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Arts in Bloom 2017
Historic Downtown McKinney
McKinney, Texas (South)
Show Dates: 4/7/17 - 4/9/17
Application Deadline: 2/3/17 Midnight CST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Application Fee): $25.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
Produced and sponsored by McKinney Main Street in conjunction with the City of McKinney, Arts In Bloom takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney and features 150 juried artists set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center. A nationally recognized participant in the Main Street Program, downtown McKinney offers a unique and beautiful setting of restored, turn-of-the-century buildings that now feature cafes, offices, bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. During the event the streets of downtown come alive with fascinating sights and sounds as fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors take part in the three-day celebration.
SHOW DATES: April 7-9, 2017
Artists hours of exhibition:
Artist hours of exhibition: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday; 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM on Saturday, and 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday. (Note: the event itself doesn't close until 9:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. Artists are invited to remain open as they wish during those later hours).
Why exhibit at Arts In Bloom?
McKinney’s visual arts scene includes artists offering their creations in such a wide range of media, there truly is something to appeal to every taste. Visual arts can be found in art galleries, working studios and even in various businesses throughout the city. McKinney is home to local art guilds and associations who exhibit, mentor, perform and serve the arts, and they are our partners in this event.
It’s this vibrant scene and partnership that sets McKinney apart from other metroplex cities that host art festivals- we are truly a community that supports the arts and it is our desire to build an arts festival that reflects that.
We offer our artists:
An air-conditioned hospitality center
Free basic electric (with additional electric available for a nominal fee)
Volunteers to assist with load-in and load-out
Arts in Bloom also features an attractive component that allows us to expand our audience and appeal – a Texas wine tasting experience. In 2016, we hosted 10 wineries from across north Texas and offered wine tasting packages to our discerning guests. It was so successful we are expanding the number of participating wineries – this added feature targets the “art and wine” crowd and offers another element to make this a truly unique event.
Arts in Bloom produces a robust and comprehensive marketing campaign that specifically targets a high end demographic.
Previously a one-day event, 2017 offers an expanded Arts In Bloom due to patron response and artist success. Please note that the attached site map is from the 2016 event and it reflects the smaller scale layout in terms of number of artists and placement of activities. The three-day event will feature a much larger footprint- not having the 2017 site layout finalized yet we chose to upload last year's map just to give you an idea of the downtown festival area.
Why Historic Downtown McKinney?
Located just 30 miles north of Dallas and included in the DFW Metroplex (6 million residents), McKinney offers visitors the perfect getaway destination, with its tree-lined streets, historic downtown and tight-knit community giving this fast-growing city a friendly, small-town feel despite the city's population which was nearly 162,000 in January 2016.
Home to one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney’s charm and comfortable pace is quite different from the DFW urban sprawl, prompting Money Magazine to select McKinney as is #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 (up from the #2 spot in 2012, #5 in 2010 and #14 in 2008).
McKinney also received accolades for being the #17 Best Destination on Texas Highways Magazine's Top 40 Texas Destinations list, as voted on by their readers, in 2014. To learn more about our wonderful city and culture, please visit http://www.visitmckinney.com/
February 3, 2017
Four images are to be submitted for each application entered by an artist. Three images must be of individual pieces of work. The fourth image must be a booth image displaying the artist work which shows a presentation of artists current body of work. Any work outside of the medium submitted that appears in the booth shot will not be considered accepted by the jury, due to its mere presence in the booth image.
The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors; therefore, please be sure you do not reference either your name or your company name in your booth image. You should not be in the booth when the photo is taken.
Please provide a booth image reflective of the following:
The artist’s statement is shown to the jury as images are displayed. Please note processes and philosophy as well as materials used.
A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required for each entry form/category submitted.
February 7-8, 2017
Jury and selection process: Approximately 150 artists will exhibit at Arts In Bloom for 2017. Jurying is conducted by panels of no less than 3 experienced art professionals who review each medium. Each artist is scored in their selected category on a scale of 1 – 7. Criteria for artist selection are originality, consistency of work in all slides, workmanship, and booth presentation. The top scorers in each category are invited to participate in the show. Important info about the jury process:
Festival staff then view the show as a whole to be sure it is balanced and representative of all mediums. Up to 4% of participants may be at the discretion of Festival staff.
February 9, 2017. Upon completion of jury, you will receive notification of your status.
Booth fee due:
February 24, 2017. Exhibitors that have been invited to exhibit by the jury may purchase their booth products on Zapplication by credit card (the preferred method).
Electricity will be provided to all artists at no additional charge, but please note that power is limited to 5 amps per exhibitor or 200 watts. Exhibitors using electricity should bring a minimum of 20’ of grounded, outdoor rated extension cord to reach the Festival provided outlet. Any electricity used over and above the minimum is charged at $35.00 for each additional 200 watts.
All vehicles must be park in the designated artist parking lot; First Baptist McKinney Church. Parking is free. You may not park anywhere in the downtown area near the event grounds. For your convenience, there will be a shuttle bus running all day, each day. NO RV hookups or overnight camping allowed in the designated artist parking lot. Unhitched trailers may stay in the parking lot, but please be aware there is no overnight security provided. Artists will receive more information about parking in your Artist Information Guide.
Must be done in writing (email) by March 17, 2017 to receive 50% back less $15 administration fee. NO REFUNDS after March 17, 2017.
Check-in will begin on Friday, April 7, from 7 am - 3pm. You have one hour to unload your vehicle. Artists then need to move their vehicle to the designated artist parking lot, take the shuttle back to the event site, and then set-up at their leisure. Due to the festival footprint there will be multiple check-in locations, artists will receive an advance email indicating which location to go to. Every effort will be taken to get you as close to your booth location as possible; volunteers with flat-bed golf carts will be able to assist with load-in.
Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Digital Art: This category includes 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: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All giclee, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are encouraged to do their own printing which has been processed by the artist, or under his/her direct supervision. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Leather: Includes all works from leather. No production studio work is allowed.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Other: work of demonstrated quality that does not fall within any of the categories may be submitted.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
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 prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.
FESTIVAL ELIGIBILITY & RULES:
The following policies and rules have been established by Arts in Bloom Festival to ensure quality and integrity of the show.
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