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Art City Austin Festival 2017

Location:
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.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary

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.)



General Information
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…
 
  • New Booth Pricing - $550 is now our standard booth price.
  • Revised site plan – We added more booths under the canopy, packing more together and tightening the aisles to create a more energetic art buying experience. Additionally, we have eliminated booths on the far north end of the drive that received less traffic.
  • Select your booth location – Click here for the site map and provide your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd booth location preference in the application. We’ll be assigning booths based on when booth payments are made with additional priority going to recent award winners and 2016 participating artists.
  • New marketing plan – Art Alliance Austin has a new PR and Design team!  Our new team is developing a new strategy for radio, tv, print, social media/online, and even more gorilla marketing!  We’ll have a $75k equivalent marketing budget to drive more traffic to the festival.
  • Revised Friday hours and event – We want patrons to experience ALL of the festival and artists (outdoors and indoors) on a special Friday preview day!  Friday hours have been shortened to 4:00-8:00 PM and food/drinks will be available around the site. Throughout the weekend we’ll be partnering with curators, critics, and other art experts to conduct guest tours of the amazing fine art that makes up Art City Austin!
 
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
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE
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.
 
ARTIST AMENITIES
  • Nearby hotel accommodations and support services (restaurants, gas stations, shopping).
  • Central location with plentiful public parking.
  • $5,000 in total cash awards, up to 20 re-invitation awards
  • Check-in package, continental breakfasts, hospitality area, and booth sitters.
  • Extensive local and regional marketing. Free festival map highlighting participating artists.
  • 24-hour on-site security.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
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.
 
DIGITAL IMAGES
  • Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
  • Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work. Image number 5 must be a display of the artist’s work, showing the overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory.
  • If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to demonstrate how the artist displays their work.
  • NOTE: This is a blind jury process; please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.
 
Contact Andrea Hyland at info@artallianceaustin.org 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.
  • $550 –Booth Space:  10’x10’ booth space with no outside pegs or ropes and lighting systems provided by Artist. 
  • $1050 – Double Booth Space: Double booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application.
  • $150 - End Booth Supplement: End booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application. Limited quantities available.
  • $100 - Electricity Supplement: Only available in booth zones 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12, see map. Includes 1000 watts of electricity. Booths are NOT required to be lit. There are only limited locations that have the electricity supplement option. Note: this price is determined by the event venue and ranges in cost from $65-$135, but averaged to $100 which is why it is priced as such
 
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.artallianceaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Art-City-Austin-2017-Booth-Zones-copy.png
 
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
  • No work may be exhibited or sold that has been made from commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods.
  • NEW! The vast majority of exhibited work must match the quality, style, and medium as represented by the artist in his or her submitted images. Artists must exhibit at least 85% work in the media category for which they are accepted – this allows artists to show up to 15% experimental work and/or secondary mediums (except for jewelry, only those applying in jewelry category can sell jewelry). We hope that this will create a stronger display and allow for greater artistic creativity.
  • All jewelry must have been juried in the jewelry category.
•   NEW! Artists must define “a limited edition” through their Artist Statement and must disclose their process to the buyer. Original art must occupy at least 75% of the applicant’s booth space. Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."
  • Non-original promotional items (i.e. postcards, photocopies, notecards, posters, mousepads, etc.) are not permitted to be displayed or sold at the festival
  • Accepted artists are required to display an artist’s Statement in a prominent place within their booth throughout the duration of the festival.
•   Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."
•   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
  • Artists must be present during the entire event and must personally staff their exhibit space.
  • Artists must sign a liability release form before gaining access to the festival site.
  • Artists must obtain a Texas Sales Tax Permit (Note: It is not the responsibility of Art alliance Austin to advise exhibitors of any city, state or local taxes with respect to payment. All city, state and local taxes, and licenses, if any, are the responsibility of participating exhibitors).
  • No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend the event in place of the artist.
  • Each artist is required to show photo identification at check-in.
  • Assistance from festival staff will not be available for booth set-up.
  • No commission on sales will be charged.
  • Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations.
  • Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future
  • Each artist must supply their own clean white tent. Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’ (Limited double spaces are available). Rental tents are available when making your booth order on ZAPP. No outside rentals will be allowed to be delivered to the festival site.
  • 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.
  • TENT WEIGHTING AND LEVELING: Each outdoor exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 11’ deep by 10’ wide, with extra storage behind. End booths or double booths may be available for a higher fee (see "Fees" section). Most of the event takes place on a paved/cement surface, which prohibits anchoring any supports into the ground. Some booths may be placed in the grass, but anchoring any supports into the ground is still prohibited. Exhibitors are responsible for providing racks, tables, display units or other fixtures suitable for outdoor use. Not all booth locations are perfectly level due to slight surface variations. Exhibitors are advised to bring leveling devices for table displays. Exhibitors MUST be prepared for any inclement weather including the possibility of high winds, with appropriate rain covers, tie-downs and weights. A minimum of 200 lbs. of weight must be applied to EVERY tent on site. A team will visit your booth during set up, and additional weights may be rented at that time if 200 lb. minimum is not met. 
 
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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