Event Information

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2017

Lower Town Arts District
Paducah, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 270-908-0090
Event Dates: 5/19/17 - 5/20/17
Application Deadline: 1/15/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

This year’s Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) is FRI, May 19th & SAT, May 20th.




Seven years ago a group of artists in Lower Town took over the reins of the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival. We are proud to say that LTAMF has grown into an event that has gained statewide awards (a 'Top Ten' festival in KY) and national attention on CNN and NPR.


Our Festival takes place on the streets of 7 blocks in Lower Town (our charming Historic and Arts District). Paducah has now been designated a UNESCO World Creative City for Crafts & Folk Art; only 1 of 3 in the USA.


We partner with the City of Paducah to create two days of regional magic. As a result, our Festival attracts crowds in excess of 15,000. We are known for our Paducah Hospitality and we have an amazing volunteer workforce! 


LTAMF is a small outdoor event; we have 90-100 booths of artists and local food (The Taste of Paducah). We like the intimacy and we want our artists to continue to make a profit. We feel that it is mutually beneficial for both our artists and our patrons to get to know each other. After all, we are neighbors! 


If you have any questions, please feel free to call Co-Director, Victoria Terra, 

at 270-908-0090 or email: lowertownartsandmusicfestival@gmail.com.

General Information



Friday, May 19th - 3pm to 10:30pm 

Saturday, May 20th - 10am to 10:30pm 

-Artists may close their booths at 8pm in the evenings but are encouraged to stay open ‘till the music ends.

-Please note that there is no festival on Sunday and artist load-out will be Sunday morning.



Application deadline: January 15, 2017

Online jurying: January 16th - 24th, 2017

Notifications by  email: February 1, 2017

Acceptances & Booth payment deadline: March 1, 2017

Waitlist Acceptance Notifications: March 7, 2017 (ongoing as needed)

Cancellation Deadline with full refund: March 15, 2017 

Cancellation Deadline with 1/2 refund: April 1, 2017


-Load in and set up information is sent out as artists accept their invitations to participate.



Application fee: $30

Booth fee: $175  (all booths are 10 x 10, have TWO corners, electricity is included, and doubles are available) Such a deal!



1. Open to all artists that live within a 350-mile radius of Paducah, KY. 

2. All work must be original to the artist applying and completed within the last 2 years.

3. No work assembled from kits.

4. At least 75% of all work displayed must be original works; reproductions must be limited editions and clearly marked as such.

5. Artist must be present and in their booth during the entire Festival.



- Painting: Two-dimensional works created with acrylics, oils, watercolors, tempera, gouache.


- Drawing: Two-dimensional created with graphite, charcoal, pastels, or conte crayon.


- Fiber: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, batik, etc., or wearable art where the primary material is fiber.


- Ceramics: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.


- Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.


- Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining plastic, stone, rock, marble, ceramic, metal, glass, wood, sound, text, or light and are created directly by finding or carving, assembled, built together, fired, welded, molded, or cast.


- Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.


- Jewelry: Work primarily made from precious and or non-precious metals, including 14k gold or sterling silver, and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.


- Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass and where the artist forms the material directly. No forms of mass production are permitted.


-Mixed Media: Work where the primary intention is the union of two or more media.


-Other: Printmakers, ironworkers, non-fiber weavers and all the other nifty artists who don’t have an ‘easy’ category. 



1. An outdoor 10 X 10 corner booth space with two corners  and electricity (300 watts of 110 voltage). All of our booths are set up in pairs on the street. We provide overnight security on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 

2. Convenient set up and breakdown. Set up is on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Breakdown is Sunday morning (you may breakdown after the show closes at 10:30pm on Saturday night but can't drive in until our patrons are off the premises).  All of our booths are easily accessible and you can drive right up to yours to unload and load up.

2. Our Festival truly cares about our artists’ needs. We have over 200 community volunteers that do everything from man our hospitality suite (continental breakfast every morning and snacks throughout the festival days) to booth sitting to delivering water and lunches every day. Yes, we provide breakfast, courtesy water*, and lunch**!

3. We advertise extensively, flooding our region with billboard, print, radio and television advertising. We also hit the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Lexington, Memphis, and Nashville.

4. We have a neighborhood potluck in your honor on the Thursday before the festival to welcome you. It’s a big warm fuzzy! 

5. We have cash awards. We have Awards of Excellence ($500 each) and Awards of Merit ($250 each). There are no particular categories; the judge will decide who stands out. We have three Awards of Excellence and three Awards of Merit.

6. Limited Artist Home-Stay opportunities. Our community members love to get to know our Festival Artists and you get to know a Paducah-ian. Win-Win. 

7. You get to hang with folks from all over your region. You also get to eat locally prepared food, hear some great music, drink Schlafly, Paducah Beer Werks, & Dry Ground Brewing beer or Alto Pass Vineyard’s wine or both, hear the echoes of laughter drifting out of our Laugh Tent and have an all-around terrific time.

*You will receive a top quality water bottle when you check in and we have a water cart that will make 2 - 3 rounds per day to give you complimentary ice water. 

**Each artist booth will receive one complimentary lunch. Additional lunches may be pre-ordered and purchased at cost. Details to be provided after acceptance.



We are so fortunate to have two wonderful and talented women that jury our Festival for us! 

-Marcie Christensen is from the Lexington area and from 2005 - 2011 she coordinated Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival in Midway, KY. Under her leadership that festival was named among AmericanStyle Magazine’s Top 10 Art Festivals five years in a row, the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, and the Kentucky Tourism Council’s Top 10 Events. Marcie’s website is: www.compassroseworks.com.

-Based in Columbia, MO, Diana Moxon is the Executive Director of the Columbia Art League (CAL) and of CAL’s annual Art in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival. As the Executive Director she has curated and overseen 10 years of juried art shows in the gallery working with jurors from across the state of Missouri. She has also been the guiding force for Art in the Park since 2007, expanding the festival from a regional to national show. 

We LOVE our jurors! Their insight and thoughtfulness is invaluable and we cherish their involvement in our Festival.







Co-Director, Victoria Terra: 270-908-0090 or email her at: lowertownartsandmusicfestival@gmail.com


On the web at: www.lowertownamf.com


Snail Mail:

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival

514 N 7th St.

Paducah, KY 42001






Our past LTAMF 2016 was our most successful yet! Such talented artists, great musical performance, and over 17,000 patrons….WOW!  And what a year we have had since then. On of our founding Co-Directors, Michael Terra, has stepped down. We shall miss him dearly but don’t you for one minute think that we have lost him! He will still be closely involved and will always put his oar in. 

Another big change for LTAMF is that we have moved under the umbrella of the Yeiser Art Center. Everyone is thrilled; LTAMF needed a bricks & mortar home and The Yeiser wanted to be more involved in a community event. Fabulous for everyone!!!  You will all meet our new Co-Conspirator, Stacey Reason (Executive Director of The Yeiser), at LTAMF 2017.

Everyone at LTAMF World Headquarters is already busy at work creating another unforgettable Festival. We hope to see you there!!


Blessings Abound,


Victoria Terra

One of the many mucky mucks of LTAMF





Be nice.
Play well together.
Enjoy the day.
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