Event Information

Scottsdale Arts Festival 2013
Show Dates: 3/8/13 - 3/10/13
Application Deadline: 10/15/12

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

General Information
The 2013 Scottsdale Arts Festival
March 8-10, 2013

General information

Now in its 43nd year, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has established itself as the finest event of its kind in the Southwest. Arizona’s glorious spring weather complements the park-like setting of the festival, creating a wonderful environment that attracts more than 40,000 of metropolitan Phoenix, seasonal and year-round residents and tourists. The festival’s main attraction is the juried fine art and fine craft showcased within an attractive and sophisticated cultural center. The festival also features performances, gourmet food trucks, wine tastings, family art activities and an online art auction with original works of art donated by Festival artists (donations optional). The Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by the Scottsdale Cultural Council and proceeds from the event support the art programs of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8, 9, & 10, 2013.

Rules for submission

  • Applicants’ work must be of original concept, design and personal execution.
  • Images must accurately represent the artist’s work that will be exhibited.
  • Artists must be present during the entire three-day festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. Commercial agents, dealers or manufacturers are not eligible.
  • Collaborating artists may apply to participate at the event, but only joint work may be shown and sold. Otherwise, each artist must apply for their own/separate space. All names of collaborating artists must appear on all application materials.
  • Only the work of the designated artist may be displayed or sold.
  • The work must be representative of the images selected through the jury process.
  • No kits or works that are produced from commercial plans will be accepted.
  • No posters, postcards, note cards or promotional products.
  • One image must be of the booth display; entries will not be considered without a booth image. The booth image is used to judge overall appearance, professionalism, consistency of work and will assist in the determination of booth placement in the most advantageous location. Please submit an outdoor booth image. No people or artist indentification should be visible in the booth shot.
  • For jewelry and other small items, a single image may consist of groupings of up to three pieces.
  • Images by artists who have been selected to exhibit will be used by the Scottsdale Arts Festival for purposes of marketing, publicity and on-site judging.
  • Signed and numbered limited edition reproductions of artworks are allowed. Artists must disclose limited edition process on the print. Editions cannot exceed 150. Original art must occupy more than 80 percent of booth.
  • Artists may submit applications in any category. A separate application and fee are required for each category entered

    Up to 190 artists will exhibit in the 2013 festival including the invited 2012 award winners.
  • The jury is comprised of art professionals - working artists, art educators, curators, collectors and gallerists. The criteria for artist selection are excellence in concept, quality, workmanship and aesthetics. Each artist’s five images are viewed anonymously by the jury.
  • The jury views projected images on a 12 foot screen using state-of-the-art projectors direct from the exact electronic files submitted by the artists. Individual jury members assign points from 1 – 7 to each five-image presentation; points are totaled, and those artists with the highest total in each category are selected to exhibit.
  • A wait list of juried artists will be maintained for each category.
  • Notification of jury results will be sent by email on November 11th.

    Exhibit Fee
    Upon acceptance, artists will receive a contract and reservation form. The signed contract and participation fee of $450 are due to the Scottsdale Arts Festival by December 3, 2012. Failure to comply with the deadline may result in loss of exhibit space. Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or check.

    Booth Space
  • Each exhibitor receives a 120-square-feet space, located outdoors on the grass, or on the paved walkways of the Scottsdale Civic Center.
  • Exhibitors may use their own tents and tables or rent equipment from the Scottsdale Arts Festival. A limited number of double booth, corners and open air spaces are available on a first serve basis.
  • Booth space assignments are made based upon booth images, exhibit flow and artists’ requirements. The use of a location is restricted to the artist to whom it is assigned.

    Artist Awards
    The Best of Show artist receives a $1000 award, acceptance to the 2014 show and a complimentary booth space. Additional merit awards are given and these artists are invited to the 2014 show with their application fee waived.

    Artist Services
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and refreshments
  • Artist hospitality area
  • Volunteer booth sitters
  • Promotional materials
  • 4 complimentary festival passes
  • Special hotel rates

    Sales & Sales Tax
    Artists retain 100 percent of all sales. All participating artists are required to collect and pay appropriate City of Scottsdale and Arizona state sales tax on all items sold. Tax forms and instructions will be provided to all participants by the festival.

    Overnight roving security is provided. However, no responsibility is assumed for the exhibitors’ artwork while on the grounds of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Civic Center during the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Booths should therefore be secured by the exhibitors at night.

    Category Definitions
    Ceramics:Original functional and non-functional works created from clay, porcelain, stone ware, or earthenware. Factory-produced work is not permitted.

    Digital Art: 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. Traditional photographs taken through a digital camera should apply in the photography category.

    Drawing: Works that are drawn by hand incorporating ink, charcoal, pastel, pencil etc. are entered in this category.

    Fiber: Works created from fibers including basketry, weaving, papermaking, leather and fine wearables. Factory-produced wearables are not permitted.

    Glass: Mass or factory produced work is not permitted. Glass jewelry must be submitted in the jewelry category.

    Jewelry: All work that is jewelry must be entered in this category regardless of the materials used. All work must be handcrafted by the artist, no factory production is permitted.

    Metal: Functional and non-sculptural works incorporating metal are accepted in this category. Jewelry incorporating metal must apply in the jewelry category.

    Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2D and 3D, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

    Painting: Works incorporating oil, acrylic, watercolor etc. are accepted in this category.

    Photography: Photographs made from the artist’s original image and printed either by the artist or under his or her direction are permitted. The photographic process must be displayed and each edition must be signed and numbered.

    Printmaking: Hand-pulled original works from a block, plate, stone or other object are acceptable in the printmaking category. Prints must be properly signed and numbered as limited editions.

    Sculpture: Three-dimensional works incorporating any material that are carved, modeled, constructed or cast are included in this category.

    Wood: Works incorporating wood are included in this category.

    Important Dates:

    October 14, 2012 - Application deadline
    November 11, 2012 - Notification of jury results
    December 3, 2012 - Participation fees due
    January 4, 2013 - Cancellation deadline to receive one-half of the prepaid participation fee with an additional $30 administrative fee.

    March 7, 2013 - Registration and load-in begins at 1:00pm

    About the Presenter
    The Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) arts management organization, administers the arts and cultural affairs of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona and manages the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art Program and the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

    Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Scottsdale Arts Festival!