Event Information


Art on the Creeks 2017

Village on the Creeks - Central Courtyard
Rogers, Arkansas (South)

Event Dates: 10/7/17 - 10/7/17
Application Deadline: 5/31/17 Midnight CST
6 day(s) and 12 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 6th annual Art on the Creeks is Northwest Arkansas’ premier fine arts festival! The juried event showcases exceptional talent with a focus on fine art. Unique opportunity to exhibit and sell your work void of any exhibit fees or commissions! Tents provided to each artist free of charge! Cash Awards: $1,000 Best in Show; $500 Second Place; $250 Third Place. Continuous growth with rave reviews from artists and attendees. Community inclusion and support for the arts has spawned a loyal and highly engaged audience in an affluent area that is primed to buy and appreciates the value of original fine art. It’s the place to be seen, and we look forward to your application! 

General Information
Art on the Creeks is a juried event welcoming applications for 2D and 3D visual fine arts. We seek seasoned and up-and-coming artists to provide a mix of classic and contemporary art representing a wide variety of mediums with utmost emphasis on high quality, fine arts. We focus on exhibition of original artwork --- Mass reproductions, commercial casts, molds, or machine made work are not permitted. This prospectus includes essential event and participation details and should be read in full prior to application.
Apply by April 15, 2017 to have your art considered for our Poster Contest
(details further below).
“It was a fabulous event and (I believe) my top grossing art festival that I've done so far.”
"The crowd was wonderful and came to buy...My best show ever..."

“So well organized and such a positive experience … I'm blown away by the arrangement of being sponsored and being able to participate at no cost or commission.  Who does that!!? Kudos!!”  
“This year there were many sales (a whole page full)…Very well done art event and nothing less than a prime location.” 

 “Extremely pleased … the tents were very nice and most importantly those attending the event came to buy art … really appreciated your focus on art (vs. crafts)... The best single day event that I have attended.  Over $1,800 in sales.”   
“Enjoyed show last two years. Made a little over 2000.00 per show.”

“My favorite show! Everyone was so very nice - from my first inquiry right on through the show! Well organized, excellent job on promotion, formed a superb group of sponsors, and pulled together a great venue of artists.  I was proud to be included and I had a wonderful show for sales!”

“I can’t gush enough about the professionalism and stellar organization of your event that so impressed me...The talent was spectacular! Kudos to your jury- WOW!”
“Fabulous turn out! The topping was so many buying my art as well! My sales were really good …”
“The show was fab and was exactly the way such an event should be 'put on.'  It was an honor to be included in such a stellar line-up of artists.”

"Kudos for a fantastic art show. Beautiful in every way! Thanks for keeping local fine art shows alive!"

Art on the Creeks was founded in 2011 when the student artists of Studio 7 hosted a small art show for family and friends in a warehouse/studio. The following year the event became official and moved to the current venue at Village on the Creeks. The annual event reached record heights in 2016 as the application process continued extending to artists outside the direct area and ultimately included 70+ artists spanning 9 states and 32 cities. This was made possible thanks to Art on the Creek’s solicitation of funding from 15 corporate sponsors and 47 local businesses and patrons of the arts who sponsored individual artists.  Now hosting our 6th annual event, Art on the Creeks 2017 promises to be another exceptional year!  
As in previous years, artists selected from this application/jury process will be positioned in tents on our lush, elevated courtyard. The public attends free of charge and we enthusiastically promote an upscale outdoor art festival with live musical entertainment, beer/wine, food, art activities, lakeside walking paths and upscale retail shopping located at our venue conveniently positioned off the I-49 interstate, exit 83.
Art on the Creeks' mission is to inspire the community with outstanding fine art through an event that promotes inclusion, engagement and a heartfelt spirit of supporting the arts and “giving back”. Artists receive a unique opportunity to exhibit and sell their work void of any exhibition fee or commissions. Businesses and patrons participate and receive exposure by sponsoring an individual artist for a minimal financial contribution. We are proud to include a philanthropic program with a portion of event proceeds going to Life Styles, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities, and who’s artists participate in the exhibit.
$1,000 Best in Show; $500 Second Place; $250 Third Place
Exhibits will be judged in their entirety by a curator from the highly esteemed
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Awards will be announced during the show.

  • Free Exhibition Space/Tent (See "TENTS/EXHIBITION SPACE" further below)
  • No commission taken on sales! 
  • Exclusive invitation to "Sponsor Appreciation Reception" the evening before the festival
  • Load-in available the day before the festival with overnight security provided
  • Robust and comprehensive marketing campaign to drive maximum event attendance, along with individual artist promotion on our social media platforms (See "MARKETING" further below)

  • $25 application fee to be submitted at the time of application (non-refundable)
  • No other fees! 

