Event Information

A-RTS@Rockville Town Square 2018

Rockville Town Square
Rockville, Maryland (South)

Phone: 301-637-5684
Event Dates: 5/5/18 - 5/6/18
Application Deadline: 1/21/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 6th Annual A-RTS at Rockville Town Square invites you to apply. This year we are promoting the show as the Affordable Art Festival to differentiate it from the other 2 fine art festivals in the area. Every artist will feature some work under $500. You are welcome to display and sell higher priced work but will need to have pieces that are more "affordable" as well.  Over the last 5 years our polling of the attendees clearly states that they are thrilled to be able to bring home a unqiue work of art and consider $500 and under affordable. We are sure that our patrons will be enthusiastic and you will have a great show. 

Our extensive marketing and PR campaigns include a multi-page glossy program which is sent direct mail to 15,000 high income single family homes, print ads in The Washington Post, The Washington Express, Bethesda Magazine, and Washingtonian to name a few.  We have a dedicated PR team that is amazing at getting artist stories in the local papers and on television and we work extensively with the City of Rockville, VisArts and local business to promote the Festival. Our social media outreach is prolific and effective. 

General Information
Festival Website: a-rts.org
We invite you to apply to A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square. A premier event in a spectacular venue organized and managed by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team. A-RTS will take place Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. The festival takes place on the streets of Rockville Town Square, located in Rockville, Maryland (Maryland, Ave and Middle Street). Streets are closed to traffic for the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, May 5.  EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER.

The Festival will attract 12,000 high income attendees from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and surrounding suburbs of Rockville, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. Cultural events are an important dynamic in this affluent community and the Rockville Pike corridor has the nation’s highest per square foot retail sales.

Marketing for A-RTS will be comprehensive, and include: internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, radio, plus partnership with the local art community and City of Rockville. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts and crafts.

January 15, 2018
Deadline for applications
$30 non-refundable application fee

February 6, 2018
Email notification

February 28, 2018
Booth fees due
$445 single booth - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER
Double booths available
After March 1, open spaces will be offered to waitlisted artists

April 1, 2018
Email booth assignment

May 5, 2018
Set-up begins 4am  - 8am Load In
Show Hours: 11am - 6pm

May 6, 2018
Show Hours: 11am - 5pm
Teardown: 5pm - 9pm

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Email: ROBIN@BethesdaRowArts.org

Website: http://A-RTS.org

Mailing Address: 14803 Southlawn Lane, Suite K-N, Rockville, MD 20850

Telephone: 301-637-5684

Fax: 301-838-9120

Images: 4 images of work (at least one image of work under $500) + 1 booth image 

Projection Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 left to right horizontally, artist viewed in order of the date their application is submitted.

Jurors: 3 paid art professionals, including one working artist. New jury each year.

Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received.

Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications.

Application Fee: $30

Booth Fees: 10' X 10' space $445 - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER- Double spaces available

Number of Artist: Limited to 160 artists and crafters

Category Award Winners: Jury exempt for next year.

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 14 (Previous year Award Winners)

Security: 24 hours, City of Rockville Police

Parking: Free

Attendance: 12,000 

Booth Sitters: Available daily

Hotel: Cambria Suites and Hotel Special artist rate.  This hotel is on the show site - walk out to your booth.  

Artist Hospitality: Artist breakfast at Cambria Suites Hotel - Sunday, May 6th.

Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. The digital images will be displayed in one row showing four (4) digital images of the artwork, and one (1) image of the booth. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of one working artist and two art professionals. Each juror will view each artist’s set of five images. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Scores are averaged together.

A-RTS reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

CERAMICS: Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
DIGITAL ART: Includes any original work by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks and emulsions.
DRAWING: Work created using dry medium including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid mediums like inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
FIBER - Decorative: Any work created from fiber, including leather and basketry. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
FIBER - Wearable: Any work created from fiver, including leather. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
GLASS: Glasswork that has been handcrafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects.
GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING: Original works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.
JEWELRY: All jewelry must be entered into this category. No strung pearls or beads. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
MIXED MEDIA 2D: Two-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.
MIXED MEDIA 3D: Three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
PAINTING: Oils, acrylics and watercolor - Reproductions allowed (must be clearly marked)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Prints created from the artist's original photograph. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls; they must be signed. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.
SCULPTURE: Three-dimensional work created in any medium.
WOOD: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CD's of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

If you are accepted into the Festival and submit your booth fee, that is your commitment. Based on your commitment, A-RTS turns away other artists who would like to participate; therefore no refunds can be made.

1. Applicants must create 100% of all work displayed. Artwork on display must be consistent with the images submitted for jurying. Artists may only exhibit work in the medium (media) for which they were selected.

2. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents or representatives are permitted.

3. Each artist must be present for the entire show. If accepted as collaboration, both artists must be present.

4. All artwork must be signed by the artist.

5. Reproductions must be clearly marked. Each reproduction must be signed, numbered and clearly labeled "reproduction".

Booth Information
1. Booths must be 10' square, white, covered tents. All tents must be appropriately secured by the use of substantial weights. Exhibitors may not secure tents to the pavement or to Rockville Town Square property.

2. All artwork must be set up within the booth space. No art is to be displayed outside the allotted booth space.

3. Electric is NOT provided. NO GENERATORS ALLOWED.

4. Overnight security is provided by Festival Management, however anything left in the booth overnight is at the artist's own risk. Festival Management and their agents affiliated with the event will not be responsible for artwork and display left in booths overnight.

5. The use of the booth is restricted to the artist(s) to whom it is assigned.
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