Event Information

Great American Art Festival 2017

College St., Centre College
Danville, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 859-339-1387
Event Dates: 6/3/17 - 6/4/17
Application Deadline: 3/21/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
Join us June 3 and 4, 2017 for the Great American Art Festival, a high quality art show produced by the well established, Great American Brass Band Festival, a 501c3 organization. 

In its second year, the Great American Art Festival plans to host approximately 30 artists for a two day event. The many thousands of people who attend the Festival are an audience of arts enthusiasts coming from 30 different states.

General Information


1.  Market and sell quality art to art patrons and visitors to central Kentucky.

2.  To support artists by developing an art buying and art appreciating community.

SITE & LOCATION: The Festival takes place on the idyllic grounds of Centre College, home of the Norton Center for the Arts and internationally renowned glass artist, Stephen Powell. Situated in historic Danville, Kentucky, named by CNN/Money magazine as on of the "25 Best Places to Retire" in the United States for two years in a row, 2011 and 2012. Danville was also named one of the Top Ten Small Towns in the United States in 2012 by Livability.com. More information about the city’s attractions and unique history can be found at http://www.danvillekentucky.com.

**  Although you are able to hear the main stage concerts at the location of the Art Festival, the Art Festival takes place away from the stage and the music volume is not loud enough to be problematic.  The music will be background sound rather than a focus along the Art Festival path.  

EVENT BACKGROUND: The Great American Brass Band Festival is in it's 28th year and going strong.  The 4 day, free festival features brass musicians from around the region, country and Europe and attracts 23,000+ visitors to its events and venues.  The Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that attracts visitors from all over the country. Visit http://gabbf.org for more info.

Starting in 2016, the Festival decided to add the Visual Arts component to the weekend and celebrated its inaugaral year as a success.  We are a community of arts supporters and feel that this addition has added a new cultural dimension to the festival.

The GABBF experience and infrastructure make several amenities available to artists, including affordable lodging ($15/night) on the campus of Centre College (limited number available,) easy access to food vendors, complimentary snacks and water and assistance by an incredible volunteer staff.

  • October 17, 2016 (Monday) - Application available online.
  • January 22, 2017 (Sunday)Application deadline by midnight (EST)
  • January 23-27, 2017  - Application screening
  • January 27, 2017 - Notifications of screening results emailed on or before.
  • February 15, 2017 - Acceptance and exhibitor fee deadline.
  • March 1, 2017 - Deadline for refunds of exhibitor booth fees is midnight (EST). Refunds are subject to a processing fee. No booth fees will be refunded after this date.
  • June 3-4, 2017Day of Art Festival.  Set up begins at 6:30 AM on 6/3/17. Set up ends by 11:00 AM and festival begins at Noon.  Festival times are 12:00-7:00 PM on 6/3/17 and 10:30 AM-3:00 PM on 6/4/17.


Artists may only exhibit work in the medium/media for which they were accepted.  A separate application is required for each medium for which an artist wishes consideration.

Acceptable Media:
  • Clay:  Three-dimensional clay and porcelain work created by the artist, which is not jewelry.  May not be machine-made, mass-produced, or created using commercial molds.
  • Digital Art:  Any original work in which the original image was crafted and manipulated by the artist using the computer.  Work must be in signed and numbered limited editions on archival paper.  Artwork created using a camera and manipulated utilizing digital technology to significantly alter the image beyond traditional darkroom techniques should be entered in the photography category.
  • Drawing/Pastel:  Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.  Works must be created with archival quality materials and signed by the artist.
  • Fiber:  Artwork crafted from fibers, including embroidery, quilting, weaving, tapestry, and papermaking.  No machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted.  
  • Glass:  Glass works are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding, or casting.  Works may be etched or engraved.  No forms of mass production are permitted.  Work must be made primarily by the applying artist.
  • Jewelry:  All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials.  No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.  Only artists entering in the jewelry category will be permitted to exhibit jewelry.
  • Metal:  Includes all non-jewelry three-dimensional work crafted from metals.  No works created by computer-programmed patterns that were not the original design of the artist are allowed. Production studio work is not permitted.
  • Mixed Media – 2D:  Two-dimensional, one of a kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two or more physical materials.  Includes collage.
  • Mixed Media – 3D:  Three-dimensional, one of a kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two or more physical materials.
  • Painting:  Two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, and encaustic.  Work must be created with archival materials and properly signed.
  • Photography:  Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes digital and film photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be produced in a traditional darkroom.  Hand colored photography and emulsion transfers are accepted in this category.  Only the artist’s original source material is acceptable.  Work must be hand signed by the artist on archival materials.  Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of other print sizes, surfaces, and framing options is prohibited.
  • Printmaking:  Two-dimensional original printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones, or screens.  Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Sculpture:  Three-dimensional work created by the artist primarily in a single medium.  Stone, metal, wood, clay, and other materials are acceptable.  Assemblage, alteration, or combination of commercial or enhanced items not made by the artist is discouraged, but strong overall design, originality, and creativity may persuade acceptance by the jury.
  • Watercolor:  Two-dimensional work created by the artist with watercolors using archival materials.  All works must be signed by the artist.
  • Wood:  Three-dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved in wood.  No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.  Items made from kits or from readily-available plans and patterns are not permitted.
  • Other/New Media:  Media which does not fit any of the other categories or could easily fit within several categories. Artists selecting this category must fully explain their materials and processes.  Please note that the Great American Art Festival is a visual arts festival and media such as books and music will not be considered.


