All winners are automatically accepted into next year's Arts Festival. However, they still must follow all application procedures, fees, and deadlines. Cash prizes will be awarded by a panel of professional artist judges. "Judges' Selection" and "Director's Choice" certificates will also be awarded to approximately 20 additional artists.
A special "Artists' Award" will be presented to a recipient selected by a vote of all participating artists at the Festival. Under Ohio law, cash prizes are taxable.