The 12th annual JRA Day will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To view last year’s web site on the event, go to www.jraday.org.
Last year’s JRA Day was a great success and one of our best artist sales days ever. We plan to continue to offer free admission and are expanding our efforts to promote the show. Last year, most artists sold individual works at prices ranging from below $25 to as much as $500, and we expect a similar group of buyers this year. Promotion is done through postcards, the web site, social media, listserv notices, and press releases. Participating artists will receive postcards in both physical and electronic form for distribution.
There is no booth fee for JRA Day. Instead, the JRA will receive 40 percent of all proceeds from the artist's sales. The Renwick Alliance collects sales tax and covers credit card fees. Details are included in the application and contract.
JRA Day is open to all craft artists who are members of the James Renwick Alliance. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. During the initial application period from early May through June 15, 2019, preference will be given to artists who participated in last year's show. Please read the application form and contract carefully, as they describe the terms and conditions for participation in JRA Day. You can see last year's contract here.
In addition to the application form, artists who wish to participate in JRA Day must submit biographical information and at least three reproducible 300 dpi JPEG images that reflect current work and that are different from images previously used by JRA Day. An application is not considered complete until the bio and images are received.
If you are not a JRA member, you may apply for the show, but participants must hold a paid membership in the organization within a month of acceptance in the event and on JRA Day. Memberships for professional craft artists start at the ART level (Alliance for Renwick Tomorrow) at $80 per year. For additional information on JRA membership go to www.jra.org/levels-benefits, call 301.907.3888, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JRA Day is sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance, an independent national nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education and public appreciation of craft art. The JRA was founded in 1982 and fulfills its mission through public programs, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support, including contributions to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. For more information on the JRA, go to www.jra.org.