Event Information

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2018

Lower Town Arts District
Paducah, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 270-442-2453
Event Dates: 5/18/18 - 5/19/18
Application Deadline: 1/15/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
This year’s Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) is FRI, May 18th & SAT, May 19th, 2018.

We are proud to say that LTAMF has grown into an event that has gained statewide awards (a 'Top Ten' festival in KY) and national attention on CNN and NPR. After 8 years run by artists, LTAMF is now a program of the Yeiser Art Center (YAC), a 501c3 organization that focuses on arts education and fostering creative art-making. YAC is excited to be the new home-base for this festival, championing it into a new era! With the history of YAC, a 60-year arts organization, and the enthusiasm of local artists, LTAMF is set up to have its biggest and best year in 2018!

Our Festival takes place on the streets of Lower Town (our charming Historic and Arts District). This neighborhood is famed for its revitalization through the Artist Relocation Program. It is 2 blocks from the river front and neighbors our famous Downtown Main Street District.

Paducah is a UNESCO World Creative City for Crafts & Folk Art; only 1 of 3 in the USA. We partner with the City of Paducah to create two days of regional magic with an educated local and visiting audience that love to support the arts with crowds in excess of 15,000.

LTAMF is a small outdoor event with 90-100 artists' booths, food vendors, a beer and wine tent, and two stages for musical performances. Our festival is regionally focused to showcase the arts within the wider surrounding area.

General Information


Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 3pm to 10:30pm 

Saturday, May, 2018 19th - 10am to 10:30pm 

-Artists may close their booths at 8pm in the evenings but are encouraged to stay open ‘till the music ends.

-Please note that there is no festival on Sunday and artist load-out will be Sunday morning.



Application deadline: January 15, 2018

Notifications by email: February 1, 2018

Acceptances & Booth payment deadline: March 1, 2018

Waitlist Acceptance Notifications: March 7, 2018 (ongoing as needed)

Cancellation Deadline with full refund of booth payment: March 15, 2018

Cancellation Deadline with 1/2 refund: April 1, 2018


-Load in and set up information is sent out as artists accept their invitations to participate.



Application fee: $35

Booth fee: $200  (all booths are 10 x 10, have TWO corners, electricity is included, and doubles are available) Such a deal!



1. Open to all artists.

2. All work must be original to the artist applying and completed within the last 2 years.

3. No work assembled from kits.

4. At least 75% of all work displayed must be original works; reproductions must be limited editions and clearly marked as such.

5. Artist must be present and in their booth during the entire Festival.



- Painting: Two-dimensional works created with acrylics, oils, watercolors, tempera, or gouache.


- Drawing: Two-dimensional created with graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink, or conte crayon.


- Fiber: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, batik, etc., or wearable art where the primary material is fiber.


- Ceramics: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.


- Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.


- Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining plastic, stone, rock, marble, ceramic, metal, glass, wood, sound, text, or light and are created directly by finding or carving, assembled, built together, fired, welded, molded, or cast.


- Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.


- Jewelry: Work primarily made from precious and or non-precious metals, including 14k gold or sterling silver, and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.


- Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass and where the artist forms the material directly. No forms of mass production are permitted.


-Mixed Media: Work where the primary intention is the union of two or more media.


-Other: Printmakers, ironworkers, non-fiber weavers and all the other nifty artists who don’t have an ‘easy’ category. 



  • An outdoor 10 X 10 corner booth space with two corners  and electricity (300 watts of 110 voltage). All of our booths are set up in pairs on the street. We provide overnight security on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 


  • Convenient set up and breakdown. Set up is on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Breakdown is Sunday morning (you may breakdown after the show closes at 10:30pm on Saturday night but can't drive in until our patrons are off the premises).  All of our booths are easily accessible and you can drive right up to yours to unload and load up.


  • Our Festival truly cares about our artists’ needs. We have over 200 community volunteers that do everything from man our hospitality suite (continental breakfast every morning and snacks throughout the festival days) to booth sitting to delivering water every day. Yes, we provide breakfast and courtesy water*!


  • We advertise extensively, flooding our region with billboard, prin, radio and television advertising. We also hit the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Lexington, Memphis, and Nashville.


  • We have cash awards. We have three Awards of Excellence ($250 each) and three Awards of Merit ($150 each). There are no particular categories; the judge will decide who stands out.


  • Limited Artist Home-Stay opportunities. Our community members love to get to know our Festival Artists and you get to know a Paducah-ian. Win-Win. 


  • You get to hang with folks from all over your region. You also get to eat locally prepared food, hear some great music, drink craft beers including our very own breweries Paducah Beer Werks & Dry Ground Brewing beer regional wines or both, hear the echoes of laughter drifting out of our Laugh Tent and have an all-around terrific time.


*You will receive a top quality water bottle when you check in and we have a water cart that will make 2 - 3 rounds per day to give you complimentary ice water. 



We are so fortunate to have two wonderful and talented women that jury our Festival for us! 


- Bonnie Thornton considers herself a full-time volunteer and community promoter. She is the Festival Director for RiverArtsFest in Memphis featuring 170 artists. The event takes place in late October in the South Main Historic District, and this year marks Bonnie’s ninth year as Artist Market director. She says the job is a year-round balancing act of recruiting, selecting and organizing the participating artists. “It is a complicated and time-consuming job, but I absolutely love it. I get to meet the most interesting people,” says Bonnie.

-Based in Columbia, MO, Diana Moxon is the Executive Director of the Columbia Art League (CAL) and of CAL’s annual Art in the Park fine arts and fine crafts festival. As the Executive Director she has curated and overseen 10 years of juried art shows in the gallery working with jurors from across the state of Missouri. She has also been the guiding force for Art in the Park since 2007, expanding the festival from a regional to national show. 

We LOVE our jurors! Their insight and thoughtfulness is invaluable and we cherish their involvement in our Festival.




Victoria Terra; Artist Committee Chair, 270-908-0090. 


On the web at: www.lowertownamf.com


Snail Mail:

ATTN: Lower Town Arts & Music Festival

Yeiser Art Center

200 Broadway St

Paducah, KY 42001

Be nice.
Play well together.
Enjoy the day.
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