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TYPES OF JURIED ARTISANS

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.

The two categories of Juried Artisans are Basic Membership and Professional Artisan.

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.

FINE ARTISTS, VISUAL ARTISTS

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

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 ARTISANS

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.

TRADING POSTS

ANNUAL FEE: :  $75 (Non-profit) / $105 (For-profit)

Retail, for-profit, or nonprofit businesses owned by persons in the 12-1/2 county region of the PA Wilds, with storefront locations in the PA Wilds, may apply as Trading Posts. Also eligible as Trading Posts are artists who have their own place set up for retail sales. Chain stores are not eligible. 

There are both benefits and responsibilities in joining the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania as a Trading Post. Business owners must agree to carry locally-made artisan products by at least three PA Wilds Juried Artisans, and are encouraged to display interpretive signage about the Cooperative (flags, displays and posters sold at low cost to members). You have one year to identify and secure products that fit your space and inventory.  Non-profit Trading Posts are expected to hold one PA Wilds Outreach event per year of membership. 

HOST SITES

ANNUAL FEE: : $105 

Local Eateries – includes restaurants (take-out or eat-in), cafés, delis, diners, certain food vendors, most bakeries, bars, clubs, and others (learn more at PA Dept. of Agric. Food Safety site).Local eateries become Trail Sites through a juried process and may also submit for jurying any specialties, ‘star items’ or local favorites. You will be asked about your use of locally grown ingredients, or how you take advantage of local ingredient sources.

Craft Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and Hard Cider Mills:
Local wineries, breweries, distilleries and hard cider mills qualify if you are located in the Pennsylvania Wilds and produce your products in a craft manner that aligns with the Pennsylvania Wilds brand. For breweries, the national standard of “6 million barrels or less” delineates craft from industrial breweries. All establishments must have regular hours of operation and a space open to the traveling public (of legal age) to be included as a Host Site. State-run wine and spirits stores and industrial producers are not eligible.

Experience the Arts Partners:
Local theaters (playhouses and modern film theaters situated inside historic movie houses), museums, dance, pottery and carving studios and other establishments that provide opportunities for the traveling public to experience art in the region are encouraged to join.

PUBLIC ART

ANNUAL FEE: : None

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania welcomes nominations for public art, defined as any media planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain using a process that included the public, and site outside or accessible to all. Examples include murals, monuments, memorials, statues and architectural landmarks. 

Make nominations here.


DEFINITIONS

(for those who will register to be juried)

Definition:  CRAFTS

Crafts include functional items such as beeswax products, baskets, brooms, dyes (natural sources only), fur & leather (wearable), handcrafted household items, handmade footwear, handcrafted paper, handmade pipes, handmade tools, hardware (e.g. drawer pulls, wrought iron hinges), knitted wear (from natural domestic fibers), rugs, sachets (natural scents only), straw hats, toys, walking sticks, sewn wearables, woodcraft, woven wear (hand loomed) wrought iron. Unless opting to apply as visual artists, those who create these decorative or folk art items using locally sourced or agriculturally based materials will be juried as craft artists: antler art, bone art, corn-husk figures, fiber arts, gourd craft, holiday ornaments, wildflower art (e.g. collages) and wreaths. Products more traditionally associated with medicinal value such as balms and salves may be submitted for jury review only if the first ingredient by volume is natural and locally sourced.

Definitions: FOOD ARTISANS

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.

Typical in the artisan food category are: baked goods, bbq/hot sauce, candies & confections, canned goods , cheese, chocolates, cookies, dips, frozen treats, fruit butters, herbal teas and culinary mixes, local flours, local honey ice cream (hand churned or small batch), jams & jellies, jerky, maple products, nuts & nut products, pastries, pickles, salsa, sauces, sausage, smoked meats, spice rubs, and syrups.  This list is not exhaustive.

Definition:  LOCAL EATERY

A local eateries is an establishment that the state defines as a retail food facility, whether with dine-in or take-out service. Local eateries apply for Trail Site Membership. If you are a chef or cook in such a facility who wants to apply to the PA Wilds program, you must have the cooperative agreement of the establishment’s owner(s). A local eatery is juried into the program as a Trail Site, but may also opt to submit individual food specialties or ‘star menu items’ for jurying, as a way to further promote a regional favorite. (Check your status at the PA Dept. of Agric. Food Safety site.)

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 
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