for their space.

Artists will be responsible for staffing and selling their works during this day. They should anticipate being on-site at the show both Sunday and Monday including teardown of all art by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Artists will be approved after a completed application is submitted. Applications are accepted via email (mckay@artswyco.org) or in the mail/in person at 31 S. Main St., Perry, NY 14530.

All Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30.

Criteria for application include:

    • Either currently attend college/university or recently graduated from college (within the last two years). All levels of college/university students welcomed: from associates to bachelors to MFA students. All majors welcomed: applicant does not have to be studying in a visual studies/art program to submit an arts & crafts application;

    • Produced a body of work in the last two to three years;

    • A brief personal statement about applying to Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show (500-word maximum);

    • An artist statement (500-word maximum);

    • A resume (one-page maximum);

    • Minimum of three and up to five digital images of work created in the last three years – images can include multiple pieces of art, but be mindful that the jury must be able to see detail in the work;

    • One image of artist creating their art;

    • Present a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority;   

    • Applicant must submit application materials by email on or before Sept. 30. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed;

    • No application fee; and

    • Optional: Attendance to one of two virtual orientations (conference calls) to the festival or confirmation with the Emerging Artist coordinator.

For questions email McKay at mckay@artswyco.org.

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