Art on the Commons


Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11 am – 5 pm

One of the most popular Dayton-area art festivals returns this August for its 27th year!  Rosewood Arts Centre presents Art on the Commons at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons on Sunday, August 9th. Each year, Art on the Commons features fine arts and crafts by 100 talented artists from around the country.  Works for display and sale include a juried selection of jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, metals, watercolor, sculpture, glass, fibers and wood creations. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and concessions are available.

View last year’s Festival Map here: 2014 Festival Map.

Art on the Commons is presented by Rosewood Arts Centre and the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Art on the Commons


Civic Commons is located at 675 Lincoln Park Boulevard, just off Shroyer Road near the Kettering Government Center. The Civic Commons can be reached from either Stroop Road or Dorothy Lane. Free parking is available within walking distance.  Handicap parking is available on the southbound lanes of Lincoln Park Boulevard.  For a map and detailed driving directions, please visit or download Directions to Art on the Commons (pdf).

About the Festival

Art on the Commons is a juried display and sale of fine arts and fine crafts located in the Civic Commons in Kettering, Ohio. Art on the Commons includes over a hundred artists from around the country in a scenic park within the vibrant culture of the Dayton area. Live music and entertainment enhance the festival atmosphere and several food and drink vendors offer variety of options. Art on the Commons has been recognized as an outstanding festival by national and local artist news publications.

Check out last year’s press release here: aotc_pressrelease_2014.pdf

Here’s a video from our 2013 event:

This festival is presented in partnership with Fraze Pavilion. For more venue information, please visit the Fraze website.

Visitors to Art on the Commons are reminded that the following items are not permitted:

Weapons, except as permitted by Ohio Revised Code, Pets (except service animals), bikes/skateboards, glass/bottles/outside alcohol, fireworks. laser pointers, and umbrellas or any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.

All carry-in items/bags, including purses, will be searched by a Fraze team member. Fraze Pavilion team members will be working each entrance point to ensure the safety and security of all guests.

Questions may be directed to: Art on the Commons 2015, c/o Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio, 45420 or or (937) 296-0294.

Artist Information

ENTRIES ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.  2015 entries are accepted through beginning January 1 through March 31. All artist participants must be juried, no exceptions.

Important 2015 Dates
Applications open: January 1
Application Deadline: March 31
Jurying: April 6 – 24
Artist Notifications Sent Out: May 1
Accept Invitation Deadline: May 16
Booth Payment Due: May 16
Waitlist/Alternates Contacted: May 18 – July 31
Festival Date: August 9

Application Process

  1. Artists apply online to by midnight (Eastern Standard time zone) on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Submit one application per category.
  2. Submit a twenty dollar ($20), non-refundable jury fee. Please pay with a credit card via ZAPPlication®, or mail a check payable to “City of Kettering” to Art on the Commons, c/o Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, Ohio 45420. The payment must be received by application deadline or the application will not be accepted.
  3. If applying in more than one category, you will need separate ZAPP profiles.
  4. Booth fees are required after notice of acceptance and are due Saturday, May 16, 2015. The booth fee is paid directly to the City of Kettering by check or by credit card (you may not pay the booth fee through ZAPPlication®).  Accepted artists must sign the artist contract agreement which will be provided with acceptance notification. Mail your booth fee and a hard copy of the artist contract agreement to Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, OH 45420 or call (937) 296-0294.
  5. If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the show, please contact Rosewood Arts Centre immediately. Deadline for a cancellation with a booth fee refund is Saturday, June 13, 2015. After that date, no booth fee refunds will be issued.
  6. Applicants must apply online through ZAPPlication®. It is in your best interest to prepare your images to 1920 pixels square (with black borders masking rectangular images) and upload these prepared images to your ZAPP profile. While the system will automatically add black borders to any images not already meeting those requirements, we encourage artists to prepare your images to meet those requirements prior to uploading them to your ZAPP profile.

Jury Process
The jury for Art on the Commons consists of three arts professionals with a wide range of artistic knowledge.  Jurors are selected for their experience and expertise in a specific media and serve on panels in their area. A diversity of backgrounds and skills is sought, including artists, educators, fine art and craft gallery owners and museum directors/curators. A new panel of jurors is selected each year to allow for fresh perspective.The jurying process is done by category and is anonymous.  Factors included are presentation, quality, originality, technical ability and booth display.

AOTC 2015 Jurors
Justina Crawford-Williams is a music educator and community arts professional who currently works as Assistant Director of Education & Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association in Dayton, Oh. In this role, Justina uses the Arts to empower individuals resulting in stronger communities. As a 2014 Creative Community Fellow, a 9-month fellowship developed by National Arts Strategies, Justina is currently developing a therapeutic arts program to reduce the unique stresses of military spouses and children at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, Justina serves a member of the Kettering Arts Council.
Dennis Harrington is the Director of the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and holds a master of fine arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati-College of Design, Art & Architecture. For over fifteen years, Harrington was the assistant to the director of the Toni Birckhead Gallery, a renowned commercial venue in Cincinnati and has served as the Director of the Weston since 1998.
Marsha Pippinger has been active in Dayton’s arts community for more than 20 years, creating and exhibiting her colorful collages and promoting the visual arts. She is an adjunct faculty member at Wright State University and the Kettering College of Medical Arts, where she teaches courses in art and art history. Her work can be found in local galleries and in a variety of public and private collections.Categories

