Event Information

Magic City Art Connection 2018

Linn Park, adjacent to the Birmingham Museum of Art. Reverend Abraham Woods. Jr Blvd, 35203
Birmingham , Alabama (South)

Phone: 205-595-6306
Event Dates: 4/27/18 - 4/29/18
Application Deadline: 9/30/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (non-refundable application fee ): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Join our new and seasoned patrons and collectors for the 35th Magic City Art Connection (MCAC)  on April 27-29, 2018. MCAC is a five time award winning event that transforms historic tree-filled Linn Park (across from the Birmingham Museum of Art) with its blast of fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds, and aromas. With an active and loyal base of corporate and individual â€‹supporters it is the seminal event in the city center each April. Pair that with robust art sales, great artist hospitality: breakfast all 3 days, catered dinner on Friday evening, free parking, special artist discounts, and passionate volunteers, and the choice is clear. At MCAC, artists are the heart of the festival, and it shows. We look forward to receiving your application! 


General Information
Application Deadline –Saturday, September 30, 2017
Jury Dates: October 5-13, 2017
Accept Invitation & Booth Purchase Deadline - October 31, 2017
Cancellation Deadline – December 1, 2017 for 90% refund. Between Dec. 2 & March 1, 2018 for 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after March 1. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the MCAC office.

FEES- ***fees paid after 10/31/17 will need to be processed by phone or mailed check to the MCAC office
Single Artist- $295
Premium Fountain Walk Booth, located in a central location - $475 (Limited Availability)
Corner Booth- $425 ( Limited availability)
Double Booth- $600 (Limited availability) 
Commission Fee Single Artist- $195+15%
Any fee sent by check or money order can be made payable to Magic City Art Connection and mailed to Magic City Art Connection, 1128 Glen View Road, Birmingham, Al 35222 and must be accompanied by your application confirmation. Fees paid by credit card can be taken over the phone at the MCAC office, 205-595-6306. Applications will not be processed until jury fee is received. Jury Fee will be deposited upon receipt and is non-refundable.

Collaborating Artists
Collaborating artists is defined as a group of two (2) artists that work together on any one piece of art. If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as one joint entry. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work which is a collaboration.
Multiple Categories
If an artist wishes to apply in more than one category, mark all categories on application and include a set of images for each category. Only one jury fee is required for applying in multiple categories. Artists may not apply twice in the same category.

Previous year award winners are jury exempt - $25 application fee waived. Please email Lucy at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com for the exemption code. 
Multiple Juried and Collector Awards presented.

Clay - Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Computer Generated - Images made with the assistance of a computer. Computer graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications. All digital images printed must be signed and limited to a numbered edition of no more than 250. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the Festival.

Fiber - All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted in this category.

Glass - Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelry & Metalwork- Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.

2-D Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing.

3-D Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: Claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-d objects.

Painting - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.

Photography - Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All images printed must be signed and limited to a 250 numbered edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.

Printmaking and Drawing - Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Printed works for which the artists hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Sculpture - Three dimensional work done in any medium.

Watercolor - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.

Wood - Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished or painted, store bought furniture is not accepted.

Tent Rental Fee $275, includes one 10’ x 10’ tent with wrap-around non-translucent sides.
Table & Chair Rental $25, includes 6ft table and 2 chairs. 
Each artist is responsible for own sales. Transactions must include 10% sales tax. MCAC requires artists to turn in sales tax by separate checks in provided envelopes during Sunday Check Out. Artists without checks pay taxes w/ credit card and are charged a 3% fee on amount owed.
4% City of Birmingham
4% State of AL
2% Jefferson County

