Event Information

KAABOO ArtworK 2017

Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds
Del Mar (San Diego), California (West)

Event Dates: 9/14/17 - 9/17/17
Application Deadline: 4/15/17 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application and Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
KAABOO ArtworK will be held at the Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds in Del Mar (San Diego), CA, on Sept. 15-17, 2017, with a special VIP Preview night Thursday, September 14, 2017.  Join 100+ artists in a curated, indoor contemporary art show experience, with premium exhibitor amenities.

We expect over 40,000 well-qualified, affluent and culture-seeking attendees per day, who have been promised three exciting days of music, culture, gourmet dining, self-exploration and fun!  ArtworK takes place indoors with professional gallery lighting and climate control.  We are promising an elevated experience for our guests, and will extend that hospitality to our artists.  You will enjoy VIP- treatment. You may stay and enjoy KAABOO after ArtworK closes each day.  We offer easy, professionally-managed load-in and load-out. As well as accessible complimentary parking. 
About KAABOO: 

Forget what you know about music festivals. This is a music experience. KAABOO is a voyage of discovery where every detail is crafted for your enjoyment and you bask in world-class music, contemporary art, incredible cuisine, craft libations, comedy acts, dancing and premium amenities.  3 days, 7 stages, 100+ performers and much more. 

General Information
This year, KAABOO ArtworK is offering two application waves. The earlier you apply, the better the deal! Those who apply and are accepted in the first wave, which will accept applications from December 16, 2016 - February 15, 2017, will be charged a booth fee of $675. Those who apply and are accepted in the second wave, which will accept applications from February 15, 2017 - April 15, 2017, will be charged a booth fee of $825.  

KAABOO ArtworK is focused on contemporary fine art that will appeal to our core audience of affluent, sophisticated music, food and culture patrons.

Media Categories

We use media categories to organize artists' images into sensible groups to facilitate the jury’s review.  We strive for a balanced show that features a diverse range of high-quality work, and we recognize that neither artists nor our patrons want a show with many vendors exhibiting the same type and style of work. However, we do not use a quota for different categories.  We welcome innovative work – if you are not sure which category to apply for, pick the closest one.  We will not reject your work because we disagree with your choice of category.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. 

Digital Art: Any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing: Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc., as well as work made from inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking, whether wearable or not.  No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. Likewise, we do not permit factory-produced wearable items, even if the artist modified or enhanced those items.

Glass: Please note that we do not permit mass-produced items, including items made from molds.

Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.

Metalworks: This category includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. 

Mixed Media: This category includes works, both two- and three-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of material to produce.
New Media: This category includes artwork that makes use of electronic media and technology. It includes projection work, video art, interactive electronic work, new technology work, light sculpture, etc.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are included in this category.  Reproductions of the artist’s original work are permitted, so long as (1) the artist displays a substantial quantity of original work in their booth, and (2) reproductions are clearly identified as such.  (Please note that we do not require a specific percentage of original work, trusting that the artist will use their best judgment.)  We encourage, but do not require, signed and numbered editions of any reproductions.  Please define your work in your artist statement and include a description of your process.

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. Photogravure, intaglio, and other alternate process techniques used to reproduce the artist’s photographs should apply in this category.  Please disclose both their creative and printing processes with your application.

Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones, wood blocks or screens may be entered in this category.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.  Photocopies, giclées, or offset reproductions are not permitted.

Sculpture: This category includes three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

ARTIST ACCEPTANCE DATES: We anticipate sending artist acceptance notices as soon as the jury process concludes, for the first wave on or around February 20, 2017 and for the second wave on or around May 1, 2017. 

  1. All work must be original, handcrafted work, designed and executed by the Artist. No work from molds or kits is allowed.  Work made or finished by a production studio is not acceptable.  Reproductions are prohibited, except as noted in the per-category section above.  T-shirts and sweatshirts are not permitted unless completely designed and sewn by the artist as part of their fiber entry.
  2. ArtworK will supply professional art walls.  NO propanels or additional display walls will be permitted in the Artist booth. Artists may bring shelves, display cases, or any other fixtures required to display their work.  Please note that NO CANOPIES or CANOPY FRAMES are permitted in the exhibit hall. 
  3. Artists must be present with their work for the entire show - this includes the VIP opening show on Thursday night from 5pm-9pm. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.  KAABOO may require photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.  Artists who sell their entire body of work should consult with the show director about whether they must remain for the duration of the show.
  4. Art show hours are from 1:00pm to 9:00pm.  You are welcome to enjoy the headline acts and after-hours entertainment each day after ArtworK closes.  Except in case of emergency, artists who break down or depart before closing time on any day of the festival will not be permitted to return the following day(s) and will not be invited to future shows.
  5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
  6. Application fees and booth fees are not refundable.
  7. Artists must follow all KAABOO festival rules, including abidance by the list of prohibited items. Please note that pets are not permitted at KAABOO, but service animals are permitted.  ArtworK will provide a copy of the rules with your show packet.
  8. ArtworK will proivide a contract and release to accepted artists. Artists must execute the contract in order to participate in the show.
  9. Artsts are responsible for collecting and paying all applicable state and local licensing fees and sales tax.  Sales tax forms will be provided to artists in your show packet. 
  10. Artists must park in the complimentary Artist parking lot. Please note that this lot will be located off-site.  However, we will provie convenient on-site storage for extra inventory.  There will not be any storage located behind or directly adjacent to your booth  Camping in the Artist lot, or elsewhere at the Fairgrounds, is prohibited.
  11. The show venue will be locked at night, and security will be provided.  However, Artists are responsible for security or removing valuable pieces over night.
  12. We may amend these rules and regulations at any time.

Booth Information
  • Single booths (first wave: 8'x8', $675; Second Wave: 8'x8', $825) and a limited number of double booths (First Wave: 8'x16', $1,350; Second Wave: 8'x16', $1,650) are available.
  • Application Wave 1: December 16, 2016 - February 15, 2017. Application Wave 2: February 15, 2017 - April 15, 2017. 
  • All booths include specially installed, professional lighting (4 LED Lights attached from the top of the walls) and complimentary electricity.
  • Booths will have three professional 8 ft. art walls, (8 ft. tall).  NO propanels or outside walls will be permitted in the space. Art can be hung directly on the walls via nails, tacks, pins, etc. All hanging equipment must be cleanly removed by the end of the event.  
  • Premium booths may be available for an extra charge.