Brazosport CenterFest 2017 (formerly Texas Gulf Coast Arts Festival)
400 College Blvd.
Clute, Texas (South)
Event Dates: 5/6/17 - 5/7/17
Application Deadline: 2/7/17 Midnight CST
The application deadline has passed.
(a booth shot is required)
Fee (Application Fee): $25.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
At the newly-branded Brazosport CenterFest (formerly Texas Gulf Coast Arts Festival), our goal is to fill your booth with art buyers all weekend long! Display your artwork to our growing community of patrons at The Center for the Arts & Sciences, located just one hour south of Houston. Booth space will be available inside and outside! Many outdoor booths will be under a pitch-top canopy covering both artist booths and shopping patrons. Rain or shine you're covered. Our festival is ARTIST-FOCUSED and there will be ample pre-event marketing & promotion in national, state, and local media. Crowd-pleasing attractions will include: Run for the Arts 5K and Art March, full roster of live musicians, quality art activities for children and their families, and a new taco cook-off sure to bring in big crowds! For more information visit brazosportcenter.org or contact Amanda Whitley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.256.7661.
- Medium Images: 4 (plus one photo of your booth is preferred).
- Application/Jury Fee: $25, non-refundable.
Eligible Media Categories:
- Ceramics: functional or sculptural.
- Digital Art: original work for which original image or the manipulation of the source material is executed by the artists using a computer (work must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials).
- Drawing: crayon, charcoal, pencil, conte, ink, pastel.
- Fiber: handcrafted fibers such as straw, leather, or other material; rugs, baskets, wall pieces, non-wearables, wool. (No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production accepted.)
- Glass: functional, sculptural, original work.
- Jewelry: metal, non-metal, enamels.
- Metal: cast, fabricated, formed, etched, welded, or non-jewelry.
- Mixed Media: works, both 2D and 3D, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce, non-jewelry or photography.
- Painting: water color, oil, tempera, casein, on any surface, acrylic.
- Photography: artist composed and printed photographic impressions, printed in black and white or color including digital manipulation.
- Printmaking: hand-printed, signed and numbered original images produced from a variety of material and dependent of specialized tools.
- Sculpture: three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
- Wood: original hand-tooled, machine worked or carved, sculpture, furniture/accessories, painted turned.
- Each applicant must provide up to 4 photos of artwork. If the artist has a photo of their booth display please include in addition to the four images.
- Images submitted must be an accurate representation of the work artists plan to exhibit and/or sell at the show.
- All artwork must be original work executed by the artist participating in the show.
- If two or more persons collaborated to produce original work, each person must be identified on the application. No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted. Works produced commercially or from commercial kits or molds are not eligible.
- Artist may apply in no more than two categories, applying separately for each category with a separate jury fee and set of four images. You may only exhibit/sell artwork in the category you are accepted. If accepted in both, you may exhibit/sell both.
- The artist’s application and $25 application processing fee must be received by January 20, 2017. In the interest of fairness to jurors and all applicants, late entries will be considered for standby only.
- Artists will be notified individually of the jury’s decision by email on or before February 10, 2017.
- The jury committee or show staff reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that is not consistent with submitted slides and the rules listed above. Failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the show with no refund of fees paid.
- Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category for which they are accepted.
- The majority of displayed artwork should be limited edition, signed, and numbered reproductions of artwork. Original art must be the majority of what is sold at the applicant’s booth space with limited prints available.
- Artists must be present with their work for the entire festival. No spouses or other representatives will be permitted in place of the artist. Spouses or other representatives may be there to assist only.
- Participating exhibitors will be responsible for collecting and paying current Texas sales tax on all sales made during the festival. If you need to request a Texas sales tax ID, please go to www.window.state.tx.us/taxpermit/.
- Artists will receive an artist packet with event details including credentials, vehicle pass and booth number prior to festival.
- Artist Hospitality – From load-in thru load-out we offer complimentary bottled water for our artists. We will offer morning coffee and pastries for our artists, as well as snacks throughout both days at the artist hospitality area. A volunteer can booth-sit (but not fulfill orders) for 15 minutes if the artist needs a short break.
- Security – 24 hour on-site security from load-in through load-out. Artists are responsible for their artwork and property. We will utilize an Emergency action and artist contact plan if problems at a booth or weather hazard occurs during the festival’s closed hours.
- Restrooms- Artist and assistant may use The Center's indoor restroom facilities.
- Easy Load-in & out – Driving and loading instructions will be provided in the artist packet.
