Event Information

Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2013 - 42nd Annual
Show Dates: 10/19/13 - 10/20/13
Application Deadline: 6/1/13

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General Information
Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2013– 42nd Annual
Show Dates: 10/19/13 – 10/20/13
Exempt Artists Application Deadline: 5/14/13 midnight CDT (after this date, all artists must jury in)
Jurying Artist Early Bird Discount Deadline: 5/14/13 midnight CDT
Final Application Deadline: 6/1/13 midnight CDT

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts and the Kentuck Museum Association
The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is a juried show in its 42nd year that attracts approximately 12,000 visitors each year. Along with more than 250 exhibiting artists, the Festival features educational demonstrations, interactive arts areas, children's arts activities, music, storytelling, and food concessions. In 2012, The Kentuck Festival ranked as one of American Style Magazine's Top Ten Fairs and Festivals and the "Best Art Festival" in Alabama, as decided upon by readers of Alabama Magazine. The Festival was recognized in TIME.com as "the authentic American Experience" for the state of Alabama in 2009.

Festival proceeds support the development of the Kentuck Museum Association's Kentuck Art Center in Northport's downtown historic district, where resident artists' studios are situated around a landscaped courtyard, exhibition spaces, community clay studio, classrooms, and Gallery Shop. The Kentuck Art Center presents monthly exhibitions, showcasing the work of both established artists and emerging artists. Sometimes traditional, sometimes visionary, always authentic, the Kentuck Art Center and Festival bring art to the community and build community with art.

Festival Location
Kentuck Park
3501 5th Street
Northport, AL 35476
Kentuck Park, in Northport, Alabama, is a wooded park with paved and natural paths. Kentuck Park is an open-air venue, and the Kentuck Festival of the Arts takes place, rain or shine, on the third weekend of October every year. Northport is across the river from Tuscaloosa, approximately 50 miles southwest of Birmingham.

Festival Dates and Times
Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Open to the general public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Early-bird shopping is open to benefactor-level patrons at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Artist Check-In and Set-Up :
Friday, October 18th, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.*; Saturday, October 19th, 5 a.m. until 7 a.m.
(*In case of inclement weather, set-up on Friday cannot begin until 2 p.m.)

Important Dates for 2013
• March 1 – Application available at Zapplication.com. Applications will only be accepted through ZAPP.
• May 9 -- ZAPP system upgrade 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. CDT. Site will be down.
• May 14 -- Deadline for exempt artists. Exempt artists must apply by this date to keep their exempt status and avoid re-jurying.
• May 14 -- Early Bird Deadline for discounted fee for jurying artists.
• June 1 – Final deadline for all applications.
• June 30 – Notifications of acceptance emailed.
• August 1 – Deadline for booth and/or tent payments. No refund will be given to artists who cancel on or after this date.
• October 18 – Patron Party
• October 18 & 19 – Artist Check-in
• October 19 – Artist Party and Awards Ceremony
• October 19 & 20 – 42nd Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts

Artist Selection
Potential exhibitors submit their work to be juried for inclusion in the Kentuck Festival. Exhibitors are selected on the basis of Kentuck's standards of quality, originality, and creativity as interpreted by a jury of visual arts professionals. Applicants are numerically scored, and those with the highest total scores are accepted. A limited number of artists per category are accepted to provide a balanced show. A score-based waiting list is maintained in each medium, and cancellations are filled with the highest scoring artists in that medium. We do not release jury results.

The Kentuck Festival includes space for approximately 250 10'x12' booths. Around 100 of these are open to newly juried exhibitors. Three groups of exhibitors do not jury: Exempt artists, guest artists, and judges' award winners from the previous year. Exempt artists are those who (1) have juried successfully and exhibited at the Kentuck Festival for the past three years, (2) are continuing to work in the same medium, and (3) have maintained standards in their work as measured by a screening committee at each festival. Guest artists are invited notable traditional and folk artists.

Clay, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Musical Instruments, Natural Materials/Baskets, Photography, Sculpture, Two-Dimensional, Wood

Multiple Entries
Artists wishing to enter in more than one medium must submit separate applications, fees, and images in each category. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited.

Booth Sharing/Collaborative Work
Artists working together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece of work. In this case, only one booth fee will be charged. Other artists must pay the full fee even if they choose to share a booth with another artist. All co-artists must describe the collaboration.

How to Apply

1. Fill out the online application completely.
By submitting this application, you consent to and authorize the use of any and/or all images of works in promotional literature and other promotional endeavors by the Kentuck Museum Association including but not limited to brochure, print and television advertisements, and internet display. These images will also be posted in an online catalog promoting the festival. Kentuck will keep all images of accepted work for publicity and festival archival files.

2. Submit four professional-quality digital images of your work and a description of your work as specified below. Quality of images can affect acceptance.
• See http://www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml for technical tips on preparing and submitting digital images through ZAPP.
• For the first three images, fill in the space provided on the application to describe materials, process used, and dimensions. These descriptions will be read during the jury process.
• Images 1-3 must show the range of the work you will be displaying.
• Image 4 must accurately represent how your work will be displayed. Name and/or trade name should not be visible. Objects that indicate scale are acceptable. Applications submitted without a booth display image will be considered incomplete.

3. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
• $35 for "early bird" applications submitted before May 14.
• $50 for applications submitted from May 15 to June 1.

Entry Deadline & Acceptance Notification
Entries must be received by midnight on the night of June 1, 2013. Selected artists will be notified by email by June 30, 2013.

