Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions
The complete unabridged version of the 2015 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions
Directory is online.
Download a PDF of the full directory here.
Festivals around our state encourage artists and craftspeople to share their
creativity with hundreds of thousands of Ohioans and visitors from out of state.
While the arts and crafts enrich our lives, the people who purchase those works
enhance our economy. Everyone is invited to use the Ohio Arts Council's
Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory to find new opportunities in
the arts and crafts of Ohio.
Creative Ohioans looking for places to display and sell their workfrom
traditional crafts to arts on the cutting edgewill find them listed in
this directory. Anyone seeking works of art and crafts of lasting value
or for their own pleasure also will find these listings helpful.
The directory is published by the Ohio Arts Council and distributed in partnership with Ohio Designer Craftsmen, chambers of commerce, convention & visitors bureaus, and AAA offices around the state.
We hope you will refer frequently to the Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions
Directory as you explore the multitude of opportunities to share the arts and
crafts created in Ohiothe artistic heart of our nation.
If you would like a hard copy of the directory, please email us at OAC.PublicInformatio@oac.state.oh.us and include “2015 Directory” in the subject line or call 614/728-4463.
Search is easiest and will return the most relevant records if limited to specific parameters. Entering no search parameters will return all records.
How the Directory Is Compiled
The Ohio Arts Council sends questionnaires to the promoters of arts festivals and competitions in Ohio, seeking information about their events. Information provided by the promoters is arranged by date and location. Events are classified as juried, nonjuried, invitational, or juried invitational, according to information supplied by the promoters.
Juried - A neutral panel or juror reviews each applicant's work or slides
and makes final selection decisions.
Nonjuried - All applicants are accepted until all spaces are filled,
Invitational - Promoters or their staff select exhibitors from applications
or by direct invitations.
Juried Invitational - All applicants, past and present, are reviewed
by a neutral panel or juror, then the panel or juror makes recommendations to
the promoter or chairperson who makes final selection decisions.
Listings in the Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory have been compiled based on information supplied by proprietors and promoters of the individual festivals and competitions. The Ohio Arts Council cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of that information.
Information is subject to change. Prior to traveling, please confirm dates and locations of festivals by visiting festival's website or contacting them via phone.
Artists and craftspeople should be aware that a listing in this directory does not constitute an endorsement of any particular festival or competition or its promoter or proprietor. Artists and craftspeople are advised to conduct their own inquiries about any event that interests them. We have noted where vendor parking is provided free of charge. This information may not be comprehensive and does not apply to public parking fees.
This directory is copyright 2015 by the Ohio Arts Council, an agency of the
State of Ohio. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without
prior permission from the Ohio Arts Council.
This is not a listing of all Ohio arts festivals. Travelers may discover other worthwhile Ohio arts destinations and festivals by calling 1-800-BUCKEYE or by contacting local convention and visitors bureaus around the state or by visiting ArtsinOhio.com.
Organizations or promoters who wish to list arts festivals or competitions in the 2016 Directory should email us at
OAC.PublicInformatio@oac.state.oh.us or call 614/728-4463.
On December 2, 2014, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced the agency's fall 2014 grant awards for the first round of Art Works, as well as Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. Grants totaling $552,000 were awarded to 23 artists and arts organizations throughout Ohio.
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