Art by the Lake | Artist Packet


Join Fenimore Art Museum in our annual celebration of the relationship between artists and the beauty of our Central New York region. The Art by the Lake artist’s fair will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2021, as either an on-site event or as a virtual event as we monitor the impact of COVID-19.

As an on-site event, selected fine artists will receive a booth space under our large tent on the lawn behind Fenimore Art Museum, at which they can engage with an audience eager to view and purchase artwork from talented regional artists. The event will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As a virtual event, each artist will receive a gallery space on our museum website which will highlight examples of their work and provide contact info to visitors so they can inquire about purchasing work directly. We will offer introductory and demonstration videos on social media to introduce artists’ work to our audience.

A decision on whether the event will be on-site or virtual will be made before summer 2021. Artists who are selected should be ready to participate in whichever format is decided upon by the museum (the two program formats are described in more detail below).

The artist application deadline has been extended to Sunday, June 13, 2021. No applications received after this date will be considered.

Art by the Lake is a juried event. Selected artists will be notified of their acceptance by the mid-June, after which point they will receive detailed event information.



Eligibility Requirements

Art by the Lake is a juried event eligible to fine artists whose work is of exceptional quality. We are particularly interested in artists who find inspiration in the landscape of the Central New York region for their work.

All work must be original, made by individual artists, and executed by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. At the on-site event, artists may sell original work and reproductions (prints) of their own original work to the public the day of the show. Reproductions should be clearly labeled as such.

Art by the Lake is open to artists producing fine art created strictly for display purposes. Functional art such as clothing, jewelry, dining ware, etc. will not be considered.

Artists must be on hand to sell their own work, and on-site demonstrations at the event are highly encouraged (and demonstration videos to broadcast on social media are encouraged if the event is online). Please note on the application form any special requirements needed for on-site demonstrations (e.g., electricity, tables).

Media Categories

  • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Drawing
  • Pastel
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • 3D/sculpture
  • Other (please specify)

Image Submission Standards

Artists should send three images of their artwork which is representative of the work they plan to bring to the event, to be considered by our selection panel. We recommend that you submit images online through our application form below, or they can be sent via US mail.

Online (preferred): please send jpeg files only. Files should be titled with the artist's name. Please include artwork title, medium, retail price, and size with each entry.

US Mail: Send a non-returnable form of storage such as a flash drive or CD. Images should be jpeg in format.  Send to Fenimore Art Museum, c/o Kevin Gray, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

If images are submitted on a CD, the CD should be labeled with the artist’s full name and the media category (categories for which the images are to be juried).

Images from accepted exhibitors may be retained for publicity purposes. The Fenimore Art Museum reserves the right to reproduce images of the work of accepted artists for publicity purposes.



There is a $15 application fee (this fee is non-refundable regardless of the selected format of the event, on-site or virtual). To remit payment, please click the link in the application form below to pay online (use the password ABTL2021 to access the page), or mail a check made out to Fenimore Art Museum to the address above. Applications will not be considered until payment has been received.



Cash/prize awards will be presented to artists based on a variety of categories during the event. Final awards and categories may differ for on-site/virtual events.



Artists who are accepted to the on-site Art by the Lake will be required to pay a $75 booth fee. This will be collected on the day of the event.

All artists will be housed under a single large tent; artists may not bring personal canopies. Each artist will be allocated an approximately 10x10’ space within the tent. This space is limited to the area directly underneath the tent. Displays are not permitted on adjacent areas. The event will provide tables, chairs, and requests related to demonstrating, but any other materials for displaying artwork must be provided by the artist

Movable display walls are available upon request; you may rent one from the museum for a nominal fee (limited quantity – information on display walls will be provided to artists upon acceptance).

No commission on sales is retained by the Fenimore Art Museum. Exhibitors who sell their work at the event are required by law to collect state and local sales taxes and to display a current NYS Sales Tax Certificate at all times with the proof of this certificate provided to the event.

Please note that we will try to meet any special requests regarding site requirements and locations, but we cannot guarantee full accommodation.

Liability and Insurance

Museum security will be present throughout the event. Artists agree to exhibit at their own risk. The Fenimore Art Museum is not responsible for damage, theft, or loss of an individual’s work.

In the event of a natural disaster or other circumstances preventing this event, the decision to cancel the event either before it begins or during its course may be made by museum officials. In the event of cancellation, the Fenimore Art Museum will not be held responsible for any cost(s) incurred or loss of potential earnings.



If the event is virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions, a special online gallery will be created on our website featuring images of selected artists’ work as well as contact info for each artist so that visitors can view artists’ websites and/or inquire about purchasing works. We will encourage artists to record demonstration videos which will be broadcast on the museum’s social media pages to advertise artists’ work and process. The museum will also record and broadcast artist introductory videos featuring images of their artwork and spoken narration of their artist statements. There will be no booth fee if the event is virtual.

NYS Sales tax information is not required in the event of a virtual event.



Fenimore Art Museum reserves the right to use images of artwork submitted in the application process to market the Art by the Lake event. Any images used in this manner will be credited with the artist’s name.



If for any reason artists must cancel their acceptance of space at an in-person version of the event, please notify museum staff as soon as possible so that we may attempt to fill the space.

Artist Information

Image Identification and Submission

Please provide 3 images and the following details for each image: Title, Medium, Retail Price, Size


Artist Statement

Application Fee
There is a non-refundable fee of $15 to apply for Art by the Lake. Payment can be made on our Eventbrite page.
CLICK HERE before submitting your application and then use the password ABTL2021 to open the page (it will open in a separate window). Click on 'Tickets' to pay the fee.
Please make payment in a timely fashion upon completing this application. Application forms will not be considered until payment is received.

Artist's Signature

I acknowledge that all application materials will become the property of the Fenimore Art Museum, and no materials will be returned to me. I agree to all terms of this Artist Packet. Please sign by writing your name in the space below with the mouse or your finger on a touchscreen. 
After signing, be sure to click the 'Submit' button below. *


Phone: 607-547-1510
Manager of Arts Education: Kevin Gray

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