Event Information

St. James Court Art Show (St James Court Belgravia Section) 2012
Show Dates: 10/5/12 - 10/7/12
Application Deadline: 3/31/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

General Information
100's of fine artists and craftspeople from throughout North America converge the first full weekend of October for the Saint James Court Art Show. Ranked the #1 Fine Art and Design Show in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazines "200 Best List", September 2011, this autumn tradition draws 225,000 + visitors* who come to purchase unique handcrafted items directly from the hands that crafted them.

The show is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville, which boasts the largest collection of Victorian homes in the country. Old Louisville is an elegant backdrop for this display of fine arts and crafts, which will be exhibited and sold along Saint James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue and the adjacent blocks of Third and Fourth Streets.

Event organizers work diligently to cater to all artistic preferences and budgets. The result is a tasteful selection of high-quality original works that include 16 medium categories: clay, crafts, clothing/wearables, fiber, glass, jewelry, images 2D, leather, metal, mixed media 2d, mixed media 3d, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood. Proceeds from the show fund various community charities, college art scholarships and neighborhood maintenance and restoration.

Admission is free, and this outdoor event is held rain or shine. No pets, please.

The 55th annual show is scheduled for October 5, 6, 7 2012. Hours are from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

*Attendance based on police estimate in 2010.


APPLICATION FEES: A non-refundable processing fee of $30.00 is due with application. Checks, Money orders, Visa or Mastercard accepted for application fees. One application per medium category. Applications must be submitted through www.zapplication.org by midnight MST, Saturday, March 31, 2012. BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT, ESPECIALLY YOUR MEDIUM CATEGORY.
JURY: Invited artists are notified via email through Zapplication. Wait listed artists and artists not accepted to the show will be notified via Zapplication email.

BOOTH FEES: Booth fees are $550 for a single space. Corners are an additional fee. There are very limited double and corner spaces. Booth fees are payable by April 1, 2012 for returning artist after notification of acceptance. Booth Fee payments can be made by sending a Check or Money order into our office. Our address is: St. James Court Art Show, 511 Belgravia Court, Louisville, KY 40208.

SALES TAX: Kentucky law requires collection of a 6% sales tax on all sales made during the Art Show.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The art show is produced by a consortium of 5 neighborhood groups and a church. Each section is responsible for its own exhibit space/exhibitors, which total 750 artists spread over 5 blocks. You may apply to any or all of the sections (applications are not shared between groups), but participation is limited to one section., but participation is limited to one section during a show year. THE INFORMATION HEREIN PERTAINS TO THE BELGRAVIA COURT SECTION BEGUN IN 1960. OTHER SECTIONS ARE USING ZAPPLICATION SO PLEASE BE AWARE OF WHICH SHOW YOU ARE APPLYING TO. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR APPLICATION FEES SENT TO THE WRONG SECTION.

JURY PROCESS: The St. James Court Art Show is juried annually in April by 5 individuals. These individuals are all from the Kentucky/Indiana region and are connected with art either with their profession or as a community partner. The scoring system used is 1 to 7. All 3 images plus a booth shot are viewed simultaneously. Invitations to exhibit are issued each year based on jury scores. The Wait List is comprised only of artists who have gone through the current year's jury process. The show reserves the right to accept or reject any new or returning exhibitor. All accepted artists are required to be in attendance all three days of the show. Belgravia Court allows no vendors.

  • All work MUST be original and of exhibitor's own crafting; NO BUY/RESELL; Commercial or imported items, items made from kits or greenware, or mass-produced items are not accepted. Any person exhibiting arts/crafts that have any resemblance to such items are subject to immediate dismissal from the show.

  • Prints and mechanical offset reproductions (e.g., calendars, note cards, stationery) are allowed, but intent to display them must be clearly stated on the application. Prints must be properly signed and numbered, and prints/reproductions may not comprise more than 25% of the display. (This restriction is not applicable to artwork produced via traditional printmaking techniques (e.g., serigraphy, etching, lithography, etc.).

  • Musical recordings may not be sold.

  • No food products may be sold by exhibitors.

  • Booth structure and displays must not exceed limits of assigned space.

  • Artist MUST be present and have their booth open for business during all hours of the 3-day event.

  • Agents for artists, including dealers, frame shops and galleries are not allowed.

  • Exhibitors will cause no noise which can be heard beyond the perimeters of their own exhibitor space without previous written permission from the association in which they exhibit. And if that permission is granted, additional permission must be requested from the neighboring association if its boundaries are within 50 feet. This noise includes but is not limited to music (recorded or live demonstrations) or motivational tapes. Hawking of items is prohibited.

  • Exhibitors may not share booth space unless they have submitted a joint application and have been accepted as such, nor may they sublet or apportion space to anyone else.

  • Participation in more than one section of the show is prohibited.

  • Photo I.D. required at check-in.

    Jurors will circulate at random during the show to ensure that all work shown is in compliance with these guidelines.

    EXHIBIT SPACE: Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own tents and displays, which should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand weather and crowds. The average space allotment is 11' x 12', but this varies since it is an outdoor show where natural and man-made obstructions can limit or increase its size. Tents should not be bigger than 10' x 10', nor should display height exceed 9' to clear overhead tree branches. The show is held in a residential neighborhood; booth spaces are located mostly on grassy, tree-laden area, with some walkways; there are few spaces on perfectly flat ground. Belgravia Court is lined with trees, which block direct sunlight in some areas; all booths on Belgravia Court face north or south.

    Returning exhibitors will be given preferred booth space whenever possible; new artists will be placed in remaining booths after previous exhibitor spaces are assigned. Every effort will be made to accommodate special needs of the physically handicapped. Corner spaces are limited in number and are the more expensive and are noted by a 'C' after the booth number. Special requests will be considered, but the show has the right to deny request of change. The full cooperation of exhibitors is expected in this matter. Storage must be neatly concealed within or around your booth.

    Electricity is not available. Generators are NOT permitted; however, battery-powered lighting is acceptable.

    Mandatory setup takes place the day before the show starts. Loading and unloading is permitted in close proximity to booth locations, but vehicles cannot remain in the exhibit area during the show. RV and truck & trailers cannot be parked on city streets for overnight use. RV and camper parking options will be provided ahead of time. Booth setup is by staggered timed check in. Please do not ask to be admitted early. Late arrivals (after 8pm) will be escorted to their booth spaces by security officers.

    SECURITY: Louisville Metro Police provide security during the shows hours of operation; private security is on site after hours. Belgravia Court is an urban residential area, so reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of you and your property. All work is exhibited at the artists' own risk. It is recommended that each exhibitor obtain general liability insurance, as the shows' insurance does NOT extend coverage for exhibit damage or bodily injury.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be submitted in writing or email. $250 deposit per booth is non-refundable. The remaining balance of the booth fee will be refunded, less $75, prior to July 15. No refunds after 7/15/12. The booth fee is for exhibit space rental by the applicant ONLY and is not transferable to another exhibitor. If the registrant cannot participate, control of the space reverts back to the show and refunds are made per stated policy. There will be no refunds if inclement weather is experienced during the event.

    Returning artist only: Deposit of 50% of booth fee is due Feb 1st of each year and final payment of returning artist is due by June 1st of each year.