Event Information

Utah Arts Festival 2012
Show Dates: 6/21/12 - 6/24/12
Application Deadline: 3/1/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

General Information

The Festival is open to all artists and craftspeople within the accepted medium categories. Participation in any previous Utah Arts Festival does not guarantee acceptance. By signing this prospectus, the exhibitor assures that he or she has direct, hands on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work to be exhibited. Collaborating artists, if accepted, may show only their collaborative works. Both artists' names should appear on the application. Collaborations are intended to be true artistic collaborations rather than business collaborations. The creative contribution of each artist in the collaboration must be identified on the application. The artist/artists who sign the contract MUST be present at the show. The following guidelines have been established:
  • Work submitted on images must be representative of the work to be shown at the Festival.
  • Accepted artists must be present on-site throughout the entire Festival.
  • All work must be original work of the artist. Studio or production work is not acceptable.
  • No work from commercial molds, kits or manufactured work will be accepted.
  • Prints exhibited by exhibitors accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be of a limited edition (750) and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction” (see section on Reproductions).
  • Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
  • Paintings, graphics, prints and photographs must be appropriately framed or matted, and must be displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand.
  • Photographs: prints must have been processed by the artist or under artist’s direct supervision by a reputable service.
  • T shirts are not acceptable.
  • Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (i.e., posters, postcards, calendars, T shirts, Videos, DVDs etc.) at the Festival.

    Reproduction Policy
    Reproduction Policy – In an attempt to foster an appreciation and value of the arts in all people, including those who cannot afford original work, we believe it is important to offer the public the opportunity to buy reproductions, hoping that as their incomes grow they will turn to original work. This transition is possible only if our patrons understand exactly what they are buying and the process behind it. Towards this end, the following guidelines have been established.
    1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
    2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
    3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application.
    4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire four days of the Utah Arts Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. The Utah Arts Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
    5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and spirit of work of that shown in the images juried.
    6. Only reproductions that comply with the Reproduction Policy are allowed (see special notes per media category). All reproductions must be clearly and individually labeled as such. No other terms such as “print” or “offset lithograph” may be used. Labels must say “reproduction”
    Media Categories
    Media categories are used by the Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity among media is a principal Utah Arts Festival objective, the Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.
  • Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
  • Digital Art and Digital Photography: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 750.
  • Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
  • Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 750.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  • Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 750.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on prints. Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 750.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.
  • Wearable Art: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. 'Built up' wood belongs in the sculpture category.
    Jury & Selection Process

    Four images must be submitted with the application and jury fee. Images must clearly represent the style and quality of work intended for exhibition at the Utah Arts Festival.

    Image quality is very important. Each image should show the artwork clearly against a solid background (black works best). Images are juried in a process based upon point totals, utilizing a 1 through 5 point system. Artists' work is not identified by name during the jury process. Images are reviewed by jurors on a monitor in order of the date received, within each category.

    While the artist can choose to present their work against any color background it is best that the background of the image should only be black. Grey or white backgrounds can stand out and become part of the image, whereas with a black background only the artwork is seen.

    For exact image preparation please see Zapplications specifications at http://www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml

    Jurying is conducted by a panel of experienced art professionals and artists and is based solely upon the quality of work as illustrated in submitted images. A limit of approximately 150 artists will be accepted. Additional artists will be chosen for a wait list. All decisions of the jury are final. Notifications will be made by Friday, March 16, 2012. Acceptance information will not be given over the phone prior to notification. All notifications will be sent via email.
    Artists on the wait list will be pulled as needed on a medium by medium basis (we do not use a number system for our waitlist artists) for replacement purposes and may be contacted via phone or email.

    Submission and Deadline
    Artists wishing to exhibit work in more than one medium must apply separately and submit an application and jury fee for each medium. You must have a separate and distinct profile in ZAPP for each submitted application. Completed application, four images, and a non refundable $35.00 jury fee are due by Thursday, March 1, 2012. Please make checks payable to the Utah Arts Festival. Checks must be dated on or before Thursday, March 1, 2012. The non refundable jury fee will be deposited upon receipt.

    Regulations, Contracts, Fees and Awards
    Artists may display only work in the media categories in which they are accepted and it must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. It is the Festival’s exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is inconsistent or deviates from the style or quality of the submitted images or is otherwise not in compliance with the rules. In any dispute over Festival policies, the decision of the Executive Director shall prevail. Since interaction between artists and the public is fundamental to the Utah Arts Festival, the artist must be present onsite during the Festival. Assistants are permitted; however, they may not take the place of the artist at the Festival. No more than two assistants per booth. Artists are required to remain open for business from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Artists may begin to load out on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Please note that the Festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. daily. While the Festival will have security on site, artists who choose to close early must secure their booths before leaving for the night. Load out on Sunday is with hand-cart only until the Festival closes at 11 p.m. and tent structures cannot come down until the Festival closes per the fire marshal.

    Artists selected will be required have their booth rental fee of $500.00 ($600.00 for corner booths) paid by Friday, April 6, 2012. Booth fee will be deposited upon receipt. Do not send booth fees until notified of acceptance. Artists may withdraw from the show and receive a full booth refund if done prior to Monday, April 16, 2012. Artists who withdraw from the show after Monday, April 16, 2012 forfeit a refund of booth fees. Please make payment by credit card or check through Zapplication. Send check or money order to: Utah Arts Festival at 230 South 500 West STE 120 Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

    Four on site juries will present Best of Show and Awards of Merit. All eight award winners are eligible for invitation to the Utah Arts Festival in the year 2013. Best of Show and People’s Choice from the previous year will have their booth fees waived.

    Booth Information
    The Artist Marketplace is an outdoor summer venue. Artists will be allocated a minimum of 10'x10' space for their display booth with 250 watts electrical power per booth. Artists must provide their own 10'x10' canopy, display equipment, lighting, extension cords and 5/8 diameter rope or ratchet straps to tie off to weights. Booth rentals will be available upon request.

    The Festival will provide all artists with cement weights to secure their booths. Utah is noted for its summer winds and for the safety of all the artists and patrons, we require artists to tie off to the weights. You will need to bring 5/8 diameter rope or ratchet straps to tie onto the weights. If you do not secure your booth with the required 200 lbs, you will not be allowed to open and may be disqualified from the show.

    A limited number of corner booths are available for an additional $100, and available on a first come first serve basis. The final placement of the corner booth will be decided by the artist marketplace coordinator.
    Booth requests are accepted; but are not a guarantee.

    Artist Amenities
    The Festival provides a light dinner buffet during set up on Wednesday for the artists at the Sponsor Patio. During the Festival, the Artist Marketplace Headquarters will have shade, chairs, and water available. The Festival does NOT provide parking for artists.
    Nearby hotel accommodations and support services (grocery, service stations, hardware stores, and restaurants). A list will be provided in the confirmation packet.

    Information packets detailing all show and setup information will be available at the end of May. Questions may be directed to the Festival offices (801) 322 2428, 500 W. 230 S. STE 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 or by email: amanda@uaf.org.

    2012 CALENDAR
    March 1: Application, Four images & $35.00 jury fee due (or postmarked by).

    March 3: Jury

    March 16: Notification of jury decisions.

    April 6: Booth rental fee due. Fee deposited upon receipt. If we do not have your payment by April 13 you will be dropped from the show.

    April 16: Final withdrawal date without forfeiture of booth rental fee.

    June 20: Artist Check in and hospitality

    June 21 – 24 2012 - UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL!