Event Information

Tempe Festival of the Arts - Spring 2017

Downtown Tempe, Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona (West)

Phone: 480.355.6061
Show Dates: 3/31/17 - 4/2/17
Application Deadline: 10/11/16 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee (non-refundable)): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts, in its 40th year, is among the oldest and best-loved traditions in the Desert Southwest. Held over a 3-day weekend, more than 225,000 visitors attend. The Festival occurs in an urban street fair atmosphere in downtown Tempe, Arizona, centered around Historic Mill Avenue.  The Tempe community’s diversity and eclectic nature is an important part of its personality and the Festival is a reflection of those qualities. 

This is a juried show and for each festival we utilize a unique set of jurors to select the participating artists, therefore previous participation does not guarantee acceptance.  We strive to present a variety of original artwork with all artists, not representatives, on site to engage visitors. The festival producers believe that our success lies in the quality of the artists, and we strive to make the experience one that keeps them coming back.  We offer a variety of artists' amenities including a hospitality break room, booth sitting services, a large-art delivery assistance program, social opportunities to engage with other artists, and 24-hour roaming security.

The festival includes live music on three stages, roaming street entertainment, Kids Block where young artists make art and exhibit their works, multiple wine/beer gardens, and the Chalk-A-Lot street mural exhibition and contest.  It is truly a community centric event that strives to bring a quality experiece to our residents, tourists, and our visiting...

General Information
March 31 - April 2
10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a juried art festival in which applications are open to all artists and crafts people within the accepted medium categories.  Participation in any previous Tempe Festival of the Arts does not guarantee acceptance, which is determined by an independent jury comprised of a different combination of jury members for each festival.

Images - Selections will be made based on the five images submitted (four images of the work being proposed in each category of art and one image in each category of the booth display). Images are used to determine style, excellence of craftsmanship, and quality appearance of your merchandising/display. Images should be professionally produced whenever possible. The images that you present will determine whether or not you are selected, so your images must be clear, easy to see, and be good representations of the quality and attractiveness of your work.

Application Fees A fee of $35 per category is required at time of application and is payable by Credit Card ONLY through Zapplication. Application fees are not refundable. 

Booth Fees - A 10 x10 booth space fee is $535-$575 depending on your location in the show.  Cottage Edibles & Crafts (ONLY) booth spaces  are 10 x 15 and the fee is $535-$575.  5 X 20 space are $765-$790 (see site map link at the top of this document). Once you are accepted and have been formally notified (October 26, 2016), your Booth Fees may be paid in two ways:
  1. You may pay by Credit Card through Zapplication
  2. You may pay booth fees directly to the Festival office via Money Orders, Credit Card or Checks made payable to Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc.
CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All money received in the Festival office will be processed immediately, as we cannot accept post-dated payments. CANCELLATIONS MADE PRIOR TO February 10, 2017 WILL RECEIVE A  REFUND less the $20 cancelation fee. No refunds will be made after that date.

Jury Process - The jury includes up to four jurors and each we engage differnt jurors for each selection panel.  This is a blind jury, in which they do not know the identity of any artist.  The jury scores each artist individually based soley on their images.  The jury’s scores are averaged and the top scoring entrants are accepted based on a percentage of category mix best suited for this show.  Similarly, the next ranking artists are placed on a Wait List.  Jury members are chosen based upon expertise, experience, and background in the arts. Jury members change for each Festival.  No artists can participate in the festival without having been part of the jury process.

Awards - The Tempe Festival of Arts gives away awards in each category as well as a Best in Show.  Awards total $10,000.  A separate jury from the selection jury visits artist booths Friday and Saturday and awards are announced at the Saturday evening artist happy hour event.

