Event Information

Downtown Art & Craft Market 2017 - Salt Lake City

Historic Pioneer Park, 300 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah (West)

Phone: 801-333-1104
Event Dates: 6/10/17 - 10/21/17
Application Deadline: 4/9/17 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 7 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00


Event Summary

The Salt Lake Downtown Art & Craft Market is a local market and only accepts artists who live and create in Utah. Applications will be accepted from February 3rd until April 4th. Artistis will be notified of their acceptance no later than May 2nd. The $25.00 application fee is required to submit an application.

The Downtown Art & Craft Market operates adjacent to the Downtown Farmers Market in Historic Pioneer Park on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, June 10 - October 21.

The Market features unique, local art and handmade crafts. We encourage artists working in new or traditional styles to apply. Our objective is to create a colorful and authentic Market with quality, locally made, handmade crafts and artwork at varied prices. A jury of qualified professionals will review the Downtown Art and Craft Market applications. Jurors’ decisions are based on quality and appeal as well as overall balance of the various media represented. Please read the Downtown Art & Craft Market Guidelines and Policies.

The full season booth fee is $600.00. Part time booth fees are $35.00 per date. All fees are due upon acceptance. The payment deadline is June 5. A wait list may be implemented for specific dates if necessary. Please see Vendor Booth Policies for more information. Please direct any questions you have about this Market to kristin@downtownslc.org.

General Information


Applications are accepted online at zapplication.org beginning February 3rd, 2017. The application deadline is April 4th. All applications are reviewed by a selected jury. Once the review has taken place vendors will be notified of their status as invited, alternate or not invited. Notifications will be sent to the e-mail provided on the application no later than May 2nd. An application fee of $25 is due upon submission.


Note: The jury process is structured to give every applicant equal consideration. PRIOR PARTICIPATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE IN THE CURRENT YEAR'S MARKET. The jury will not evaluate late applications. Any applications that do not include the requried images and artist statement will not be seen by the administrator. The jury will not be able to evaluate incomplete applications or applications that come unaccompanied by the required application fee.

•   ALL CRAFTS MUST BE HANDMADE BY THE APPLICANT IN UTAH. Pre-manufactured, mass produced, imported or commercial products will not be considered.
•   Applicants are required to include digital photographs of their work as well as an artist statement with the application. Vendors are required to submit 6 photographs representative of the items intended to sell as well as a photograph of the display. Digital photographs should be in JPEG format, no smaller than 1400 pixels on the longest side. Guidelines, suggestions and instructions can be found here: http://www.zapplication.org/images.phtml. The jury makes its decision based on the photographs of products and the artist's statement.
•   Applicants must submit an artist’s statement in the space provided on the application. The applicant will provide a few paragraphs describing the process, the artist’s relationship with the process (inspiration) and why the artist has chosen the selected medium. Any applications that don't include a descriptive statement will be returned for completion before it's submitted. Applicants needing assistance with drafting an artist statement may contact the Salt Lake Community College Writing Center for free coaching.
•   Once accepted, vendors may display and sell the type of work presented on their application. Any changes must be approved by the Market Manager.
•   Selections will be made from the primary classifications listed on the application (i.e. jewelry, textile, pottery). To ensure balance and fairness to all exhibitors, each classification has a limited number of openings.



The jewelry category is often the most applied for category in many art and craft markets. The Downtown Art & Craft Market has identified three subsets of jewelers: CRAFT, ARTISAN and MIXED. Jewelers who design their jewelry using beads and/or other components they did not create fall into the JEWELRY - CRAFT category. Jewelers who craft the components of the jewelry they design (silversmith, gem cutting, stone tumbling, etc.) fall into the category of JEWELRY - ARTISAN. Mixed Jewelers offer jewelry that falls into both categories. Artists offering a variety of products, including jewelry, should also apply under the JEWELRY - MIXED category.


The textile category at the Market is often the most misunderstood and difficult to identify as a craft. Textiles at the Downtown Art & Craft Market must be modified, solely by the artisan, to the extent that they reflect an original, artistic character and are obviously informed by the artist’s intention. Textiles that are not allowed into the Downtown Art & Craft Market include, but may not be limited to, those that are mass produced in any way by an outsourced printer or those that are produced/mass produced outside of the state of Utah. The textile artists featured at the Downtown Art & Craft Market often create their products from scratch, with raw materials. Exceptions typically are characterized by screen printed or modified materials designed and created to produce an original design, by the artist.

The Jury Process is handled as follows:

1.  An impartial jury of up to eight professional artists or arts advocates will be selected from our local community.

2.  They meet and examine all of the applications in one session, assigning each a number from 1 - 7.

3.  The jury carefully examines a number of important criteria in each application:

•   Does the product meet the minimum criteria? (Handmade, locally made)
•   What is the quality of the product?
•   How marketable is the product?
•   Does the product enhance the overall variety of products at the Market?
•   Is the product compelling?

