Event Information

Desert Art Festival - Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25 - 27, 2016

Frances Stevens Park
Palm Springs, California (West)

Phone: 818-813-4478
Event Dates: 11/25/16 - 11/27/16
Application Deadline: 9/2/16 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (application fee): $20.00


Event Summary
The original Palm Springs art show, the Desert Art Festival celebrates it's 31st year in Downtown Palm Springs. This event is held on Thanksgiving Weekend, a three-day Holiday weekend.

One hundred of the finest artists from the Western United States will display their original work in all mediums of fine art and fine craft. This event has a large established patronage from Los Angeles to San Diego. It is held in Frances Stevens Park, in Downtown Palm Springs on the main boulevard, Palm Canyon Drive.

General Information
You are invited to submit your application for admission to the 31st annual Desert Art Festival. This Artist Prospectus and Exhibitor Application include essential details on exhibitor participation and should be read carefully prior to application.

Mission Statement

The mission of West Coast Artists is to conduct an outdoor fair for the promotion of the original work of artists, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, and photographers. Our goal is to bring together the artist and the public in informal surroundings to their mutual benefit. We continually strive for quality in the arts.

General Information

The Desert Art Festival is a three-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs at Frances Stevens Park. This event typically features the work of 125 exhibitors. Most are returning artists, but each year we have approximately 50 spaces for new artists. Our goal is to provide a venue for creators of quality fine art and fine craft to meet with the art-buying public. The Desert Art Festival benefits a tax-exempt, non-profit art-related organization.

Important Deadlines

Friday, September 2, 2016: Application deadline

Monday, September 5, 2016: Jury Begins

Friday, September 9, 2016: Email notification of application status.

Friday, September 29, 2015: Deadline for accepted artists to commit to exhibit and to remit booth fee.

Monday, November 3, 2015: Deadline to cancel participation in the 2015 Festival and receive a credit toward another event.

Jury Procedure

A maximum of 125 artists will exhibit at the 2016 event. Potentially 50 new exhibit slots in all categories will be determined through the jury process. Artists who exhibited in all categories in the 2015 festival are invited to participate in the 2016 festival.

The jury is comprised of professionals working within the art community. The panel uses a blinded jury process to review a set of four images provided by each artist. The identities of individual artists are not disclosed to jurors. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The panel is convened to discuss their rankings and the artists with the top scores will receive invitations to exhibit. High-scoring artists who are not initially invited to exhibit will be added to a wait list and offered the opportunity to exhibit should an invited artist decline to participate in the Festival.


Artists will pay a 10% commission on all sales made at and generated from the festival. The commission on sales is due at the close on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Artists are responsible for their own sales and collecting and reporting the State of California sales tax (9.00%) on any sales.

Application Fees

Please submit a non-refundable jury fee of $20 with your application. Applicants may choose to pay online with their Visa or Master Card, or they may pay by a check made payable to the West Coast Artists. Mail check to P.O. Box 750, Acton, CA 93510.

Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit

Any artist who is selected by the jury and all returning artists must notify the Festival of intent to exhibit at the 2016 Festival and submit a booth fee by Friday, September 29, 2016. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list. The applicant must keep his or her Zapp profile up to date with correct contact information, including mailing address, email address and phone number.

Exhibit Fee

Upon acceptance into the festival, all artists will be asked to submit a $335.00 booth fee for 10' X 10' or $535.00 for 10' X 20', through ZAPP.

Digital Images
* Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
* Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work.
* One (1) image must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.
* Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format, for more information access www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml
* Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Arts Festival.


Additional Policies

Overnight security will be provided for your convenience.

The Desert Art Festival presents original work of exhibiting artists. We do accept work of mass production studios, organizations or groups. No imports, commercial, or purchased for resale work.
Exhibitors must be at least 18 years old.

Artists must be present with their work for the entire event. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.

Artists may exhibit only in the category in which they were juried and may not display work in new categories without re-jurying.

Work must be consistent with submitted images.

Booth Information
Booth Fees:

$300.00 + 10% for 10' X 10' space, or $500.00 + 10% for a 10' X 20' space. Corner request is additional $50.00.

Booth Space and Regulations:

*All booth spaces are sized to accommodate display tents measuring 10' X 10'.
*Canopies must be white.
*No electricity is provided.
*Display arrangements must meet with approval of the committee. The committee is looking for balance in terms of variety of product and the way in which it is displayed.
*Artists must exhibit work on all three Festival days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


2:00pm - 6:00 Thursday, November 26, or 6:00 am - 9:00 am Friday, November 27, 2015

Festival Hours:
10:00 am - 4:00pm Friday - Sunday

Tear down:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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