Event Information


Washington Park
Quincy, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 217-779-2285
Event Dates: 6/3/17 - 6/4/17
Application Deadline: 2/12/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $20.00


Event Summary
Q-FEST (formerly Midsummer Arts Faire) is moving to the first weekend in June! The event is now a two-day juried art exhibition and sale located in the historic downtown Washington Park in Quincy, Illinois. Our new and improved format allows us to partner with local organizations and expand our offerings in an effort to recruit even more art lovers and patrons.

Event organizers are seeking a diverse group of artists and makers that represent both fine and handmade indie art. Participating artists will experience the same "above-and-beyond" helpfulness of energetic volunteers and free amenities like nearby parking which artists have praised in the past. That hospitality will be combined with regional entertainment Saturday evening, an expanded Taste of Quincy food court and hands-on arts activities for the whole family throughout the weekend.

Show organizers accept a maximum of 60 artists to ensure individual sales remain strong. Show organizers are dedicated to growing the event to become a Midwest cultural tourism destination and spend time and resources to market the event throughout the community and the tri-state area of West Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and Southeast Iowa.

General Information
All artwork must be original art produced by the exhibiting artist. 

Eligible Media Categories include:
2-D such as drawing, photography/digital photography, printmaking, mixed media, painting, fiber arts and 3-D such as clay, jewelry, sculpture, wood and glass.

Event Hours:
Friday, June 2: Setup only
Saturday, June 3: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, June 4: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Artist Benefits:
  • Official, full-color program includes a thumbnail image of each exhibiting artist's work as well as basic contact information
  • Event website includes full-color image with exhibitor name and live link to exhibitor website
  • Free reserved parking
  • Free booth sitters and energetic volunteers

Jury and Awards:
Exhibitors will be selected by a 5-member panel of jurors including fine arts professionals. Jurors will rank the work submitted by applicants on a scale of 1 to 10. 

Each year, a qualified fine art professional is selected by Event Organizers to judge participating artists' work for cash awards. Purchase awards are selected by Purchase Award program participants. Total cash awards in 2017 are expected to be over $5,000 and include a $1,000 Best of Show Purchase Award.

As part of our mission, we strongly encourage artists to engage patrons by offering demonstrations of your creative process in your booth. Demonstrating artists will be recognized in the printed program. Please contact Event Organizers if special arrangements are needed to accomodate your demonstration.

Young Collectors Gallery:
Donate Art for a Great Cause! No parents are allowed at the Midsummer Arts Faire Young Collectors Gallery, designed to inspire young people to become collectors of fine art. All participating artists are invited to donate small pieces of original work to be sold to children ages 4-14 for $10 or less. 2-D work should be matted and shrink-wrapped. Art will be juried for awards. A portion of the proceeds supports school art programs in the area. For more information, contact Event Organizers. 

  • Fine art prints and reproductions are acceptable when accompanied by original works of arts.
  • Prints and reproductions must be clearly marked and cannot be more than 50% of the display.
  • Commercially produced, machine made, kits, course work or buy-sell items are not acceptable.
  • Artist must be present and will only be admitted with a photo ID.
  • Booths may not be shared unless work is collaborative.
  • Work must be as defined by digital images submitted with the application or event organizers reserve the right to refuse entry at the time of event set up.

Cancellation Policy:
  • The $20 application fee is non-refundable.
  • An exhibitor who wishes to withdraw from the Arts Faire may be released and may receive a 50% refund on the booth fee provided the Arts Faire is notified in writing by April 14, 2017.
  • The booth fee will not be returned if an exhibitor withdraws from the Faire after April 14, 2017.

Booth Information
Booth Details:
  • Booth spaces are a generous 10' x 10' and are $100 each.
  • A limited amount of 20' x 10' double booths are available for $200 each. Please call for availability of double booths.
  • Booths are located in the park on the grass facing the sidewalk.
  • Electricity is available at no extra charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitor must provide extension cord. Most booths are within 50-100 feet of an electrical outlet.
  • Overnight security is provided.

Booth Set-Up:
  • Exhibitors may set up between 9:00am and 5:00pm on Friday, June 2.
  • All exhibitors must be set up and in their booth by Saturday, June 3 at 9:30am.
  • Most booths are located within 20-25 feet of vehicle loading/unloading areas. All booths are located directly off of wide, accessible sidewalks.
  • Exhibitors are required to move their vehicles to one of the free exhibitor parking lots at least 30 minutes prior to the opening of the event each day.