APPLICATION FEES AND REGULATIONS:  A non-refundable processing/handling fee of $30.00 is due with application.  All artists must fill out an application and pay the $30 fee.  Submission of application and fee do not guarantee an invitation to exhibit at the festival.  Checks, money orders, Visa, Mastercard, or PayPal accepted for application fees. Checks should be sent to: Great American Brass Band/Art Festival 320 W. Main St, Danville, KY 40422.

One application per medium category.  Artists may apply in two categories if the work greatly differs in medium and technique.  A separate application and entry fee is required for each category.  If an artist is accepted in more than one category, they must display both categories of work within a single booth.

Applications must be submitted through www.zapplication.org by midnight EST, Sunday, January 22, 2017.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:  A one-page artist's statement is required to apply.  The statement must describe the technque, materials, and processes used in the creation of their body of work.  The statement may be read by jurors to help make decisions regarding the strength of the work.  To preserve the integrity of the jury process, please do not include your name in the artist's statement.

IMAGES:  Artists must submit five (5) images:  three artwork images, a close detail of artwork, as well as a booth shot (if available).  In keeping with the blind-jury process, please do not include images in which the artist's signature is easily read. The booth shot is not required but, if included, should show the current body of work and must not include any markings that identify the artist.  If the booth image includes an image of the artist, signage with the artist's name, etc - please edit the image to hide the identity of the artist.  If a booth shot is not available, another image of artwork may be substituted.  If the artist does not have a booth shot, then another image showing their work is acceptable.  These images may be used to promote the festival and may be featured in newspaper articles or digital/social media, so please make sure that the images are of high quality and best represent your work.

JURY PROCESS:   Up to thirty (30) artists will be chosen for the 2017 festival.  The Great American Art Festival reserves the right to select a handful of artists for exemption from the jury process. A panel of no less than three jurors will view the images submitted by each artist on computer monitors.  While the jurors may discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the works presented, their scoring shall remain independent and anonymous.  The names of the artists will not be revealed to the jurors until after their selections have been finalized.  The jurors will be seeking works that best demonstrate artistic excellence.  Selected jurors will have a broad and well-rounded knowledge of art and must be able to assess art beyond their own taste.  The jurors may include working artists, curators, collectors, art educators, and gallery representatives.  The decisions of the jury are final.  No juror comments are retained and no scores are shared with artists.  

Please remember that the Great American Art Festival is a family-oriented event and works displayed must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

All decisions of the jury are final.  No juror comments are retained by the Art Festival and no scores are shared with artists.

ELIGIBLE WORK:  All work exhibited must be original, designed and produced by the artist.  Artists must only exhibit work in the media categories in which they are accepted.  All jewelry must have been juried and accepted into the jewelry category.  The work exhibited must match the quality, category and body of work submitted in the application.

INELIGIBLE WORK:  The following are prohibited: work created from kits, manufactured or kit jewelry, candles, soaps, food items, art supplies, ceramics cast from commercial molds, production artwork, work purchased from an outside source for resale, works reproduced or copied from works of masters, mass-produced note cards, inferior reproductions of original works on non-archival materials (laser prints or color photocopies), and work not in the category for which the artist was accepted. 

