Life's short, buy more art.
Two art shows and interactive art experiences are for all ages. Activities are fully accessible.
Art Shows Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Youth Arts Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Chalk Walk Chalk Artist, Student Murals, Awards
Artists at Work Saturday 11 am - 7 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Artists See the Artist Lineup
Showcase Details for interested artists.
Apply to the Juried Art Show February 1 - *April 30 (Extended Deadline)
Extended Application Deadline& COVID19 Refund Guarantee
In these unsettling times, the Black Swamp Arts Festival wants to provide as much flexibility for artists as we can. To that end:
We are extending our Application Deadline to April 30. We have added a COVID-19 Refund Guarantee for all applicants.
March 27, 2020 Application Addendum re: COVID-19
The health and safety of all participants - visual artists, musicians, volunteers, vendors, festival goers, and our hosting community - is the top priority for the Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF). While the BSAF Committee fully anticipates running the Juried Art Show and full festival as planned in September, we will be monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, our county Health Department, and Federal and State government/health authorities. In the unlikely event that we are unable to host the BSAF Juried Art Show due to COVID-19 issues and cancel prior to the event, we will refund application and booth fees in their entirety.
If you have already applied to the 2020 BSAF Juried Art Show, we thank you!
If you have not yet applied, we invite you to submit an application to exhibit your works of art at the 28th annual Black Swamp Arts Festival!
The dates to know...
Event: September 11 - 13, 2020
Application deadline extended: April 30, 2020
Invitations to participate sent: On or before May 15, 2020
Acceptance and booth fee due: May 31, 2020
Together, we’re investing in the future of art with student scholarships, youth and professional art awards, and multi-sensory art opportunities.
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. There are two art shows, the Juried Art Show and the Wood County Invitational.
Juried Art Show: Friday 5:00 - 8:00 pm; Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
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.
Wood County Invitational Art Show: Saturday 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
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.
Juried Art Awards
Best of Show $1,500
Best 2D $1,000
Best 3D $1,000
2nd place $800
3rd place $500
Honorable Mention (3 awards) $200 each
"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
Kiwanis Youth Arts Village
Saturday and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Develop your inner artist.
2019 Youth Arts Lineup
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!
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.
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 Artist at Work Lineup
Fire Nation, Glassblowing and Mobile Hot Shop
NW Ohio Wood Turners
BiG Fab Lab, Makers Space
2020 Artists at Work Lineup coming soon...
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 Juried Show Artist Lineup:
|Balt Design Clay Studio||Gint & Regina Sabaliauskas||34|
|David Ellison||David Ellison||76|
|Jan's Pottery||Jan Bostwick||03|
|Kate Lally||Kate Lally||68|
|LangWeil Studios||Walter Weil||14|
|One Acre Ceramics||Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter||40|
|River Otter Pottery||Marian Van Buren||88|
|Sam Hitchman Ceramics||Samual Hitchamn||97|
|Star Bird Pottery||Caroline Zama||60|
|Studio Takada||Sumiko Takada||28|
|Woodland Pottery||Greg Smith||46|
FIBER AND LEATHER
|Annadele Alpacas||Juliann Fausel||84|
|Arachne||Carol Clay and Mac Chambers||87|
|B.E.S.T Scarves||Robert Murray||51|
|Caroline Clark||Caroline Clark||15|
|Mike Grou||Mike Grou||50|
|Hang Over Guitar Straps||Brian Joyner||55|
|Starfish Earth||Michelle Ishida||103|
|Barron Glass Design||Heidi Barron||22|
|Canton Glass Works||John Boyett||29|
|Debi Dwyer Designs||Debi Dwyer||44|
|George Bochnig||George Bochnig||98|
|Hot House Glass||Larry Zengel||59|
|Matt Richards Glass||Matthew Richards||09|
|Szparaga Studio||Rebecca Szparagowski||112|
|tjr Art Works||Janice and Rick Moore||102|
|Amber Art||Hanna de Volska||31|
|Amy Beeler||Amy Beeler||05|
|Blue Ridge Designs||Eddie Lomax||66|
|Chelsea Hall||Chelsea Hall||52|
|Designs by Dawn||Dawn Hatzidakis||56|
|DK Design||Drew Kleinhen||106|
|DNA by Daina||Daina Dickens||02|
|Edwards Galleria||Lisa Edwards||107|
|Glass Garden||Mark Slaven||08|
|Lab Partners||JD Davison||18|
|Lily in Flux||Lizz Godfroy||43|
|Erin Buchetta||Erin Buchetta||96|
|Ray & Amy Bridewell||Ray & Amy Bridewell||26|
|Robin Chard Rings||Robin Chard||100|