4.  The jury results are collected and the top scoring vendors are admitted to fill the available spaces at the Market. The applicants who meet the Market’s criteria but fall just below the average score will be placed on an alternate list to fill available vacancies that occur throughout the season. The applicants who fall well below average will not be invited to participate and will be notified.

Remember: The majority of the applications we receive meet most of the qualifications. The jury is dedicated to carefully consider each applicant according to the above criteria.


Family may assist, but the artist must regularly staff the booth. If there is a market day when the artist or a member of the artist’s family cannot be present, notify the Market Manager as far in advance as possible. Anyone working a booth at the Market is required to know, understand and comply with the Market Guidelines and Policies. A family member may staff the booth but another vendor may not take the spot.  All vacancies are filled with alternate vendors at the discretion of the Art & Craft Market Manager.


We encourage vendors to create a strong booth presentation including, but not limited to, unique and compelling signage that helps identify the business. Research at markets has shown that those vendors with an organized presentation tend to sell the most product. All signs should be at eye level or higher. Any signs that interfere with the flow of foot traffic are prohibited.


Downtown SLC Presents and The Downtown Art and Craft Market welcome all vendors regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality or marital status.


The Market Staff works hard to ensure that the Market is run in a fair and consistent manner. In order to further accomplish this goal, Market Staff are strongly discouraged from accepting any gifts, of any kind, from the vendors.



The Art & Craft Market is a program of Downtown SLC Presents. We believe that the vendors make the Market. We appreciate the efforts in preparing for each one of our events and hope for a prosperous season. Special needs are considered on a case by case basis. The Art & Craft Market Manager will try to accommodate all requests within reason. Policies are subject to change at any time. Updates will be sent to the email address provided on the application. Review the following policies carefully.


1. To be considered by the selected jury, all applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $25, due upon submittal the application. Any application submitted without a fee will not be seen by the jury. All regular season booth fees must be paid prior to market opening. Contact the Art & Craft Market Manager for more information.

2. Market Manager and Staff have the authority to move and reassign vendor spots to enhance or facilitate market operations.

3. The artist and his/her family members are allowed to sell at the booths—NO AGENTS OR RESELLERS. The principal listed on the application is responsible for ensuring that staff is properly trained to know the Market’s policies. The artist must be present for the majority of the selected participation dates.

4. Booth spaces are no less than 10’ x 10’. The size of each space varies depending on the location of trees, poles, sidewalks or any other permanent fixtures. Keep items off of sidewalks and walkways to maximize room for foot traffic.

5. Market hours are from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Setup may begin at 6:00 am. Spaces may be forfeited for the day if a vendor does not show by 7:30 am The Vendors are expected to have their booth set up and be ready to vend by market opening at 8 am. The Market Manager or Market Staff has the right to, and will, reassign a ‘regular’ vendor’s space to another vendor if the ‘regular’ vendor has not begun setting up by 7:30 am. Vendors are expected to stay for the duration of the Market day.

6. Vendors are responsible for providing their own equipment. If using a canopy it must be secured with a WEIGHT SYSTEM using a minimum of 40 lbs/leg. STAKES ARE PROHIBITED IN THE PARK. If a weight system is not in place, the vendor will be asked to take the canopy down. A description of proper weight systems can be obtained from the Art & Craft Market Manager or will be referenced in the vendor packet (Canopy 101).

7. Market vendors should respect one another’s space and right to sell their products without intrusion. Some dates in the season may be more cramped than others. If you think an area or space could be more optimally used, approach the Art & Craft Market Manager for discussion or direction before making any changes.

8. ART & CRAFT VENDORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK VEHICLES INSIDE THE PARK OR IN DESIGNATED CUSTOMER PARKING (300 West, 400 South, 400 West) DURING MARKET HOURS. Vehicles may park in designated customer parking for loading and unloading only. Designated parking is provided for Market vendors. Trailers are allowed to remain in the park during Market hours but must be detached from the owner's vehicle and the vehicle must be moved to designated vendor parking. All vendors must indicate on the application or inform the Art & Craft Manager if they are using a trailer. The Market opens at 8:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm. Any vendor vehicles seen driving through the park between those hours will be in violation of market policy. Repeat offendors will lose their vending privileges or pay a fine. See fine schedule below.

9. Vendors wishing to share a booth may do so with another vendor who has applied and been accepted into the Art & Craft Market. Both/all vendors are required to submit separate applications. The booth fee will still be $600.00 for the full season or $35.00/date for part time participation.

10. The Market strives to be a zero-waste environment. We encourage vendors to limit packaging where possible and to use alternative products where appropriate. The use of plastic grocery bags is an issue at the Market. We encourage customers to bring and use reusable bags or other alternatives.

11. All vendors are required to see the Market staff or Market Manager if they do not have an assigned booth space. Vendors are NOT allowed to choose their own spaces.


