Event Information

Fiesta Arts Fair 2017 (San Antonio, TX)

Southwest School of Art
San Antonio, Texas (South)

Phone: 210.224.1848
Event Dates: 4/22/17 - 4/23/17
Application Deadline: 11/14/16 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (FAF Application): $35.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Ranked in the top 50 Fine Craft & Art Festivals by Art Fair SourceBook

Fiesta Arts Fair, now in its 44th year, is an intimate two-day event that offers art lovers an opportunity to purchase high quality contemporary and traditional art and craft from approximately 110-115 exhibitors. The Fair also includes live regional music, Fiesta foods and a children’s art area — all in a beautiful setting, the picturesque and historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art located along San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Juror selected cash awards and artists' amenities.

“The clients and environment were fun. Enthusiastic buyers.”

“A class act show with top notch management.”

"I love the intimate size of the show; the patrons were kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic and supportive."

General Information
Now in its 44th year, Fiesta Arts Fair is an official “kick-off event” for San Antonio’s renowned Fiesta® San Antonio celebration — 11 days of merriment, pageantry, parties and parades, which bring thousands of visitors to the Alamo City every year in April.

Fiesta Arts Fair is a two-day, intimate, event that offers an estimated 12,000 knowledgeable and appreciative art lovers an opportunity to purchase high quality contemporary and traditional art and craft from approximately 110-115 exhibitors. The Fair also includes live national and regional music, Fiesta foods and a children’s art area — all in a beautiful setting, the picturesque and historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art.

Fiesta Arts Fair is a major fundraising event for the non-profit Southwest School of Art; gate proceeds benefit the community programs of this nationally known art institution.

“Great crowd and well organized event with first-rate entertainment.”

“Amazing grounds, wonderful people, good sales.”

I love the intimate size of the show; the patrons were kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic and supportive."

Artist Amenities
  • Volunteer Artist Relief/Booth Sitting
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Promotional postcards and free Fair map & artist listing
  • Air-conditioned hospitality room with separate indoor restrooms
  • Pre-ordered box lunches available
  • Saturday Artists’ Party
  • Juror awarded cash prizes

Artist Selection/Jury Process
Artists/exhibitors are selected on the basis of Fiesta Arts Fair’s standards of quality, originality and creativity, and production methodology as interpreted by a jury of 3 – 4 visual arts professionals. Prior to scoring, images are projected one at a time using a high quality digital projector as well as viewed on each juror's computer monitor. Jurors will also see the description, materials and dimensions for each image, and the artist statement. Applications are juried by media category. Each application is juried anonymously and given a numerical score, 1 – 7. Scores are computer tabulated and acceptance awarded to the highest scoring applicants.

Approximately 125 artists/exhibitors will be selected of which 6% will be invited and 94% will be selected through the jury process. Artist award winners from the previous year are given a one-year jury exempt status. Prior participation in any of the Fiesta Arts Fairs does not guarantee automatic selection to the Fair.

Eligible Media  Please read media categories carefully and apply under the appropriate listing.
  • Ceramic Functional or sculptural work made by hand from clay.
  • Non-Darkroom Photography & Digital Art* Original images, digitally enhanced or the manipulated from other source material executed using a computer and printed by the artists using ink-jet or laser printing methods. Works must be one-of-a-kind or numbered limited editions.
  • Drawing* Works created using dry media (crayon, charcoal, pencil, conté crayon, ink, marker or pastel) on paper, canvas or other two-dimensional surface.
  • Fiber/Leather/Papermaking Wearable and non-wearable work created using natural fiber materials including: basketry, weaving, surface design, needlework, papermaking and leather.
  • Glass Handblown, molded, fused, slumped or stained glass items that are not jewelry.
  • Jewelry All wearable jewelry items, cast or fabricated, in precious materials.
  • Jewelry: Non-Precious All jewelry constructed or assembled from non-precious metal, clay, glass or other material must be entered in this category.
  • Metal Functional objects cast, fabricated, formed, etched or made of welded metals with or without additional elements that are not jewelry.
  • Painting* Wet media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, tempera, lacquer, etc.) on paper, canvas or other flat surface.
  • Photography* Original archival prints in black & white, color or hand-tinted produced using traditional darkroom printing techniques. Works must be one-of-a-kind or numbered limited editions.
  • Printmaking* Original images, hand-manipulated and hand-pulled by the artist. All prints must be limited editions, signed and numbered.
  • Sculpture Non-functional three-dimensional works made from wood, clay, stone, metal, fiber or mixed media.
  • Wood Hand or machined-tooled, constructed, turned, or carved furniture, functional or sculptural objects constructed of wood.
  • 2-D Mixed Media* Flat work created from a combination of more than one type of physical material and that does not fit into another category.
  • 3-D Mixed Media  Dimensional work created from any combination of physical material.
*Please see Reproduction Policy listed under Standards.