  • Ceramics: Original thrown or hand-built objects created in earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terra cotta.
  • Digital Art: Original, two-dimensional works utilizing computer technology to craft or manipulate visual images. Digital art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision.  Work must be printed on archival quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Fiber, Leather: Original works including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and wearable art. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Glass: Original objects created through kiln-formed, glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Original pieces hand crafted from precious and semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.
  • Metals and Stone: Stone carving, stone sculpture, metalwork employing traditional welding, fabrication, and/or foundry techniques.
  • Mixed Media: The use of more than one basic material or object in a given work or the combination of one or more mediums to create an artistic expression on a 2D or 3D surface. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric or other found objects. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media can include more than one of the following: claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.
  • Painting: Original works created with oil, acrylics, watercolor and tempera.
  • Photography: Photographic prints must be made from the artist’s original image, both from film and original digital files, printed by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision. Work must be printed on archival quality paper and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Works on Paper: Original, two-dimensional design on paper created with printmaking, collage, chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, inks, and wax crayon. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Wood: Furniture, vessels, functional items, and sculpture created through traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques.

Artists may submit more than one application in separate categories. Each medium is evaluated separately. If you apply in more than one category, only the booth slide may be repeated.

Description of Materials/Techniques
An artist description of materials and technique of no more than 200 characters is required. Artists are encouraged to enter a description of material and technique that is concise and explains the body of work.

Acceptance Notification
Acceptance notification will be made by May 1, 2015.  Rosewood Arts Centre will send e-mails to all artists informing them of their status along with contracts to invited artists. The status of each artist will also be posted to his or her Zapplication account. All communication will be done by email.

Booth Fees
Booth Fees due on acceptance to the Festival. Booths not paid in full by the deadline of May 16 will be considered available and offered to an artist on the waiting list.

Wait List
Because of the limited number of booth spaces available, the jury will select artists for the wait list, depending on the category of media and jurying criteria.  Any withdrawals from the festival will prompt the Art on the Commons staff to contact the waitlist for the jury’s first selection for that category.

Only fine arts and fine crafts will be considered for display. All works must be of original design and produced by hand. No kits, handicrafts, or manufactured items will be accepted for jurying or displayed in the booths. Only individual artists may submit work. Submissions by retail outlets or galleries are not eligible. Commercial reproductions in the form of stationery and note card items may not exceed 25% of the total work on display. The Art on the Commons committee retains the right to request the removal of work not meeting the quality and standards represented in the juried images or the eligibility requirements. Artists with a history of not appearing on the day of show without notification will not be eligible for jurying.

All images submitted for jurying must represent recently produced work (within the last two years) that will be offered for sale at this festival. Artists may display work only in the media categories in which they are accepted. All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. Exhibiting work that was not juried in to the Art on the Commons is grounds for removal from the show.

We require all artists to submit an additional booth image for the jury review process. The booth image shows the jury your body of work, provides dimension and scale, and shows overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.  If available, please use an image from an outdoor show.  Booth images may not be manipulated in Photoshop or other computer program, may not contain the artist or studio name and must show the entire booth, not just a portion.  Booth image should be exclusively representative of the product/merchandise that will be brought to the Festival – works which are not juried into the festival will not be allowed to be sold.

Rosewood employees are not eligible to participate as artist vendors at Art on the Commons.

Shared Booth
A two-person partnership exhibiting one product may qualify as a single exhibitor if this is explained at the time of application. If more than one artist wishes to share a booth, each artist must submit a separate entry form and four images of his/her artwork, plus a booth image, as well as the completed entry form. Shared booths are limited to two media entries.

Sale of Work
There will be no commission charged on sales. Artists will be responsible for collecting sales tax and obtaining vendor’s licenses.

Cancellation Policy
If you are invited to participate and choose to cancel your acceptance into the Festival, please follow the procedures below:

Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail or e-mail. E-mails can be sent to A Rosewood staff member will contact you via the phone number listed on your application to verify your cancellation. If your cancellation is made before June 14, a full refund will be processed and refunded in approximately 3 weeks from the date of cancellation.

Artists who cancel after June 14, 2014 (including the day of the show) will NOT be eligible for a refund.

No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked-in and/or called the Festival Emergency Number by 8 am Sunday, August 9th will be considered a “no show.” No Show artists will not be eligible for refunds and be ineligible for participation in future Art on the Commons festivals.

Rain Date
Art on the Commons takes place rain or shine.  There will be no rain date and fees will not be refunded in the case of inclement weather.

Booth Information
10′ x 10′ $165.00
10′ x 10′ shared by two artists $210.00
10′ x 20′ $190.00
10′ x 20′ shared by two artists $235.00

The exhibit area is paved. Staking of canopies will not be permitted. All storage must be out of sight or behind booth display. Reservation of a 10′ x 20′ booth to use for additional storage is not permitted. Indicate any special needs you may have for your booth in the space provided on the entry form, including requests to adjoin another artist’s booth.

The artist must be present in the booth during the festival. No agents or employees may represent the artist, and all items must be handmade by the artist.

Non-compliance to any of these requirements may result in exclusion from next year’s jury selection.

Artist Amenities

  • A complimentary breakfast will be provided from 7 – 9 am.
  • Ample off-street parking close to the fair during show.
  • Curb-side unloading and loading.
  • If requested in this application, electricity is available at no extra charge.
  • Booth sitters are available to check with artists and provide up to 15-minute breaks.
  • Booth sign identifying artist, category, city and state.
  • Complimentary bottled water for artists.
  • Marketing materials will be designed using artwork from select, accepted artists.
  • Complimentary invitation postcards.
  • Estimated 10,000 plus patrons.

Further Information
For more details about the Art on the Commons, contact:
Rosewood Arts Centre
2655 Olson Drive
Kettering, OH 45420
(937) 296-0294
or email