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Art in the Park 2017, Columbia MO

Location:
Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201
Columbia, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 573 443 8838
Show Dates: 6/3/17 - 6/4/17
Application Deadline: 2/10/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee (due by Friday, February 10th)): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Art in the Park heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Art in the Park welcomes 110 artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2017 festival will be the 59th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

"There are several really good shows out there. Some work well as the buying energy is really high. Some have logistics down to a science. Others are good because the enthusiasm from the patrons is incredible. Some are just plain fun to do because the staff treats you so well. Columbia has all these elements and more. You have a great crew out there! Great crews have great leaders." Robert, photographer, Georgia, 2016 festival participant




 

General Information
ART IN THE PARK, COLUMBIA MO

2017 FESTIVAL DATES & HOURS

Saturday, June 3 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 4 10am-4pm

BOOTH & JURY FEES

Jury fee:
$30 - payable via Zapplication, non-refundable. If you pay by check, please make checks payable to: Columbia Art League

Booth fee:

Mid-row (opens on one side)
$210 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$260 - 12' x 12' non-member

Corner (opens on two sides)
$240 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$290 - 12' x 12' non-member

Double
$450 - 24' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$550 - 24' x 12' non-member

Please note that the booth fees must be paid by check directly to the Columbia Art League by March 10th, and mailed to: Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. No credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Available: November 1, 2016
Application Deadline: February 10, 2017
Notification of Invitation: February 27, 2017
Accept & purchase deadline: March 10, 2017
Deadline for a full refund: March 24, 2017
Deadline for a 50% refund: April 21, 2017
Set-up: Friday 2 June, 8am-6pm

SHOW OVERVIEW

Art in the Park heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Art in the Park welcomes 110 artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2017 festival will be the 59th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Although the park has space for many more artists, the festival is capped at 110 artists to better serve those participating artists. Local marketing promotes heavily the fact that this is a buying opportunity for all visitors, especially art patrons.

In support of the main event, Columbia's premier Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, the 2017 Art in the Park will include strolling entertainment for children, a small acoustic stage, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion showing work by local high school and undergraduate students, a Young Collector's Tent, art installations and a food court.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

Art in the Park is a designated Signature Series event by the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and is recognized and supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs.

In February 2015, festival organizer, the Columbia Art League was recognized by the Missouri Arts Council as the Arts Organization of the Year for the State of Missouri.

"So, I have done a couple of shows since attending Columbia, some really big and some small, and I wanted to give you some feedback to reflect on. Compared to many other shows: You guys really have your shit together! Seriously. You seem to be hitting on all the details that make up a really great show: Not too big. Great volunteers. Great attitudes. Good advertising. Good relief; amenities. Good artists. Great dinner. RV parking. Water. Breakfast Burritos. Nice venue. Communication. Load in/load out assistance. Good show layout. Strong community support. You treat artists with respect and make us feel like we are appreciated (you have no idea how many of the bigger shows forget that the artists have a little something to do with their success). Strong leadership. Thanks!" Robert, photography, Georgia, 2016 festival participant (second year)

"Thank you Diana!!  You all did a fabulous job. We felt very valued and respected. The volunteers were wonderful and all the special touches really made a difference. Loved the frozen washcloths! .... And the folks were buying!!! Thank you for everything!  Great show! I hope to come back next year!" Maggie, painting, Missouri, 2016 festival participant (fifth year)

"Words can’t express what an amazing weekend I had being a part of your wonderful festival!!  Perfect weather, attentive and giving volunteers, generous customers, and a dedicated executive director made this the best show I’ve had to date (record sales, empty bins, not to mention the jury nod).  I feel honored and proud to have been invited to participate in such a well-run festival, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank YOU again for everything!!" Cheryl, photography, Missouri, 2016 festival participant (first year)

"Your show is one of our favorites!  You know how to treat your artists ... when we think of the shows we really enjoy doing ... Akron Arts Expo, Allentown Arts Festival, Cedarhurst, Orange Beach, Alabama, and Columbia Missouri are all up there at the top.  And the reasons are the same ... good locale and a great promoter and staff. Thanks for another great year!" Ruthann, metal, Michigan, 2016 festival participant (second year)

"I do art shows over most of the Midwest, from as far south as Dallas, Texas, north to Des Moines, Iowa.  Never have I been involved with a show that was as well thought out, organized and managed as Art in the Park.  Hopefully, I will successfully jury into the 2017 show and return to Columbia!" Jim, photography, Missouri, 2016 festival participant (first year)


LOOKING AFTER OUR FRIENDS!

