Routes to Art 2020 Guidelines
Friday, January 31: application deadline
February 12: Committee Meeting at Arts Council, 6:30pm
March 4: Committee Meeting at Arts Council, 6:30pm
April 1, 2020: Sales Tax Certificate due
April 15: All Artists Meeting at Arts Council, 6:30pm
May 16 & 17: Routes to Art Tour, 10am-5pm daily
May 27: Wrap-Up Meeting; Studio Log-in Sheets due
How to Enter (1-5)
1. Complete the online Application HERE.
2. Images: Upload 4 images of NEW work (created within the last year ONLY) and one image of YOU.
3. Notification of Acceptance
Routes to Art is juried. Artists that are accepted must show work that is of original design, well conceived, and of professional quality. Applications will be reviewed and images will be juried by the 2020 Artist Planning Committee in accordance with the standards established. Applicants will receive an email detailing their status with Routes to Art. New Artists: please do not pay 50% or full amount until you have received a notification of acceptance.
4. Payment and Schedule
The 2020 Routes to Art Vendor for is $225.
50% at application; balance by January 31, 2020
50% upon acceptance; balance by January 31, 2020.
Make checks payable to Tri-County Arts Council, or pay online at www.myartscouncil.net or you may call Tri-County Arts, (716) 372-7455 to process payment by phone.
5. Artist Participation
_____ Completed online application form
_____ 5 Images (4 of artwork and 1 self-portrait)
_____ Payment - no later than Friday, January 31, 2020.
Professional Development & Resources
If accepted into RTA, a community of artists will be present to assist you in being successful for RTA and your career as an artist. Resources may include depending on interests: social media marketing, booth display and setup, and website development.
What is Routes to Art? Routes to Art, held on May 16 & 17, 2020, is a self-guided open studio tour.
Where is Routes to Art? The Routes to Art Open Studio Tour takes place in artist’s studios, and private homes of participating artists in Cattaraugus County. Maps available on the Arts Council website and in various locations throughout the county will guide you through the tour.
Why YOU should be part of Routes to Art? Marketing! Routes to Art (RTA) is a regional marketing and promotion program for area artists. We’ve designed RTA as a cultural tourism program to heighten awareness of the quality of art being created throughout the Cattaraugus region while increasing tourism visits to the area. Ultimately, RTA can mean more income for you by creating more opportunities for the sale of your art. RTA took a break for a few years, but we were happy to reintroduce it in 2019 because it is a very important economic development tool using the arts community as a catalyst for positive change in Cattaraugus region-- in short, we’re improving the quality of life in our region.
Who is eligible to be a part of RTA?
Routes to Art is for fine artists and artisans residing in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. All artists must show in Cattaraugus County and in these regional areas: Olean, Allegany, Salamanca, Little Valley, Ellicottville and East Otto.
Piggyback Studio Artisans exhibit as the guest of another accepted studio. This arrangement allows artisans to participate even when their studios are in remote areas. Piggybacking studios pay the same fee and get the same coverage as other studios in the promotion of the tour. Those unable to piggyback may use a suitable location if the board approves it and they demonstrate their craft for visitors. This option is suitable for artisans who live outside of Cattaraugus County but would still like to participate in the RTA event.
All application materials must be completed online by Friday, January 31, 2020.
Discount for Committee Participation
Those artists interested and available to assist the Arts Council with this event can receive a $50 refund at the conclusion of the annual studio tour in exchange for participation in RTA Committees ($175 after refund). Artists must commit to and attend three of the four meetings, and assist with tasks to further the goals of RTA. If artists are unable to fulfill the commitment of meetings/assigned tasks, refunds will be forfeited. The dates of meetings are outlined below and all take place at Tri-County Arts, 110 W. State Street, Olean, NY:
Tri-County Arts Council (716) 372-7455
Tri-County Arts Council Policies
- Artists should display in their studio, gallery or homes. Patrons like to visit the “real” spaces.
- Artists MUST be members of the Tri-County Arts Council; membership information is available at any time at www.myartscouncil.net.
- The annual fee applies to each individual artist, i.e. one artist, one fee. Multiple artists (artists who share the same studio but have distinct bodies of work) must each apply separately. Artists who create collaborative work may be able to apply under one application and fee (subject to approval).
- The annual RTA fee gives artists the benefit of the mass exposure through advertisements, media releases, and website. The fee supports all marketing and operating costs related to the promotion of RTA.
- Submission of application and fee is considered a commitment to participate, and once the artist is notified of acceptance, the fee is non-refundable. For returning artists, 50% is due at the time of application; for new artists 50% due on acceptance. Any balance due should be paid in full no later than Friday, January 31, 2020. Payments may be made by check or online at www.myartscouncil.net.
- All work must be original and executed by the accepted artist. Work produced with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or commercial methods is not eligible. T-shirts, commercial clothing, and reproductions are not eligible. By signing/initialing this application, you affirm to hands-on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work that is exhibited.
- Exhibited work must be consistent with the images submitted by the artist and will follow event guidelines. Tri-County Arts retains the right to remove any work from exhibition.
- High quality limited edition prints are acceptable, preferably signed, and numbered by the artist.
- Prints of photographs made from the artist's original negative must be limited to an edition of no more than 250 from one image (negative) inclusive of all sizes, must be hand processed, signed and numbered by the artist.
- Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each must be signed.
- Only artists who have been accepted in the jewelry category are permitted to display and sell jewelry.
- Paintings, graphics, prints, and photographs must be appropriately framed or matted, and must be displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand.
- Only the work of the artist may be displayed or sold.