Event Information

Art Deco Weekend 2017

Ocean Drive 5th through 14th Street
Miami Beach, Florida (South)

Phone: 305-672–2014
Event Dates: 1/13/17 - 1/15/17
Application Deadline: 1/8/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
WELCOME!  The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) invites you, as a fine artist, to apply to exhibit at the 40th annual Art Deco Weekend.  This highly-respected, 3-day community cultural festival will welcome over 150,000 South Florida residents and tourists again in 2017.   This is a FREE, family-friendly event and is open to the general public. 
Although applications will be accepted up until the festival, apply early and reserve your space today.  The festival always sells out.
Art Deco Weekend takes place on South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive.  Over 85 events will be offered, including:  a fine arts and antique pavilion, historic preservation lecture series, architectural tours, retro fashion show, classic car show, live jazz, dog show and kids’ area. 
The festival receives support from the City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs and Tourist Development Councils, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Arts Council. 
Our cultural partners include Bass Museum of Art, Wolfsonian Museum, History Miami, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami Center for Architecture and Design and more.  We have media partnerships with Miami Herald, Miami New Times, ClearChannel, WDNA, Welcome Magazine and Atlantic Broadband to promote the festival.
Visit our website at www.artdecoweekend.com to learn more.
We hope that you will join us for Art Deco Weekend!

General Information
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), a non profit organization, and its founder, Barbara Baer Capitman, created Art Deco Weekend in 1976 to bring awareness and appreciation to the iconic skyline of Art Deco buildings on Ocean Drive. 
The festival was the catalyst that saved the largest collection of Art Deco architecture concentrated in one small area in the world. Further, the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District is the first and largest Art Deco district in the United States to be recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. 
With that mission accomplished, there is still more to do!   MDPL continues to preserve, promote and protect our city through historic preservation and education initiatives, as well as through cultural awareness.   

Please visit our website at www.mdpl.org to learn more.
Art Deco Weekend is MDPL’s signature event and largest educational outreach program of the year.  Your participation in Art Deco Weekend helps make this possible, and we thank you for your support.

Note:  Although applications will be accepted up until the festival, apply early and reserve your space today.  The festival always sells out.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
First day fine arts applications accepted.
Rolling jury for application review and approval.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Deadline to enter official poster contest.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Space price increase.
Thursday, November 30, 2016
Deadline to withdraw and receive 50% refund of the booth fee.  After this date, no refunds will be given.
Wednesday & Thursday, January 11-12, 2016
11pm - 4pm  Registration
Friday, January 13, 2016
6am - 10am     Set-up
12nn - 11pm   Festival open
Saturday January 14, 2016
10am - 11pm.  Festival open
Sunday, January 15, 2016
10am - 8pm     Festival open
Sunday, January 15, 2016
8pm - 11pm            Tear down
Each exhibiting artist must complete an on-line application.  The application must include the fee and photos to be processed.
The Application Fee of $35 must be submitted with each application.  Booth fees will NOT be charged until acceptance.
Four (4) images are to be submitted with each application:
  • Three (3) images should be of individual work. They must be an accurate representation of the work to be exhibited and reflect current work by the artist.
  • One (1) image MUST be of a booth image or a display of the artist’s work.  If not available, a grouping of the artist’s work may be substituted. 
Regarding descriptions and pricing information:
  • Techniques, materials and dimensions may be included with your application.  Please use the “Description of Material and Technique” section of the application to describe materials and techniques used. 
  • Please also indicate the general price points of your works in your descriptions.