- Artist breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday night artist award dinner
- Lunch boxes delivered to booths on Saturday
- Free, limited edition festival t-shirt
- Free, limited edition festival reusable acrylic tumbler
- Water delivered to artist booths all weekend
- Booth sitters
- Extensive volunteer assistance with load in and load out
- Free, reserved parking next to the park
- Artist hospitality tent with snacks
- Overnight security on Friday and Saturday
- Hotel discounts
- Official Festival Program includes color thumbnail image of each exhibiting artist and website information
- Website includes full-color image with name and link to each artist's website.
- Award winners automatically invited back to following year's show.

CASH AWARDS

Our cash awards total $5,400 and are chosen by a team of 3 judges, who review all the artwork on site during the festival. They start their rounds at 9.30am on Saturday morning. Each judge reviews those artists in his or her specialty medium as well as those in his or her additional areas of knowledge. We ask our judges to stop and talk to each artist to learn about your techniques. Once they have reviewed their list of artists, the judges will confer and together revisit the top three artists in each award category. As a group, the judges will then choose the overall and category award winners.

Best in Show: $1,250
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $750
Best in Painting/2D Media: $300
Best in Sculpture/3D Media: $300
Best in Photography: $300
Best in Fiber: $300
Best in Wood: $300
Best in Jewelry: $300
Best in Glass; $300
Best in Ceramics: $300

AWARD DINNER

On Saturday evening, our friends at Parkade Center, host a beautiful award dinner for all the artists with hearty food (fried chicken, fish, mashed potato, a variety of salads and dessert) plus beer, wine and soft drinks. The event starts at 7pm and includes live music as well as the award ceremony - which we host rather like it's the Academy Awards! ("The dinner was lovely what with the music and bar offerings - and the awards ceremony was wonderfully managed-really one of the best we've ever attended." Sydney, mixed media, Georgia, 2015 festival participant)

MARKETING

We believe marketing is the cornerstone of a successful festival and we work hard to get the message out to as many people as possible. Our key message is always 'BUY ART!' Here's what we did for the 2016 festival, and which is pretty much our same plan for the upcoming 2017 fest:

* Full page color ad in the April/May issue of Missouri Life Magazine
* Half page color ad in the June/July issue of Missouri Life Magazine
* Full page color ad in Columbia Business Times Magazine
* Half page color ad in Columbia Home Magazine
* Half page color ad in the May issue of Inside Columbia Magazine
* Half page color ad in the May issue of Prime Magazine
* Half page color ad in The Missourian newspaper on Friday 5th June
* Half page color ad in Relocating Columbia magazine
* Twice per week ads in the Jefferson City News Tribune and Fulton Sun
* Twice per week ads in the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper starting this week
* Daily radio advertising on local NPR affiliate, KBIA starting on May 20th
* Daily radio advertising on KPLA/KFRU commercial stations starting on May 18th
* Daily TV commercials on ABC17 and ME TV channels starting on May 20th
* Two billboards on I-70
* 50 yard signs placed in strategic yards around the city
* 4000 postcards mailed out
* 200 posters distributed around the city
* Dedicated website: Art In The Park Columbia as well as our regular Columbia Art League website
* Two Facebook pages: facebook.com/ArtInTheParkColumbia and facebook.com/ArtLeague
* Regular e-news reminders and twitter tweets
* Working with the Columbia Daily Tribune to feature one of the festival artists for the three Sundays prior to the festival in their arts section, Ovation.

EXEMPT ARTISTS:

2016 festival award winners are exempt from the jury payment and process for the 2017 festival, but must still apply via Zapplication®, http://www.zapplication.org. The deadline for exempt artist applications is TUESDAY, January 31, 2017.  Submit one application per category.

Exempt Artists will receive a code via email to allow them to apply without paying the application fee.

Please note that exempt Artists must pay their 2017 booth fee by check, payable to the Columbia Art League, by Friday, February 10, 2017. Checks should be mailed to Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. Please note that no credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

ARTIST SELECTION
 
  • The Art in the Park jury invites 110 artists to exhibit at the festival.  Submitted work will be judged on overall artistic excellence, which will take into account uniqueness of voice, aesthetics, design components, technique, execution, quality, originality and creative use of materials.
  • Our jury comprises 5-6 working artists and other art professionals from the fields of academia and gallery retail. All works are reviewed anonymously, so please ensure that your name is not visible in any of your submitted images or those images will have to be rejected.
  • The jury awards points to each entrant ranging from 7 (excellent) to 1 (weak) omitting 4.
  • The jury also selects a wait list. Wait-listed artists will be invited as space becomes available prior to the event.
  • Artists wishing to apply in more than one medium must submit four artwork images and one booth image for each medium.
  • A booth shot is required and is taken into account during the selection process, especially in those cases where the jury feels an artist's submission is in the gray area between invitation and wait list.

