Event Information

Webster Arts Fair 2017

Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary Grounds/Intersections of Lockwood and Bompart, Webster Groves, Missouri (63119)
St. Louis, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 314.918.2671
Event Dates: 6/2/17 - 6/4/17
Application Deadline: 2/5/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Webster Arts Fair is loved by artists and patrons alike for its commitment to high-quality art in a warm and friendly environment. The Webster Arts Fair thrives on the support of knowledgeable patrons who take a personal interest in the artists and their work. The 14th annual Webster Arts Fair, scheduled for June 2-4, 2017, will attract more than 105 artists and 20,000 visitors to historic Webster Groves, Missouri, an upscale suburb just 10 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. In the September 2016 issue, Sunshine Artists magazine ranked Webster Arts Fair as the 77th best fair, specializing in contemporary & classic fine craft. Sunshine Artists further notes that Webster Arts Fair "is known around the show circuit for its unbelievable artist treatment,” which “makes working this festival a delight.” Webster Arts Fair prides itself on quality hospitality of its artists and treating crowds to delicious food, top-notch music performances and unique creative activities for the whole family.

For more information, see www.webster-arts.org.

General Information
The 14th annual Webster Arts Fair will be held on June 2-4, 2017. This fine-arts fair is set on the grounds of Webster University/Eden Theological Seminary in the heart of historic Webster Groves, Missouri (63119), just 10 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. Webster Groves is a charming, upscale community of 19th and early 20th century homes--many listed on the National Register of Historic Places--nestled among beautiful parks, gardens, public art installations, antique stores, bistros and boutiques. Supported by Webster Arts, a nonprofit organization, the Webster Arts Fair features top quality original art from national and regional artists, on-site food from favorite local restaurants, non-stop live music performances, and creative activities that draw 20,000 visitors and buyers from around the region.
A VIP Patron program pre-sells art certificates beginning at $100, so patrons are ready to collect your work! 

The Webster Arts Fair provides a minimum of $7,500 in artist awards. For more information, see www.webster-arts.org.

Top-Notch Artist Amenities:
  • Casual complimentary dinner Friday night
  • Continental Saturday morning breakfast
  • Complimentary dinner for artists on Saturday night, brought to your booth
  • Catered awards breakfast Sunday morning
  • Patron Art pre-purchase program
  • Complimentary snacks, drinks, and water delivered frequently to each booth
  • Booth sitters available
  • Air conditioned artist break area with flush toilets
  • Close, free parking
  • Great deal on comfortable accommodations at Webster University dorms within walking distance of fair
  • 24-hour security
  • Easy load-in and load-out with volunteer assistance available
  • 350 committed volunteers 

Application Information:
Applications must be entered into ZAPP no later than Feb. 5, 2017. The application fee is $30 per category. 

All artists must submit a separate application/agreement unless applying as a collaborative team. Each member of the team must be listed on the application. Each team member must be present at the show.

Please read the category descriptions carefully. Jurors and/or the Executive Director reserve the right to reassign an artist’s chosen category. Please feel fee to call or email with questions.

All work exhibited must be created by the applying artist in his or her own studio.
Artists may ONLY exhibit work in the juried category. Jewelry may ONLY be exhibited by juried artists in the Jewelry category. You may jury in more than one category, with a separate fee for each application. Please, DO NOT jury the same work in different categories. 
  • Ceramics/Clay: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  • Digital: Any original work for which the artist, using a computer, executed the original image or the manipulation of other original source material. Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Note: Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.
  • Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work. Work must be produced in artist’s studio. Commercially purchased clasps or chains are acceptable. Beads must be made by hand.
  • 2-Dimensional Mixed Media:  2D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • 3-Dimensional Mixed Media:  3-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • Painting: (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels): Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc., on paper, canvas, gesso board, etc.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Prints produced through retail labs, such as Costco, Walmart, etc, are not permitted. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on any prints, which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. Prints on canvas are discouraged but allowed. Digitally manipulated photography should apply in Digital.
  • Sculpture (Wood/Metal/Stone): Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
  • Works on Paper (Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking): Printed or hand drawn works for which the artist's hand manipulated the paper, plates, stones or screens, and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. All photogravure, photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Pastel artists should apply in Painting.

* Five (5) images must be submitted for each individual media category.
* Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work, produced within the last 3 years.
* Image number #5 must be of the artist's booth set-up, showing overall continuity and presentation of the current body of work.
* Images must be in 1920 x 1920 pixel format. For information on image resolution, please access zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml.
The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image is not available, submit an image of a grouping of work representative of work to be exhibited. Images must accurately represent the body of artist's work to be exhibited. Note: This is a blind-jury process, do not submitting booth images with identifiable signage or photos of the artist. IMPORTANT: Your booth image MUST accurately reflect the work to be exhibited. If we don't see a representation of the type of work in your booth image, you may not exhibit it. Also, provide a reasonable approximation of your set up. Booths that vary significantly from the booth image in quality of work, type of work, or set up will be closed. Fees will not be refunded. Please call or email with any questions.

New artists and artists without outdoor booth images are strongly encouraged to call the show director, 314.918.2671, to assure that your application is fairly juried.
Webster Arts respects the integrity of the jury panel review process, and supports the decisions made by the jurors. Webster Arts, through the Executive Director and Jury Chair, do not tamper with the decisions of the jurors, but reserve the right to determine the final composition of the show and make adjustments as necessary. The Executive Director reserves the right to invite up to three artists at her discretion.

