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CenterFest Arts Festival 2017

Location:
Downtown Durham
Durham, North Carolina (South)

Phone: 919-560-2719
Show Dates: 9/16/17 - 9/17/17
Application Deadline: 5/15/17 Midnight EST
82 day(s) and 3 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

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Event Summary
Now in its 43rd year, CenterFest Arts Festival is the longest running outdoor juried arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham's lively Downtown District, the event is a favorite among visual artists, performing artists and visitors.
 
Durham’s recent Creative Vitality Index score indicates Durham has grown to be a top creative community in the United States. CenterFest 2017 will position the festival as a national caliber signature event for Durham. All aspects of the festival, including culinary arts components drawn from Durham’s acclaimed “foodie” culture, exciting entertainment and historic districts, and a cutting edge creative community, will highlight the high quality of the visual artists and the sophistication of the creative class demographic.
 

General Information
CenterFest is a competitive, juried festival attracting high-quality fine art and fine crafts. Returning artists are rejuried every three years. All artists (whether returning or new) must submit an online application with images and application fee to be considered for CenterFest 2017.

In 2012 CenterFest relocated from the Central Park District to the City Center as the result of an extensive community planning process. CenterFest’s expanded marketing campaign, support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham, Inc. and fantastic sponsors will continue to build regional response to this exciting event. A special VIP event for targeted art buyers and the Citizen’s Choice Award will be featured again this year. Annual attendance at the Festival averages 32,000 guests.
 
At a glance...
  • Media partnerships with radio, television and regional newspapers
  • Over 32,000 visitors and art buyers
  • Support from the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Durham Inc.
  • Friendly and supportive festival staff
  • Strong regional Triangle market that draws visitors from multiple counties
  • Major signature festival of Durham with high quality juried artists
  • VIP event for targeted art buyers
  • NEW Emerging Artist Program in 2017, featuring local exhibitors
  • Easy Load In/Load Out
  • Centerfest.durhamarts.org with artist profiles, schedules, directions & maps
  • 1 complimentary breakfast and 1 complimentary lunch per day per artist booth
  • Citizen's Choice Award
  • Merit awards of $1,000, $600, $500, $400
 

FEES AND VENUE SNAPSHOT:
Festival location: Downtown Durham
Public Admission: Free, suggested donation
Parking: Available for vehicles and trailers, near festival site
Jury Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
Single Booth Fee: 10' x 10' booth spaces: $200
Double Booth Fee: 10' x 20' booth space: $400
Corner Space Premium: additional $75 fee
Emerging Artist Booth Fee: 10' x 10' booth spaces: $70 - SEE MORE INFORMATION ON EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM IN "BOOTH INFORMATION"
Early Load In: A limited number of artists may pay a $75 fee to load in and set up starting at 9pm on Friday, September 15. Standard exhibitor set up hours are 6am - 9am on Saturday, September 16.
Electricity: Available for $60 fee (with advance reservations/payment)
Security: City police onsite during the day and overnight

 
FESTIVAL DATES & HOURS:
Friday, September 15
9pm: Optional early load in and exhibitor set up. Additional fee applies; limited availability.

Saturday, September 16
6am - 9am: Exhibitor set up
10am - 6pm: Festival Hours
10am: Merit Judging Begins

Sunday, September 17
8:30 - 10:30 am: Exhibitor set up
11 am - 5pm: Festival Hours

ARTIST AWARDS:
  • Best of Show: $1000
  • First Place: $600
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $400

MEDIUMS:
  • Basket Weaving
  • Clay (chiefly functional)
  • Digital
  • Drawing
  • Emerging Arts (all media) *Durham artists only
  • Fiber (decorative)
  • Fiber (wearable)
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Leather
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Paper
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture (non-functional)
  • Wood
 
 

Rules/Regulations
If you are a returning CenterFest artist, please read the following guidelines carefully, as they have been updated for 2017:

APPLICATION PROCESS:
All artists who wish to participate in CenterFest 2017 must submit this online application with images and application fee, even if they have been juried into CenterFest in past years. Artists who have been juried into CenterFest in 2015 or 2016 will be exempt from the jury process. Artists new to the festival, artists who have not been juried since 2014, or wishing to exhibit a new media will be juried. CenterFest reserves the right to decline acceptance to artists who were juried into the festival in 2015 or 2016, if they were found to have been in violation of rules and regulations in the past. If the applicant elects to pay fees by check, checks should be made out to the Durham Arts Council.

