Arts Festival Reading & Holiday Market is a massive juried art fair and interactive festival presented by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. The event welcomes thousands of visitors to explore our historic, post-industrial campus and immerse themselves in the arts.  The two-day event also features live music and performances, locally-sourced food and craft beverages, and much more.  

New this year, GoggleWorks is adding a Holiday Market, welcoming nonprofit community to promote and fundraise their mission and for-profit companies to serve as vendors, spreading the holiday cheer. 

Note: this form is not for artists.  Artist submissions are considered earlier in the year and jurying is now closed.

DEADLINE FOR VENDOR SUBMISSION IS NOVEMBER 1, 2019 at MIDNIGHT

This form is not intended for artists who wish to exhibit in the premier juried show space. Please click "Back" at the top left of this page to access the 2019 Arts Fest Reading Artists Application.


Event Details:
 Location:
 GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
 201 Washington Street
 Reading, PA 19601

 Dates & Time:
 December  14 & 15, 2019, 10am - 5pm

 Admission (for public): $10 per person; 12 and under free  

Set Up (for Vendors): December 13, 2019 - specific scheduled time will be given closer to the date. Complete set up by 9pm 

Breakdown (for Vendors): December 15, 2019 - breakdown begins at end of show (5pm) and must be completed by 9pm. Free onsite vehicle parking, use of loading dock, freight elevator if needed. Carts available on a first come, first served basis.
 

Benefits:

  • Space for booth for sales, promo, or information
  • Parking (1 vehicle onsite)
  • Listing in printed program & event map
  • Promotional event graphics, posts, and hashtags you can use on your website, Instagram, and/or Facebook page
     

  Criteria / Guidelines:

  1. By applying you fully understand and agree to abide by the rules and regulations of Arts Festival Reading and Holiday Market. You agree that GoggleWorks reserves the right to approve or deny any application as they deem appropriate. You hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless GoggleWorks and its agents from and against all claims, losses, liabilities, and expenses including attorney’s fees and court costs arising from any circumstances occurring during the event. Please make a copy of this application and vendor guidelines, for your records. 
  2. You agree to have proper insurance covering this event (when applicable).  GoggleWorks is not responsible for any damages or suits resulting from items sold, vendor’s personal property or actions of vendors participating  in this event. 
  3.  If you are selling goods, you are required by the City of Reading to obtain a Business Privilege License ($15.00) if you do not already have one for 2019. All vendors must register but only those who sell merchandise or service at the festival must pay for a license. We are required by the City of Reading to submit a listing of all participants to the tax bureau prior to the event to verify proper licensure of all vendors. Click here to access the form to apply to the City of Reading. 
  4. You agree in good faith to actively promote your participation in the event.


Fees:
 Due upon submission:
 Booth space: $25 for nonprofit/community groups; $250 for companies

  Professional Paneling for booth: $75 (if needed, not required)

  City Permit: $15 (if selling)
 Electric Fee: $25 (if needed, not required)
 Linens: $10 (required if you do not bring)
 Table: $5 (if needed, not required)

 Policies:
Waitlist: Waitlisted applicants will be held until December 2, unless notified. Once accepted and processed, waitlisted applicants’ fees are non-refundable.

Booth Location Requests: Booth placement is at the discretion of the festival and will be arranged well ahead of time. No booth requests will be accepted. Placement is determined by craft or art medium, pricing, and demonstrations to ensure an excellent guest experience, not on a first come / first serve basis.

About GoggleWorks Center for the Arts:
GoggleWorks transforms lives through unique interactions with art. A prime example of adaptive reuse in architecture, GoggleWorks derives its name from the original structure from which it evolved—the Willson Goggle Factory, which opened in 1871 as the first factory in the U.S. to manufacture optical lenses. After a year-long renovation, and with generous support from the community and state government, the abandoned factory was transformed. The nonprofit opened its doors in 2005, becoming one of the largest comprehensive arts centers in the country. Today, GoggleWorks supports aspiring, emerging, and established artists through year-round arts education; including artist studios, workshops, classes, visiting artists, residencies, studio access, and exhibitions. Additionally, GoggleWorks offers a robust schedule of community programs and special events; including ArtsBridge Outreach Programs, Scholarships, Arts Festival Reading, Spring Iron Pour, monthly Spotlight Nights, and our After School Arts Program (ASAP). 

The campus is open daily from 9am-9pm. Admission and parking are always free. Visit our website here.

