Info for Exhibiting Artists

Information for participating artists is available below and can be downloaded here.

Dear Artist:

Welcome to the 70th Annual Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show that is being held in the Historic Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, September 12, noon to 4:00 p.m.). A special category of Young Artist (ages 8-18) is included in the show. There will be separate judging for the Young Artist category.

Registration fees are $40 per adult artist and $10 per young artist. Special fee for art groups: for multiple artists displaying with a gallery, etc., the fee is $15 per individual adult artist or $5 per young artist. To be eligible for judging, artists must pay the full (non-group) fee. All fees are non-refundable. Artists can pre-register using the online or downloadable form on the registration page.

New This Year – Pre-Registration Discount!!
This year we are encouraging artists to pre-register, so that artists will not have to congregate at the registration table on the morning of the show. The fee for pre-registering will be $30 per adult artist and $5 per young artist, for mailed registrations that are postmarked by August 28 or for registering online by August 28.

Be prepared for inclement weather. If it is raining at 9:30 a.m., the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 12 from 12:00 to 4:00 (hour changes are to accommodate area church services). If it rains after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the show, the show is considered finished and will not be rescheduled.

Pre-show publicity: If you are interested in pre-show publicity on our Facebook page, email a short personal bio and 1 or 2 digital photographs of your work or of you working on a piece to sustockade@verizon.net.

Rules for Artists
Original works of fine art (including: drawings, paintings, sculpture, graphics, non-utilitarian textile wall hanging, and photography) may be displayed. Supplementary portfolios containing prints of your original artwork are permitted at your display area. We encourage sales.

– Artists are kindly asked to set up their exhibit areas on the sidewalk and not in the street.
– It would be appreciated if your work could be matted and/or framed.
– No crafts are permitted in this show (includes: sun catchers, furniture, mugs, slate, t-shirts, postcards, bookmarks, notepaper, greeting cards, jugs, envelopes, etc.).
– No performing arts are permitted within the boundaries of the show.

To celebrate our 70th show, we have increased prize awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

First Prize: $2000.00 plus ribbon, sponsored by The Daily Gazette and Friends of the Art Show
Second Prize: $750.00 plus ribbon
Third Prize: $500.00 plus ribbon
Nicholas J. Colangelo Award for a first time exhibitor in this show: $200.00
James Gilliland/George Weinheimer Memorial Award: $100.00, provided by The Oakroom Artists
Ernest A. R. Cohen Award, “Best of Stockade” artwork depicting the Stockade neighborhood: $100.00
Best Depiction of the Human Form: $100.00, provided by Tuesday Evening Sketch Club at Union College in memory of Steven J. Hennessey
Six Honorable Mention awards: $25.00 plus ribbon
People’s Choice Award for favorite artist selected by public ballot: ribbon
Young Artist Awards: First prize: $50.00, Second prize: $35.00, Third prize: $25.00, plus ribbons

Judging Format: In order to qualify for your artwork to be judged, you must have an exhibit in the Art Show. Artists must display more than one piece of art work in their exhibit. Award presentation will be at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the circle. All winning artwork will remain on display at the circle throughout the afternoon.

We look forward to seeing you at the 70th Annual Villager’s Outdoor Art Show.