Event Information

Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts 2017 - Bloomington Indiana

4th Street, between Grant Street and Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana (Midwest)

Phone: 812-575-0484
Event Dates: 9/2/17 - 9/3/17
Application Deadline: 4/5/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.


Event Summary

We like to think of the show as run by artists, for artists.

"Many artist's favorite show" in a beautiful setting with abundant sales!  Fourth Street Festival has been drawing a crowd of more than 42,000 people over the two-day period. The Fourth Street Festival was created in 1976 by a group of Bloomington area artists and craftspeople to provide a high quality outdoor art event. It continues to be run by a volunteer committee of artists/craftspeople for artists/craftspeople. Artists can enjoy a free Sunday morning breakfast. The Fourth Street Arts Festival is excited to announce new this year, Artist Home Hosting during the 2017 Festival.  The Home Hosting program is in response to your need to help curb your costs of doing shows. 

The Festival is planned and administered by a cooperative committee of local artists, many of whom have been involved with the event over a number of years.

The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts strives to create an atmosphere of appreciation for art as well as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work by presenting a high quality event. We provide an educational environment to create connections with art and artists. Fourth Street prides itself on being admission free and welcoming to all.

General Information
Labor Day Weekend, 2017
Bloomington, Indiana

Saturday, September 2nd, 10 am to 6 pm &
Sunday, September 3rd, 10 am to 5 pm

You are invited to apply to the 41st Annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts in Bloomington, Indiana. The site of the festival, Fourth Street from Grant Street to Indiana Avenue, is a pleasant tree-lined area close to both the Indiana University campus and downtown Bloomington. Over the years the festival has steadily increased in popularity and quality of works, drawing a crowd of more than 42,000 art-savvy patrons over the two-day period. The Fourth Street Festival was created in 1976 by a group of Bloomington area artists and craftspeople to provide an outdoor art show of high quality that would be mutually beneficial to the exhibitors and the community. We like to think of this show as run by artists, for artists. Submissions are juried on-line, by a paid, independent jury.

VIEW A VIDEO of the Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Tv_oFjcAw​

  • 120 Juried Artists (5 double booths)
  • Projected Attendance - 42,000 art-savvy patrons
  • A minimum of $3,000 will be awarded by on-site jurors.
  • Best of show and 1st in 2D & 3D have automatic invitation to 2018 show
  • Listing on Show Website
  • 24-hour Security
  • Home Hosting program
  • Complimentary bagels, donuts and coffee Saturday morning
  • Complimentary Sunday morning catered breakfast
  • Booth Sitters

A minimum of $3,000 will be awarded by on-site jurors.
Awards will be presented Sunday morning at artist booths. List available at Info Booth and at artists’ breakfast
  • Best in Show​
  • 1st in 2D​​
  • 2nd in 2D​​
  • 3rd in 2D​​
  • 2D Honorable mention​​
  • 1st in 3D​​ 
  • 2nd in 3D​​
  • 3rd in 3D​​
  • 3D Honorable mention
  • Alice San Pietro​​ Award for excellence in painting
  • Jim Kemp Craftsmanship Award
  • Barb Bihler​​​ Functional Potter Award

  • Ceramics - Functional
  • Ceramics - Sculptural
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Graphics
  • Jewelry - Fine
  • Jewelry -Other
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media 2D
  • Mixed Media 3D
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
 April 5th – ELECTRONIC APPLICATION DEADLINE, midnight Eastern Daylight Time
 May 10th – Notifications e-mailed and available online
 June 7th – Last day for booth fee payment by accepted artists

 Friday, September 1st  - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
 Saturday, September 2nd - 6:30 am to 7:30 am

 Saturday, September 2nd - 10 am to 6 pm
 Sunday, September 3rd - 10 am to 5 pm

Applications will be accepted online until midnight April 5, 2017. The non-refundable fee for electronic applications is $30, payable online. We are using Zapplication to process our fees. You may choose to use your Paypal account or your charge card through Zapplication. We will not accept checks except under special arrangements. Payment is a commitment to exhibit. No refunds.
  • Submit four images of your artwork and one image of your booth.  Your booth shot should be of your stocked booth with no image of you, your name or business name in it.
  • Notification will be sent by May 10, 2017, via email and will be available online at www.zapplication.org
  • New in 2017: Waitlist by catagory will be displayed in Zapp once waitlist order has been established
  • AFTER you receive notification of acceptance, remit to Zapp, your booth fee ($350), by June 7, 2017.  We will not accept checks except under very special arrangements.  PAYMENT IS A COMMITMENT TO EXHIBIT.  NO REFUNDS.

    Indiana Sales Tax
    The artist is responsible for collecting, reporting and remitting 7% Indiana Sales Tax on all purchases. For information, visit www.in.gov.

    2017 Jurors:
  • Brian Beam-ceramics
  • Michel Plumail-jeweler
  • Phillip Singer-painter
  • Sharon Barrett-glass
  • Mark Reynolds-wood

    Indiana University generously provides IU surface lots for this event.  Artists will be given a parking pass that must be displayed on dashboard. City and IU regulations prohibit overnight camping in parking lots or on city streets. Fourth Street Festival will not be responsible for parking tickets


All work displayed must be made by the accepted exhibitor and must be original: Objects assembled from commercial kits are not acceptable, nor are those made from commercial plans, nor those in which a commercially made piece is central to the design. Artists shall exhibit work only in the category in which they applied and were accepted.  If artists wish to exhibit in multiple categories they must apply and be accepted in each of the categories.  No jewelry can be sold in your booth unless you apply and are accepted in the jewelry category.  The festival committee reserves the right to refuse work that does not conform to these guidelines or work that is not of equal quality to that represented in the images. Artist must be present for the duration of the show - no agents allowed. Non-compliance with rules will affect participation in the show.

​Scoring is to be based on the quality of craftsmanship, design excellence and originality. The work should be well conceived, without technical flaws. The appropriate and effective use of materials and overall professionalism will be considered along with originality, technical excellence, and booth effectiveness.


  • Volunteers will be visiting and comparing your work and booth with the images you submitted in your ZAPP entry.
  • Artists may display work only in the category into which they successful juried.
  • Only artists that juried into the "Jewelry” category may display and sell jewelry.


•Printed original works which are hand manipulated using plates, stones or screens etc. must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Printmakers are required to disclose their printing process.

• Giclee and offset reproductions must be signed and numbered as limited editions, and may not exceed 25% of work shown

• No commercially made jewelry or jewelry components (except findings).

• No sales of CD's or cassette tapes permitted.

• No sales of dried flowers, live plants, candles, soap, or other personal care items permitted.

• No objects made in a production facility, i.e. art operation comprised of persons other than applicant artist who are paid to design, fabricate or assemble.

• No generators of any kind permitted in the show.

• Booths of accepted artists are required to be white, and be able to sustain a constant wind of 25 miles an hour.
• The committee reserves the right to expel any artist who fails to comply with aforementioned responsibilities.
• The committee may refuse the display of any work, on day of show, which FAILS to be of the highest quality, representative of juried images, or made by the artist.

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts
P.O. Box 1257
Bloomington, IN 47402-1257
Voice Mail: 812-575-0484
E-mail: info@4thstreet.org
Our Website: www.4thstreet.org

Booth Information
  • 120 exhibitor spaces - 110 juried, 10 discretionary
  • Limited double booths available
  • Booth size – 10' x 10'
  • Booth fee – $350.00
  • Only one artist's work per booth
  • Booths are vehicle accessible for setup and breakdown