Event Information

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival - 42nd Annual 2012
Show Dates: 7/27/12 - 7/29/12
Application Deadline: 3/27/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

General Information
The Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival presents an exceptionally wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, both 2- and 3-dimensional. Exhibitors participate from over 30 states and Canada.


Display sizes are 10'x10' overall size. Storage space is available behind most booth spaces. Exhibitors may apply for a maximum of two spaces. An attempt will be made to accommodate specific requests in the order that applications are received.

Jury Fee: $25
Booth Fee: $260, payable by check upon acceptance by May 11, 2012.

All work to be exhibited must be represented in the images submitted, from the high end to the low end. A total of five (5) images must be electronically submitted; four (4) of individual pieces which accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited, and one (1) of the booth display containing artwork. Images submitted will be compared with work exhibited.

One image from each exhibiting artist will be used for promotional purposes and will be published in the festival program and inserted in the local newspaper.

At least 150 of the total 165 space will be selected through the jury process. Winners of the previous year's Awards of Distinction will be invited to participate and are exempt from jurying. The decision of the jury is final.

Show dates: Juy 27-29, 2012
Application deadline: March 23, 2012
Jurying: March 19 - April 6, 2012
Notifications by: April 16, 2012
Booth Fee due by: May 11, 2012
Set-up date: July 27, 2012
Award Competition: July 27, 2012

Advertising will include paid broadcast and print advertising, covering local and 50-mile regional area, extensive editorial coverage, and through the Downtown Syracuse website. Festival program published in local newspaper, will include a color photo of each artist's work.

Artists accepted for participation must be in attendance for the duration of the show. No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend in place of the artist. Photo identification may be required to assure compliance with this rule.

Commercial studios involved in volume production are not eligible for participation.

Two artists with distinct work may display in one booth. Each must submit a separate application, separate images, and separate entry fees. Only one booth fee is required.

An artist wishing to display work in more than one medium must submit a separate application, separate set of five images, separate entry fee for each. Only one booth fee is required.

Overnight security Friday & Saturday; free exhibitor parking; vehicle loading & unloading at booth; separate rest rooms for exhibitors; hospitality area; exhibitors' barbeque on opening night; discount hotel rates.

All work displayed must be produced by the exhibiting artist. Reproductions must involve hand work or direct supervision by the artist, be clearly labeled "REPRODUCTION" and may not make up more than 20% of the booth inventory.

Unacceptable are imported items; objects made from commercial kits, molds, or patterns; works which include compositions of dried, plastic, or silk flowers, plants, fungi, shells, stones, buttons, or butterflies, soaps or scented oils, greenware; embellished objects such as painted boxes, barn wood, tools, or rocks.

Work displayed must be consistent with images submitted. The jury will verify compliance during the Festival. The Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival will require removal of any work that is not consistent with the images submitted, or does not comply with the standards outlined above.

Participants are encouraged to post in their booth an Artist's Information Statement, which includes a description of the production process and materials used.

Approximately $4,000 in prize money will be awarded. Judging for Best-of-Category awards will take place on Friday, July 27, 2012. Judges will include industry professionals and arts educators, separate from the slide jurying. Winners of the Awards of Distinction will be exempt from jurying and invited next year.

Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting 8% New York State sales tax. For information contact: N.Y.S. Department of Tax and Finance,