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Art in the Park 2018, Columbia MO

Location:
Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201
Columbia, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 573 443 8838
Event Dates: 6/2/18 - 6/3/18
Application Deadline: 2/9/18 Midnight CST

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REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee (due by Friday, February 10th)): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Art in the Park heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Art in the Park welcomes 110 artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2018 festival will be the 60th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

"This was our first year at your show.  Perfectly run and the best we have ever experienced in over the 35 years we have been doing art shows. The volunteers were wonderful, helpful, happy, pleasant and very hard workers.  The dinner, breakfast, snacks, and water were over the top. Thank you ever so much for running this great show, and treating the artists so well. We are looking forward to returning next year." - Carolyn, glass, Illinois, 2017 festival participant





 

General Information
ART IN THE PARK, COLUMBIA MO

2018 FESTIVAL DATES & HOURS

Saturday, June 2 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 3 10am-4pm

BOOTH & JURY FEES

Jury fee:
$30 - payable via Zapplication, non-refundable. If you pay by check, please make checks payable to: Columbia Art League

Booth fee:

Mid-row (opens on one side)
$210 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$260 - 12' x 12' non-member

Corner (opens on two sides)
$240 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$290 - 12' x 12' non-member

Double
$450 - 24' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$550 - 24' x 12' non-member
*We have a limited number of double booths. Artists with paid fees and completed agreements will be given priority.

Please note that the booth fees must be paid by check directly to the Columbia Art League by March 9th, and mailed to: Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. No credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Available: November 1, 2017
Application Deadline: February 9, 2018
Notification of Invitation: February 26, 2018
Accept & purchase deadline: March 9, 2018
Deadline for a full refund: March 23, 2018
Deadline for a 50% refund: April 20, 2018
Set-up: Friday 1 June, 8am-6pm

SHOW OVERVIEW

Art in the Park heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Art in the Park welcomes 110 artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2018 festival will be the 60th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Although the park has space for many more artists, the festival is capped at 110 artists to better serve those participating artists. Local marketing promotes heavily the fact that this is a buying opportunity for all visitors, especially art patrons.

In support of the main event, Columbia's premier Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, the 2018 Art in the Park will include strolling entertainment for children, a small acoustic stage, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion showing work by local high school and undergraduate students, a Young Collector's Tent, art installations and a food court.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

Art in the Park is a designated Signature Series event by the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and is recognized and supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs.

In February 2015, festival organizer, the Columbia Art League was recognized by the Missouri Arts Council as the Arts Organization of the Year for the State of Missouri.

"So, I have done a couple of shows since attending Columbia, some really big and some small, and I wanted to give you some feedback to reflect on. Compared to many other shows: You guys really have it together! Seriously. You seem to be hitting on all the details that make up a really great show: Not too big. Great volunteers. Great attitudes. Good advertising. Good relief; amenities. Good artists. Great dinner. RV parking. Water. Breakfast Burritos. Nice venue. Communication. Load in/load out assistance. Good show layout. Strong community support. You treat artists with respect and make us feel like we are appreciated (you have no idea how many of the bigger shows forget that the artists have a little something to do with their success). Strong leadership. Thanks!" Robert, photography, Georgia, 2017 festival participant 

"Again, your event is pure perfection. What a treat to be a part of it. Having had the opportunity to experience several art show seasons, I now know the difference between a well-orchestrated show and it's polar opposite. I have never experienced such a level of commitment, teamwork, and camaraderie at any show. As I told many people--fellow artists, patrons and volunteers alike--it's not purely about the sales at this show. The experience itself is where the richness abides. It's the culture that permeates throughout. Each and every one of you who works to make Art in the Park so successful is to be commended. You are all prize-winning, and I look very forward to seeing you all again." - Meri Ellen, jewelry, Missouri, 2017 festival participant

"Thank you for another incredible year at Art in the Park. We love coming to Columbia and participating in your show. We missed you last year. Please tell all the volunteers that we feel your show has more heart than any other show we do all year. It is a pure joy to participate in your event. Thank you again, your positive spirit is contagious and flows through into all of the volunteers!"- Dawn, jewelry, Indiana, 2017 festival participant

"I just wanted to thank all of you for your hospitality. It was my best experience ever. Everything was so perfect."- Rezgar, ceramics, Illinois, 2017 festival participant