Summer Artist-in-Residence Program 

June 1 - August 7, 2020 (10 weeks) 

Application Deadline: March 8, 2020 

Application Fee: $30.00 USD 

Notifications Begin: March 23, 2020 

Program Overview: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will offer three residencies this summer to outstanding visual artists who will spend 10-weeks, from June 1 - August 7, on our campus developing a project/body of work. The Summer Artist-In-Residence Program was created to infuse new, creative energy to the GoggleWorks' community with an emphasis on facilitating cross-disciplinary experimentation. The residency provides personal studio space, access to GoggleWorks' eight communal studios (ceramics, warm glass, hot glass, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, wood, and V.R. Lab), and a culminating exhibition showcasing the residents' work. Applicants can choose to submit a project-based application or portfolio-based application. Selection of residents is highly competitive and based on the strength of the applicant's project proposal and/or quality of work and experience. Residents should be self-motivated and enthusiastic, early in their artistic career, dedicated to their artwork, and enjoy working with other people in a communal studio setting.

The Summer Artist-in-Residence Program provides: 

  • Studio space with 24/7 access (fully-funded)
  • Access to GoggleWorks' eight communal studios
  • Shared, furnished housing conveniently located across the street and within walking distance to our campus (fully-funded)
  • $2,000 stipend 
  • Opportunity to teach in GoggleWorks' community arts programs
  • Travel stipend (up to $500) 
  • Opportunity to document work
  • Material stipend 
  • Culminating exhibition 

Accepted applicants agree to: 

  • Bring a sampling of selected works for an introductory exhibition
  • Participate in GoggleWorks' community art programs, including presenting an artist talk and discussing their process with GoggleWorks visitors
  • Complete their proposed body of work/project within the time frame of the residency
  • Prepare works for exhibition by August 3, 2020
  • Leave one finished artwork for the GoggleWorks' permanent collection
  • Retrieve work upon completion of exhibition

Portfolio-Based Application The portfolio-based application allows artists to focus on their personal studio practice and the development of a body of work. Portfolio-based applications are able to select one studio of focus; however, special consideration will be given to artists interested in developing multi-media work within more than one of our eight studios. 

The portfolio-based application requires: 

  • artist statement
  • resume or C.V.
  • visual representation of your current work (10 images, jpg format, sized at max. 1500 pixels at largest dimension, 300 dpi, labeled 1-10.)
  • statement of intent
  • anticipated material and equipment needs 
  • selection of one or more of GoggleWorks' communal teaching studios to work within 

Questions? 

Tim Compton: Artistic Director 

610-374-4600 ext 148 

tcompton@goggleworks.org


 Summer Artist-in-Residence Program June 1 - August 7, 2020 (10 weeks) Application Deadline: March 8, 2020 Application Fee: $30.00 USD Notifications Begin: March 23, 2020 Program Overview: GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will offer three residencies this summer to outstanding visual artists who will spend 10-weeks, from June 1 - August 7, on our campus developing a project/body of work. The Summer Artist-In-Residence Program was created to infuse new, creative energy to the GoggleWorks' community with an emphasis on facilitating cross-disciplinary experimentation. The residency provides personal studio space, access to GoggleWorks' eight communal studios (ceramics, warm glass, hot glass, photography, printmaking, metalsmithing, wood, and V.R. Lab), and a culminating exhibition showcasing the residents' work. Applicants can choose to submit a project-based application or portfolio-based application. Selection of residents is highly competitive and based on the strength of the applicant's project proposal and/or quality of work and experience. Residents should be self-motivated and enthusiastic, early in their artistic career, dedicated to their artwork, and enjoy working with other people in a communal studio setting.

The Summer Artist-in-Residence Program provides: 

  • Studio space with 24/7 access (fully-funded)
  • Access to GoggleWorks' eight communal studios
  • Shared, furnished housing conveniently located across the street and within walking distance to our campus (fully-funded)
  • $2,000 stipend 
  • Opportunity to teach in GoggleWorks' community arts programs
  • Travel stipend (up to $500) 
  • Opportunity to document work
  • Material stipend 
  • Culminating exhibition 

Accepted applicants agree to: 

  • Bring a sampling of selected works for an introductory exhibition
  • Participate in GoggleWorks' community art programs, including presenting an artist talk and discussing their process with GoggleWorks visitors
  • Complete their proposed body of work/project within the time frame of the residency
  • Prepare works for exhibition by August 3, 2020
  • Leave one finished artwork for the GoggleWorks' permanent collection
  • Retrieve work upon completion of exhibition

