Website_banner_SpEx3.jpgExhibit Postponed until 2021
Special Exhibit 2021 — Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements
58th Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 (9 miles south of Portland)     
Show Dates: TBA
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts (Location)
Application Deadline: TBA
Entry Fee: $35
Featured Artist: Emiko Oye
Special Exhibit applications will be available November 1, 2021

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2021 Special Exhibit, titled Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements.

Scope of the Exhibit
Each year the Special Exhibit strives to explore a single art medium through the display of high quality and diverse work from both invited and juried artists. As part of our large community celebration of art, the Special Exhibit seeks to educate, inform and inspire visitors regarding each year’s featured art form.

Exhibit Theme
Brilliant! Jewelers Making Statements showcases unique wearable works of art that defy the traditional definition of jewelry. The current trend in statement jewelry emphasizes the identity and values of the wearer, and the term “statement jewelry” itself has become a catch-all for jewelry makers. This made us curious: when given the opportunity to pursue their own aspirations instead of those of the wearer, what will jewelers choose to express? How do they consider the modern-day artist’s philosophy, feeling, vision, or cultural commentary, and how do they apply these concepts within their work? In addition, what does it take for jewelry to be elevated from not only a statement but to an art form?

Artists are asked to submit up to three one-of-a-kind wearable works that communicate an idea, explore a concept, or challenge a perception. Artists need not limit themselves to the use of traditional jewelry materials. All works must be accompanied by a written statement explaining the concept behind each piece. Statements can be as short as one sentence, with a maximum length of 350 words. Both the work and the statement will be considered by the jurors.

Event Security
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will be providing 24-hour security for this exhibit. All works will be securely attached and/or behind glass to prevent theft and will only be handled by the Exhibit Curator, the Exhibition Designer, and/or select Festival Staff.

Patron Preview Party
A select group of accepted Special Exhibit artists will be invited to display their work in a fashion show at the Festival’s Patron Preview Party—an exclusive event in honor of the Festival’s sponsors, supporters, and esteemed community members, taking place the night before the Festival officially opens. This will be the first opportunity for guests to buy artworks from the Festival exhibits, and often incurs the highest sales. Selected works will be worn by a few pre-determined sponsors and supporters during the evening, and then displayed again in the exhibit during the Festival.

Joan Sappington Award
The Joan Sappington Award is a $250 cash prize awarded to a selected artwork displayed in the Special Exhibit. Awards are chosen each year by Joan Sappington herself, former Director of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and Founder of the Special Exhibit. Awarded artist will be notified on (TBA), the day before the opening of the Festival.

Festival applications will be available November 1st through TBAArtists must register and complete an online application with an accurate email that will be valid throughout the registration process until show date. Please check your application email inbox for all notifications and correspondence. In addition to your written “statement” your application must include:

  • Detailed information about each submitted artwork, including materials and dimensions of the piece as it will be displayed.
  • Images:
    • Artists may submit 1 static image per entry as well as one (optional) image depicting the entry worn by a model.
    • Images must be in JPEG or JPG format, minimum of 1000 pixels on the shortest side, maximum of 4000 x 4000 pixels.

*Note: Need assistance in photographing your artwork? Visit Larry Berman’s site for tips on taking quality images of your art.

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, click HERE

Works Eligible for Submission

  • All submitted pieces must be available for sale for the duration of the Festival.
    • Solo artists or group makers may apply. The person applying for a group must have permission to do so.
    • Artworks must be original designs developed by the applying artist(s), though the designs do not have to be created specifically for the exhibition.
    • If the artwork features intellectual property not owned by the artist, the artist must show they have permission to display and sell the piece.


  • A maximum of three works may be submitted per artist.
  • Accepted entries must be delivered/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: 11/1/2020
  • Application deadline: TBA
  • Jury results emailed to artists: 2/24/2020
  • In-person Artwork Delivery:
    • TBA
  • Festival hours: 
    • TBA
  • Pick-up unsold art:
    • TBA

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. Jurors will be announced in late winter, 2020.

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 arts festival that remains free to the public and is an event of the nonprofit organization, Lakewood Center for the Arts.

If your work is selected, artists should deliver their work personally to the Lakewood Center, 368 S State Street, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034 during one of the following two times:

  • TBA

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. It is suggested that you insure all shipments for the full value of the artwork. Shipped artwork MUST arrive BETWEEN (TBA) 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:

  • TBA

Leslie Zemenek, Curator of the Special Exhibit
Phone: 503.636.1060   
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

2021 Application will be available November 1, 2021


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About the Festival of the ArtsThe 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 nearly 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 StatementThe Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is arts education and the celebration of culture & community through art.

Event ProfileThe Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Held annually at the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the Festival proudly hosts six unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music, performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts nearly 25,000 festival goers each year.  

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