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Joining the Wilds Cooperative will connect your business with other members and resources across the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Together, utilizing the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, we are growing our region's outdoor recreation, nature, and heritage tourism industries. This movement is doing great things to help revitalize our communities,  and we're glad you’re interested in joining us.

Please note: Once the application process is started, a confirmation email will be sent immediately. If you do not see it in your inbox please check your spam or junk email folder and then add wildscopa@pawildscenter.org to your white list. 

More info about this can be found here.

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ANNUAL FEE:: 
$25 (Basic) /$105 (Professional)
(plus a one time $20 jury fee)

Jury sessions are held annually
in September and March 

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JURIED ARTISAN CATEGORIES


Creative individuals living and working in the counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds are encouraged to apply for membership in the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania. Juried Artisans in the Cooperative are self-categorized. No matter what term you choose, it’s about the creative genius of residents who are passionate about what they create, who appreciate all things local, and who want to reach a broader audience.

There are two levels of Juried Artisans, Basic Membership and Professional Artisan, and three categories of artisans are eligible: visual, craft and food.

Basic Members are those who are admitted with a jury score between 100-300 - OR - those with a higher jury score who elect to enroll at this level. Professional Artisans are those who are admitted with a jury score above 301.

VISUAL

Whether working on a small canvas or the side of a building, the creative spirit and artistic output are what qualify artists in this category. If you primarily use materials sourced in the PA Wilds, and your art has practical or function value, you may opt to apply as a Craft Artist. 

EXAMPLES: Painting, sculpting, photography, jewelry, fiber art, and more.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Include only work or products that have been created within the past three years.
    Submit images of a cohesive, significant body of work, rather than a diverse range.
    Include multiple images of works created in a particular medium or using similar technique.
    Digitally created or manipulated work must be derived from the artist’s original work.
    Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)
    Curate your jury exhibit. Pieces should work together and complement each other to clearly represent your essence as an artist.

    RESTRICTIONS
  • Items purchased and decorated, or items created by combining purchased commercial objects are not eligible, unless commercial objects play a subordinate role. Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor within an undergraduate or graduate degree program is not eligible.
  • Appropriated images are prohibited (e.g., digital Clip-art, downloaded paintings, drawings, etc.).
  • Artwork and crafts identified as Native American but not made by native Americans are not eligible, as stated in The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).


CRAFT

Artists who use materials found or grown in the region may choose to apply in this category, which is characterized by transforming material and capturing beauty, not only in visual appeal but also through form and function. 

EXAMPLES: Folk art, wood carving, pottery, knit and crochet wearables, and more. 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Include only work or products that have been created within the past three years.
    For each area endeavor, select up to ten images that best reflect the spirit of your work.
    Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)

RESTRICTIONS
• Candles made of soy wax, or petroleum bases like paraffin are prohibited (beeswax is permitted).
• Insect repellents are not within the program’s scope, even when made from natural ingredients.
• Currently, products such as soaps and personal care items which are primarily used cosmetically are admitted on an extremely limited basis. Unless the primary ingredient or base is a locally sourced, natural product, these products are currently not eligible for PA Wilds jury sessions.
• Soaps that use herbs, milk or other local farm ingredients are not eligible if base is a non-local ingredient (sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, etc.) or when made from exotic oils (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.), or when perfumed/colored with synthetic substances.
• Artwork and crafts identified as Native American but not made by native Americans are not eligible, as stated in The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644).


FOOD

The nature and process of transformation are what qualify a food product for jury sessions. Examples: sap into syrup; milk into cheese; meat into sausage; fruit into jam, etc. The key factors are added value, scale of production, and technique or methods. These points of evaluation can reflect a special concern for quality or preservation of traditional ways. Food enterprises apply at the Artisan level unless classified by the state as Retail Food facilities. 

EXAMPLES: Baked goods, sauces, candies and confections, cheeses, butters, teas, and more. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Images must represent foods currently available or recent seasonal offerings (within one year).
• Show both the whole works and detailed close-ups (at least one detail shot must be included.)
• If you sell retail, include at least one image that shows label and/or packaging clearly and legibly.
• Include images that best reflect the spirit of your artisan endeavor.
• Include at least one image of the setting and/or production activity related to your product (limit four). Especially useful for juries are images that show the method or scale of production.


Billing inquiries? Member Support? Contact our Admin  Partner:
Elk County Council on the Arts
237 Main  St.  Ridgway.  PA 15853  | 814-772-7051 | wildscopa@pawildscenter.org
The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
is a program of the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship,
a regional 
non-profit. Learn more at pawildscenter.org

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