Up to 105 artists are selected for invitation. A pool of alternates is selected by the jury to be invited at the if a space becomes available. Vacancies are filled by category. The balance of the show determines the selection of an artist from the waitlist.  Waitlist artists who are not invited will not be able to set up at the show, regardless of last minute space availability.

The Webster Arts Fair provides a minimum of $7,500 in artist awards. The panel of judges will conduct an on-site jury for awards on Saturday, June 4. Exhibits will be scored on the criteria in the rules section. 

The 2017 Jurors are
Randi Chervitz has been a professional metal smith and jewelry since opening her business, Uncommon Threads, in 1991. She holds a BFA from SIU-Carbondale. Her delicate crocheted silver jewelry, accented with precious and semi-precious stones, has earned her many awards.
Garry McMichael is an accomplished St. Louis area painter and photographer. He exhibits widely and his work is in demand by collectors from all over the country. In addition to artistic pursuits, Garry has worked as an editorial and commercial photographer, and has been published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Bicycling and dozens of other national publications.
Amanda Verbeck is a printmaker and owner of Pele Prints, a collaborative studio in St. Louis. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Work from Pele Prints has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and the prints can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.

Call for Entry deadline: 2/5/17
Jury notifications made: 2/28/17
Confirmation (booth fee) deadline: 3/17/17
Refund deadline: 4/6/17
Set-up date: 6/2/17

(Must be set up by 4 pm or forfeit space)
Show hours: Friday: 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Artist must be aged 18 or older.
  • Work must show an identity of design and be made by hand. All work must be the original work of the accepted artist. No artwork from molds, kits or other commercial methods is allowed. Collaborative Partners must be indicated on the application questionnaire or apply separately. Collaborative partners must be materially involved in the creation of the art, and must be present at the show.
  • Copies from the works of masters, advertisements and widely circulated photographs are not considered original works of art and will not be permitted.
  • Work submitted for jurying must accurately reflect the work to be displayed. Booth image must reflect the setup at the show. IMPORTANT: Your booth image MUST accurately reflect the work to be exhibited. If we don't see the type of work in your booth image, you may not exhibit it. Also, provide a reasonable approximation of your set up. Booths that vary significantly from the booth image in quality of work, type of work, or set up will be closed. Fees will not be refunded. Please call or email with any questions.
  • Work should be well conceived and expertly executed without technical faults.
  • Plagiarism, production line art or factory-reproduced items (other than noted below) are grounds for immediate removal from the show.
  • Signed reproductions may be sold, but will be displayed in portfolios and bins, (not on panels or screens) and clearly labeled as reproductions.
  • All 2D work on panels must be original and in frames, gallery wrapped canvas or other appropriate, professional presentation.
  • Note cards, calendars, books and other items created from the artist's own work may be offered if consistent with the artists’ work. For example, a painter may offer notecards with popular images. A painter may NOT have mugs with an image. Mechanically reproduced art should be limited to no more than 10% of display. 
  • Work on stretched canvas should be original art of the painter; photographic inkjet prints on stretched canvas are allowed, but not encouraged.
  • Artists may exhibit artwork only in the ONE category in which accepted.
  • Artists may enter multiple categories for jurying. A separate jury/application fee of $30 is required for each category entered. If accepted in multiple categories, multiple booths must be purchased (only one category may be represented in each booth).
  • The accepted artist must be present all three days of the show. Artists are required to be present with their work during all fair hours. Representatives, spouses or children may not attend in the artist’s place. Collaborative partners must be artists materially involved in the art creation and both partners must be present during the show. Business partners are not considered collaborators.
  • The Executive Director reserves the right to ask that any work that is inconsistent with the juried subject be removed.
  • All artists must display an artist statement that discloses their process. Artists without statements may be ineligible for awards or re-invitation.

Booth Information
Booth Space and Conditions:
Booths space is 10'X10' with a minimum of 5' shared space behind. All booths will be located on a flat, grassy area. Artists must provide their own 10’x10’ white tents which must be weighted or tied down in case of wind, with minimum of 40 pound weights per leg. Tents may be staked. Tents may also be rented through the Webster Arts Fair. Electricty is provided at no cost to the artist. Artists must provide their own electrical cords, which must be UL-rated, for exterior use. Artists who bring non-outdoor rated cords will not be allowed to connect to electricity. There will be no exceptions. Artists who connect to electric with non-rated cords and cause the electric grid to go down will be asked to leave, all fees forfeited, and will not be invited to return. Artists are required to provide lighting for their booth location. You may bring a fan. Please don't be a power-hog!

Application/Jury fee: $30 per category
Standard Booth fee: $300
Corner Booth fee: $375
Double Booth fee: $600
Double Booth, Double Corners (end of aisle: $700)

The application/jury fee is non-refundable. Invited artists must purchase the booth fee on ZAPP via credit card after notifications are made on or before February 28, 2017, and before the confirmation deadline of March 17, 2017. All fees are due with confirmation.

These fees do not include tents (booth) or coverings. Artists must provide their own (or rent from Webster Arts Fair for $200) white 10’ x 10’ tents and displays.

Cancellation Information:
Absolutely no booth fee refunds will be made after April 6, 2016. Special circumstances may be reviewed by the show director. Refunds before that date will be made minus a $35 administrative fee.