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Art City Austin Festival 2017
Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas (South)
Phone: (512) 609-8587
Event Dates: 3/31/17 - 4/2/17
Application Deadline: 12/1/16 Midnight CST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Application Fee): $40.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
Art City Austin is located in downtown Austin, Texas at the Palmer Event Center grounds and under the shaded canopy. 2017 marks the 67th year of this event, but just the second at this extraordinary new venue that received rave reviews from guests and artists alike. Art City Austin is unique in its pairing of an art festival with a boutique gallery art fair all as a single art experience. Approximately 125 artists will exhibit outdoors and under the canopy and 25 galleries will exhibit inside the Palmer Event Center (separate application process for indoor booths, there is a limited opportunity inside for self-represented artists.)
In planning for 2017 we assembled an advisory panel of past artists to consult on changes. Here is some of what’s in store for 2017…
Art City Austin is presented by the nonprofit organization Art Alliance Austin, whose mission is to improve and grow the art marketplace in Austin. Art Alliance works closely with the City of Austin, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and other local and regional partners to make this event special.
SHOW DATES & HOURS
Friday, March 31, 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, April 1, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 2, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Extended to Sunday, December 11th!
JURY & ACCEPTANCE
Dec 11-19, 2016
All artists notified on December 20th
Invited artists who have not paid the booth fee by February 1, 2017 will be assumed withdrawn from the show.
No refunds processed after February 15th
Digital artist packets sent March 6th
Artist check-in and load-in Thursday, March 30th & Friday, March 31st
Load out by midnight Sunday, April 2nd
VERY IMPORTANT ***NEW FIRE CODE FOR ALL ARTIST PROVIDED TENTS***
Austin Fire Department requires that all tents and all sidewalls and combustible materials MUST have a certificate showing that they meet the performance criteria of NFPA 701. Certificate can be printed or a tag/stamp on the tent showing the NFPA 701 certification. Tents not meeting this requirement may be asked to break down their tent and refunds will not be given for not meeting this requirement. Please ensure that your tent meets the necessary standard for Austin Fire Department. Art Alliance Austin is aware that other certifications are available and accepted at other festivals, but this is the ONLY one required by Austin Fire Department.
*If tents are rented through Zapp, Art Alliance Austin will make sure the fire code is met with NFPA 701 certification.
Artists may apply once per category and in a maximum of four categories. Collaborating artists may apply to participate at the event, but only their joint work may be shown and sold. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces. Art Alliance Austin reserves the right to refuse any application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Jury Fee: $40 Non-refundable check(s) or online MC or VISA payment to Art Alliance Austin for each medium to be exhibited. Must be a separate payment submitted with application. Fee deposited upon receipt. Checks can be mailed to Art Alliance Austin, P.O. BOX 5705, Austin, TX 78763.
APPLICATION MEDIA CATEGORIES
2-D MIXED MEDIA: Original work incorporating more than one material.
3-D MIXED MEDIA: Original 3- dimensional work incorporating more than one material.
CERAMICS: Original clay work. No machine made or mass produced work is accepted. Each item must be signed.
FIBER: Original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, painted fabric and baskets.
GLASS: Original work in which the primary material is glass. No manufactured molds or other forms of mass production allowed.
GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING/DRAWING: Original works made with pen, pencil,
charcoal or traditional printmaking. Prints hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
JEWELRY: Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, clay, fiber, etc. No mass production techniques allowed.
METALWORK: Includes all non sculptural, non jewelry works crafted from metals.
PAINTING: Original painted works made with oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels.
PHOTOGRAPHY/DIGITAL ART: Prints from original negatives must be processed by the artist or under artist's supervision.
SCULPTURE: Original non-functional, 3-dimensional work of any material.
WOODWORK: Original woodwork, hand tooled, carved, or machine worked.
Contact Andrea Hyland at email@example.com if you need assistance with your application.
ABOUT THE JURY PROCESS
Art City Austin festival invites approximately 125 artists. Artists are selected through a blind jury process.
Ninety percent (90%) of the artist spaces are selected through the jury process, meaning the remaining 10% is made up of the previous year’s award winners and a selection of show director invitations. The jury consists of local art experts, including museum curators, university professors, gallery owners and artists. Jurors will score each applicant up to seven points, scoring 1 through 7. The image description information provided by the artist will be made available to the jury upon request. The decision of the jury is based solely on the images and is final. A wait-list of additional artists is used for replacement purposes.
BOOTH FEES & SITE PLAN
Accepted artists will submit booth fee check(s) or on-line through ZAPP.
Booth spaces are assigned in order that we receive in-full booth payment. Additional priority is given to the following categories in this order:
1. Recent Art City Austin award winners
2. Returning artists who exhibited in Art City Austin 2016
3. New artists and returning artists that did not show in Art City Austin 2016
4. Artists admitted off of the wait list
Corner booths, electricity supplements, and double booths are limited and will be available on ZAPP on a first paid, first served basis starting the day invitation emails are sent.
Link to Art City Austin site map: https://www.
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
• Festival display must approximately match submitted booth shot.
• One exhibitor is allowed per booth, unless all work is collaborative and the artists were juried in as a collaboration.
ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS, SET-UP AND SALES
ABOUT ART ALLIANCE AUSTIN
Art Alliance Austin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin’s contemporary art community. The organization works collaboratively with galleries, artists, museums, and independent curators to create a diverse and powerful series of programming that highlights Austin as an emerging contemporary arts capital. Each April, Art Alliance produces Art City Austin, Austin’s original fine art festival and the largest art marketplace in central Texas, that now includes a boutique contemporary art fair featuring the best galleries from across the state inside the Palmer Event Center. Additional programming includes, Austin Art Weekly, Austin Art Breaks, PechaKucha, and Art Austin (ArtAustin.org) a coalition of galleries, museums, and spaces. For more information, please visit www.artallianceaustin.org.
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