1. Vendors must notify the Market manager by phone or email at least 48 hours in advance (end of the work day on the Wednesday prior is preferred) if they will not be attending the Market on a scheduled date. NON-COMPLIANCE OR REPEATED ABSENCES WITHOUT PROPER NOTICE CAN RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF PERMANENT RESERVED SPACE OR EXPULSION. When proper notice isn't received the vendor will owe or forfeit the day's booth fee.

2. Vendors are responsible for their own garbage. Vendors must clean up their selling spaces at the end of each day. The Market will provide bins for cardboard recycling, located behind the info booth. All other garbage should be removed by the vendor. We recommend using a trash receptacle inside the booth space. Please help the Market in our efforts to educate our patrons about proper waste disposal.


1. Downtown SLC Presents reserves the right to refuse participation to vendors not in compliance with Market rules and regulations or not meeting Market standards which include, but are not limited to, following all local, city, state, and federal laws and regulations. All required sales tax collections and remittances are the sole responsibility of the sellers.

2. Downtown SLC Presents reserves the right, at any time and at our sole discretion, to suspend or remove any vendor for any reason at any time, with or without prior notice. Downtown SLC Presents also reservesthe sole and total right to rescind a previous booth assignment at any time for any reason.

3. Downtown SLC Presents welcomes all regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or marital status.

4. Any vendor who the Market staff feels is not complying with the Market rules may be asked to leave for a period of time determined by Market Management. In the case of a seasonal expulsion, the vendor may petition the Market Committee for approval to be re-accepted to the Market.

5. Submission of this electronic application serves as electronic signature and serves as a binding agreement. We will assume that all applicants and employees are aware of the guidelines and policies. Violations will be fined and documented. The third repeated violation warants removal from the Market for the duration of the year. Any vendor that the Market staff determines is violating Market policies may be asked to leave at any time without refund.

6. Seller assumes full liability for the products they market or sell and hereby agrees to hold Downtown SLC Presents harmless against any claim of injury or damage by any buyer, seller, or other persons resulting from the use, consumption, disposition, display, or marketing of seller’s products.

7. Downtown SLC Presents is not liable for any injury, theft, or damage to either the buyer or seller, or their property, arising from or pertaining to preparation for or participation in the Downtown Art & Craft Market. Regardless of whether such injury, theft, or damage occurred prior, during, or after the Downtown Art & Craft Market, sellers further agree to indemnify and hold Downtown SLC Presents harmless for and against any claims for such injury, theft, or damage.


1. Vendors may not sell any items not approved or shown in their Market application. Market staff has the right to ask vendors to remove products. Approval from the Market Manager must be obtained in advance to add products during the season. RESELLING PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T CREATED BY THE ARTIST IN UTAH IS PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM THE MARKET. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS.

2. Price, terms of sale, etc. are between buyer and seller only. The individual vendors will determine the prices for all products sold, but we request that vendors maintain fair retail market pricing. Neither the Market, Downtown SLC Presents, nor any other party or partner organization will make any warranty on sold or purchased goods. All prices should be clearly marked. Sellers agree to abide by fair business practices.


1. Market will be open rain, snow or shine.

2. Pets are allowed in Pioneer Park. However, keep in mind it is a crowded Market and that animals are required to be kept on leash. Clean up after all animals.

3. Solicitation or distribution of any marketing or advertising material is prohibited outside of a designated booth space by vendors or non-participating entities. This includes but is not limited to: flyers, handbills, stickers, and promotional items of any kind. Please notify Market Management if you see any activity related to solicitation.

4. Buskers and roving performers are required to check in at a Market Information booth and display an “official busker” pin. Report buskers in violation of Market policies to one of the information booths. See the online busker application for a full list of busker policies at slcfarmersmarket.org.

5. Security is provided by the Market. If there are any concerns, see a Market Manager. If theft occurs or there is a life threatening emergency call 911 first. Be aware of what is going on around and inside of the booth. Booths and cash boxes should not be left unattended.

Failure to leave booth space clean $25.00
Failure to be set up and be ready to operate at Market opening time $35.00
Failure to notify Market Manager with required notice when not attending the Market $50.00
Reselling – first offense (subsequent offences will result in suspension or expulsion) $50.00
Failure to remove vehicle from the park by Market opening $15.00
Unapproved driving in the park during hours of operation $25.00
Vehicle found in customer parking $25.00

Booth Information


All booth fees are due upon notification of admittance into the Market. Applicants can choose to attend on a full or part time basis. Accepted vendors that pay for the full season (17-20 weeks) will be assigned permanent booth spots for the entirety of the season.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Full Season (17-20 weeks): $600.00
Part Time Vendors (1-16 weeks): $35.00/date
All payments made after the deadline will incur a 10% service fee.

Part time and alternate vendors will receive their booth assignments by 8:00 pm each week, no later than Thursday prior to their scheduled date.

Deadline for payment is June 5. Vendors who have not made payments, or alternative arrangements with Market Management, will not be admitted into the Market. Payments received after the due date will incur a 10% service fee. Vendors are not required to pay for wait listed dates until they are admitted for those dates.
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