Information for Artists

2019 Information for Artists

Event Description:  The City of Ontario’s Community Life & Culture Agency, in conjunction with community arts and culture organizations are excited to announce the second annual Ontario Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11 AM – 7 PM.   The Festival exemplifies the City’s commitment to make Ontario the destination for arts and culture in Southern California.

In 2018, the Ontario Festival of the Arts drew over 3,000 visitors and was heavily promoted in traditional print, broadcast and social media.  This year, the event is expected to draw over 3,500 attendees.  Visitors from the local area as well as the greater Southern California region are expected to attend.  The Festival is being widely marketed throughout the Inland Empire to highlight the growing and vibrant arts and culture scene in Ontario.

Location: The event will be held on the east end of the Ontario Arts District (200 block of South Lemon Avenue in Ontario), surrounding the campuses of the Ontario Museum of History & Art and Chaffey Community Museum of Art.

Festival Date and Hours: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11 AM to 7 PM

Application Deadline: July 25, 2019

Booth Rental Fee:  $75.00

  • Artists will keep 100% of their sales transactions – the Festival will not take a commission on sales.

Application Requirements:

  • Artists must submit an application for participation in the Ontario Festival of the Arts.
  • As part of the application process, artists must provide a short bio and upload five (5) images of what will be sold. If possible, please include a “booth image” showing the scope and presentation of art that will be in the booth. The images will be reviewed by a jury to be sure they conform to Festival standards. Artists will be asked during the application process to certify that the images submitted are their original work and were created by them.
  • The booth application fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) will not be collected until the artist has been accepted for participation in the Festival.  The Festival will provide a 10′ x 10′ canopy, one six foot table and two chairs for each booth.  Artists will keep 100% of their sales transactions – the Festival will not take a commission on sales.

Art Requirements: All art must be original and made by the artist in attendance. Limited edition prints signed by the artist are permitted. Commercially-created items (such as coffee mugs or jewelry) that the artist has only enhanced are not permitted. Works of art will be inspected at Festival check-in and periodically throughout the Festival for conformance to this requirement.

Media Categories: 2-Dimensional

  • Drawing/Illustration:  Work created in graphite, charcoal, colored pencil or crayon. No posters. All prints must be hand-pulled or created.
  • Digital Art:  Work for which the original image or the manipulation of other source material was created by the artist using a computer.
  • Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works of art for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens. All works must be signed and numbered as limited editions. Giclées will be permitted if they are accurately identified and signed by the artist.
  • Mixed Media 2-D:  Work that incorporates more than one type of material for production.
  • Painting Work created in oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic or collage. Only 10% of all work can be prints, including giclée prints.
  • Photography:  Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image and processed by the artists or under the artist’s direct supervision.

Media Categories: 3-Dimensional

  • Ceramics and Pottery Functional or decorative works of clay or porcelain made and signed by the artist. No commercially-produced ceramics merely enhanced by the artist is permitted.
  • Copper Enameling:  All materials enameled by artist.
  • Fiber:  Work crafted from fibers. No form of mass production is permitted.
  • Found Objects/Assemblage:  Original work created from found objects.
  • Glass All glass pieces must be hand blown or hand cut and fused by artist. No commercially-produced glass merely enhanced by the artist is permitted.
  • Jewelry Each piece of jewelry must be physically crafted from raw materials by the artist. No commercially-produced jewelry merely enhanced by the artist is permitted.
  • Leather:  Items handcrafted by the artist. No commercially-produced leather items merely enhanced by the artist is permitted.
  • Mixed Media 3-D:  Sculptural work which is composed by diverse or multiple materials.
  • Sculpture:  All sculptures must be hand-built by artist.
  • Wood Original work that is hand-tooled, turned or carved. No commercially-produced woodwork merely enhanced by the artist is permitted.

Artist Selection Process: A jury from the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will review the applications between July 28 and July 31. The Ontario Festival of the Arts has the sole discretion to advise an artist if the work does not comply with Festival standards.  If approved, artists will be notified by a member of the Festival Committee no later than August 2 and will be notified to commit their participation in the Festival by paying the $75 booth rental fee by August 9.

Artist Participation: Accepted artists must arrive by 9:30 AM on October 19 for check-in and booth setup.  Booth take-down must be completed by 8 PM.  Booth location will be assigned by the Festival Committee and may not be changed.  Assistance will be provided as needed to help artists unload and take exhibit materials to your respective booth.  Artists must exhibit for the entire Festival (11 AM to 7 PM) and staff the booth at all times during Festival hours.  Festival staff may provide coverage if needed for a short relief period.  Only one artist per booth, unless two artists collaborate on a single original work of art.  Artists are responsible for the security of their work during Festival hours, check-in and take-down.  Neither the Ontario Festival of the Arts or the City of Ontario will assume responsibility for any loss or damage from any cause to any artistic works or display materials.  Artists are responsible for payment of taxes to any city, county, state or federal agency.  All participating artists must have a current seller’s permit, available online from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.  Artists will keep 100% of their sales transactions — the Festival will not take a commission on sales.

Pets: No pets are allowed in booths or on Festival grounds.

For more information about participating in the Ontario Festival of the Arts, please contact the City of Ontario’s Community Life & Culture Agency at (909) 395-2222 or at [email protected].