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Art City Austin:Fine Arts Festival 2018

Location:
Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas (South)

Phone: (512) 609-8587
Event Dates: 4/13/18 - 4/15/18
Application Deadline: 2/15/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary

Art City Austin: Fine Arts Festival is located in downtown Austin, Texas at the Palmer Event Center grounds under a large shaded canopy. 2018 marks the 68th year of this event, and the third year at this picturesque venue. Approximately 150 artists will exhibit outdoors under the canopy and throughout the grounds creating a centralized hub for art in downtown Austin.

 


General Information
In planning for 2018, we assembled an advisory panel of past artists to consult on improvements.  Here is some of what’s in store for 2018…
 
  • Festival Re-name - Based on your feedback, we have added "Fine Arts Festival"  to the title to help highlight this special fine arts festival.
  • New Booth Pricing -  All booths are $525.00 
  • Revised site plan - We added booths under the canopy, reducing the space between the booths and the aisles to create an energetic art buying experience. Additionally, we have eliminated the indoor space and galleries deciding to focus solely on self-represented artists. We removed the large stage after noise complaints and will be activating the outdoor space with more food and activities located throughout the property. 
  • Booth location – Click on the site map and provide your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th booth location preference in the application. Click here to see site map . We’ll be assigning booths based on when payments are made with additional priority going to recent award winners. First come first serve.
  • New marketing plan – Art Alliance Austin welcomes our new PR team, lookthinkmake. They will be developing a new strategy for radio, tv, print, social media/online, and even more guerilla marketing including design packages for all the artists to share.  We’ll have a $75k equivalent marketing budget to drive increased traffic to the festival. 
  • Revised Friday hours and event – We want patrons to experience the festival and artists on a special  Friday preview day!  Friday hours have been shortened to 4:00-8:00 PM and food/drinks will be available at the site. Throughout the weekend we’ll be partnering with curators, critics, and other art experts to conduct guest tours of the amazing fine art that make up Art City Austin: Fine Arts Festival!
 
Art City Austin: Fine Arts Festival is presented by the nonprofit organization Art Alliance Austin, whose mission is to promote visual art and grow the art marketplace in Austin.  Art Alliance works closely with the City of Austin,  and other local and regional partners to make this event special.  
 
SHOW DATES & HOURS
Friday, April 13,  6pm – 8pm
Saturday, April 14, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 15, 10am – 6pm
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE
January 15, 2018 
 
JURY & ACCEPTANCE
January 15, 2018
All artists notified on January 20, 2018
Invited artists who have not paid the booth fee by February 15, 2018, will be assumed withdrawn from the show.
No refunds processed after February 25, 2018
Digital artist packets sent March 6, 2018
Artist check-in and load-in Thursday, April 12th & Friday, April 13th
Load out by midnight Sunday, April 15th
 
VERY IMPORTANT ***NEW FIRE CODE FOR ALL ARTIST PROVIDED TENTS***
Austin Fire Department requires that all tents and all sidewalls and combustible materials MUST have a certificate showing that they meet the performance criteria of NFPA 701.  A certificate can be printed or a tag/stamp on the tent showing the NFPA 701 certification. Tents not meeting this requirement may be asked to break down their tent and refunds will not be given for not meeting this requirement. Please ensure that your tent meets the necessary standard for Austin Fire Department.  Art Alliance Austin is aware that other certifications are available and accepted at other festivals, but this is the ONLY one required by Austin Fire Department.
 
*If tents are rented through Zapp, Art Alliance Austin will make sure the fire code is met with NFPA 701 certification.
 
ARTIST AMENITIES
  • Nearby hotel accommodations and support services (restaurants, gas stations, shopping).
  • Central location with plentiful public parking.
  • Up to $5,000 in total cash awards, up to 20 re-invitation awards
  • Check-in package, continental breakfasts, hospitality area, and booth sitters.
  • Extensive local and regional marketing. Free festival map highlighting participating artists.
  • 24-hour on-site security.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
Artists may apply once per category and in a maximum of four categories. Collaborating artists may apply to participate at the event, but only their joint work may be shown and sold. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces. Art Alliance Austin reserves the right to refuse any application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
 
Jury Fee: $35 Non-refundable check(s) or online MC or VISA payment to Art Alliance Austin for each medium to be exhibited. Must be a separate payment submitted with application. Fee deposited upon receipt. Checks can be mailed to Art Alliance Austin, P.O. BOX 5705, Austin, TX 78763.
 
APPLICATON MEDIA CATEGORIES
2-D MIXED MEDIA: Original work incorporating more than one material.
3-D MIXED MEDIA: Original 3- dimensional work incorporating more than one material.
CERAMICS: Original clay work. No machine made or mass produced work is accepted. Each item must be signed.
FIBER: Original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, painted fabric and baskets.
GLASS: Original work in which the primary material is glass. No manufactured molds or other forms of mass production allowed.
GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING/DRAWING: Original works made with pen, pencil,
charcoal or traditional printmaking. Prints hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
JEWELRY: Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, clay, fiber, etc. No mass production techniques allowed.
METALWORK: Includes all non sculptural, non jewelry works crafted from metals.
PAINTING: Original painted works made with oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels.
PHOTOGRAPHY/DIGITAL ART: Prints from original negatives must be processed by the artist or under artist's supervision.
SCULPTURE: Original non-functional, 3-dimensional work of any material.
WOODWORK: Original woodwork, hand tooled, carved, or machine worked.
 
DIGITAL IMAGES
  • Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
  • Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work. Image number 5 must be a display of the artist’s work, showing the overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory.
  • If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to demonstrate how the artist displays their work.
  • NOTE: This is a blind jury process; please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.
 
Contact Andrea Hyland at info@artallianceaustin.org if you need assistance with your application.
 
