WHAM Artist Call

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Call for entries closed on August 25, 2017


Thank you to our 2017 WHAM Jury members:  

Ken General  (Arts+Culture Texas)

Nicole Longnecker (Nicole Longnecker Gallery)

Dennis Nance (Galveston Arts Center)

and Grace Zuniga (Sawyer Yards)




FRESH ARTS, a Houston-based non-profit, is seeking submissions of original fine art, unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, and other handmade goods for its 12th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM)November 17-19, 2017. The 2017 WHAM artist call opens July 6 and ends Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:59 PM. Participation is limited to Houston-based artists and artisans.

In its mission to provide artists access to economic development and networking opportunities, and to celebrate Houston’s diverse arts scene, Fresh Arts hosts WHAM, an annual 3-day juried art market + festival each fall at Winter Street Studios in the Washington Avenue Arts District.

Since its launch in 2006, WHAM has generated over $1,000,000 for hundreds of local artists and continues to grow as an important venue for Houston artists. 



            


Read more about WHAM at www.WinterHolidayArtMarket.com



IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES:

Deadline for WHAM submissions:  Friday, August 25, 2017 by 11:59PM  (do not call for results)
Selected participants notified on:  Friday, September 8 
Registration form and participation fees due:  Monday, September 18, 2017 
Marketing fliers available for pick up at Fresh Arts by Early-October 2017
WHAM Set-up and Preparation:  Thu. Nov 16 (noon to 7pm) and Fri. Nov 17 (9am to 4pm) 


WHAM 2017 HOURS: 

Friday, November 17, 6:00PM - 10:00PM  (Ticketed Preview Party for patrons)

Saturday, November 18, 10:00AM - 7:00PM  (FREE entry and TAX FREE shopping!)

Sunday, November 19, 11:00AM. - 5:00PM  (FREE entry and TAX FREE shopping!)

Artists or other representatives are expected to be at their tables during all WHAM hours.







    Check out past WHAM photos HERE and HERE.



    WHAM Application Guidelines:

    APPLICATION FEES:
    • *    Each application is subject to a $5 fee. 
    •    Only one application is needed for art collectives or artists that wish to share a booth; however, please list all participating names in the application. 

    ARTIST ELIGIBILITY:
    • *    WHAM is open to ALL artists, artisans, art collectives, and creative business owners living within 50 (ish) miles of Houston.
    • *    You do NOT need to have a Business ID or Tax Permit. 
    • *    WHAM is NOT limited to professional or full-time artists.


    TYPES OF ELIGIBLE ARTWORK OR CRAFTS:

      • *   Any type of original and/or handcrafted artwork or crafts may be submitted for consideration by the juried panels.
      • *   Applicable art mediums include all forms of FINE ART and HANDCRAFTED-ORIGINAL GOODS, including, but not limited to: 
        • Paintings,
        • Photography, 
        • Sculpture, 
        • Ceramics, 
        • Jewelry, 
        • Stationery, 
        • Soaps, 
        • Handbags, 
        • Clothing, 
        • Furniture,
        • and other orginal artwork and crafts.

      THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

      •  All interested artists must submit their application online by the deadline, August 25 by midnight.
      •  Only one application is needed for art collectives or artists that wish to share a booth; however, please list all participating names in the application. 
      • *  64 applications will be selected through a competitive juried process. 
      • *  All applications will be notified of their status on September 8, 2017
      • *  The independent jury panel will be composed of local curators, art experts, and creative-minded individuals. 

      • NOTE: Artists will be selected on the basis of quality, type, and range of price points of merchandise and take into consideration those that best serve the interests of the local community, the market, and our customers   (see APPLICATION DISCLAIMER).