Project-Based Application The project-based application allows artists to focus on a specific project to be completed during the 10-week residency time frame. Special consideration will be given to proposals that take advantage of the multi-media possibilities offered on our campus and/or involve site-specific installations. Applicants are encouraged to be cognizant of GoggleWorks' surrounding urban environment and consider how their projects may provide a mechanism for social outreach and/or emphasize community engagement. The project-based application requires: 

  • artist statement
  • resume or C.V.
  • project proposal, which includes overview of project, artistic intent, and interest in GoggleWorks and its community (1000 words max), plus corresponding project material and/or supplies with respective costs
  • visual representation of proposed project which conveys the look, feel, and overall aesthetics (minimum 3, maximum 5; including but not limited to renderings, drawings, maquette images, videos, etc.)
  • anticipated use of one or more of GoggleWorks' communal teaching studios 

Questions? 

Tim Compton: Artistic Director 

610-374-4600 ext 148 

tcompton@goggleworks.org

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is proud to announce a call for entries for its annual cup exhibition featuring drinking vessels from all over the country. This is an open call for functional vessels. This exhibition’s mission is to celebrate the diversity and intimacy of the cup while providing the opportunity for visitors to become owners of handmade ceramics. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit each individual artist along with helping to sustain GoggleWorks’ community programs. This year, The Cup... Sip and Gulp. will be juried by ceramic artist, Cory Brown

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.A.
  • All work must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media work will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. Only functional drinking vessels will be accepted. The juror will make final determinations. 
  • All submissions must be for sale. GoggleWorks will conduct all sales through their gallery and will retain 40% commission on all sales. All proceeds will benefit each individual artist along with helping to sustain GoggleWorks' community programs.
  • Work must have been produced within the last two years.
  • Selections will be made from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed. 
  • Artists may submit up to three entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed six images.
  • Image files for submission should be 300dpi minimum and smaller than 15mb
  • Each submission must include artist's name, title, year completed, type of clay, firing method, size (h x w x d), weight (lbs.), and retail price

Insurance and Sales 

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts agrees to hold safe the work(s) of art and agrees, if unsold upon completion of the consignment period, to return the work(s) of art in the same condition as received. GoggleWorks is responsible for safekeeping while in possession of work(s), if any damage or loss, GoggleWorks agrees to compensate retail price minus commission. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts will conduct all sales through The Store.  A 40% commission on sales will be taken.

Image Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online: 

  • Name, Title, Year completed, Type of clay and firing method, Size (inches) H x W x D, Weight (lbs.), Retail Price
  • Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images
  • The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum. Images need to be smaller than 15MB. 

Entry Fee 

$20 for up to three entries (two images - including one detail - per entry max.). 

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: December 13th
Acceptance Notifications: starting Monday, January 9th
Delivery of Work to GoggleWorks: by Wednesday, January 29th
Exhibition on View: Friday, February 7th-  Wednesday, March 25th
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th
Return of Unsold Work: starting Monday, March 30th

Shipping 

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to GoggleWorks and insuring it while in transit. Works may also be hand-delivered. Shipped works must be in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and return shipping. Artists must provide return shipping label included with the work for return of unsold works. 

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to:

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
The Cup... Sip, Slurp, and Gulp
201 Washington Street
Reading PA 19604

Photography and Permissions 

Accepted artists agree to allow GoggleWorks to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. 

Images of accepted entries will be retained for GoggleWorks archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials. It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet in connection with the exhibition and GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. 

More about Ceramics at GoggleWorks

 

Rolling Submission

Juried Annually: First week in October

The submissions are reviewed by the GoggleWorks Exhibitions Committee consisting of 14 voting members and several advisors. 

About Cohen Galleries:

Located on the first floor, the largest gallery in the GoggleWorks is divided into two distinct spaces and is capable of hosting either one major show or two separate exhibitions simultaneously. The West side of the gallery is approx. 2,700 sq. ft. and has a wood floor. The East side is approx. 3,100 sq. ft. and has a concrete floor. Both sides of the gallery feature movable walls that are 4ft. wide and 8ft. high, large windows for natural light, and adjustable track lights. 

