Event Information

Worthington Arts Festival 2017

McConnell Arts Center - Worthington OH
Worthington, Ohio (Midwest)

Event Dates: 6/17/17 - 6/18/17
Application Deadline: 1/16/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable Jury/Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 25th Annual Worthington Arts Festival is one of Central Ohio’s premier, community Fine Art/Fine Craft shows.  The show is held on the lawn in front of the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, and has been ranked in sales of fine art and craft in the US by Art Fair Source Book, along with the top 200 shows in Sunshine Artist.  The location draws approx. 25,000 visitors over the two day festival.  This year, it celebrates a milestone year, with additional opportunities for community engagement and audience participation. The show also follows the weekend of the Columbus Arts Festival, allowing for reduced costs for artists that may be accepted into both shows. Advertising is targeted to the greater Columbus area, including the growing suburbs. All artists have booth sitters available as needed and have access to free water throughout the show. 

General Information
Celebrating it’s 25th year, the Worthington Arts Festival is in the second year of of production and coordination by the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, a growing, dynamic professional community arts center serving more than 70,000 visitors annually. A significant portion of the proceeds benefit the downtown business association.

There will be the opportunity for a limited number of artists invited to participate in a preview patron party, the evening of Friday June 16.

Set Up/Registration:
Set up Friday, June 16, 2017 between 10 am – 5pm,  Sat June 17 between 6 – 8 am.
**There will also be invitations extended to artists to set up ealier, to accomodate a smaller patron preview event on June 16th**
Show Hours:
Invitation only, Silver Patron Preview Party, Friday, June 16, 2017 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:00am - 5:00 pm
We seek to maintain the highest standards for both artist and the viewing public. Participation is open to artists in all Fine Art and Fine Craft mediums.

Exhibitor must provide the jury with four images and one booth photo representative of their work.
The photos submitted must not have a name on them, as the jury is a blind jury.  The booth photo must show the entire booth, photoshop imagery of your booth will not be accepted.

Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one category must submit an application, images and application fee for each category. Only one booth fee is paid. Jewelry, for example, cannot be exhibited with another medium without being accepted thru the jury process in the jewelry category.

Ceramics: Original clay and porcelain work excluding jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, there must be a signature on each piece.  Machine-made and  mass-produced work is not permitted.

Digital Art: Original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material was executed by the artist using a computer.  Work must be mounted or printed on archival quality material and be properly signed as a limited edition.  Artist must disclose their printing process during Festival.  

Drawing and Pastels: Original work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking.  No factory produced items, regardless of modifications, may be exhibited.

Glass: All handmade works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or have been crafted by blowing, molding, or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelry: All jewelry produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio worked is allowed. Limited use of per-made material such as beads or small ornamental items is permitted.

Leatherwork: The primary material is leather including belts, handbags, wearables and sculptural work. All factory-produced items regardless of additional modification or embellishments  by the artist are not acceptable.

Metalwork: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals.

Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2D and 3D, which incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. This includes non-sculptural work only.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.

Photography: The camera is the primary source of the imagery, that culminates with a 2-dimensional print. This includes traditional film photography that has not been manipulated beyond the traditional darkroom.  Pieces must be signed, numbered and dated in limited editions of no more than 250.  Prints must have been processed by the artist.  Descriptions of surfaces and processes must be disclosed.

Printmaking & Graphics: Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones, or screens.  Prints must be signed and numbered as limited editions.  Processes are required to be disclosed.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work created in any medium.

Wearable Art: Handmade hats, belts, clothing of any kind apply in this category.  All designs and creations must be cut and assembled by the artist.  Labels must disclose the artist name.  

Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

Other: Should be used for mediums that do not fit into the above categories. Artists in this category must provide a detailed description of their process and materials.

2017 CALENDAR (subject to change):
September 30, 2016 Artist application available on www.ZAPPlication.org
January 16, 2017 Online application due by midnight (EST)
February 16, 2017 Jury selection (subject to change, open to the public)
March 6, 2017  Notification emailed to accepted, waitlisted and not invited artists.
             UPDATED Notification - 03/01/17 - due to server and technical issues, the notifcation date has been pushed back 5 days in order for the jurrors to complete their work.  
March 21, 2017 Full payment due through Zapplication.org
April 11, 2017 Deadline to cancel and receive booth refund (less $25 admin. fee)
May 16, 2017 Booth assignments and other information available to artist
June 16-17, 2017 Artist set-up
June 17-18, 2015 25th Annual Worthington Arts Festival

All artists must be present to exhibit all days of the festival. This includes collaborating artists. If artists apply as collaborating artists, each artist must be present. If each artist is not present, artists will not be permitted to set-up or exhibit. Collaborating artists may only show their joint work. Both names must appear on all application materials.
If you are submitting an application as a collaborating artist/partner, you must submit the name(s) with the application.  Here is how to submit your Zapplication as a collaborating artist:
• Go to “my Profile: on ZAPP
• Enter one of the two collaborating artists as the primary contact in the profile form (this name will always appear first in the publications and online if accepted).
• After completing the information requested, enter the collaborating artist’s name(s) in the section at the bottom of the profile page.  
• This information is carried over to the application for purposes of identifying a collaborative effort.  
• You may not add a partner after the jury. 

McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
777 Evening Street
Worthington, OH 43085

The Worthington Arts Festival considers its enforcement of the rules our exclusive right and responsibility. Committee members will visit displays throughout the event to ensure compliance with rules. The work presented for jury must be representative of the work to be shown, with appropriate inventory.  Example: If a ceramics artist submits 3 original bowls and one large coffe cup to the jury, the  expectation is the artist will bring and sell 75% original bowls in his/her booth.  

No mass-production or manufactured work is permitted.  All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s) and representative work juried into the show.  Exhibiting work not juried into the show may be grounds for removal.  Sales of promotional and other non-artist made items are prohibited. For example, postcards, cell phone cases, posters, how to books, books, calendars, t-shirts, mouse pads, photocopies or any commercially produced items.

Artists are required to display their booth number, an Artist Statement including a photograph of the artist in booth during the Festival.

Artists may apply in multiple categories. Each medium is evaluated separately and appropriate application fees submitted. If application is in more than one category, only the booth slide may be repeated. 

All artists must be present for the duration of the festival.  An ID is required at check-in. 

Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for the collection and reporting of all applicable sales taxes. Ohio sale tax is 7.50% www.tax.ohio.gov.

Booth Information
Non refundable Jury/Application fee: $40.  If applying for more than one medium, a separate application fee is required.   Collaborations require only one fee.

Booth fee:
10 x 10 $205
10 x 20 $305

If you are accepted into the Festival in two separate categories, you will be given one booth, unless you have specifically applied for additional space.   


$1,025 best in show, $325 & $225 merit awards.  Award winners are accepted into the following years show without having to participate in the jury process. 

Total Applications accepted: 300
Total Invitations: 180

Friday, June 16, 2017 between 10 am – 5pm,  Sat June 17 between 6 – 8 am.
**There will also be invitations extended to artists to set up ealier, to accomodate a smaller patron preview event on June16

Free parking is available in designated lots with displayed parking pass.  You must notify the MAC if you are camping overnight and must have a pass displayed for camping.

No electrical or running water is available. 

EZ-Up tents may be used only if WHITE.  Any violation to this rule will result in the removal of the exhibitor.  All tents need to be weighted.  Please provide 40 pound+ weights to secure your tent in the event of strong winds or storms. The WAF reserves the right to inspect the weighting  and security of your tent.

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