Event Information

Joplin Arts Fest 2017

On Historic Route 66 in Downtown Joplin
Joplin, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 417-529-3730
Event Dates: 9/16/17 - 9/16/17
Application Deadline: 5/7/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 3rd annual Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival.  This juried event showcases exceptionally talented 2D and 3D artists showcasing their original artwork.   The one-day festival is located on Historic Route 66 in Downtown Joplin, MO.  The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts sponsors the festival.  In addition to the 100 fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities.  These performances will take place during the festival to complement the event.  The festival will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 on Main Street in Downtown Joplin.  The art festival will be from 10AM to 6PM with music performances throughout the day.

Booth spaces are 12’W x 12’D and are $75 for first time applicants and $60 for JRAC members and those artists that were in the 2016 festival.  Artists are required to provide their own tent or canopy for the festival.  Electricity is available for an additional $10 fee.

 All funds raised by this festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to support a variety of youth related programs in the Joplin area.

General Information
  • This is a juried show of fine arts—see media categories listed below.
  • The jury will select those artists whose work demonstrates originality and quality. 
  • All work must be created by the displaying artist. 
  • Giclees/prints of original work may be exhibited in your booth, marked clearly as reproductions. These items can not make up more than 25% of the work on display in the booth.
  • No-resale, market or commercial items will be allowed.   If any items are not original work, do not match the quality and/or description of the juried item(s) or any additional items not previously juried, festival staff will request removal of those items and/or the exhibitor may be asked to leave the festival.  This decision will be at the discretion of the festival director.  No fee will be returned.
  • Any items that are not works of art for sale or part of your booth display must be hidden from attendees’ view. We are looking for a very clean, organized, gallery-type booth display. In some cases, the back or side of your tent may be visible; please plan to keep this area uncluttered and clean.
  • All artist spaces must be set up and ready for sales by 9:30 AM.
  • All artist spaces must remain open until 6:00 PM with take down starting no earlier than 6:00 PM.
  • This is a family-friendly show; no works of an explicit nature, please.
  • In addition to the fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities.  These performances will take place during the festival to complement the event.
Artists may ONLY exhibit work in their juried category (i.e. jewelry may only be exhibited by juried artists in the Jewelry category). You may submit additional separate applications for each medium you wish to show.  Artists wishing to show in  more than one medium may receive a coupon code (free applicaton fee) for the additional medium(s) by contacting the festival office at joplinartsfest@gmail.com after completing and submitting their first application.
  • 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 may be displayed or sold at the festival.
  • Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.  All jewelry, produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other material should apply in this category.  No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
  • 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:  3D 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. 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.
  • 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.
Juried Awards
Award categories are judged on merit and outstanding achievement, regardless of chosen medium.  Awards are given based on the artist’s overall presentation and are determined by on-site judging held on the day of the Joplin Arts Fest.  Artists must be present to be considered for the awards.  Winners of Joplin Arts Fest 2017 will be automatically accepted to participate in Joplin Arts Fest 2018, unless the artist medium changes.  A total of $1,400 in prizes will be awarded at the festival. 
  • Best of Show---$300
  • Best Booth ---$300
  • Best 2D Artist---$200
  • Best 3D Artist---$200
  • Caught My Eye---$200
  • Patrons Choice---$200
Artist Amenities:
  • Artists Hospitality Lounge—coffee, cookies, snacks & restrooms
  • Booth Sitters
  • Free lunch delivered to your booth--provided by local downtown resturants
  • Drinking Water delivered to your booth
  • Name Tags
  • Booth Signs
  • Assistance with move-in/move-out
  • Friday Night Artists' Reception
Important Dates
February 1, 2017—Open application
May 7, 2017—Application deadline
May 14, 2017—Jury view begins
May 27, 2017—Jury notification
June 18, 2017—Acceptance and Booth Fee Deadline
August  1, 2017—Cancellation deadline for refund
September 16, 2017—Joplin Arts Fest
Additional Information
If you have any comments or questions about the Joplin Arts Fest please email joplinartsfest@gmail.com or call Steve Doerr at 417-529-3730.


Each artist wishing to show at the festival must fill out an application.  Each application must be filled out completely and submitted with four COLOR digital photographs depicting the quality and style of artwork to be sold plus one COLOR digital photograph of your booth display.  Please make sure that your photographs do not display your name, business name or show you or other individuals in them.
Application may be submitted beginning February 1, 2017 and must be received no later than midnight May 7, 2017.   A non-refundable application-processing fee of $25 must be submitted with the application.
All applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection through an e-mail notification by May 27thIf accepted by the jury, you will have until midnight June 27, 2017 to reply to confirm your acceptance/participation in the event.  Failure to respond by June 27, 2017 will result in removal and an alternative artist will be selected.
Sales Tax—Each artist will be responsible to collect and pay sales tax of 8.075%.  Each artist is responsible for reporting and paying the sales tax to the Missouri Department of Revenue.  Additional information concerning the reporting and paying sales tax generated at the festival may be found at: http://dor.mo.gov/faq/business/special.php
City of Joplin Business License—The cost of this one-day license is included with the booth fee. The license will be included in the artist’s packet the day of the festival and must be displayed in the artist’s booth.
Contract—A completed and submitted booth fee and its acceptance by the festival constitute a contract between the festival and the artist to use an assigned space.  The festival staff has the right to assign, reassign or change any booth location.  Booth spaces are not transferable by the artist.  If unable to attend, please notify the festival office immediately at joplinartsfest@gmail.com.
Cancellation policy—Cancellations made by August 1st will receive a refund less a $25 fee.  All cancelations must be submitted in writing to joplinartsfest@gmail.com.
Outdoor Venue—This is an outdoor venue and will be held rain or shine.  Artists are required to provide their own tent or canopy for the festival.  A white tent or canopy is preferred.   Artists are advised to bring necessary protection to safe guard their art from the elements.  The festival is held on a paved street and thus no stacks can be used to secure the tent/canopy.  Thus, it will be necessary for each tent/canopy to be securely held in place using weights.  No refunds will be made should the festival be cancelled because of extreme weather conditions, any factor that the festival committee has no control over, or any other acts of God.
Electricity—Electricity is available and requires an additional fee.  Each space with electricity is limited to 500 watts.  Amps x volts (usually 110) equals watts.  Most lighting, if it conforms to Fire Marshal guidelines below, is within acceptable limits.  Generators are not allowed.
Fire Marshal Guidelines
  • Candles, welding, soldering or any open flame within an enclosed tents are strictly prohibited.
  • Extension cords are to be 12 to 14-gauge wire and must be in good condition.
  • Compressed gas cylinders must be secured in an upright position using elastic or ratchet straps or chains to prevent tip over.
  • If your booth includes electricity, the use of incandescent or halogen light bulbs is prohibited.  Florescent bulbs and LED lights are allowed.
  • Fans and/or heaters are not allowed.

Booth Information
There will be spaces available for 100 artists to display their original art.  Spaces are 12’W x 12’D and are $75 for first time applicants and $60 for JRAC members and those artists that were in the 2016 festival.  Included in the application fee is the required City of Joplin business license.  Artists are required to provide their own tent or canopy for the festival.  For an additional $10 fee, electricity is available. White tents/canopies are preferred.  All tents/canopies must be weighted down to ensure the safety of those attending the festival as well as the other artists.
Setup and Take Down—All artists must be setup and ready for customers by 9:30 AM Saturday morning.  All artist’s booths and displays must remain in place till 6PM. All booths must be removed from the Main Street area by 7:30 PM.