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Deep Ellum Arts Festival - April 7-9, 2017

Location:
Located in Dallas' Deep Ellum Entertainment District on Main Street between Good Latimer and Hall St.
Dallas, Texas (South)

Phone: 214-855-1881
Show Dates: 4/7/17 - 4/9/17
Application Deadline: 1/19/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Selection Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
This ever-growing Festival consistently draws over 100,000 visual and performing arts enthusiasts to this very chic entertainment district, which is referred to as the SoHo of Dallas. The continuing expansion of residential housing in the Deep Ellum neighborhood has created a significant increase in local art buyers as well. The past several years of the Festival have been increasingly successful for our artists in terms of sales and exposure with this urban crowd.

The Main Jury was concluded on November 15, 2016   We anticipate approximatelhy 20-30 spaces to open up due to invited not participating or having to cancel prior to the Festival date.  You may apply for a stand by position which we will select as spaces become available, based on discipline counts needed and your quality of work fitting into the show.  Standby artists will only to assigned to the Artists Court as those previously juried artists are moved onto Main Street as spaces become available.  

The Artists Court is a central intersecting street to Main Street with 22 booth locations assigned, with their backs to the curb on both sides of the street.  There is a 20’ aisle down the middle of these rows that is capped on the end, with a small and popular eclectic Performance Stage.  Booth space sizes are the same 11’ wide, but can increase up to 20’ deep if desired.  This allows the artist to have more flexibility with your booth size and storage.

General Information
ARTIST PROSPECTUS & SHOW INFORMATION
The 23rd annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival® is the signature event of this popular arts-and-entertainment district which is referred to as the SoHo of Dallas. This free to attend visual and performing arts festival consistently draws over 100,000 visual and performing arts enthusiasts who come to experience original music and purchase cutting-edge art each spring. Public surveys proclaimed this festival as the “Best and Most Fun Arts Festival in Dallas”.

The light-rail system has re-energized the entire district and made Deep Ellum the entertainment hub of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. The continuing expansion of residential housing in the Deep Ellum neighborhood has created a significant increase in local art buyers as well.

This well established annual Festival is always held over the first full weekend in April.
 
Eligible Media:
All Work submitted and exhibited must be original, hand-crafted Work produced by the Artist participating in the show and may not be the result of work by any person other than the Artist, or the Artist and his/her Collaborating Artists, or from commercial kits, molds, greenware, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods. Artists must be present with their work for the entire Festival.


Categories
Ceramics: 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.
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 on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All giclee, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are encouraged to do their own printing which has been processed by the artist, or under his/her direct supervision.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Leather: Includes all works from leather. No production studio work is allowed.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Please note two previous categories, 2D Mixed Media and 3D Mixed Media, have been combined into one Mixed Media category.
Other: work of demonstrated quality that does not fall within any of the categories may be submitted.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, 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 on prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Rules/Regulations
Exhibit Fees:
$400.00 for each 10’ x 10’ space. (Artist supplies tent. Rental tents are available upon request for an additional $200). Electricity will be provided to all artists at no additional charge, but you must provide your own display lighting and equipment (200 watts per space).
Special requests for particular locations will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis determined by the date your full exhibit fee is received.

Entry Requirements:
1. A jury-processing fee of $35 must be processed on Zapp along with the artist’s application. A $35 processing fee is required for each medium entered.
2. The artist’s application and five JPEGs (four of your work and one of your booth display) must be submitted for each medium entered.
3. Images submitted must be accurate representations of the work you plan to exhibit and/or sell at the show.
4. The artist’s application and processing fees must be received by November 7, 2016. In the interest of fairness to jurors and all applicants, late entries will be considered for standby only.
5. Artists will be notified individually of tacceptence into the festival as spaces become available based on displine needed and quility of work.
6. The exhibit booth fee of $400.00 is due as soon as space is offered inorder to confirm.
7. Artists sharing a booth must complete separate applications.

IMPORTANT SHOW INFORMATION:
Exhibitor Set - Up Hours: (spaces are pre-assigned)
Thursday, April 6, 2017 Early Artists Set-Up 12 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017 Final Artists Set-Up 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
(All vehicles must be off the street by Friday at 11:00 a.m. and your booth should be totally set up.)

Exhibitor Area Hours:

Friday, April 7, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.*
Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m*.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*
*Note the Festival will remain open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 p.m. Sunday around our entertainment stages and you’re welcome to stay open if you wish.

Exhibitor Tear Down Hours:
Sunday, April 9, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Vehicles will not be permitted onto the Festival site until all stages are shut down and audience cleared from street (usually around 8:00 p.m.). (Exhibitor booths and all vehicles must be off the street by 11:30 p.m.)

Booth Information
Wait listed Space Locations:
You will be assigned into the Artist's Court which is a central intersecting street to Main Street with 22 booth locations assigned, with their backs to the curb on both sides of the street.  There is a 20’ aisle down the middle of these rows that is capped on the end, with a small and popular eclectic Performance Stage.  Booth space sizes are the same 11’ wide, but can increase up to 20’ deep if desired.  This allows the artist to have more flexibility with your booth size and storage.  There is also a Festival street entrance at the Artist Court and Performance State, making it easily accessible for our attendees to browse through your booths.
 
Confirmed artists assigned to the Artists Court will be given first opportunity to be moved to Main Street, if any spaces open up or from cancellations received.  Reassignments will be offered in the same date order booth fees were received.

Loading and Unloading:
You will have vehicle access to your space for loading and unloading.  Your vehicle pass will allow you access to the closed streets of the Festival site.  You will have up to two hour’s maximum to unload and move your vehicle off of the Festival site.

Electricity:
Electricity will be provided to all artists at no additional charge, but please note that power is limited to 5 amps per exhibitor or 200 watts.  Exhibitors using electricity should bring a minimum of 20’ of grounded extension cord to reach the Festival provided outlet.

Parking:
There is ample parking in the Deep Ellum area on surface parking lots adjacent to the Festival and artist areas. We do not control these lots, but as you will be the first to arrive each morning, you will find the lots empty. Metered parking spaces on the area streets is free up until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.  When you park your vehicle in the private parking lots, you are required to make payment either with a credit card at freestanding money machine, or pay an attendant directly.  As a result of the Festival, some of the parking operators charge between $10-30 for an all-day and/or overnight rate.  Some of the parking lots will accommodate larger vehicles or RV’s overnight, as needed.  We will advise at check-in any updated parking information and for parking lots the Festival has negotiated at lower weekend prices.

Security:
The Deep Ellum area can be lively after the Festival closes down.  Although we have had very few problems over the years, we maintain a 24-hour presence of police and security.  This is especially true between the time the Festival setup ends on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and the time the area clubs close at 2:00 a.m.  We do ask that all exhibitors appropriately secure their booths for overnight storage, since the Festival cannot ultimately be held responsible for the safety of the exhibitors’ equipment and merchandise.

Marketing:
The Festival will be heavily promoted on several Dallas/Fort Worth radio stations, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, and numerous local arts and entertainment weekly print publications.  In addition, editorials and listings will appear in The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and numerous on-line and social publications including Yelp, The Guide and The Pegasus News.  Most local media outlets run PSA announcements about the Festival.

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us directly at 800-538-1881, 214-855-1881 or art@meifestivals.com
 
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