OVERNIGHT SECURITY

Overnight security is provided by Citadel Security Investigations who have provided our overnight security for the past 5 years. Their officers patrol the site throughout the night and are on duty from 6pm-7am overnight Friday, and 5pm-7am overnight Saturday. They are also in direct contact with the Columbia Police Department.

CANCELLATIONS

Please note the following cancellation dates:

March 24, 2017 - deadline for a full refund
April 21, 2017 - deadline for a 50% refund
No refunds are available after April 21st.
 

Rules/Regulations
ELIGIBILITY & RULES
 
  • Artists must be present and must personally staff their booth during the entire event. Only artists displaying their own original work may participate. No stand-in or proxy exhibitors are allowed to represent the artist(s). If two artists collaborate, it is considered a joint entry and they should exhibit a single body of work. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work, which is collaborative. Collaborative signatures must appear on all materials exhibited.
  • All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s). Commercially cast jewelry, molds and imported or commercially-made products (including fiber/wearables); or pieces done by a production studio are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Artists in the 2D categories are allowed to sell reproductions of their original work in limited, signed and numbered editions, but reproductions cannot represent the majority of work in the booth.
  • Artists may only exhibit work in the media categories in which they have been accepted. The work exhibited must match the quality and style of work represented by the artist in his or her application.
  • Artists may apply to exhibit in more than one category but must a submit a second online application and remit a second jury fee.
  • All jewelry must be designed and executed by the exhibiting jeweler. Beaded work, where the artist has purchased the beads rather than working the beads/stones/gems his or herself, may not comprise more than 10% of the work displayed. Artists will be asked to remove work not conforming with this rule.
  • Only artists accepted in the jewelry categories may display and sell jewelry.
  • Each applicant is required to submit four quality jpg images representative of the work to be exhibited. A fifth jpg image must show his or her display booth with work visible and the set-up representative of the booth display at Art in the Park. The artist's name should not be visible in the booth image.
  • Artists must be aged 18 years or older.
  • Artists are responsible for their own sales tax (please see important note below)
  • Art in the Park is an outdoor show and exhibitors will be at Stephens Lake Park, rain or shine. Artists should come prepared for all weather!
  • Artists are provided a 12' x 12' ground space. Artists must bring their own white 10' x 10' tent, which should be sturdy enough to withstand the elements. Set-up is on grass, and artists are asked to bring weights and stakes with them to ensure the safety of their tent during the festival.
  • Please note that there is no electricity provided for artists. Generators may only be used under extenuating circumstances and must be pre-arranged with the festival organizer. Any accepted generators must be muffled and not infringe upon any other exhibitors space nor pose a hazard to festival goers.

SALES TAX - PLEASE NOTE THE RULES FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI

Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax. Missouri now requires all vendors, both in-state and out-of-state, to have their own Missouri tax identification number if they make sales at retail. Vendors must use this sales tax number to report all their sales tax information.. All artists must have a Missouri tax ID number before attending the festival.

Please copy and paste this link http://dor.mo.gov/forms/2643S.pdf to download the new Missouri Special Events form. You will need to allow at least 4 weeks for this form to be processed and your tax ID to be returned to you by snail mail.

 

Booth Information
BOOTH & JURY FEES

Jury fee:

$30 - payable via Zapplication, non-refundable. If you pay by check, please make checks payable to: Columbia Art League

Booth fee:

Mid-row (opens on one side)
$210 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$260 - 12' x 12' non-member

Corner (opens on two sides)
$240 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$290 - 12' x 12' non-member

Double
$450 - 24' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$550 - 24' x 12' non-member

Please note that the booth fees must be paid BY CHECK directly to the Columbia Art League (payable to Columbia Art League) by March 10th, and mailed to: Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. No credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

We welcome new members at the Columbia Art League and have no geographical membership restrictions. Membership information and payments can be made directly via CAL's website at www.ColumbiaArtLeague.org. Membership starts at $50 per year and allows artists to display work in the gallery's boutique.

Set-up Information

The festival opens for artists to set up from 8am-6pm on Friday, 2nd June.

Park in the Western Parking lot, accessible from Old Hwy 63 opposite the Boone Hospital entrance and come find the Columbia Art League information tent (big pointy-top white tent near the festival entrance).

Check in with our volunteers and pick up your artist packet, which will include:

- Your parking tag
- Your booth number identification sign
- Your name tag
- A commemorative festival t-shirt
- Your award dinner tickets

After you've signed in, we'll show you where to pitch your booth, and find you a volunteer team and a golf cart to help you load in. 
 
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