Event Information

Tulsa International Mayfest 2018

Downtown Tulsa on Main Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma (South)

Phone: 918-582-6435
Event Dates: 5/17/18 - 5/20/18
Application Deadline: 2/4/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Tulsa International Mayfest is now seeking applicants from fine artists and crafts people wishing to show at Mayfest. This lively event is located in the heart of historic downtown Tulsa, nestled among world-renowned art deco buildings, close to the BOK center, and the vibrant night life of the Tulsa Arts District."
Artists at Tulsa International Mayfest have a history of strong sales. Created to promote the visual and musical arts, our four-day Tulsa tradition invites approximately 100 fine artists to exhibit their work. Entries are professionally judged according to strict guidelines.
Mayfest is an outdoor tribute to the arts and is a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for visual and musical arts.  Offering a wide variety of medium, aesthetics, and price points, this event is suited for serious art connoisseurs, as well as casual art lovers.   Scheduled for May 17-20, 2018.  Tulsa International Mayfest is set to be Tulsa's first festival of the season, and will feature a variety of arts including dance, music, and visual arts. Always one of the major highlights of spring, Mayfest 2018 will feature some of the very best in both visual and performance arts from around the US.

General Information
General Information
Submission Criteria:
  • Submit a total of five images, four of artwork and one of your booth setup.  (Artists are asked to use the copyright or other symbol to protect the images of their artwork.)
  • The panel of judges will make their decisions based solely on the submitted images.
    There is a non-refundable application fee of $35.
Categories are:
Digital Media
Mixed Media

  • Artwork is judged by independent 3 jurors and is highly competitive. Each category is juried blindly and separately and scores are based on creativity, design and execution. Applications will not be juried unless all requested information is completed, including a description of materials or process explanation of each image.
  • Only original, handmade work by the entrant will be considered for judging.
  • One-of-a-kind, multiples, series or limited editions must be signed and numbered by the artist.
  • The art must be an original concept thought of and created by the artist.
  • Offset prints will be allowed, but must be limited to 20% of the artist’s inventory and be placed in a bin or portfolio with each item marked “reproduction.”
  • All booths must be open for business for the following hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11a.m. to 6p.m.
  • Mayfest reserves the right to request an artist leave the show, in its sole judgment, when the art does not conform to show guidelines or is inconsistent with the work that was submitted in the application.
  • Photographs submitted for jurying must represent at least 90% of the artist’s work. If entire inventory does not comply, artist will be asked to leave the show with no refund.

    The following are not acceptable:
  • Commercially produced works.
  • Commercially molded ceramics, sculpture or jewelry; items made from kits, assembled from pre-manufactured components or inclusions from supply catalogs.
  • Leather works showing patterns that are machine tooled or machine screened. No buckles sold separately unless handcrafted by the artist selling them.
Award categories are judged on merit and outstanding achievement, regardless of the chosen medium. Awards are given based on the artist’s overall presentation and are determined by on-site judging held on the first day of Mayfest. Artists must be present to be considered for the awards. Winners of Mayfest 2018 will be automatically accepted to participate at Mayfest 2019 unless the artist’s medium changes.
Best of Show - $1,500 (1 Award Winner)

 Awards of Merit - $300 (5 Awards)
Jurors Choice - $300 (1 Award per juror, 3 total)
Important Dates:
January 31, 2018 Application deadline
February 26, 2018 Notification
March 31, 2018 All Fees and Contracts Due
April 13, 2018 Written cancellations deadline for refunds
May 17, 2018 Tulsa International Mayfest

If you have any comments or questions about Tulsa International Mayfest please email vachair@tulsamayfest.org.


  • Each artist must supply Evidence of Commercial General Liability with limits of coverage no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in aggregate for bodily injury and property damage. 
  • All artists must personally attend their exhibit for the entire run of Mayfest. No agents, representatives or family members may attend in place of the artist.  ID will be required at check-in. 
  • Each artist understands that no commercially produced works; commercially molded ceramics, sculpture or jewelry, items made from kits or assembled from pre-manufactured components or inclusions will be allowed to exhibit.
  • Twenty-four hour police protection will be provided on the festival grounds. However, neither Tulsa International Mayfest nor the City of Tulsa assume responsibility for loss, damage, or theft of work or display materials, or for personal injury. Storage is available.  We strongly recommend that all artwork be removed each night of the festival to avoid unnecessary problems. Storage space will be provided.
  • Only one artist may exhibit in any given space.
  • Each artist is responsible for charging, collecting and properly remitting all applicable Oklahoma state and city sales taxes.
  • On opening day, any no-show space will be filled only by artists who applied and were notified of being on the Wait List.
  • Space assignment will be made by the Visual Arts Committee on a first come, first served based on the date the booth fee is paid.  No artist may move their space assignment without prior approval of Tulsa International Mayfest.  Tulsa International Mayfest reserves the right to make booth assignments changes as it deems necessary.
  • Artists agree that images and artist information submitted through Zapp may be used by the festival for promotional purposes before, during and/or after the festival is over.  Artists should use the copyright or other symbol to protect the images of their artwork.

Booth Information
  • Mayfest provides a 10’x10’ ground space and a 1 AMP/120-volt load of electricity. Due to limited electrical resources, overuse of electricity will not be permitted.
  • Display units should be designed for outdoor use and be capable of withstanding the elements and crowds, and must be contained in the 10’x10’ area provided.
  • A $350 rental fee and signed contract are due upon notification of acceptance to Mayfest.
  • Each artist is expected to provide their own display unit, canopy and lighting fixtures.
  • Generators are not permitted.
STRUCTURE:   NO LIGHT-WEIGHT ACCORDIoN STYLE POP-UP TENTS ARE ALLOWED AT MAYFEST! Each tent must be weighted and braced properly to ensure the highest degree of safety to themselves as well as their neighbor and Mayfest patrons.  A structural engineer will be onsite, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 and Thursday, May 17, 2018 to ensure approved tents are in use and weighted properly.  Artist who do not meet requirements may rent a tent or additional weights through the Mayfest approved vendor or will be asked to leave.  For specific questions or concerns regarding tents, please contact Debby Raskin, Visual Artist Chair, at vachair@tulsamayfest.org.