Booth Fees
Booth fees must be paid by August 1, 2013. Here is how you can pay for your booth:
• By credit card over the phone to 205-758-1257
• By sending a check payable to Kentuck at: Kentuck, 503 Main Avenue, Northport, AL 35476. NEW: If sending by mail, payments must be postmarked by the deadline date.
• By PayPal through ZAPP

Booth Fee: $265 for a single booth, $300 for a corner booth and $530 for a double booth.
Because of limited availability, the double booth and corner booth options will not be available for payment through ZAPP. Please call Kentuck at 205-758-1257 if you would like to request a double or corner booth. Please note all requests may not be honored.
This equipment can be rented through Kentuck:
10'x10' canopy: $200
4 sides for 10x10 tent: $100
8' table: $35
Folding chair: $15

Booth Particulars
• 10’ x 12' space
• Storage space behind booth
• Limited number of double & corner booths available; assignment based on inquiry and received date of application.
• Drive-up unloading, off-site parking.
• Number of Booths: 250 plus
• Exhibitors must provide their own booth structures, which should be flexible to accommodate trees and irregularities in the park's terrain.

Artist Amenities

• Kentuck will provide publicity by publishing an online catalog featuring the 2013 Festival artists. All photographs used are drawn directly from those you submit to ZAPP during the application process. All artists are encouraged to submit new application photographs in order to extend their exposure. The previous year's catalog will continue to be available to the public on our Website. All photos must be submitted through the Zapplication process.
• At the park, Kentuck provides security, free Wi-Fi, artist hospitality, and volunteer booth-sitters.
• Kentuck hosts a party with dinner and live music for all artists on Saturday night at the Kentuck Art Center campus, which is seven-tenths of a mile from the park.
• Credit card processing is available for a 6% fee.

Cancellations must be made in writing and received prior to August 1. Email to kentuck@kentuck.org with the subject line ATTN: FESTIVAL CANCELLATION
No phone calls, please. On and after August 1, 2013, booth fees will not be refunded.

Exhibitor Obligations
• Exhibitors must be directly involved in the design and creation of the work they exhibit at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Exhibitors must display their own work, not that made by others. Excluded from exhibition are commercially manufactured items, items made exclusively from commercial molds, and mass-produced items. Reproductions of original artwork must be clearly marked as such and displayed in bins or a portfolio. This does not apply to digital work or photography.
• Exhibitors must be present with their work for the duration of the show. Exhibitor’s employees may not substitute for the exhibitor. Booth displays must remain intact until the show ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
• Only work representative of that submitted for jury may be exhibited. Displays will be viewed throughout the Festival. Kentuck reserves the right to request removal of any work that differs from the images submitted and accepted as well as any inappropriate work or display. Failure to remove such work or abide by other rules set forth may result in applicant’s removal from the Festival and/or applicant being prohibited from future application. Applicant agrees to abide by all regulations outlined in this application, in the load-in and load-out instructions, The Kentuck Exhibitor Information packet, security procedures, or any rule promulgated by the Executive Director. Applicant acknowledges that failure to abide by regulations and repeated non-compliance will result in expulsion and ineligibility for judging, awards, and participation in future Kentuck Art Center events including but not limited to its annual Festival of the Arts. Expulsion of an exhibitor or participant from the Kentuck Festival is without the necessity of any written notice and without legal recourse or right to rebate any portion of the fees paid.
• Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Alabama state, county, and city sales taxes as required by law. Tax forms will be provided with registration packets at the festival, and tax personnel will be on site to facilitate tax collection.
• The Kentuck Museum Association, Inc., retains the right to prevent an artist from exhibiting for conduct deemed, in the association’s sole discretion, unacceptable and/or detrimental to the mission and reputation of the Kentuck Museum Association, Inc.

Membership supports the year-round arts programming of the Kentuck Art Center including art education, free exhibitions, workshops, resident and community art studios and free children’s arts activities through Kentuck for Kids. We encourage festival artists to consider becoming members of Kentuck, but membership is not a requirement for inclusion in the Festival, nor do members receive any discount on festival fees. You can learn more about Kentuck’s year-round operations at kentuck.org. Membership details are at kentuck.org.

There are numerous hotels/motels in the area; however, they fill up quickly. We strongly recommend that you book a room when you apply. Check our Website at www.kentuck.org for a complete accommodations listing, or call the office for specific recommendations. Note: The Alabama - Arkansas college football game is scheduled to be held in Tuscaloosa that weekend.

2012 Award Winners:

Best of Show: Olive Kraus, fiber, Hannibal, MO, B22
Award of Distinction: Leif Holland, wood, Seattle, WA, D10
Award of Distinction: Susan Dyer, jewelry, Chattanooga, TN, B32
Merit Award: Anthony Pack, mixed media, Overland Park, KS, E21
Merit Award: Mimi Damrauer, fiber, Chicago, IL, A33
Merit Award: Vicki Grossman Wyrick, jewelry, Knoxville, TN B14
Merit Award: Cali Hobgood, photography, Urbana, IL, A36
Merit Award: Debra Riffe, two-dimensional, Birmingham, AL, E04
Merit Award: Jay Long, mixed media, Austin, TX, B33
Merit Award: Brian McGuffey, two-dimensional, Seattle, WA D09
Merit Award: Debo Groover, two-dimensional, Tallahassee, FL, C18
Merit Award: Joan Rasmussen, mixed media, Atlanta, GA, C28
Merit Award: Justin Dobbs Robinson, two-dimensional, Northport, AL, A03
Merit Award: Kevin Irwin, clay, Birmingham, AL, C09
Merit Award: Trent Manning, sculpture, Winter Haven, FL, J04