Categories - Artists who wish to apply in one or more than one category must submit separate applications for each category, along with the processing fees and images required for each category.    Artists will be selected separately in each category.  If an artist is accepted in only one category, then they may only display those items in their booth.  Categories are described below:
  1. Ceramics - Original functional and non-functional works, other than jewelry, using clay as the primary medium, including, but not limited to porcelain, stoneware, raku, earthenware, etc.  Any molds used must have been created by the applying artist.  No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.  If multiply pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  2. Cottage Edibles & Crafts - Original handmade creations such as soup mixes, jams, seasonings and herbal arts, as well as handmade soaps, lotions, aromatherapies, and functional crafts may apply in this category that do not qualify in other categories.  All items must be personally created and packaged by the applying artisan.  Nothing can be "factory" produced, manufactured or production-line created.  No laser cutting or mass-produced templates are permitted.  All accepted Cottage Edibles & Crafts artisans booth spaces are 10 x 15 and are located in the same programmed area on-site.  All packaged applicants must send samples for jury review to:  Tempe Festival of the Arts, Attn: Jury, 310 S. Mill Ave., Suite A201, Tempe, AZ  85281. Samples should be received close to and no later than October 12.  Samples will not be returned and become property of the Festival.
  3. Digital Art - Work for which the original image was executed by the artist using a computer.  Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered, on archival quality materials.  Photographs taken through a digital medium should apply in the photography category, even if they have been manipulated using a computer.  Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 350.
  4. Drawing - Works that are drawn by hand incorporating dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, was, crayon, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.  Drawing can be done on any format including canvas, paper, etc.  Limited editions of 350 or less signed and numbered are allowed for sale.  60% of work displayed in the booth must be original artwork; not more than 40% can be comprised of reproductions, including limited editions.
  5. Fiber - All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, batik, painted silk, dolls, wearable art, papermaking, etc.  No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted  No factory produced wearable items are permitted unless there has been a minimum of 75% modification or enhancement by the artist are permitted .
  6. Glass - Art using glass as the primary medium in any form.  Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as cold working processes are permitted.  Mass or factory produced work is not permitted.
  7. Jewelry - Fine -Jewelry created from precious metals and precious or semi-precious stone.  Molded jewelry, including lost wax cast method, is acceptable if molds are made by the applying artist.  All designs and finish work involving cast and molded pieces must also be completed by the applying artist.  Disclosure required on gemstone treatment processes.  Factory production jewelry will not be accepted.  Chains, not made by the artist, can be sold with handmade items as a unit, but not sold by themselves.
  8. Jewelry - Ornamental - Wearable art in the form of jewelry that uses materials not specified in Fine Jewelry category.  Examples of Ornamental Jewelry include enameling, metal stamping, metal, clays, acrylic, wire wrapping, glass bead making, wood, etc.  All jewelry items must be designed by and hand-crafted by the artist.  No bead stringing jewelry will be accepted.  No mass produced components assemblage will be accepted.  No factory production or imported jewelry items will be accepted.  All jewelry, regardless of materials used, must apply in the jewelry category.  Chains, not made by the artist, can be sold with handmade items as a unit, but not sold by themselves.  Only those artists accepted into the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
  9. Leather - Art in which leather is the primary medium in the form of functional art, including belts, bags, shoes, hats, wallets; or, decorative art, such as wall hangings, etc. Leather can be cut, stamped, sewn, embossed or embellished according to the artist's original design.  No machine tooling is permitted.  All designs must be unique to the artist.  All leather items must be originally made by the artist.  No production line fabrication is permitted.
  10. Metalwork - Functional, non-sculptural and decorative works that use any kind of metal as the main medium and that is modified into wall art, furniture, home decor, statuary, etc.  Metal must be 75% altered in each art piece.  Laser and engravings are allowed as embellishments only.  No "laser cut only" items allowed.  No production studio work is allowed.
  11. Mixed Media - This categroy includes works, both 2 and 3 dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of material to produce, including non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.  Does not include wearables such as batik, silk paintings, etc.  Art must be comprised of a minimum of 75% modified materials.  60% of the booth display must be original artwork. Not more than 40% may be comprised of reproductions. All reproductions must be clearly labeled "Reproduction".  All two-dimensional work must be matted.  All artists who paint or apply material over their reproductions must number all reproductions and disclose that fact to customers.
  12. Painting - Using oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor or other wet media on canvas, paper, Masonite, etc.  60% of the booth display must be original artwork, and not more than 40% may be comprised of reproductions.  Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 350.  Hand embellished reproductions such as Giclee, canvas or paper reproductions that have been retouched must be signed and numbered as part of an edition.
  13. Photography - Art using a camera, including black and white or color prints made from the artist's original negatives or from digital images.  Prints must be processed by the artist.  All photographic prints must be made from the artist's original image.  Work must be in editions of not more than 350, signed and numbered on archival paper.  60% of the booth display must be original artwork, and not more than 40% may be comprised of reproductions.  Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.  Photographs printed on canvas or laminated onto cardboard or wooden panels will be considered reproductions, and must be clearly marked as such while on display.
  14. Printmaking - Art created by a hand-pulled stamp process including lithography, screen printing, woodcuts, engravings, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, etc. using block, plate, stone or other objects.  Printed works for which the artist has 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.  Each piece must be from the originally cut stamp and be non-wearable art.  60% of the booth must be original artwork and not more than 40% can be comprised of limited editon reproductions of fewer than 350 signed and numbered prints.
  15. Sculpture - Art that is three-dimensionally sculputural in nature incorporating any material that is carved, modeled, constructed, cast or built-up.  Sculpture pieces are one of a kind or limited to forged series.  100% of the molds must be created by the artist.
  16. Upcycled/Creative Reuse - Art which uses found objects as the primary medium.  Works can be either two or three dimensional but must use a minimum of 75% recycled or reused materials.  Artists must demonstrate that they have substantially transformed by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new works of art.  
  17. Wood - Art which uses wood as the primary medium, including furniture, pens, games, toys, containers, musical instruments, decorative objects, etc. that have been hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.  "Built up" wood must apply in the sculpture category.  75% of the wood must be modified to be considered art. 