RESTRICTIONS ON WORK:
Electrostatic prints, imports or commercially manufactured items, including cast molds (except for original molds designed by the artist), items made from “kits,” paper/plastic flowers, live plants or any consumable items (food, soap, lotions, candles, etc.) are NOT ALLOWED at CenterFest. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. A production studio is defined as a process consisting of multiple individuals, other than artists, who design, fabricate and assemble the artwork contained within the application. CenterFest wants artwork made by the hands of the artists selling the work - if the hands of other artists make the artwork, please do not apply. CenterFest reserves the right to question any applicant about his/her creative practice prior to jurying and prior to the festival. The may include, but not be limited to, requiring photos and/or video of the studio and artist working.

REPRODUCTION POLICY:
Iris or Gicleé prints, off-set lithographs, laser and ink-jet prints are acceptable reproducible processes for sale only when in compliance with the following restrictions: Each piece created with one of the above reproducible methods must be clearly labeled “Reproduction” and have title, price, and method of reproduction visible. These may only be displayed in one bin, size not to exceed 2’ x 3’ and/or on one wall of an artist’s booth regardless of number of artists sharing a booth or number of booth spaces purchased.
  • Prints Allowed: Conventionally printed photographs*, digitally produced photographs/collages/paintings/graphics* (laser and ink jet prints), original lithographs and serigraphs, monotype, monoprint, intaglio, relief printing, planographic printing, stencil printing, and artist-manipulated xerography. * All photographic prints, conventionally or digitally produced, must be printed by the photographer, or under the photographer’s direct supervision. They must be labeled with all relevant output information (ex: silver gelatin print on fiber paper; Iris print on Arches watercolor paper).

SELECTION CRITERIA:
In order to maintain the quality standard of CenterFest, we re-jury each artist every three years. CenterFest acceptance is based on artistic merit (excellence and creativity in concept, design, and technique) as determined by the CenterFest jurors. All decisions are final.

Durham Arts Council is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, gender preference, marital status, or political affiliation in all programming and employment. Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest is committed to providing equal access for all visitors and participants. Those unable to comply with the application requirements listed above because of a disability should contact the CenterFest office at 919-560-2719 prior to May 15, 2017 so that every effort at reasonable accommodations may be made.

IMAGES:
The most common reason for rejection during jurying is quality. Some helpful hints in photographing your work:
  • Keep the background plain.
  • Avoid group shots - one object per frame.
  • Present a consistent body of work.
Artists working in more than one medium, or who have two or more distinct bodies of work within the same medium, are welcome to submit applications for each body of work. Please be aware that multiple applications require an application fee for each submission. Artists are limited a maximum of three applications. For each application, artists are required to submit five images of their work, and one photograph of their booth display (this excludes Emerging Artist applications, which do not require booth photos. Emerging Artists may submit a sixth image of their work in lieu of a booth shot).

ARTIST ATTENDANCE:
The applying artist must accompany all exhibits on both days of the festival, exhibiting work only in the categories for which the artist was screened and accepted.

ENFORCEMENT:
Work exhibited must be consistent with the application images submitted by the artist and follow CenterFest guidelines. DAC reserves the right to remove any work in question from the show, as well as the exhibitor if DAC directives are not followed. Removal of exhibitor by DAC would result in a forfeit of all fees; participation in future CenterFests may be refused. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact DAC at 919-560-2719 before the May 15 deadline.

REFUND POLICY:
We understand that occasionally an artist will need to withdraw from the festival after having been accepted. You will be refunded 100% of your booth fees if you notify the Arts Council in writing by August 10, 2017. After this date, there are no refunds. Application fees are non-refundable. Furthermore, should you choose to not set up your booth for the first day of the event for any reason, you will not be allowed to set up your booth on the second day of the event.

RAINOUT PROCEDURE:
CenterFest is a “rain or shine” event; no rain dates! Artists should be prepared to exhibit in the case of light rain. In the case of heavy rain, the Festival Committee will consider hazards and needs of participants in making any decision about suspension or cancellation of any part or all of the festival. No refunds will be made due to inclement weather or an artist’s decision not to participate. Should an artist choose to leave before the end of the festival has been declared, future participation in CenterFest may be jeopardized.

SECURITY:
While there will be 24-hour uniformed site security during CenterFest weekend, Durham Arts Council is not responsible for any artwork, supplies, tents, or other items left unattended in your booth or on festival grounds. During non-festival hours, anyone on the festival site may be asked by security to provide identification.




