Event Information

Palm Beach Contemporary 2017

The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds - 9067 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, Florida (South)

Phone: 561-635-2037
Event Dates: 3/10/17 - 3/12/17
Application Deadline: 12/31/16 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Zapp Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
PALM BEACH CONTEMPORAY: THE ART, DESIGN & FASHION EVENT OF THE YEAR IN PALM BEACH! is produced A&E Show Group, whose principals have a combined 30 years of experience in the art show business.  A&E Show Group is committed to bringing only the ‘best of the best’ to the event and will ultimately select no more than 150 of the nation's top contemporary artists in the categories listed in this call. The artist selection process began as an invitational, and thus far approximately 90 of the available spaces have been filled.  We realize, however, that there are many talented artists we have not met, and so we have decided to utilize the services of ZAPP to ensure that all interested artists have a chance to be considered.  A&E Show Group is committed not only to bringing the very best artists to its events, we are further committed to presenting a balanced group of artists. To that end, we will limit the number of artists in each of the categories detailed in this call. Please visit our website: www.pbartshow.comWe invite you to submit your application for review. Artists will be invited on a rolling basis and you will be notified immediately.

General Information
Move-in Date: March 9, 2017
Show Dates: March 10-12, 2017
Move-out Date: March 12, 2017
Show Hours:
Friday, March 10: 10am-6pm
Saturday, March 11: 10am-6pm
Sunday, March 12: 11am-5pm
Booth sign
Badge for you and your assistant
24-hour security
Jewelry lock-up (extra charge)
Booth sitters
Website presence
Listing with image in 4-color program guide
Additional paid advertising opportunities
WiFi throughout the hall
Cash Awards
Artists' lounge
FREE parking for artists and patrons
FREE trailer parking
RV accommodations (additional cost) arranged through the venue
10 complimentary tickets to give to patrons
Complimentary electronic postcard, personalized with image of your work and name

Best in Show: $2000
Collector's Award: $1000
Award of Excellence, Fashion: $500
Award of Excellence, Jewelry: $500


Palm Beach Contemporary is open to all artist who are residents of and working in the United States. Work must be produced by the artist or under their personal direct supervision. Work should be made by hand or with appropriate tools.
Eligible media categories include basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.

Categories not accepted: fine arts such as painting, photography, lithography, etc., (except when incorporated into an otherwise acceptable category); soft sculptures; musical instruments; dried flower arrangements; pressed flowers; seed and pod decorations; cut bottles and embellished objects such as painted boxes, weather boards, stones, shells, buttons, decorated furniture and handmade reproductions. Objects made from commercial reproduction, commercial kits or commercially available plans are not acceptable.

Artists may only show work in categories represented on their entry. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, and category of work represented in digital images.When choosing a media category, allow the function of the work to determine the category rather than the material (i.e., metal furniture should apply in furniture and not in metal). If an individual artist or collaborating team is invited to display work in one category and wishes to display work in an additional category, the artist must call the show organizer to discuss the availability of space in the two separate media categories.

Basketry: Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.
Ceramics: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay.
Wearable Art: Work where the primary intention is to be worn and where the primary material is fiber (excluding leather).
Decorative Fiber: Decorative wall hangings, quilts, rugs, etc., where the primary material is fiber.
Furniture: Work where the primary intention is furniture, including clocks and lamps. All media are included.
Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass that has been hand-formed, hand-worked, hand-blown or hand-cast.
Jewelry: Work primarily made from materials including precious metals and stones, sterling, non-precious metals or other materials such as acrylic, clay, fiber, glass, leather, paper, polymer clay, and wood.
Leather: Work where the primary material is leather, including belts, handbags, wearables and sculptural work.
Metal: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal.
Mixed Media: Work where the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media.
Paper: Functional and sculptural work created primarily from paper.
Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood.

One of the most important jobs we will have, all of us, will be to develop and build our brand in the market. The importance of this task cannot be overstated. For this reason, shopping bags bearing the name and or logo of other shows will not be allowed. We will provide you with a supply of bags bearing the Palm Beach Contemporary logo. The bags are conversation starters and reminders of the amazing event they came from, and can only help increase awareness and help us grow. Bags and boxes bearing your name and or logo will also be allowed.

Booth Information
10'x10' - $1250
10'x15' - $1650
10'x20' - $2100
Corner - add $325 (Limited number of corners available, awarded on a first-come basis)
Electricity - add $105 for 500watts, add $210 for 1000watts
Jewelry Lock-up - $100

There will be no shared booths.

Artists must furnish or rent their own display equipment including booth walls or pipe & drape, carpet, chairs, display cases and lights, and order and pay for electricity.

500-watt electrical drop will be provided for a flat fee of $105.
1000-watt electrical will be provided for a flat fee of $210.
Electricity fee will be paid to and ordered by A&E Show Group (Palm Beach Contemporary.)

Artist’s work presented in his/her booth must be consistent with the type and quality represented in the application submission. Artists must be present for the duration of the show and may have an assistant with them. Sales representatives are NOT allowed.

Palm Beach Contemporary will provide 24-hour security inside the venue; however, each artist exhibits at his or her own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. JPParssi, Inc., A&E Show Group, Palm Beach Contemporary or The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds are not responsible for damage, theft or loss of an individual's work or belongings. A secured overnight lock-up will be available to jewelers at an additional charge.

There are a limited number of spaces in each media category. Any artist who is invited and accepts the invitation will be required to submit additional paperwork and payment as follows:
by November 30, 2016 - 50% of of booth fee
by December 31, 2016 - balance of booth fee + electricity and jewelry lockup (if ordered)

Once a contract to participate has been executed, cancellation and refund of deposit can be made within 3 days of receipt of submitted contract. Otherwise, there are NO refunds. The $35 application fee paid through ZAPP is non-refundable except in the event that Palm Beach Contemporary is cancelled.