Art by the Lake | Artist Packet

Event Description

Join the Fenimore Art Museum in our annual celebration of the relationship between artists and the beauty of our Central New York region. Offering one of the most spectacular views of Otsego Lake, the museum’s back lawn is an ideal spot to experience landscape art in a beautiful landscape. This one-day, juried open-air art festival will feature outstanding artists, demonstrations, children's art activities, live music, and local food and beverages.

Artists are invited to apply for a spot at one of the premier art events in the region.

Art by the Lake takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

Deadlines and Notifications Applications must be received by May 15, 2017.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance by June 9, at which point they will receive detailed event information and an artist’s contract.



Eligibility Requirements

All work must be original, made by individual artists, and executed by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. 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.

Artists must be on hand to sell their own work, and demonstrations at the event are highly encouraged. Please note on the application form any special requirements needed for demonstrations (e.g., electricity, running water).

Image Submission Standards

Artists should send three images of their artwork to be considered by our selection panel. Artists new to the show should also send an image of their typical booth set up if possible. Images may be sent by:

E-mail: addressed to (Send image files or link to image files jpeg format.)
US Mail: Send a non-returnable form of storage such as a flash drive or CD.  (jpeg)

Each image should be labeled with the artist’s name and a number that corresponds with the description provided on the application form. (Example: LizSmith_image2.jpeg)

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 of 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 $25 non-refundable application fee. To remit payment, please contact Barbara Luhmann at (607) 547-1461.


Judging for awards will take place the day of the festival. Winners will receive prizes at our awards ceremony.

Judges will review the entirety of artwork.

Judges’ decisions will be based on:
1. Museum quality
2. Interpretation of color
3. Relationship to regional beauty theme.
4. Uniqueness


Media Categories

Mixed Media


Booth Space and Sales

There will be a $30 booth fee for selected entries to Art by the Lake.

All artists will be housed under a single large tent, and individual canopies will not be required. Each artist will be allocated a 10’ x 10’ 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

If you require a display structure, you may rent one from the museum for a nominal fee (limited quantity - please e-mail to request more information).

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 compliance.


Liability and Insurance

Museum security will be present throughout the event and overnight Friday evening. 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 for any reason artists must cancel their acceptance of space at the event, please notify museum staff as soon as possible.


Artist Information

Image Identification and Submission

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


Artist Statement

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. *


Phone: 607-547-1490
Coordinator: Danielle Henrici

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