The following rules and policies are provided to ensure fairness to all participanting artists and to the buying public.
Permitted Age of Artists - All participants must be 18 years or older.
Artist Must Be Present - The artist/artists who sign the contract MUST be present at the show for the entire three day event.  Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.  Photo I.D. will be required at check-in.   This is intended to give our audience an opportunity to engage with the artists themselves, which creates a greater connection to the works. 
Collaborators - By signing this application, the exhibitor assures that he or she has direct hands on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work to be exhibited.  Collaborating artist, if accepted, may show only their collaborative works and their names must be listed as collaborators on the show application.  Collaborations are intended to be true artistic collaborations rather than business partners.  The creative contribution of each artist in the collaboration must be identified on the application.
No Distributors Allowed - Artists involved in distributing volume production for others are not permitted to exhibit.  If the artist himself/herself is a distributor or wholesaler, then only work personally created and made by the exhibiting artist is allowed to be presented in the festival.
Original Work - The Tempe Festival of the Arts has the right to investigate the origins of all artwork presented.  If any artwork is found to be not original of the applicant's creation, the Tempe Festival of the Arts has the right to refuse participation without refund. 

We have great respect for our participating artists, and therefore we ask that these rules are honored so that quality original artwork is the essence of this event.  Any failure to comply with the following Festival Rules will result in immediate removal from the Festival and the Artist will be ineligible to participate in future Tempe Festival of the Arts events.

Booth Information
Only Approved Inventory May Be Included - Work displayed on site must be consistent with the work shown in the digital images submitted.  No work outside of your juried category will be allowed.  A complete list of your proposed inventory of for-sale items must accompany your application and only those items approved may be included in your on-site booths and sales.  All displayed work must have been accepted by the jury process.
Only Original Work Permitted - All work - in every category - must be the original work produced by the exhibiting artist.  No "buy/sell," mass-produced component assembly, or other art that is not personally created and produced by the applying artist is permitted.  Work which has been produced with commercially-acquired kits ,molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods is not permitted.
No Promotional Additions Are Permitted - Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotion items (i.e., posters, postcards, calendars, tee shirts, videos, DVD etc) at the Festival.  All items exhibited must be submitted for jury approval in their appropriate categories listed on the artists' application inventory.
Disclosure of Licensed Image Sales - If artist has sold or licensed images of his/her original work to commercial concerns and those images which will be displayed at the Festival, the artist must disclose that licensing through on-site public disclaimer signage stating that some of the images being presented have been licensed for reproduction and may be found at commercial sale as reproductions being sold at discounted prices.
On-Site Set-Up/Strike Requirements - All applicants are required to check in prior to setting up.  Photo identification is required.  Booths must be set-up by 9 a.m., open by 10 a.m. and remain open until the official close all three days.  Applicants must claim their assigned booth space no later than 8 a.m. Friday or it will be forfeited.  Applicants are responsible for removing debris and ensuring the general cleanliness of the area surrounding their booths throughout the Festival and following its conclusion.  No on-site storage is available unless it is arranged during the booth application process.
On-Site Safety & Security - Applicants shall display all work at their own risk.  The Tempe Festival of the Arts and Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc. are not responsible for damage, theft or loss of artwork or display furnishings.  All participants are responsible for their own replacement, comprehensive and liability insurance.  Applicants must obey all pertinent safety codes and laws, including,  but not limited to fire, safety and parking regulations.  Canopy tents must be fire retardant.  The Tempe Festival of the Arts will take place rain or shine.  Canopies/tents must be tied down with a minimum of 40 pounds of weight on each leg at all times.
Rain or Shine Event - Agree to be present despite weather conditions.  Though rain is not common in the Desert Southwest, each participant is responsible for preparing their displays to withstand weather fluctuations including rain and wind.

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