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Artist Information

aotc call for artists posterCall for artists! *The deadline for Artist Submissions to Art on the Commons 2020 has been extended to April 7, 2020.*  If you have any questions about the call for entry, please e-mail

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Detailed information about the application process, jury process, categories, booth fees, eligibility, and more here.

We continue to monitor the COVID 19 situation, and will make full refunds to accepted artists in the event that Art on the Commons on August 9, 2020,  is canceled because of this pandemic.

Important 2020 Dates

Applications open: January 1
Application Deadline: March 31
Jurying: April 2020
Artist Notifications Sent Out: May 1
Accept Invitation Deadline: May 18
Booth Payment Due: May 18
Waitlist/Alternates Contacted: May 19 – July 31
Artist Networking Event: August 8
Festival Date: August 9

2020 Awards

On-site jurying and awards will be taking place again in 2020. Good luck to all our artists!

Best of Show - $500 cash prize!
2nd Place
3rd Place
Best Presentation
Best of Ohio
Joan W. McCoy Memorial People's Choice Award -$150 cash prize!

All Award winners will receive a waived jury fee for application to Art on the Commons in 2021.

2020 Jurors

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.

Kate Huser Santucci lives and works in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in visual art with a concentration in sculpture. She is a 2020 recipient of a Montgomery County and Culture Works artist grant, and has exhibited her work in various group and solo exhibitions in the Dayton region. Her works are part of public and private collections in Dayton, Cincinnati, St. Joseph, Michigan, and Lexington, Kentucky.

Elom Dossa serves on the Kettering Arts Council and the City of Kettering’s Board of Community Relations. She is actively involved in the Dayton region’s visual and performing arts, including participating as both a speaker and an emcee for PechaKucha Dayton. In her free time, she enjoys performing improv comedy, visiting new places and writing.

Ian MacKenzie-Thurley is the Executive Director of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton. Originally from Sydney, Australia, MacKenzie-Thurley has a degree in music and post-graduate study in theatre directing. He has worked in artistic, programming and administrative roles in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and has deep roots in the local art community.

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