 April 15, 2017  Poster Contest Deadline (see “POSTER CONTEST” further below)
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017  Application Deadline (Midnight CST)
 June 1-15, 2017  Jury Deliberation
 Friday, June 16, 2017  Artists Notified of Jury Results
 Monday, June 26, 2017  Deadline for Selected Artists to Confirm Acceptance/Participation
 Friday, October 6, 2017  Load-In Begins, Sponsor Appreciation Reception
 Saturday, October 7, 2017  Art on the Creeks (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

  • Required: Five (5) unique images that most accurately represent the body of work that will be represented in your exhibit.
  • Provide high quality, well lit, tightly cropped images in JPEG format (72-300 DPI, no larger than 5MB).
  • If you have a website or public Facebook page for your art, be sure to include it in your ZAPP profile. The jury may reference your site for additional images.
  • More guidance on preparing images is available here:  https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php?page=image-preparation  

We are seeking artwork to be used for our 2017 promotion/advertising campaign.
To have your images considered for our poster contest, indicate such in your application and submit your application by April 15, 2017.
  • Winner receives $150 cash prize.
  • Winning artwork receives tremendous exposure! - Displayed on giant banners, posters, postcards, print advertisements, TV and social media to publicize the 2017 6th Annual Art on the Creeks.

Any theme/composition to generate enthusiasm for our fine arts event will be considered. Our independent graphic artist will select the winning artwork deemed most suitable for graphic overlay of event information and overall aesthetic appeal.  
  • Artwork in portrait/vertical orientation measuring 13" x 19" (or equivalent ratio) is most suitable, however, other dimensions may be acceptable with graphic artist's liberty to crop or add borders to artwork.
  • To see posters from previous events, visit our Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/artonthecreeks.

 Winner of the Poster Contest will be announced by May 1, 2017.

Winner is not automatically guaranteed acceptance into the festival. His/her application in its entirety will be subject to jury review and acceptance.

Note: The winning artist will ultimately need to provide a high resolution image of the artwork, so if you don't already have a high res image, please ensure that you have access to the original art for proper scanning.

  • An anonymous jury reviews applications and images to determine artist selection for a high quality and well balanced show. 
  • The jury is rotated annually from a regional pool of art professionals and educators, art collectors/buyers, art organizations, gallery representatives, museum curators, and artists.
  • Jury deliberation is confidential and individual feedback will not be provided to applicants --- Applicants will be notified of acceptance/rejection only 
  • There are a limited number of spots and unfortunately many talented artists will have to be turned away.  
  • Past acceptance is not a guarantee of acceptance to this year's event or future shows. 
  • Jury decisions are final.

  • Jury acceptance/rejection notifications will be e-mailed to applicants by June 16, 2017.
  • If accepted by the jury, you will have until June 26, 2017 to reply to confirm your acceptance/participation in the event.
  • Failure to respond by June 26, 2017 will result in removal and an alternative artist will be selected.
More than 50% of the event budget is targeted toward marketing, advertising and event promotion to drive maximum attendance. Art on the Creeks provides comprehensive marketing, inclusive of but not limited to an extensive poster/postcard campaign, print and broadcast advertising, community banners and signage, e-mail, and robust social media promotion. Each accepted artist’s work will be individually promoted on our social media platforms (leveraging the images submitted in the application process).
Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, ours is an affluent community with a flourishing arts culture and strong economy.
  • Rogers, AR, (pop. 60k+) has it all— a business district with the newest hotels, restaurants and amenities, a downtown loaded with authentic history and an unrivaled setting that includes Beaver Lake and backdrop of the rolling hills of the Ozarks.
  • Benton County (pop. 240k+) includes our neighboring city of Bentonville, home of the world renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, several flourishing industries and Wal-Mart, the largest retailer worldwide. With our unique location and our industrious economy, you can see why Benton County is known as the Cornerstone of the State.


  • Applicant agrees that each image submitted is their own unique and original artwork and, that if accepted into the show, application information and images (along with credit to the artist) will be used by Art on the Creeks to publically promote the artist and the event. 
  • Past acceptance is not a guarantee of acceptance to this year's event or future shows.
  • The decision of the jurors is final.
  • Failure to respond/accept invitation by June 26, 2017 will result in removal.
  • Invitation acceptance by the artist is a commitment to be present and exhibit on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.  

Booth Information
  • A white 10x10 tent (8’ high) with 3 sides will be provided to each selected artist free of charge.
  • To maintain consistant aesthetics, substituion of an artist's personally owned tent is not permitted.
  • Artists are required to provide their own walls, tables, easels, shelving, or other means for professionally displaying their art inside the tent.
  • Tents are positioned on a central, elevated grass courtyard.
  • A detailed tent diagram, tent assignments, courtyard/tent map and parking information will be provided prior to the event.
  • Electricity is NOT available in the exhibition space.
  • If opting to load-in the day prior to the event, overnight security will be provided.
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