Celebrating nature in art and books

Audubon Society of Portland Wild Arts Festival 2019, November 23 and 24

Welcome to the 2019 Audubon Society of Portland Wild Arts Festival. Now in its 39th year, the Festival celebrates nature in art and books. This jury prospectus will provide you with the information you need to submit an application online.

To register and submit images of your art
  1. Create your account: Click the +Register button at the top right of this screen and complete the information.
  2. Enter your application: After your have created your account, click the Login and Add New Application buttons. Follow the prompts to select your art category and enter the required information.
  3. If you have more than one category of art, you may submit a second category by clicking Add New Application button again.
  4. You can make changes to your application at any time until April 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
  5. For complete registration instructions please refer to New User Tutorials located at top of page. If you have additional questions, contact
 Welcome to the 39th Wild Arts Festival, a benefit for the Audubon Society of Portland. Thank you for your interest in participating in this key fundraiser for Audubon. The Festival is one of the premier regional art shows featuring work focused on nature in both medium and theme. All proceeds of the Wild Arts Festival benefit the programs of Portland Audubon.
The Wild Arts Festival will feature approximately 65 artists in a lively atmosphere, with an anticipated attendance of 5,000 people. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with and purchase the work of regional artists and authors. In addition, we will have our popular Book Fair and Silent Auction, plus appearances by Portland Audubon’s Education Birds of Prey.
The Festival will be at a new location this year, a light-filled event space in Portland’s vibrant Pearl District. This new location allows us to have all day Friday for load-in, creating an opportunity for Audubon to host a preview evening event on Friday — a way to increase your sales and Audubon’s fundraising. Planning for that is underway; we’ll let you know more this spring.


Artist Committee
Wild Arts Festival 2019
Audubon Society of Portland


Jury overview

This is a juried show. Applications will be accepted from February 18 through April 27, 2019. No late applications will be accepted so please mark these dates on your calendar. The jury will begin meeting after the application period has ended.

The jury bases its decisions on quality of art, originality and public appeal (Remember, this is a major fundraiser for Portland Audubon.) In making our final selections we also consider overall balance of styles and mediums. Each year we make every effort to include new artists so that they represent about 15-20% of all artists present.
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Art eligibility

All media and styles of art are eligible for jurying. A combination of original work and reproductions of artists’ originals will be allowed.  Art may not contain bird feathers or bones. Any exceptions to these guidelines will be at the jury’s discretion.

All art should include one or more of the following elements:
•  Nature or wildlife as a subject
•  Natural materials as medium
•  Art that promotes environmental sustainability or uses recycled materials

For more information please refer to art categories later in this document or at

Booth criteria

Artists are responsible for providing their booth structure and setting it up. You will be assigned a space and booth set-up will be Friday, November 22, 2019 beginning at 8 am.

Each booth must be:
•  Free standing
•  Under 8' in height and cover free

Booth sizes vary — most are 8' x 8'. A limited number of 10' wide x 8' deep, 16' wide x 8' deep and corner booths will be available for additional cost. Artists will be able to rate booth preferences on the registration form. The WAF Artist Committee will jury and assign booths for the Festival.

Booth fees:

•  8’ x 8’ = $290
•  10’ wide x 8’ deep = $340
•  16’ wide x 8’ deep = $545
•  Corner booth = $50 additional fee

Note: Wi-Fi and 600 watts of electricity for each booth are included in booth fee. The move to our new venue brought additional fees for Wi-Fi and electricity.


Terms for participation

All participating artists must agree to the following terms:
•  Be present during the entire show
•  Bring enough work for sales throughout the show
•  Pay the non-refundable $290 booth fee at time of registration. If you request and are assigned to a larger or corner booth then the additional booth fee will be paid at check out.
•  Pay a 10% commission to Audubon Society of Portland on all work sold or commissioned at the Festival. At check out, you report your total sales to our checkout attendants. The commission and any additional booth fees are due at that time.