ABOUT THE JURY PROCESS
Art City Austin festival invites approximately 140 artists. Artists are selected through a blind jury process.
 
Ninety percent (90%) of the artist spaces are selected through the jury process, meaning the remaining 10% is made up of the previous year’s award winners and a selection of show director invitations. The jury consists of local art experts, including museum curators, university professors, gallery owners and artists. Jurors will score each applicant up to seven points, scoring 1 through 7. The image description information provided by the artist will be made available to the jury upon request. The decision of the jury is based solely on the images and is final. A wait-list of additional artists is used for replacement purposes.
 
BOOTH FEES & SITE PLAN
Accepted artists will submit booth fee check(s) or on-line through ZAPP.
  • $525 -Booth Space: 10X10  in the Circle round exposed to the elements, with no outside pegs or ropes and lighting systems are provided by Artist. 
  • $1000 – Double Booth Space: Double booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application.
  • $150 - End Booth Supplement: End booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application. Limited quantities available.
  • $100 - Electricity Supplement: Only available in booth zones see map. Includes 1000 watts of electricity. Booths are NOT required to be lit. There are only limited locations that have the electricity supplement option. Note: Zone 2,3,6,8,5,7  this price is determined by the event venue and ranges in cost from $65-$135, but averaged to $100.
 
Booth spaces are assigned in order that we receive in-full booth payment. Additional priority is given to the following categories in this order:
1.       Recent Art City Austin award winners
2.       Returning artists who exhibited in Art City Austin 2016
3.       New artists and returning artists that did not show in Art City Austin 2016
4.       Artists admitted off of the wait list
Corner booths, electricity supplements, and double booths are limited and will be available on ZAPP on a first paid, first served basis starting the day invitation emails are sent.


ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
  • No work may be exhibited or sold that has been made from commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods.
  • The vast majority of exhibited work must match the quality, style, and medium as represented by the artist in his or her submitted images. Artists must exhibit at least 85% work in the media category for which they are accepted – this allows artists to show up to 15% experimental work and/or secondary mediums (except for jewelry, only those applying in jewelry category can sell jewelry). We hope that this will create a stronger display and allow for greater artistic creativity.
  • All jewelry must have been juried in the jewelry category.
•  Artists must define “a limited edition” through their Artist Statement and must disclose their process to the buyer. Original art must occupy at least 75% of the applicant’s booth space. Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."
  • Non-original promotional items (i.e. postcards, photocopies, notecards, posters, mousepads, etc.) are not permitted to be displayed or sold at the festival
  • Accepted artists are required to display an artist’s Statement in a prominent place within their booth throughout the duration of the festival.
•   Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."
•   Festival display must approximately match submitted booth shot.
•   One exhibitor is allowed per booth, unless all work is collaborative and the artists were juried in as a collaboration.
 
ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS, SET-UP AND SALES
  • Artists must be present during the entire event and must personally staff their exhibit space.
  • Artists must sign a liability release form before gaining access to the festival site.
  • Artists must obtain a Texas Sales Tax Permit (Note: It is not the responsibility of Art alliance Austin to advise exhibitors of any city, state or local taxes with respect to payment. All city, state and local taxes, and licenses, if any, are the responsibility of participating exhibitors).
  • No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend the event in place of the artist.
  • Each artist is required to show photo identification at check-in.
  • Assistance from festival staff will not be available for booth set-up.
  • No commission on sales will be charged.
  • Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations.
  • Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future
  • Each artist must supply their own clean white tent. Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’ (Limited double spaces are available). Rental tents are available when making your booth order on ZAPP. No outside rentals will be allowed to be delivered to the festival site.
  • VERY IMPORTANT ***NEW FIRE CODE FOR ALL ARTIST PROVIDED TENTS*** Austin Fire Department requires that all tents and all sidewalls and combustible materials MUST have a certificate showing that they meet the performance criteria of NFPA 701.  The certificate can be printed or a tag/stamp on the tent showing the NFPA 701 certification Tents not meeting this requirement may be asked to break down their tent and refunds will not be given for not meeting this requirement. Please ensure that your tent meets the necessary standard for Austin Fire Department.  Art Alliance Austin is aware that other certifications are available and accepted at other festivals, but this is the ONLY one accepted by then Austin Fire Department.
  • TENT WEIGHTING AND LEVELING: Each outdoor exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 11’ deep by 10’ wide, with extra storage behind. End booths or double booths may be available for a higher fee (see "Fees" section). Most of the event takes place on a paved/cement surface, which prohibits anchoring any supports into the ground. Some booths may be placed in the grass, but anchoring any supports into the ground is still prohibited. Exhibitors are responsible for providing racks, tables, display units or other fixtures suitable for outdoor use. Not all booth locations are perfectly level due to slight surface variations. Exhibitors are advised to bring leveling devices for table displays. Exhibitors MUST be prepared for any inclement weather including the possibility of high winds, with appropriate rain covers, tie-downs and weights. A minimum of 200 lbs. of weight must be applied to EVERY tent on site. A team will visit your booth during set up, and additional weights may be rented at that time if 200 lb. minimum is not met. 
 
ABOUT ART ALLIANCE AUSTIN
Art Alliance Austin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin’s contemporary art community.  The organization works collaboratively with galleries, artists, museums, and independent curators to create a diverse and powerful series of programming that highlights Austin as an emerging contemporary arts capital. Each April, Art Alliance produces Art City Austin, Austin’s original fine art festival and the largest art marketplace in central Texas. Additional programming includes, Austin Art Weekly, Austin Art Breaks, PechaKucha, and Art Austin (ArtAustin.org) a coalition of galleries, museums, and spaces. For more information, please visit www.artallianceaustin.org.
 
Thank you for your interest! We hope to host you in Austin!
 
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