REPRODUCTION POLICY:  In order to provide art to a variety of budgets, the Great American Art Festival allows artists to sell high quality reproductions of their own two-dimensional art.  Reproductions must be signed by the artist.  Artists must market reproductions as such.  Artists selling reproductions must also sell original works.  Inferior or low-quality reproductions will not be accepted.  Laser printed or color photocopies are not acceptable quality.  75% of the work must be original work.  Reproductions must not exceed 25% of an artist's inventory.  Artists exceeding 25% reproductions will be asked to reduce the reproductions to the proper ratio.

SALES TAX:  Kentucky law requires collection of a 6% sales tax on all sales made during the Festival.  Artists will receive a KY sales tax form during set up.

WAIT LIST:  The wait list is comprised only of artists who have gone through the current year's jury process.  The festival reserves the right to accept or reject any new or returning exhibitor.

PUBLICITY:  If selected to exhibit at the Great American Art Festival, I authorize use of the images submitted with my application or duplicates thereof for Festival publicity or documentation.  I agree to grant a license to Great American Art Festival to reproduce electronically, in limited resolution, my original artwork for a period of up to thirty (30) months beginning February 15, 2017. I understand by submitting an application, I retain full copyright of my original artwork. My images shall not be redistributed except as anticipated on the website and in the Festival programs and other Festival related media, without my express written permission.

The Great American Art Festival is marketed through festival brochures, social media, digital advertising, state tourism, local newspapers, and the Great American Brass Band Festival.

BOOTH STAFFING:  Artists must be present and must personally staff their exhibit space during the entire event.  Each exhibiting artist must personally check in at registration and present photo identification.

Exhibitor agrees to open and close to the public at published festival hours.  Any artist closing their booth prior to the end of the festival will not be permitted to return the following day or in subsequent years.  Closing times are mandated by the City of Danville Festival permit and must be strictly enforced.  Exhibitors who do not show up will not be re-invited.

SECURITY:  Security will be provided on-site during the hours that the show is closed.

OTHER RULES:  No animals are allowed on the Festival site.  Smoking is prohibited within the event site.

Booth Information

Booth Fee:  $125

Each space measures 12'x12'.  The artist is resonsible for providing his or her own tent (preferrably white 10'x10'), structures, tables and chairs.  All booth materials, signage, and displays must fit inside the area.

Exhibitors should prepare for inclement weather by bringing appropriate rain covers, tie-downs, and weights.  Adequate weights are REQUIRED.  Artists may not tie ropes to benches, light posts, trees, neighboring tents,or anything else.  You must use hanging weights.  There is no staking within the festival footprint.  Weights may be fashioned from PVC tubes or buckets filled with concrete or sand.  Do not use plastic bags filled with sand as they may tear and create an unneccessary mess.  Hang weights from each of the four upper corners using strong rope.  Allow the weights to hand suspended off the ground (approximately 12" to 18") to keep your tent from twisting in the wind. 

Booth assignments are at the sole discretion of the festival and are not interchangeable.  The festival will attempt to honor specific location requests, but can make no guarantees.  

Booth fees for accepted artists must be received by February 15, 2017. 

All exhibitors must prominently display a copy of their one-page artist statement in their booths describing technique, materials, and processes used in the creation of their body of work.  

No electricity will be provided by the Great American Art Festival.  Generators are not permitted.  Battery powered equipment: lighting, fans, etc. are allowed.

The Great American Art Festival reserves the right, if circumstances demand, to change the location of allocated space, slightly reduce or increase the size of space, or otherwise alter the shape of space allocated.  The Festival also reserves the right to rearrange the layout of unoccupied areas, alter entrances and exits to and from the site, and to undertake other structural alterations as necessary.

All refund requests for booth fees must be made by March 1, 2016.  No refunds will be given after this date.

SET UP/TEAR DOWN:  Set up begins at 6:30 AM on 6/3/17. Set up ends by 11:00 AM and festival begins at Noon.  Festival times are 12:00-6:30 on 6/3/17 and 11:00-3:00 on Sunday 6/4/17.

CHECK IN:  Exhibitors must check in at the festival grounds with a photo ID prior to setting up.
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