Collaborating Artists
If two of more artists work together, it may be regarded as one joint entry.  This should be identified in the application.
There will be a rolling jury process.  The panel will review applications weekly. Therefore, you will be notified of your status within 2 weeks of receipt of your completed application.  All jury decisions are final.
Again, we recommend that you apply early, as the festival always sells out.
The panel will award ribbons for:
  • ​Best in Show (1st Place)
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place 
The Best in Show artist also will receive:
  • Complimentary booth at the following year’s festival
  • $500 cash prize.
Judging will take place on Saturday, January 14.  Judges will visit each booth and score the artist on individual work as well as the presentation of the booth.
Clay and Ceramics - Original clay, ceramic and porcelain work other than jewelry.   If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece.  No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.
Digital Art - Images made with the assistance of a computer. All digital images printed must be signed and limited to a numbered edition of no more than 250.  Artist must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the festival.
Fiber/Textiles - Original work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking.  No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.  All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted in this category.
Glass - Original glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
Jewelry and Metalwork - Original works created through the forging, twisting and fabrication of various metals.  All jewelry, whether produced from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, glass, clay, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category.  No mass production techniques allowed.  No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media - Original works that incorporate more than one type of material in their production.
Painting -  Original creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil, acrylic paints, egg tempura, casein, alkyd or any combination of these pigments.
Photography - Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative or digital file that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision.  All images must be signed and limited to a 250 numbered edition.  Artist must disclose and display both their creative and printing process during the festival.
Printmaking and Drawing -  Original works created using dry media, including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes during the festival.
Sculpture -  Original three dimensional work done in any medium.
Watercolor - Original creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.
Wood - Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.  Embellished or painted, store bought furniture is not accepted.
Examples of items not accepted in the fine arts category, include:  dried or live flower arrangements, pressed flowers, poured molds, kit work, manufactured or mass produced items, including, but not limited to:  painting, glass, woodwork, clothing, jewelry, quilts, postcards and note cards, and tee shirts.  Please go to www. artdecoweekend.com, and click Vendor, to see other categories under which you may apply in order to sell these items.
Application Fee:                                          
$   35

Single Booth Fee (10’x10’):                        
 $ 550   (September 1 - October 31)
 $ 700   (November 1 - until sold out)

Double Booth Fee (10’x20’):                       
$1,100 (September 1 - October 31)
$1,400 (November 1 - until sold out)
Booth fees include:             
1 tent, 5 amps of electricity, 1 parking space
Other setup items:
Related items may be purchased separately, including:  additional electricity, flaps for tents, table rental, chair rental, etc.  Please see application for complete list and pricing.
Application fees are non-refundable.  Cancellations prior to November 30, 2016 will receive a 50% refund.  After November 30, 2016, no refunds will be made.

In addition to standard booth space as described above, fine artists also are eligible to apply for space in The Promenade, a special area featuring The Speakeasy Bar & Lounge sponsored by the Original Miami Antique Show, with additional fine arts, antique and vintage dealers.
  • Upscale ambiance.
  • Special features, including complete wooden floors.
  • Additional benefits.
  • Prime, highly-visible location.
  • Limited availability.  Only 16 spaces. 
  • Anchored by The Speakeasy Bar and Lounge. 
Please note all dealers will be vetted to ensure consistent quality.
More information on this area and applications are available.  Contact Marie Hernandez at MDPL at adwvendor@gmail.com
 305-672-2014 for details.
Please visit www.artdecoweekend.com for complete details.  Click Poster Contest to fill out the application.
All artists, whether you choose to exhibit at the festival or not, are encouraged and welcome to participate in the Art Deco Weekend Official Poster Contest.  The poster forms an integral part of the festival’s image for that year.  As such, it is utilized in marketing pieces, commercial products and television advertising.    This year’s theme is “The Colors of Miami Beach:  40 Years or Fabulous!”  Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.
The winning design will represent Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) and Art Deco Weekend in a creative way.  Visit our websites, www.mdpl.org and www.artdecoweekend.com, to learn about the organization and festival.   Please consider the festival’s theme, but be creative in your inspiration and interpretation and see where your imagination leads you.
The poster size is 24x36 inches.  Entries must be original work.  The work may be in any medium, including photography, painting or graphic design.  Poster text must include: Art Deco Weekend, Miami Design Preservation League, The Colors of Miami Beach, 40 Years of Fabulous, Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, January 13-15, 2017.
A non-refundable application fee of $25 will be required for each submission.
The winning artist may be asked to make special edits to the poster for different purposes.  The poster will be sold before, during and after the festival for many years to people around the world as a collectible item.
The wining artist will receive a booth at the 2016 festival, a cash prize of $500 and recognition in promotional materials and media.
The poster will be unveiled before the event in a VIP reception at the Art Deco Museum on Wednesday, November 30 during Art Basel Week.  The poster artist is invited to attend and to respond to media inquiries.  The original piece must be available for display purposes at both the unveiling and the festival.  In compensation for the limited rights to the image, the selected poster artist receives one of the most visible booths in the festival.
Contact Judith Frankel, Judith@mdpl.org, 305-672-2014 for further information specifically on the official poster contest.   
You can also visit www.artdecoweekend.com for complete details and then click Poster Contest to fill out the application.

