Event Information

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2012
Show Dates: 5/18/12 - 5/20/12
Application Deadline: 1/31/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

General Information

The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival is one of the biggest small art shows you’ll ever find. Completely run by area artists and a core of volunteers, our goal is to create an outstanding experience for both artists and the public alike. We believe in community involvement and that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Our intention is to weave the festival into the arts district itself to showcase local galleries as well as juried artists. To that end, we ensure that artists selected are of the highest quality and that they receive the best of care. We also strategically position artists in pairs throughout the festival so that there is ample breathing room between tents to allow for contemplation by visitors and avoid sensory overload brought on by too many artists crowded together throughout the festival boundaries. We want the public to stroll and explore, finding new creative standouts in each area of the festival.

Even though we’re small we still boast an attendance of 13,000 - 15,000 for the past two years running. And we received rave reviews from our public and the media alike. Being a neighborhood of artists we have an unbeatable combination of hospitality, (breakfast, lunch, water delivered to your booth, etc.), and a real appreciation of what it takes to do what we (artists) do! Our emphasis on being regional and exclusively handmade has gotten us press as far away as New York City, while we are also extraordinarily well represented in the local and regional newspapers, television and radio opportunities! Come be part of the excitement and part of the Lower Town Historic Arts District community for a weekend. We promise superior marketing and promotion to bring in the crowds along with stellar musical and other entertainment for a wide variety of interests.

To apply, go to www.zapplication.org. Registration to Zapplication is free. For any questions about the event, contact Stefanie Graves, at 270-908-0755 or Michael Terra at 270-908-0090.

Festival Dates: May 18 – 20, 2012

Festival Sponsor: Lower Town Neighborhood Association

Venue: Outdoors

Awards: $5,000 in prizes awarded

Jurors: Independent professional TBA

Eligibility: Open to all artists within a 300-mile radius of Paducah, KY. Painting, drawing/pastel, fiber, ceramics, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, and mixed media accepted. Work will be chosen on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. All work must be original and completed within the last two years.

Fees: $30 jury fee, $175 booth fee if accepted (all booths are 10’ X 10’ outdoor spaces with two corners and electricity)

Email: lowertownartsandmusicfestival@gmail.com

About the Festival: The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival is all about the artists. We’re looking for the gems in our area that create truly unique art. Whether you’ve been doing art festivals for decades or never participated in one before, if your art is fantastic, we want to hear from you. Our festival focuses on the amazing and creative folks that live in our region (approximately 300 mile radius of Paducah, KY) and showcases their tremendous talent. In turn, we draw visitors from much farther away who want to know what kinds of artistic talent comes out of our region! Surveys at the festival last year documented guests from more than 200 different zip codes!

Lower Town in Paducah, the site of the festival, is one of the oldest established neighborhoods in the region — many of the homes have been converted into work/live artists’ studios and galleries. We will be using this historical setting to do things like Balcony Theater and Comedy. The neighborhood is compact (not a long wandering street) and offers guests a comfortable and easy day where they can see everything we have to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for you, as a participating artist, to place your work within this nationally recognized destination neighborhood in the midst of working artists' galleries and participate in the national attention this unique show will receive.

Special attention is being paid to every aspect of this festival: food vendors will once again feature “Taste of Paducah” — many of the finest local restaurants will participate to showcase our restaurant talent — even the beer and wine will be regional. For the third year, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra will partner with us to coordinate the three performance and presentation stages, and there will be many tie-ins to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. What does this mean to you? It means that many different people have many different reasons to come and see you in Paducah during the festival!

Come join us for another fabulous weekend — the weather should be warm and sultry, the neighbors are friendly, and we want everyone to see how talented you really are...

Prospectus: 2012 Lower Town Arts & Music Festival


1. All work must be original to the artist applying.

2. All applying artists must live or produce their work within a 300-mile radius of Paducah, KY

3. No work assembled from kits or manufactured components not of the artists’ creation.

4. At least 75% of all work displayed must be original works; reproductions must be limited editions and clearly marked as such.

5. Artist must be present for all three days of the festival.


- Painting: Two-dimensional works created with acrylics, oils, watercolors, tempera, gouache

- Drawing: Two-dimensional created with graphite, charcoal, pastels, or conte crayon

- Fiber: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, batik, etc., or wearable art where the primary material is fiber

- Ceramics: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. 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

- Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

- Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining plastic, sound, text, light, stone, rock, marble, metal, glass, or wood and are created directly by finding or carving, assembled, built together, fired, welded, molded, or cast

- Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, 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. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials

- Jewelry: Work primarily made from precious and or non-precious metals, including 14k gold or sterling silver, and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed

- Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass. No forms of mass production are permitted

- Mixed Media: Work that is two-dimensional and the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media

What you are getting:

- 10’ X 10’ booth with 300 watts of 110 volt electricity

- Booth sitting service

- Artist hospitality area

- Artist home-stay opportunities (limited!) with local families

- Booth Fee is $175.

- Festival hours are Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday noon to 5pm

- Set-up and break down details will be mailed with acceptance package.

Submission requirements:

- Completed application

- Jury fee of $30, non-refundable

- 5 digital images in the Zapplication format (1920 pixels by 1920 pixels, JPEG, non-compressed): 4 images of your work, 1 of your fully stocked display.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2012

- All submitted images may be used for festival publicity without an additional compensation to the artist.

Jury Process: (Feb 1 – 23, 2012; Admin: Feb 24 – 28, 2012)

- All applications will be juried by independently contracted qualified jurors from outside of Paducah. All of the selections will be made on the basis of your digital images, so please take special care to show us your best!

- Letters of acceptance will be sent through Zapp on March 1st, 2012.

- Show and load in information will also be sent at that time.


- The artist must handle all sales and all proceeds go to the artists. Artists are required by law to pay taxes. Kentucky sales tax is 6.00%. Forms for sales tax through the Kentucky Department of Revenue will be available on site at the time of the event.