Application Process
Applications will be accepted and processed through ZAPPlication.org**.
Submit four representative digital images of current work and a booth shot. Image dimensions: 1920 pixels x 1920 pixels.
For tips on image preparation go to Zapplication's Help Center.

Important Dates
  • Application Opens | August 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline | November 2, 2016
  • Notification & Contract emailed by December 5, 2016
  • Booth fee and signed contract due January 13, 2017
  • A $50 fee will be charge for all cancellations. No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 18, 2017.

  • Fiesta Arts Fair is open only to individual artists/exhibitors directly involved in the design and creation of the work they exhibit. No mass production work allowed.
  • All work must be original and made by hand — fabricated forms, kits, patterns or commercial product, regardless of modification or enhancement, will not be accepted.
  • Artists must be present during the event and must personally staff their booth. No dealers, agents or representatives will be permitted. Photo identification is required at check-in.
  • Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category for which they are accepted.
  • All jewelry, for example, must have been juried in the jewelry or non-precious jewelry category.
  • We reserve the right to reject any artist’s displayed items not in keeping with the images submitted.
  • Artist/exhibitors may enter in more than one medium, but must submit separate applications, fees and images. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited.
  • Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the digital/printmaking/photography category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered.
  • The Southwest School of Art retains the right to prevent an artist from exhibiting for conduct deemed, in the School’s sole discretion, unacceptable and/or detrimental to the mission and reputation of the SSA and Fiesta Arts Fair.
  • *Reproduction Policy: Reproduction Policy: Only limited edition (no Artists Proofs), signed and numbered reproductions of accompanying original artwork are allowed. Reproductions— including electrostatic (copier), inkjet (giclees) and offset lithographs — must be archival quality and clearly labeled “Reproduction”. Reproductions should comprise no more than 20% of the number of works in the artist’s booth, and should be unframed and displayed in bins or racks.

Booth Information
  • Contracts will be sent to accepted artists and must be returned along with full booth payment by January 13, 2017. Note: Booth payment is not an option through Zapplication.
  • The Fair offers 10-x-10-ft, 10-x-15 ft, or 10-x-20 ft booths. NOTE: 10-x-20 ft booths are limited. Most spaces are outdoors; a few (14%) are located indoors. Booth fees start at $350 for a 10-x-10 ft space and go up, depending on size and location. Corner spaces, electricity, tables and chairs are available for an additional fee. NOTE: Booth fees are not payable through Zapplication. Contracts will be emailed and must be sent back in by the accepted artist.
  • Preferences for booth location will be considered in the order of receipt of contract and booth fee.
  • Artists/exhibitors must provide their own tent and booth structure, which must be of sound design and not exceed the space allocated.
  • Exhibitors must contain their display and artwork within the dimensions of the booth space rented.  Behind the booth storage is not guaranteed.
  • All participating artists/exhibitors must check in on Friday between 8:00A – 5:00P. Set-up will continue through the night and all booth displays must be fully set up by early Saturday morning. Artists that cannot make the 5:00P check in, should contact the Fair in advance; failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of their booth space and payment.