        TO APPLY:

        • *  Submit up to 12 images (past exhibition or booth images are a plus!)
        • *  Submit images that are representative of the type of artworks/products you are proposing to sell at the market. 
        • *  Include a written description of the types of products and price points of artwork/products.
        • *  Include artist websites, social media links, and a short bio and/or describe why you are a good fit for WHAM.
        •  Only one application is needed for art collectives or artists that wish to share a booth; however, please list all participating names in the application. 

        • NOTE: Incomplete, emailed, or late applications will not be accepted. Please do not call for results.





        WHAM Participation Guidelines: 

        REGISTRATION FEE + SALES POLICY:
        • *    The registration fee for WHAM is $95.  (new:  Fresh Arts Artist Members receive 10% off their registration fee)!
        • *    All sales are split 75/25 between the artist (75%) and Fresh Arts (25%) to cover event costs. Remaining profits generated from WHAM allows Fresh Arts to continue our free online resources and professional development programs for artists.
        • *    The 3% fee on any credit card transaction is subject to the same 75/25% split between the selling artist and Fresh Arts.
        • *    Artists will receive a check for the 75% sale of their goods and a detailed sales report within 10 business days of WHAM

        • Registration fees now include a FREE 1 year Fresh Arts' Artist Membership (value: $50).
        • *Do NOT send in your participation fee until you have received acceptance into WHAM.
         
        WHAM ARTISTS RECEIVE:
          • *    WHAM event management, rental coordination, and extensive marketing and PR.
          • *    Event fliers mailed to 20,000+ residences.
          • *    Advertisements via online and print marketing.
          • *    Artist promotional assistance through email templates, logos, and graphics, etc.
          • *    Artist "spotlights" via Fresh Arts social media channels.
          • *    Sales tax exemptions through Fresh Arts' state sales permit (therefore, artists are NOT required to have a business permit or sales tax license).
          • *    Fresh Arts is responsible for collecting and paying state sales tax on all WHAM transactions; however, artists are responsible for claiming sales on their yearly income tax reports.

            Additionally, each artist booth receives:

            • o   booth space (min. dimensions approx. 10’w x6’d)
            • o   80 sq. feet (min.) of hang-able wall space
            • o   one 8 ft x30" table and padded chair
            • o   black table linens
            • o   sales receipt books (upon request)
            • o   free Wi-Fi 
            • o   access to electrical outlets (upon request)
            • o   complimentary beverages and lite snacks
            • o  Two complimentary guest tickets to the Friday Night Preview Party (value: $30)

            Please refer to the WHAM Application Packet for further details regarding our Space and Materials Policy, Sales Policy and other event important details.

            SALES TRANSACTIONS:  

            All sales transactions will be processed and tracked via Square. Artists will be responsible for processing all sales via Fresh Arts' Square account (basic Square sales training will be provided). Dedicated volunteers will be on hand to assist Artists;  however, all Artists must provide their own sales staff. 




            APPLICATION DISCLAIMER:


            *  Artists will be selected on the basis of quality, type, and range of price points of merchandise and take into consideration those that best serve the interests of the local community, the market, and our customers. Our aim with the market is to focus on a wide array of art -- including fine art, crafts, jewelry, etc. -- and in our attempt to balance the market, we try to favor variety of art types and price points. 

            *  Due to a large number of WHAM applicants and limited space at Winter Street Studios, our jury sometimes have to make very difficult decisions in the voting process. Therefore, please understand that a declined notice of participation is not necessarily a judgment on the quality of your work.

            There will be no discrimination against an artist vendor by Fresh Arts on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

             


            PARTICIPATION/APPLICATION QUESTIONS *
            • TECHNICAL QUESTIONS or website issues regarding the Submittable application form should be directed to support@submittable.com, (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

            • For all other WHAM-related questions*, EMAIL your questions to WHAM@fresharts.org  (please allow 1-2 business days for a reply). 
            • For urgent questions, CALL  713-868-1839 




            * Fresh Arts refers to the organization created from the merging of Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition in 2012.


            PO BOX 66494
            Houston, TX 77266-6494


            713.868.1839


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