 

Booth Information

CenterFest offers single and double booth options. Booth spaces are located on each side of main downtown streets with festival guests using the middle of the street as the main walk way. Selected CenterFest artists have the option of requesting early load in, specific booth locations, corner booths, and electrical hook-ups - these options may be subject to additional fees and other considerations; see below for specifics. NEW THIS YEAR, Emerging Artists may apply to exhibit at CenterFest at a reduced rate; see below for specifics.

All applicants must pay a (non-refundable), $30 Jury Fee

10' x 10', Single Booth spaces are $200. Artist requests for specific single booth locations will be honored, when possible, in the following order: (1) Merit Award winners from the previous year (2) Re-invited artists, i.e. artists juried into CenterFest in 2015 or 2016 (3) Order in which booth fee is paid.

10' x 20', Double Booth spaces are $400. These spaces are limited and are assigned as available. Artist requests for specific double booth locations will be honored, when possible, in the following order: (1) Merit Award winners from the previous year (2) Re-invited artists, i.e. artists juried into CenterFest in 2015 or 2016 (3) Order in which double booth fee is paid - fee will be refunded if double space is unavailable.

Artists requesting a Corner Booth Space agree to pay an additional $75 fee for this premium space. These spaces are limited and assigned as available. Artist requests for corner booth locations will be honored, when possible, in the following order: (1) Merit Award winners from the previous year (2) Re-invited artists, i.e. artists juried into CenterFest in 2015 or 2016 (3) Order in which corner fee is paid - fee will be refunded if corner space is unavailable.

NEW PROGRAM for 2017! This year, for the first time at CenterFest, Emerging Artists are invited to apply for a 10' x 10' booth space at the discounted rate of $70. Guidelines to apply to the CenterFest Emerging Artist program are as follow:

  • Applicants must either reside or have their art-practice based in Durham County, NC.
  • Applicants must be first-time exhibitors at CenterFest.
  • Early career artists, apprentices, and graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Artists should have some record of professional achievement, but are not expected to have extensive experience in exhibiting or selling their work at an art fair.
  • CenterFest is excited to provide an opportunity for local Emerging Artists to participate in a major art event, with accompanying benefits of exposure, sales, and the chance to interact with other artists and potential patrons of their work. Selected Emerging Artists will be in a special section in the CenterFest footprint.
  • Emerging Artist applicants are not required to submit a booth image with their application.
  • Accepted Emerging Artist applicants will be required to attend an orientation meeting in Summer 2017 - dates to be announced.
    • IMPORTANT: Applicants interested in the Emerging Artist program should select "Emerging Artist: All Media" from the "Show Specific Medium Category" dropdown menu. Emerging Artist applicants should indicate their specific medium in "Description of Material and Technique."

Artists may request to be scheduled for Early Load In to the CenterFest site. For a $75 fee, artists can load in and set up starting at 9pm on Friday, September 15. Standard exhibitor set up hours are 6am - 9am on Saturday, September 16. Space on the Early Load In schedule is limited - artist requests for Early Load In will be honored in the following order: (1) Merit Award winners from the previous year (2) Re-invited artists, i.e. artists juried into CenterFest in 2015 or 2016 (3) Order in which Early Load In fee is paid - fee will be refunded if Early Load In is unavailable. PLEASE NOTE: Artists with accessibility requirements due to verified disability may load in on Friday starting at 8:30pm, at no cost (please indicate in the "special requests" section).

Electricity is available at artist booths for $60. Electrical hook-ups are limited to certain booth spaces in the festival footprint - this may impact the artist's range of choices if requesting a specific booth location.

$30 Jury Fee is due with initial application. Accepted artists will pay all additional booth/site fees when confirming their participation in the festival.

Additional booth information:
  • Each booth is allotted 1 complimentary breakfast and 1 complimentary lunch per day. Please select your lunch preference from the options listed in the application.
  • Booth displays may not include "sale" signs, signage that extends beyond the footprint of the booth, or signage that is otherwise obtrusive to surrounding artists. All signage must be professional in appearance. Handwritten signs are permitted as long as they meet these standards.
  • All accepted artists are required to display an Artist Statement in their booth as an educational tool for festival visitors. This should be no longer than 250 words and should include an explanation of the process(es) used to create the applicant’s art.

Visual Artist Applications due May 15!
 
SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, 2016
DOWNTOWN DURHAM, NC
centerfest.durhamarts.org

Durham Arts Council CenterFest Office
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC 27701
P: 919.560.2719
F: 919.560.2725

 
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