Thursday and Friday, September 24 & 25, 2009
(with pre-conference social gathering on Wednesday evening)

The NAIA 2009 Stimulus Plan: Project ART! is now open for registration.  Register before July 23, and you can get in for the unbelievably low price of $75.00 per person.  (includes lunch on Thursday and Friday and admission to the Peoria Art Guild’s famous Patron Preview Event. After July 22, regular rates will apply, so if your budget is thin, act now to stretch those dollars further. 

Directors click here to register.

Artists click here to register.

Peoria, IL (preceding the Peoria Fine Art Fair)

The 9th Art Festival Directors / Artists Summit Conference, organized by the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA) will be held Thursday & Friday, September 24 – 25, 2009 in Peoria, Illinois, immediately prior to the Peoria Fine Art Fair. This unique event, produced by NAIA, is the only one of its kind that is geared directly to the needs and issues of arts festivals and artists, and provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet, network, problem solve and energize with show directors from around the country. It is open to all show directors, staff and board members on Thursday and Friday. Open to all artists on Thursday. If you?ve never been to an NAIA Conference, you owe it to yourself to be there. And if you?ve attended one or all of our past conferences, you?ll find this one is targeted to provide as much valuable information to the ?veteran?, as it is to those who may join us for the first time.

Summit. The NAIA Board is planning a 2-day Artist / Director Summit, September 24 ? 25, to be held in conjunction with the Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, September 26 – 27. We chose this show as a shining example of doing more with less. Despite a very small budget, they host a very fun and well-organized show with good artist sales, fabulous marketing, and lots of public art education.

September 24. Thursday’s presentations are geared toward artists and directors and will open with an inspiring keynote address. There will be brainstorming sessions on a number of topics with regard to saving the industry. We will also have a live demo on the critical importance and how-to of calibrating jury monitors, up-to-date guidelines and regulations on selling art abroad and an extremely valuable mock jury. Some sessions will be for both groups, some will be separate.

September 25. Friday’s sessions will be for directors. Sessions will include the Peoria staff’s presentation on how they do so much with so little money, the value of social networking to promote your show and initiating college art students into the art show process.

The Summit comes to a memorable end with the Patron Preview Party at the Peoria Art Guild. Peoria knows how to put on a party! And, they know how to make the event good for artists, good for the Art Guild and good for the patrons who get to see and buy works in advance of the show while enjoying tapas, libations and live music.

Your presence is vital to the industry we all love. Please join us, learn with us and give us your input. Help us at the Summit to develop our own stimulus plan to survive and thrive in this “sky is falling” world.

Register NOW!! Click Here

Featured Presenters

Keynote Address
Final arrangements for our keynote speaker are still being made, but we promise you that you will find our speaker to be dynamic and inspiring! Check back soon for the announcement.


Monitor Calibrations

Why it is vital to calibrate your monitor whether you are an artist or show juror, and how to do it. Presented by Don Ament.

Battling Imports at Shows

Presented by Eve Lerman from the U.S. Department of Commerce

Emergency Plans for Shows

Presented by Vic Gutman of the Omaha Summer Arts Festival

Patron Programs

Presented by artist Ronna Katz

Providing Jury Feedback to Artists

Presented by Carla Fox of the Art in the High Desert show.

Selling Art Outside the Country

Presented by Eve Lerman from the U.S. Department of Commerce

Promoting Your Show Using Tech Culture

Presented by artist and NAIA board member and Treasurer Holly Olinger

Emerging Artists: Getting local art students involved with your show

Presented by Rick Bryant, Pam Lautsch and James Thurman of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

And more?.

More targeted presentations, more time for discussion & brainstorming, and invaluable networking with your fellow show directors or fellow artists. If you can go to only one conference this year, this needs to be the one!


The Wingate by Wyndham is our Host Hotel

Guests staying at this hotel receive free hot breakfasts, free evening manager’s reception with hors d’oeuvres and libations, and free transportation to all conference event locations as well as the Peoria International Airport.

(The airport has direct flights to and from: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Tampa/St. Petersburg.)

Reservations must by made by September 1, 2009 to receive the special room rate. Reservations made after that date are subject to the Wingate’s regular room prices. Call the hotel directly and request the NAIA Conference rate of $119 / night per luxurious room with 2 comfortable queen beds, micro-fridge, coffee maker and free wireless internet access: 309-589-0033

Who should attend the 2009 Directors / Artists Summit?

  • Art show directors, your board members, and your marketing & PR staff (and if you hold ALL of those positions, this conference is definitely for you!)
  • Organizers of non-profit or promoter shows with paid or volunteer staff.
  • Directors of developing, new or established shows; small, medium and large shows, and everything in between.
  • Artists that participate in or planning to participate in fine art / fine craft shows festivals and fairs.

Peoria Fine Art Fair

The Peoria Art Guild’s small paid staff produces the Fine Art Fair as a fund raiser for the Guild and educational art event for the community. They are assisted by over 400 volunteers. The entire community is involved with the showand the Fine Art Fair gate shows this. It is such a delight to be sincerely welcomed by so many members of the audience that are truly happy to meet the exhibiting artists.

Vacationing in Peoria

While you are in Peoria take advantage of the many offerings of fun things to do, such as river cruises on the “Spirit of Peoria” paddle wheel boat or gambling venues across the river. Click here to see what is available in Peoria!

Remember, apply today at the unbelievably low price of $75.00 per person.  After July 22, regular rates will apply, so if your budget is thin, act now to stretch those dollars further.  Click here to register.

Regular Rates:

NAIA Contributing Members:
1st Person: $130.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
2nd Person from the same organization: $120.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
Subsequent person from same organization: $110.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
NAIA Contributing Membership, New or Renewal Fee: $95.00

1st Person: $230.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
2nd Person from the same organization: $220.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
Subsequent person from same organization: $210.00 (50% Cancellation fee)
NAIA Contributing Membership, New or Renewal Fee: $95.00

Like to join first? Go to the Membership page.

Conference Registration

Register online now by clicking here. Be sure to register before July 23 to receive the unbelievably low rate of only $75!

If you wish to mail in your application (with July 20th postmark for early registration) please download and print the PDF version.

Download the free Adobe PDF Reader

For more information please send an email to Ardath Prendergast or to Sally J. Bright, or call Sally at 810.813.0500 (eastern time).

We look forward to seeing you in September!

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