Submission Guidelines: Any artist interested in exhibiting in the Cohen Gallery should submit a proposal for consideration. Normally only large shows utilize both sides of the gallery. Please  submit the following items:

 

 *   Summary of theme or idea for the exhibition (1 page or less)

 *   portfolio of 15-20 images

 *   Artist bio/CV or organization mission statement

 

National organizations must have an outside perspective of their member works. The organizers i.e. president, chairs, etc. may not show their own work unless it has been through the jury process. The juror may include one sample of their work for exhibition if they so desire. The juror must follow the request of the gallery as it pertains to the numbers of pieces to be exhibited. 

 


 

 

Applications for studio space in GoggleWorks are now being accepted from artists who are serious about pur­suing their art in the professional setting of a community facility. Studios are intended to be for working artists and although artists may display and sell work from their studios, the primary function of the studio is to cre­ate art. Studios at GoggleWorks will be awarded to artists as selected by the GoggleWorks Exhibition Committee. 

GoggleWorks is looking for artists who:

 

• demonstrate a commitment to their career through an existing body of work 

 

• have achieved a high degree of creative ability & technical facility, display obvious talent, and have nurtured an individual vision 

 

• are creating original art- the artwork must be the artist’s original concept and produced by the artist. 

 

• show proven ability in their chosen medium through some combination of the following: 

 

• participation in juried shows 

 

• professional experience 

 

• in the case of emerging artists, references from teachers or mentors

 

Studio sizes begin at 150 sq./ft. Rent includes heat, electricity, air conditioning, and parking. Artists are respon­sible for their own phones and any other communication/computer connections. The building has a security system, loading dock and freight elevators. An additional charge will be imposed for utility use beyond average usage and/or the installation of special equipment in a studio (e.g. electricity for kiln, special exhaust system). All studios have natural light as well as fluorescent shop lights with day lighting bulbs. Artists are responsible for any special additional lighting. Because the studio rental fee is subsidized, it is the responsibility of each studio artist to contribute to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in the following ways:

 

• 6 hours per month of volunteer time for and/or at GoggleWorks 

 

• Attend artist meetings and Special Events

 

• Use of studio for producing artwork and having studio open to the public at least 20 hours per week during GoggleWorks' open hours of operation 

 

• Sign and comply with GoggleWorks' house rules and commission policy

 

 Additional conditions for artists renting studios at GoggleWorks include: 

 

• Studio space is to be left in same condition upon departure from GoggleWorks as upon arrival. 

 

• A security deposit of one month’s rent or $200 (whichever is greater) in addition to the first month’s rent is due upon signature of the lease. 

 

• Rent is due on the 1st of the month. Rent paid after the 10th of the month will incur a 10% penalty fee. 

 

• Failure to pay rent will result in eviction from the studio. 

 

• Commencing with their initial lease, each studio artist will be offered a one year lease.

 

• Artists are expected to work in their studios on a consistent and ongoing basis. Non-use of studio space is cause for eviction or non-renewal of lease.

 

GoggleWorks is open to the public Daily 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

 

Artists have access to the GoggleWorks' facility 7 days a week, 24 hours per day.

 

 To apply for an artist studio at the GoggleWorks:
 

 

[ ]     Complete this “Artist Application” form online

 

[ ]     Submit in the online application 10-15 pieces of representative work with summary page of title, medium, size and date of execution. For 3D work, please submit 3 images of each piece. Please number images to coincide with summary page.

 

[ ]     Submit an artist’s statement (one page or less)

 

[ ]    Submit a current resume/CV

 

[ ]     Submit any additional support materials you believe are relevant (i.e. reviews, recommendations,  etc.)

  FEE: A non-refundable fee of $10.00

Hallway Space 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors

Space for displaying artwork. It holds approx. 12-20 wall-mounted pieces, depending on size and wall space chosen.

This space is available to rent.

The rental fee is $50 per month with a two month limit

 (1st - 28th except Feb).

There is a 15% commission on any work sold.
(No commission if the sales are handled directly by the artist).

There is a rolling submission for Hallway Space. The process goes through the GoggleWorks Gallery Director. A response will be given within a week of submission.

Submission Guidelines: Any artist interested in exhibiting in the Schmidt Gallery should submit a proposal for consideration.  Please  submit  following  the guidelines outlined below:

 *   Summary of theme or idea for the exhibition (1 page or less)

*   portfolio of 5-10 images

*   Artist bio/CV or organization mission statement 

ALL WRITTEN MATERIALS SUBMITTED SHOULD BE IN A PDF DOCUMENT.

ALL IMAGES SHOULD BE IN A JPG FORMAT.


GoggleWorks Center for the Arts