|Rustic Chic Jewelry||Vera Nahornyj||110|
|Sugar Mountain Jewelry||Jessica Daman||37|
|Terry Pool Jewelry||Terry Pool||91|
|Trillium Designs||Rachael Newman||48|
|Youndjoo Yoo||Youngjoo Yoo||30|
|Emily Wilson Artistry||Emily Wilson||06|
|F&B Crafts||Elizabeth Sutton||104|
|Handcrafted by JB||Jeff Borda||01|
|Katie Hofacker Art||lla Catherine Hofacker||25|
|Beyond Letters||Mark Mohrenweiser||45|
|Atomic 7 Studio||Nicholas Ringelstetter||35|
|Peggy Schuning Mosaics||Peggy Schuning||38|
|Ray Yang||Ray Yang||73|
|Rob Shaver||Rob Shaver||20|
|Shibumi Silks||Richard Borden||69, 70|
|Steven Wipfli||Steven Wipfli||41|
|Sunshine Studios||Larry Knight||93|
|Susan Kline||Susan Kline||101|
|The Kitsch Lab||Teresa Petersen||78|
|The Silk Needle||Xiao Xia Zhang Minich||13|
|Toledo Lamp Co.||Denise Shrader||54|
|Aaron Bivins||Aaron Bivins||42|
|Amber Kear||Amber Kear||109|
|Andy Van Schyndle||Andy Van Schyndle||75|
|Elegant Studio Oriental Art||Pui-Lan Cockman||85|
|Gourmet Art Studio||Jurate Phillips||108|
|Lindsay Rodgers||Lindsay Rodgers||27|
|Melvin McGee||Melvin McGee||90|
|Michael Donner Art||Michael Dlugolecki||57|
|Robert Bridges||Robert Bridges||74|
PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL ART
|Art that Smiles||John Hartung||47|
|Chris Carr Fine Art Photography||Chris Carr||58|
|Coles Corner||Julia Dressler||23|
|Derek Dammann||Derek Dammann||95|
|J Bird is the Word||J Bird Cremeans||07|
|John Galbo||John Galbo||17|
|Just a Moment||Steven Daniel||39|
|Knot Not||R.C. Fulwiler||86|
|Studio 760||Joe Dagostino||99|
|Thomas Sanders Photo Art||Thomas Sanders||32|
PRINTMAKING & DRAWING
|Andrew Heath Design + Illustration||Andrew Heath||11|
|Bear Track Studios||Marie Rust||105|
|C Plummer Art||Chris Plummer||38|
|dRock Press||Derrick Riley||16|
|Mary Jane Erard||Mary Jane Erard||21|
|Robin Lauersdorf||Robin Lauersdorf||61, 62|
|Terry Butler Art||Terry Butler||65|
|Aric Jorn||Aric Jorn||24|
|Dallas Galbraith||Dallas Galbraith||12|
|Dave Thompson||Dave Thompson||111|
|Robert McPherson||Robert McPherson||92|
|Short Line Spikes||John Formato||79, 80|
|Thomas Yano||Thomas Yano||83|
|Amy Schultz||Amy Schultz||67|
|Carl Huth||Carl Huth||10|
|Cedar Knoll Creations||Jay Cummings||53|
|Ellen Smith||Ellen Smith||33|
|Fair TURN||Mark Hilligoss||04|
|Neil Kemarly||Neil Kemarly||77|
|Nichoas Vidakovic||Nichoas Vidakovic||19|
|Paul Miller||Paul Miller||81, 82|
|Sankora Studios||R.C. Sanford||49|
|Schoolhouse Woodcrafts||Deborah Bahm||64|
|William Steffen||William Steffen||89|
|Wooden Creations||Dave Grabarczyk||72|
Wood County Invitational ART SHOW
|27||Meredith, Christi||Studio Z Toledo|
DRAWING & PRINTMAKING
|02||Gullett, Richard||DARK DESIGNS|
|46||Buddie, Jennifer||Olivia's Kloset|
|21||Butler, Mame||Mame Butler|
|41||Evans-Meyer, Penny||Penny Evans-Meyer|
|07||Hubbard, Tara||Tara Hubbard Handbags|
|38||Less, Bob||Harbor Glass|
|34||Robertson. Leslie||Leslie Robertson|
|43||Ziss, Beth||Ziss Custom Glass|
|50||Gorkowski -Klear, Jenny||Jenny Gorkowski Studio|
|09||Ladd, John||P.H. Asylum Works|
|18||Lamanna, Jane||Jane Lamanna Design Studio|
|44||Lemons, Pamela||Mostly Maille|
|30||Maddux, Michelle||Serenity In Chains ltd|
|33||Motten, Patti||Patti Motten|
|13||Riley, Jaci||Jaci Riley Jewelry|
|36||Sloan, Liz||Sloans and Stones|
|48||Vogelpohl, Andrew||Andrew Vogelpohl|
|39||Woods, Melissa||Funky Jewelry|
|11||Beck, Ann||Ann M Beck Art|
|20||Kert, Marcia||Marcia Kert|
|49||Kiger, Jennifer||A Tale of Two Folds|
|29||Mack, Larry||Lars Glass Originals|
|45||Meyer, Kelsey||Kelsey Meyer|
|32||Musser, Nadine||Nadine Musser|
|40||Nelson, Jackie||Jackie Nelson|
|17||Ruebel, Hans||Hans Ruebel|
|24||Schoen, Lori||Unruly Arts|
|16||Shufritz, Nanci||Nanci's Creative Castings|
|10||Brand, Paul||Paul Brand|
|35||Furia, Elsa||Elsa L. Furia|
|25||Hacker, Timothy||Timothy Hacker|
|5||Heitzman, Demi||Art by Dyno Demi|
|14||Martinez, Joan||J&Gs Art & Photography|
PHOTOGRAPHY & DIGITAL ART
|04||Barnes, Agnes||Eye-Catching Photos by Agnes|
|12||Collins, Tabitha||Tabitha Collins|
|19||Gabriel, Charles||Gabriel Fine Art Photography|
|26||Hacker, Timothy||Timothy Hacker|
|06||Hasenfratz, Robert||R Hasenfratz Photography|
|22||Ross, Michelle||Michele Ross Photography|
|03||Schultz, Jack||Intricate Imagery Photography|
|42||Cathers, Jack||Sawdust Shoppe|
|23||DeLong, David||David DeLong|
|08||Holt, Zach||Stadium Map Art|
|47||Randall, Dale||Dale Randall|
|01||Schultz, John||John Schultz Custom Furniture|
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 1 - April 1.
Wood County Invitational applications: April 2 - June 1
Application fee: $35.00.
The jury process: 3 person blind jury panel. Notifications sent in mid-May.
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 7:30 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!
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.