- Complimentary Artist Parking – Artists have a designated parking area where they may park their vehicles during show as well as RVs and trailers for the weekend. No electrical, water or sewage hook-ups are available.
- Artist/exhibitor must be present during the entire festival. Volunteers will periodically check artists’ needs and/or relieve artist/exhibitor should they need to leave their space temporarily. You may also request for a volunteer from the Information Booth to relieve you temporarily should you need to take a short break.
- A Welcome Packet will be provided to all artists/exhibitors at Check-In, including name tag/lanyard, booth space tags, Guide to CenterFest, etc.
Artists are encouraged to stay at local (Clute or Lake Jackson) hotels or motels. Please let the hotel front-desk staff know that you are participating in CenterFest. Artists are encouraged to make their reservations early. If assistance in making reservations is required, please call Amanda Whitley at 979.265.7661.
Rules and Policies
- The artist/exhibitor must be present during the entire run of the festival.
- All work must be original, handcrafted, created and exhibited by the approved artist themselves.
- Displays must be professional and aesthetically pleasing. No signage offering discounts may be displayed.
- Exhibitors will leave their exhibit space clean after packing up at break down the last day of the festival.
- All categories shall be reviewed, juried and screened prior to your acceptance.
- Artist must be 18 or older on date of application to apply for show. If you are a Student Artist, please contact show coordinator, Amanda Whitley at email@example.com for information on the Student Art booth.
Photo ID is required at Check-In (No Exception)
- Original art must occupy more than 50% of the applicant’s booth space. No t-shirt sales allowed.
- All hanging works must be suitably framed, except for student works in the student booth. Prints must be appropriately matted and must be displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand. All exhibits must be contained within the parameters of the tent space; artist/exhibitor is not allowed to take up another space outside of their designated tent area.
- Artist must define a “limited edition” through their Artist Statement and must disclose their process to the buyer. Reproductions of 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction”.
- Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
- Exhibited art pieces must be consistent in style/theme with the images submitted with the ZAPP application.
- Artist must maintain a neat booth at all times. Boxes and other unused display materials must be neatly stored under covered tables so as not to be visible to the public eye. Artists may not encroach into common areas or other booth spaces. Music may not be played in the booth areas and sound coming from booths must remain at or below normal conversational levels.
- All artists/exhibitors must park in the designated parking areas. No RVs or unhitched trailers of any kind are allowed in the festival grounds after set-up. A guest artist vehicle card will be provided upon check-in and must be placed inside the artist’s vehicle (windshield).
- All artists/exhibitors are allowed two hours maximum to unload and then park their vehicles in the designated parking areas. This will ensure efficiency and prevent too much traffic within the festival grounds. If the artist/exhibitor needs additional time, please inform one of the festival staff members at Check-in / Information Booth.
- All artists/exhibitors will be responsible for collecting and paying current Texas sales tax on all sales made during the show. A Texas sales tax number is required for all artists/exhibitors. If you need to apply for a Texas Sales Tax ID, please go to: www.window.state.tx.us.
- Professional behavior from artist/exhibitors is expected at all times during the event especially during set-up and tear-down. Please be respectful of everyone and their booth space.
- The jury panel and/or CenterFest, and/or Brazosport Fine Arts Council reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that is not consistent with the submitted images and rules stated above. Failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the festival with no refund.
- All fees are nonrefundable and there is NO rain date.
- Pets are not allowed on the art festival grounds at any time, except in cases of certified service animals.
- Outdoor booth space includes spaces covered by an over-tent and uncovered spaces:
- 10' x 10' (uncovered) is $125;
- 10' x 20' (uncovered) is $200;
- 10' x 10' (covered with over-tent) is $150;
- 10' x 20' (covered with over-tent) is $250;
- Indoor booth space (limited availability, electricity included): 10'X10' is $250; 10'X20' is $450.
- Some outdoor booths have electricity available for an additional $25. Artists must provide their own extension cords. Extension cords should be in good condition and rated for outdoor use.
- Check-in is 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.
- Setup access will only be allowed after artist/exhibitor has completed the check-in process at the Check-in booth.
- Booths must be set up and ready to open by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017. No vehicles may enter the fenced area after 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.
- Artists may provide low-wattage lighting fixtures (LED preferred) for display purposes as long as the total electrical load does not exceed extension cord ratings. Fixtures must be affixed to the artist's own booth hardware only. Indoor booths should be aware that lighting in the space is "ambient-only" and that tent covers may create undesirable shadows. Please provide your own low-wattage fixtures to mitigate this situation.
- Breakdown is NOT ALLOWED until after the festival ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
- Tent space must be completely cleared out after the event by 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017.