Jury submission details

Please review all information on this prospectus carefully before registering. To apply for this show you must first register and pay the $35 fee. After registration, and anytime until 11:59 pm, April 27, 2019, you may login to upload your images or change previously uploaded images. But please remember, the call closes at 11:59 pm so you will not be able to save any new information after that time!
To find out more information about specific art categories and criteria see "Art Categories Defined" in this prospectus. We have also posted two tutorials to help you become more familiar with the registration process (see "New User Tutorials" in the banner above).
Please note: Artists may apply in up to two art categories and only one jury fee will be charged. For the second category, you must submit a second application.
To submit your application we require:
•  Jury entry fee of $35 (payable online)
•  Five digital images of your current work (jpg; 960 pixel min on long edge; 4 MP max file size.)
•  A sixth image of your booth set up
•  Artist statement and list of any previous show experience (enter in "profile/vitae: of "user profile" section)

Art categories defined

2D Mixed Media: Work that combines more than one medium such as paint, collage, and ink to create original works of art with a one-sided orientation.

3D Mixed Media: Work that combines multiple materials to form an original work of art. If recycled materials are used, they should be modified or used in a way that is different from their original function.

Ceramics: Original functional or non-functional works, excluding jewelry, created by the artist from clay, porcelain, stoneware, and/or earthenware. Slip-cast work must be designed and crafted by the artist. All work must be signed.

Digital Art: Original work for which the final image was created using a computer. All work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photography using a digital camera should be submitted in the Photography category.

Drawing/Painting:  Original compositions hand-drawn by the artist using pen, pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastel, ink applied by pen, wax, crayon, oil paint, watercolor, and encaustic media, etc. may be entered in this category. Reproductions should be clearly labeled as such, with processes identified.

Fiber Arts - Decorative: Decorative works handcrafted by the artist from fiber. Fiber includes basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, papermaking, leather, straw, and fabric. Book arts are included in this category.

Fiber Arts - Wearable: Art designed to be worn.

Glass: Original functional or decorative works that have been handcrafted by the artist by glass blowing, fusing, molding, casting, or kiln forming. Works may be etched or engraved.

Jewelry: All jewelry must be designed and handcrafted by the artist. This may include jewelry that is made primarily from metals, gems, stones, precious metal clay (PMC), flame-worked beads, clay, wood, fiber, etc.

Metalwork: Functional, non-sculptural, work handcrafted from metals. All sculptural work must be submitted in the sculpture category.

Photography: Original compositions created by photographic processes that begin with a camera. Prints must be made from the artist’s original negative or digital image and be processed by the artist or under his or her direct supervision. Photographers should disclose the creative and printing processes. Prints must be of archival quality, and be signed and dated. The photography category includes hand colored, Polaroid transfers, emulsion transfers, etc. Please do not enter such work in the Mixed Media category.
Printmaking:  Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stone, blocks, composite reliefs, or screens and which have been signed and numbered in a limited edition. Photocopies, giclées, offset reproductions, and machine-produced images are not considered print originals. They are reproductions of the original print and must be labeled as such.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional works incorporating materials that are carved, modeled, constructed, or cast. Media examples include metal, stone, ceramic, hand-built clay, and wood. If recycled materials are used, they must be modified or used in a way that is different from their original function. Any work that is reproduced must be signed numbered.

Woodworking: Original functional or non-functional work that is hand-tooled, machine worked, turned, or carved primarily from wood by the artist. Painted and/or wood assemblages, which are primary pieces not created by the artist, must be entered in 3D Mixed Media.


Key datesmark your calendar!

•  Jury applications must be completed online by April 27 by 11:59 pm
•  Jury decisions will be emailed to artists by May 24
•  Artists’ acceptance agreement and non-refundable booth fee due by June 28 (postmarked)
•  Logistics letter mailed to participating artists by September 30
•  Artists’ set up at Pure Space, Friday, November 22
•  Wild Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 23 & 24



Contact Carol Enyart


Related websites

Audubon Society of Portland
Wild Arts Festival
Portland Audubon Wild Arts Festival prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the Festival.

Portland Audubon Wild Arts Festival does not share the personal information of artists, nor do we solicit artists to buy information about Festival attendees.