Call to Artists

Special Exhibit: Chasing Paper

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - 53rd year

Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 (9 miles south of Portland)     
Show Dates: June 24, 25, and 26, 2016
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts (Location)
Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

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The Call

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2016 Special Exhibit, titled Chasing Paper.

Paper Art refers to the broad spectrum of paper art that celebrates an array of paper creations as an art form. The focus is on the dynamic metamorphosis of the material with all of its fragility and flexibility. This elegant and vibrant art form shows diversity through methods such as sculpting, casting, excavating, folding, cutting, and collage.

Scope of the Exhibit

From traditional techniques such as origami and quilling to cutting edge creations of sculpted books to larger-than-life forests, paper artists of today allude to the roots of paper-making from papyrus. The exhibit seeks to explore the unconventional use of this commonplace material in producing extraordinary art through its manipulation.

The Special Exhibit’s goal is to truly push the expected boundaries by selecting works that take advantage of the basic properties of paper yet project a sense of beauty, whimsy, and ingenuity.


The theme for this year’s Special Exhibit is Chasing Paper––a celebration of the pursuit of artistic expression and creativity through the properties of paper. At once familiar and mysterious, simple and complex, fragile and strong, paper is made and manipulated into surprising and delightful creations in the chase to stretch the boundaries of paper as an art form.


This exhibit is open to handmade paper and paper arts to include sculptural designs, papier-maché, folding, cutting and laser cutting, excavated books, quilling, and other forms of manipulated paper.

Makers of wearable paper art and jewelry: please note that work will be displayed as an art form. 

Works Eligible

  • All work must be original and created within the last 3 years.
  • Maximum length of any side of the finished work is 8 feet and no smaller than 5 inches on any side.
  • Wall-hung work can be hung framed or unframed and must include proper hanging hardware (no zigzag hardware). Work will be displayed on wooden black panels or pedestals if appropriate. Acrylic display cases will be provided for smaller items. Please note: curators will not construct any hanging devices. Work must be delivered ready to hang on a wall.


A maximum of 3 works may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received no later than the date listed on the Calendar below. The Special Exhibit reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality is other than represented in the electronic entry.

Calendar 2016

  • Artist applications available online - November 2, 2015
  • Application deadline - January 31, 2016
  • Jury results emailed to artists - March 1, 2016
  • Festival hours: Friday & Saturday, June 24 & 25, 2016, 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday, June 28, 2016, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Jury Process

Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of selected individuals from varied backgrounds who embrace the philosophy and goals of the Festival of the Arts. Artwork for the Special Exhibit will be selected based on adherence to the stated theme, originality, personal voice, and technical skill.


  • Helen Hiebert, paper artist, educator and author. Helen exhibits her work internationally, authored numerous books on papermaking and paper crafts, and has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine. Helen also writes a weekly blog called The Sunday Paper.
  • Rita LiChen, Founder and Museum Director, Suho Memorial Paper Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


All work submitted must be for sale. The price shall be at the discretion of the artist. A 40 percent commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival. Prices assigned by the artist shall include the Festival commission. All commission proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, a nonprofit organization.

Application Process

The Festival of the Arts uses the EntryThingy online application system. We do not accept slides, photographs, links to websites, or paper applications.

  • Artists must register with an accurate email that will be working throughout the application process until show date. This email address will be used to notify you of your status. Notification of accepted or declined status will be emailed to the email address you entered to register for EntryThingy. Please check your application email inbox for all correspondence. NOTE: Festival notifications will come from “alerts@entrythingy.com”. Place this address in your address book to be sure you receive notifications.

Special Instructions

Provide a completed application through EntryThingy on the Lakewood Center for the Arts website. Your application must include:

  • Description of Work: A short statement that briefly describes your body of work as it relates to this exhibit.
  • Images: Up to three (3) works may be submitted with images of each. Images submitted must accurately represent original artwork to be exhibited (see image format on EntryThingy).

For do-it-yourself image formatting, go to Larry Berman’s Jury Images. When formatting your images, select 1920x1920 ZAPP™ on the order form under Action. ZAPP™-formatted images are accepted by EntryThingy. There is no charge for this service. However, donations are gladly accepted to keep this "free" service available.

Payment for Application

To ensure that the jury sees your entry, your non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 must be received in the Festival office no later than January 31, 2016. This fee covers up to 3 works and is payable upon submission. Artists whose work is not accepted for inclusion into the Special Exhibit may apply the fee to the Open Show. For information, see the Open Show Call to Artists.

You may pay via PayPal or check. If you pay by check, mail your $35.00 check payable to Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Write your Entry Number and Chasing Paper on your check. Mail your check to:

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Delivery of Artwork

Artists are responsible for shipping or delivery of their work and, should the work not be sold, for return shipping or pick-up. Details for shipping and delivery will be included with the contract.

If you are shipping framed work we recommend you ship with acrylic instead of glass.


Marilyn Davis or Sandra Kennedy, Co-Chairs of the Special Exhibit
Phone: 503.636.1060     Email: Street address:  Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address:  Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Download the 2016 Special Exhibit Call to Artists
Apply online with EntryThingy by January 31, 2016


About the Festival of the Arts: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father's Day each year and attracts 22-25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.

Mission Statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating, and exhibiting the arts of the region.

Location/Support: The Festival takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA. It is sustained by valuable partnerships with the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Lake Oswego School District, small and large businesses, the "Friends of the Festival," plus more than 500 volunteers who work throughout the year and the weekend to make the Festival the success it is.