Call to Artists

Special Exhibit — Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - 55th year

Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 (9 miles south of Portland)     
Show Dates: June 22, 23, and 24, 2018
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts (Location)
Application Deadline: January 28, 2018

Apply using the online application form.
Entry requirement: $35.00 nonrefundable fee

Download a printed info sheet on the call for the 2018 Special Exhibit

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The Call

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2018 Special Exhibit, titled Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing.

Scope of the Exhibit
Each year the Special Exhibit strives to explore a single art medium through the display of quality and diverse work from a wide range of artists. As part of a large community celebration of art, the Special Exhibit seeks to offer insight and awareness of the featured art form to inspire and inform visitors.

Exhibit Theme
The 2018 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is proud to present The Special Exhibit - Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing, an exhibition merging art, technology and science.

In this exhibition, curators Briana Thornton and Ben Dye are working with The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to create a public space displaying artworks by multidisciplinary creatives, designers, artists and engineers. The artists featured create works of art using 3D printing as a means of product or reference. The goal of the curators is to facilitate a space where 3D printed art can have a voice among Fine Art.

Layers: The Evolving Art of 3D Printing creates a free and unique experience where audiences can engage with the artistic side of 3D printing and advanced art-making technologies. Artists are inherently curious and the introduction of consumer 3D technology has allowed creatives to explore the uncharted medium of 3D printing. Curators Ben and Briana believe that this medium deserves a place in the world of fine art. They are calling on artists to submit work created by means of 3D printers and/or 3D programs. This can include: sculptures, jewelry, fashion/wearable objects, moving images and animations, and unique objects/installations.

The challenge and goal of the curators is as follows: Art inherently has soul. An artist who creates through analogue means creates work that is a reflection of oneself, society, or at times is an abstract concept that becomes tangible through their creation. Technology and computers are inherently ‘soulless’ or lack depth further than determinable algorithms and mathematics. The goal of this exhibition is to show, argue and conclude that art created via technology can still have depth and meaning that originates from the deliberate intention of the artists.


A group project will be included as part of this exhibition. Artists will have an additional opportunity to be a part of this collaborative artwork. More info will be posted Nov 15th.


Submissions are encouraged from artists working with 3D printers.  All work must be original and created within the last three years. 

Works Eligible

  • Unique fine art objects (object(s) must be original or a series of up to 5 limited editions).
  • Artworks must be original designs developed by the applying artist.
  • Solo artists or group makers may apply.
  • All submitted pieces must be for sale and available for sale during the Festival.
  • Any material that can be printed with a 3D Printer is acceptable.
  • Artwork must be ready to be displayed on a pedestal. If artwork is to be adhered to wall or hung, it must come ready to hang or install and with all necessary installation materials.

    NOTE: Artwork will be displayed on shelves or pedestals.


  • A maximum of three 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.


  • Artist application available online: 11/1/2017
  • Application deadline: 1/28/2018, 11:59pm
  • Jury results emailed to artists: 2/28/2018
  • Festival hours:    
        ○    Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23, 2018, 10:00am – 9:00pm
        ○    Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Pick up unsold art:
        o    Sunday, June 24, 6:00-6:30pm
        o    Monday, June 25, 11:00am – 1:00pm

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 artistic merit, originality, personal voice, and technical skill.



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

Application Process

Applications will be available on November 1st, 2017

  • Apply using the online application form. Artists must register and complete an application on our website with an accurate email that will be valid throughout the registration 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 use in the application process. Please check your application email inbox for all correspondence.

Your application must include:

  • Detailed information about each submitted artwork, including medium and dimensions.
  • Images:

            o    Artists may submit 1 static image per art object or 1 video/recording per digital artwork installation, up to 3 artworks in total.
            o    Static image sizing requirements: Images must be in JPEG or JPG format, maximum of 4000x4000 pixels, minimum of 1000 pixels on the shortest side.

Note: Need assistance in formatting your images to the correct size? Visit Larry Berman’s Jury Images. When formatting your images, select 1920x1920 ZAPPtm on the order form under Action. ZAPPtm-formatted images are accepted by our application software. There is no charge for this service. However, donations are gladly accepted to keep his free service available.

           o    Video/sound requirements:  a single link to a video/recording can be shared in place of a static uploaded image.  This recording MUST represent the piece as you intend it to be seen in the exhibit, including installation requirements which the artist must provide with the piece.

Payment for Application

To ensure that the jury sees your entry, your non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 must be paid online at the time of submitting your application. This fee covers up to three artworks. Artists whose work is not accepted for inclusion into the Special Exhibit may apply the fee to the Open Show. For information about the Open Show, refer to Open Show Call to Artists.

Delivery of Artwork
If at all possible, artists must deliver their work personally to the Lakewood Center, 368 S State Street, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034 during one of the following two times:
●    Tuesday, June 12 between 12:00 and 5:30 p.m.
●    Wednesday, June 13 between 9:00 and 1:00 p.m.

Should it be necessary for you to ship your work, permission must be granted in writing by the curators prior to sending in your Artist Contract.  Shipped artwork MUST arrive BETWEEN May 21st-25th to:
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
Special Exhibit
368 S. State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Should the work not be sold, artists are responsible for picking up their artworks or return shipping. Details for shipping and delivery will be included with the contract following your acceptance to the exhibit. Artwork pickup times are as follow:
●  Artwork pickup: Sunday, June 24th of 2018, 6 - 6:30pm
     Monday, June 25th of 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm


Briana Thornton or Ben Dye, Curators of the Special Exhibit
Phone: 503.636.1060     
Email: festival@lakewood-center.org
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 2018 Special Exhibit Call to Artists
Apply online by January 28, 2018


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.