Life's short, buy more art.


Two art shows and interactive art experiences are for all ages. Activities are fully accessible.

Art Shows Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Youth Arts   Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Chalk Walk  Chalk Artist Saturday 9 am - 11 am; Student Murals Saturday 10 am - 12 pm

Artists at Work  Saturday 11 am - 7 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Artists See the Artist Lineup

Showcase Details for interested artists. The deadlines are past for 2019.

Festival Schedule


Together, we’re investing in the future of art with student scholarships, youth and professional art awards, and multi-sensory art opportunities. 

Celebrate the arts with us! 
The Black Swamp Arts Festival is an all-volunteer-run celebration of the arts created to connect and promote art and the community.



Art Shows 

So much talent in one place, at one time. Be sure to bring your gift list. You can’t get this art at a box store.

Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Juried Art Show


The Juried Art Show, held on Main Street, brings amazing artists from all over the country.  

Categories: Ceramics, Fiber & Leather, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography & Digital Art, Printmaking & Drawing, Sculpture, and Wood.

Artists present documentation their process in creating their own art. Meet the artists and marvel at their many talents. 


Juried Art Awards

Best of Show ..... $1,600

Best 2D .............. $1,100

Best 3D .............. $1,100

2nd Place .......... $850

3rd Place ........... $600

Honorable mention (3 Awards) ..... $200


Art Award Winners

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Wood County Invitational

The Wood County Invitational Art Show is in the parking lot at the corner of Clough and Main Streets. 
Talent from Wood County, Ohio is highlighted at this quality art show. The best artists around in one place, at one time.


"When you buy something from an artist,

you are buying more than an object.


You are buying hundreds of hours

of errors and experimentation.

You are buying years of

frustration and moments of

pure joy.


You are not just buying one thing,

you are buying a piece of a heart,

a piece of a soul...

a piece of someone else's life." 

- Thaddeus Howze



Thank you for supporting the arts!


Kiwanis Youth Arts Village


Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

A tie dye t-shirt is $5. All other Youth Arts experiences are free. 

2019 activities coming soon...


2018 Activities

Along with annual favorites like tee shirt tie-dying, hats, and construction kids, the art activities in the Kiwanis Youth Arts Village include the following:

Reduce, reuse, recycle! This year we will be recycling textiles, AKA t-shirts, to make a reusable grocery bag! Kids will cut and tie the fabric to make a reusable bag!

T-Shirt Poetry
Kids will use word stencils to create pictures on their new, up-cycled t-shirt bags!

Easel Painting
What a classic! Kids will have the freedom to paint whatever their heart desires with all of the materials ready and waiting for them!

Oliver Herring, Task
Kids pick one of many tasks along with what material is available - from assorted cardboard to duct tape - and create what their dreams can conjure.

Tie Dye
$5/shirt - This annual favorite gives our youngest attendees a chance to make their own unique Black Swamp Arts Festival Shirt! BSAF volunteers will be on hand to help participants with the tie-dye process and to achieve the desired design and color of their finished shirts.

Paper Sun Hats
A BSAF tradition. Decorate your own paper sun hat with markers, stickers, flowers, and whatever is around to make the most unique hat at the Festival! 

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Bring the chalk to the other end of the Festival.


BG Rotary Chalk Walk

Chalk murals created by young artists create a vibrant streetscape designed to represent each year’s theme.
Be sure to see this temporary art while it lasts!  


Rotary chalk walk logo

2019 Theme: Family


Chalk Walk Hours  

Chalk Artist: Saturday 9 am - 11 am;

Student Murals: Saturday 10 am - 12 pm     

Awards: Saturday, after the creations are made.



Sign-up to represent your school! 

1st prize: $500 for your school’s art department

2nd prize: $250 for your school’s art department

3rd prize: $100 for your school’s art department.

See Past Winners

Thank you Rotary BG for your support of youth arts and development! Together, we're supporting the arts and building community.

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Artists at Work


Saturday 11 am - 7 pm,

Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Located in the parking lot with the Black Swamp mural across Main Street from Ben's. 

Artists at Work gives festival visitors the opportunity to observe art while its being made, ask questions of the artists as they make it, and in some cases, participate in the art's creation.


2019 Artists at Work Lineup coming soon...


2018 Artists at Work Lineup

Demonstrations by:

Fire Nation, Glassblowing and Mobile Hot Shop 

NW Ohio Wood Turners

BiG Fab Lab, Makers Space

Because you're never too old to learn your hidden talents. Share art.





Please join us in welcoming and supporting our visiting and local artists. It's not too early to identify wall space and special nooks that could use art. We've got you covered.

2019 Artist Lineup coming soon...



Thank you for supporting these great artists!

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Our goal is two-fold: to display new, exciting and quality artwork to the public and to give artists a wider following. We love artists!

The Black Swamp Arts Festival Juried Art Show is a small, focused, fine arts and fine craft show comprising 112 booths. The Festival typically receives 250-300 applications. If all past award winners return, 100 artists will be selected for this year's festival. A jury of arts professionals will be selecting artists for this year's Festival.



Juried art show applications: February - March.

Wood County Invitational applications: April - May Apply Here.

Application fee: $35.00.

The jury process: 3 person blind jury panel. Notifications sent in mid-May.

Booth Information

Booths are laid out in quads of four, ensuring that each artist has a corner booth.

Single Booths are $275.00

Double Booths are $550.00



All 10x10-foot booths in the juried show are arranged in quads of four, meaning every booth is a corner booth. This arrangement allows for drive-up loading and unloading adjacent to the booth as well as exposes the artwork to the main flow of guest foot-traffic.

In order to hold to our permit, we need to reopen Main Street by 6:30 pm. This is why art sales must end on Sunday at 5:00 pm for prompt pack-away and tear-down. Thank you for understanding!


Artist Hospitality

Take a minute to yourself in the Artist Hospitality Lounge. Ask about our volunteer booth attendants who will watch your art while you reset. Also, volunteers bring refreshments to you so you can interact with guests and maximize your art sales. Please let us know if you need help with set-up and tear-down.

We are all volunteers, but we want to make your art booth experience valuable and enjoyable.