Event Information

A-RTS@Rockville Town Square 2017

Rockville Town Square
Rockville, Maryland (South)

Phone: 301-637-5684
Event Dates: 5/6/17 - 5/7/17
Application Deadline: 1/15/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
Rockville Town Square - is a sensory delight. A popular dining and gathering place, Rockville Town Square covers four city blocks and features more than 30 fine shops, upscale boutiques, unique restaurants. Low-rise retail and modern residential buildings create a very pleasing, human-scale, town-center feel. The architecture is eclectic, ranging from art deco to southwest to postmodern in style. Attractive brick sidewalks, wooden and wrought-iron benches, trees and shrubbery round out the welcoming atmosphere.

Cultural events are an important dynamic in this affluent community on the Rockville Pike corridor, which has the nation's highest per square foot retail sales.

Marketing through our multi-page glossy program which is sent direct mail to 15,000 high income single family homes.  We place ads in The Washington Post, The Washington Express, Bethesda Magazine, The Jewish Week to name a few.  Radio and Social Media is directed to these individuals with high disposable income and interest in art.

General Information

Festival Website: a-rts.org

We invite you to apply to A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square. A premier event in a spectacular venue organized and managed by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team. A-RTS will take place Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017. The festival takes place on the streets of Rockville Town Square, located in Rockville, Maryland (Maryland, Ave., Middle St, and Gibbs St.). Streets are closed to traffic for the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, May 6.  EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER.

The Festival will attract 12,000 high income attendees from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and surrounding suburbs of Rockville, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. Cultural events are an important dynamic in this affluent community and the Rockville Pike corridor has the nation’s highest per square foot retail sales.

Marketing for A-RTS will be comprehensive, and include: internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, radio, plus partnership with the local art community and City of Rockville. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts and crafts.


January 15, 2017
Deadline for applications
$30 non-refundable application fee

February 6, 2017
Email notification

March 1, 2017
Booth fees due
$445 single booth - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER
Limited double booths available
After March 1, open spaces will be offered to waitlisted artists

April 1, 2017
Email booth assignment

May 6, 2017
Set-up begins 4am  - 8am
Show Hours: 11am - 6pm

May 7, 2017
Show Hours: 11am - 5pm
Teardown: 5pm - 8pm


Location: Rockville, Maryland

Email: ROBIN@BethesdaRowArts.org

Website: http://A-RTS.org

Mailing Address: 14803 Southlawn Lane, Suite K-N, Rockville, MD 20850

Telephone: 301-637-5684

Fax: 301-838-9120

Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image

Projection Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 left to right horizontally, artist viewed in order of the date their application is submitted.

Jurors: 3 paid art professionals, including one working artist. New jury each year.

Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received.

Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications.

Application Fee: $30

Booth Fees: 10' X 10' space $445 - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER
limited double spaces available.

Number of Artist: Limited to 165 artists and crafters

Category Award Winners: Jury exempt for next year.

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 14 (Previous year Award Winners)

Security: 24 hours, City of Rockville Police

Parking: Free

Attendance: 12,000 

Booth Sitters: Available daily

Hotel: Cambria Suites and Hotel Special artist rate.  This hotel is on the show site - walk out to your booth.  

Artist Hospitality: Artist breakfast at Cambria Suites Hotel - Sunday, May 7th.


Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. The digital images will be displayed in one row showing four (4) digital images of the artwork, and one (1) image of the booth. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of one working artist and two art professionals. Each juror will view each artist’s set of five images. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Scores are averaged together.


A-RTS reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

CERAMICS: Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.

DIGITAL ART: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks and emulsions.

DRAWING: Work created using dry medium including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid mediums like inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

FIBER - Decorative: Any work created from fiber, including leather and basketry. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.

FIBER - Wearable: Any work created from fiver, including leather. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.

GLASS: Glasswork that has been handcrafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects.

GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING: Original works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.

JEWELRY: All jewelry must be entered into this category. No strung pearls or beads. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.

METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

MIXED MEDIA 2D: Two-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.

MIXED MEDIA 3D: Three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.

PAINTING: Oils, acrylics and watercolor.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prints created from the artist's original negative processed by the artist. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls; they must be signed. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.

SCULPTURE: Three-dimensional work created in any medium.

WOOD: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CD's of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

If you are accepted into the Festival and submit your booth fee, that is your commitment. Based on your commitment, A-RTS turns away other artists who would like to participate; therefore no refunds can be made.

Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CD's of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

1. Applicants must create 100% of all work displayed. Artwork on display must be consistent with the images submitted for jurying. Artists may only exhibit work in the medium (media) for which they were selected.

2. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents or representatives are permitted.

3. Each artist must be present for the entire show. If accepted as collaboration, both artists must be present.

4. All artwork must be signed by the artist.

5. Reproductions must be clearly marked. Each reproduction must be signed, numbered and clearly labeled "reproduction".

Booth Information
1. Booths must be 10' square, white, covered tents. All tents must be appropriately secured by the use of substantial weights. Exhibitors may not secure tents to the pavement or to Rockville Town Square property.

2. All artwork must be set up within the booth space. No art is to be displayed outside the allotted booth space.

3. Electric is NOT provided. NO GENERATORS ALLOWED.

4. Overnight security is provided by Festival Management, however anything left in the booth overnight is at the artist's own risk. Festival Management and their agents affiliated with the event will not be responsible for artwork and display left in booths overnight.

5. The use of the booth is restricted to the artist(s) to whom it is assigned.