  • Artists must be present all 3 days of the festival during all open hours.  No commercial dealers or agents are permitted to represent the artist.  The festival reserves the right to close down or remove any booth in which the artist is not present.
  • All artists are required to check in at Registration between 11-4 on Wednesday, January 10 or 11-4 on Thursday, January 12.  Photo ID is required.
  • All work must be the artist’s original work, no representations, and all artwork must be available for sale.
  • Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which he/she was accepted.
  • No artwork from molds, kits, or other commercial methods is allowed.  Ready-made objects (i.e., clothing, furniture), which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed or batiked will not be accepted.  Objects assembled from kits, pre-carved or pre-molded reproductions, manufactured parts or commercial displays will NOT be permitted.
  • All developing and printing of photographs must be done by the artist or under the direct supervision of the artist.
  • No posters, postcards, tee shirts or personal merchandise may be sold at the festival.
  • No sale or discount signs will be allowed.
  • Signed and numbered limited reproductions of the original works are limited to (1) medium size bin or one (1) inside wall area and must be identified as reproductions.
  • Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows, unless proof of an emergency is presented.
  • All artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Florida 7% sales tax.  No commission on sales will be paid to MDPL/Art Deco Weekend.
  • Photographers and digital artists may only sell signed and numbered works in limited editions of 250 or less.
  • Show staff reserves the right to review and approve all booth displays and signage to ensure it is consistent with the fine art and antique area of the show.
  • This is a “rain or shine” event.  There will be no refunds for cancellations due to weather.
Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

Booth Information
All fine artists, along with antique and vintage dealers, will be located together on Ocean Drive adjacent to The Promenade (a special area featuring The Speakeasy Bar & Lounge sponsored by the Original Miami Antique Show and additional fine arts, antique and vintage dealers).
Single  Booth Fee (10’x10’):             
$ 550   (September 1 - October 31)
$ 700   (November 1 - until sold out)

Double Booth Fee (10’x20’):              
$1,100 (September 1 - October 31)
$1,400 (November 1 - until sold out)
Booth fees include:           
(1) 10x10 tent (flaps not included) NOTE: Your booth rental can accomodate (1) tent. You may use your own or we will provide one at no extra charge. If you would like us to provide the tent you MUST check-off "Tent" from the "Product Menu"
(1) 5 amp outlet
(1) parking space (regular size vehicle)
Related items may be purchased separately, including:  additional electricity, flaps for tents, table rental, chair rental, etc.  Please see application for complete list and pricing.
All booth spaces measure approximately 10’ x 10’.  Booth and display must be constructed to withstand crowds and wind.  Exhibitors should be prepared for inclement weather with rain covers, tie-downs and weights.  Not all booth spaces are level; exhibitors are advised to bring leveling devices for tents and table displays.   Assistance from show volunteers will not be available for booth set-up and tear-down.  All Fire Marshall Rules will be strictly observed at all times.  Exhibitors will be held liable for any damage made if they use their own tents.  Each exhibitor is responsible for his/her own display in case of damage or loss.  Exhibitors may choose to use an official Art Deco Weekend tent or to supply their own.