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by mail or e-mail. 90% refund if post marked or cancelled by Decmber 1, 2017. 50% refund between December 2 & March 1, 2018.  E-mails can be sent to ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com
Magic City Art Connection wants to ensure that your participation is a positive experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Continental Breakfast Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • VIP Dinner Event: Friday Night Applause
  • Artist name and booth number listed in 2018 Festival program on festival banners, on website and interactive map.
  • Artist discounts: Corks & Chefs tickets, one of Alabamas largest food and wine events
  • Free exhibitor parking
  • 24 hour security in Linn Park beginning 6pm- Thursday, April 26 until 11pm- Sunday April 29  
  • Booth Sitters available daily to allow artists to take a little break from their booth.
  • Comprehensive advertising and publicity is planned for the Festival including tv, radio, print, web, social media, and festival pre-event: Art Bash.
  • Festival Webite featuring artist images, artist website info, and newest feature- "Artist Audio". 

1. Artists MUST be present all three days of the Festival. No commercial dealers or agents are permitted to represent the artist. The Festival reserves the right to close down or remove any booth in which the artist is not present. Failure to follow this rule makes artists ineligible for awards and admissions to future shows.
2. Accepted artists may not exhibit in other Festivals during the dates of the Magic City Art Connection
3. All artists are required to check in at the Artist Check-In on Thursday, April 26 and no later than 9am Friday morning.
4.Items not framed (watercolors, drawings, graphics, photographs) must be displayed in a portfolio bin or hung using an artistic display alternative. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and may not obstruct patron flow.
5. All work must be the artist’s original work, no representations, and all artwork must be available for sale.
6. Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which he/she was accepted.
7. No artwork from molds, kits, or other commercial methods is allowed. Ready-made objects (i.e., clothing, furniture) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed, or batiked will not be accepted.
8. All two-dimensional work must be framed, matted or stretched.
9. All developing and printing of photographs must be done by the artist or under the direct supervision of the artist.
10. No posters, postcards, or personal merchandise can be sold at the Festival.
11. Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the Festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows unless proof of an emergency is presented.
12. Artists who sell their entire body of work must remain with their booths for the duration of the show.
13. All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Alabama 10% sales tax
14. Photographers and Digital artists may only sell signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less.
15. Tent weights are required. All Artist tents must be weighted with a minimum of 30-40 pounds per leg. NO STAKES ALLOWED AS THEY MAY PIERCE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN PARK. 
16. A site qualifying committee will examine each booth and may question artists about the authenticity of artists’ work to ensure that all work is original and made by the artist present, and that the rules and conditions of the Festival are adhered to by each participating artist.

Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

If a work of art already exists (as a painting, watercolor, drawing, photograph, etc.) and is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, serigraph press or through a computer by means of an ink jet or electrostatic printer, this would be a reproduction. This includes Giclees. Commercial reproductions of the artist’s original work ARE acceptable ONLY if displayed in a portfolio or bin and clearly labeled, “Reproduction, not a limited edition print.” Any reproductions may not exceed 25% of the work offered for sale. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and approve all works to be exhibited.

The Festival does not close during intermittent rain, unless the weather pattern suggests severe weather. Come prepared for rain or shine.

Booth Information
Outdoor Booth Spaces - 200 Limit
Single & Premium Corner: 10’x10’
Premium Double: 20’ x 10’
Limited Corner and Premium Booths are available.  No guarantees.
Single Artist- $295
Premium Fountain Walk Booth, lcoated on central entrace plaza- $475 (Limited availability
Corner Booth- $425 ( Limited availabilty)
Double Booth- $600 (Limited availability) 
Commission Fee Single Artist- $195+15%

All site requests considered, but not guaranteed. Booth assignments are ultimately up to MCAC’s site team. Our policy for honoring special site requests: medical reasons; physical limitations; heavy or cumbersome artwork; artists traveling together; clientele familiar with a specific quad. You may not get the same exact site, but it will be in the same quad.
If you DO NOT want to be placed in a previous year site location, please let us know upon acceptance. 

Other Info
More pre-festival information to come. Including - site placement - direction - parking passes - load-in and load-out instructions, hospitality, etc. will be emailed to you in March 2018.

Friday, April 27, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
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