"Thank you to you and all of the volunteers that made Art in the Park a wonderful experience. You all are amazing in the way that you conduct the fair. I am just overwhelmed by your generosity and caring that is displayed by everyone involved and I can't think of anything that could be done better." - Kathy, photography, Kansas, 2017 festival participant
 
"Thank you so much for having me again at Art in the Park. This is my favorite show to do and I am always relieved when I get my acceptance letter. You treat the artists so well, toting our stuff, feeding us, bringing us water, giving us breaks and even bringing us frozen great smelling washcloths during the heat of the day! I am so thankful for you support and help. I do the show alone and could not attend if you did not make it so easy for me! Thank you, thank you!" - Marci, fiber, Kansas, 2017 festival participant

LOOKING AFTER OUR FRIENDS!

- Artist breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday night artist award dinner
- Lunch boxes delivered to booths on Saturday
- Free, limited edition festival t-shirt
- Free, limited edition festival reusable acrylic tumbler
- Water delivered to artist booths all weekend
- Booth sitters
- Extensive volunteer assistance with load in and load out
- Free, reserved parking next to the park
- Artist hospitality tent with snacks
- Overnight security on Friday and Saturday
- Hotel discounts
- Official Festival Program includes color thumbnail image of each exhibiting artist and website information
- Website includes full-color image with name and link to each artist's website.
- Award winners automatically invited back to following year's show.

CASH AWARDS

Our cash awards total $5,400 and are chosen by a team of 3 judges, who review all the artwork on site during the festival. They start their rounds at 9.30am on Saturday morning. We ask our judges to stop and talk to the artists to learn about their techniques. Once they have reviewed their list of artists, the judges will confer and together revisit each judge's top choices. As a group, the judges will then choose the winners.

AWARD DINNER

On Saturday evening, our friends at Parkade Center, host a beautiful award dinner for all the artists with hearty food (fried chicken, fish, mashed potato, a variety of salads and dessert) plus beer, wine and soft drinks. The event starts at 7pm and includes live music as well as the award ceremony - which we host rather like it's the Academy Awards! ("The dinner was lovely what with the music and bar offerings - and the awards ceremony was wonderfully managed-really one of the best we've ever attended." Sydney, mixed media, Georgia, 2015 festival participant)

MARKETING

We believe marketing is the cornerstone of a successful festival and we work hard to get the message out to as many people as possible. Our key message is always 'BUY ART!' Here's what we did for the 2017 festival, and which is pretty much our same plan for the upcoming 2018 fest:

* Full page color ad in the April/May issue of Missouri Life Magazine
* Half page color ad in the June/July issue of Missouri Life Magazine
* Full page color ad in Columbia Business Times Magazine
* Half page color ad in Columbia Home Magazine
* Half page color ad in the May issue of Inside Columbia Magazine
* Half page color ad in the May issue of Prime Magazine
* Half page color ad in The Missourian newspaper on Friday before the festival
* Half page color ad in Relocating Columbia magazine
* Twice per week ads in the Jefferson City News Tribune and Fulton Sun
* Twice per week ads in the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper starting this week
* Daily radio advertising on local NPR affiliate, KBIA starting three weeks before the festival
* Daily radio advertising on KPLA/KFRU commercial stations starting on three weeks before the festival
* Daily TV commercials on ABC17 and ME TV channels starting two weeks prior
* Two billboards on I-70
* 50 yard signs placed in strategic yards around the city
* 4000 postcards mailed out
* 200 posters distributed around the city
* Dedicated website: Art In The Park Columbia as well as our regular Columbia Art League website
* Two Facebook pages: facebook.com/ArtInTheParkColumbia and facebook.com/ArtLeague
* Regular e-news reminders and twitter tweets
* Working with the Columbia Daily Tribune to feature one of the festival artists for the three Sundays prior to the festival in their arts section, Ovation.

EXEMPT ARTISTS:

2017 festival award winners are exempt from the jury payment and process for the 2018 festival, but must still apply via Zapplication®, http://www.zapplication.org.  Submit one application per category.

Exempt Artists will receive a code via email to allow them to apply without paying the application fee.

Please note that exempt Artists must pay their 2018 booth fee by check, payable to the Columbia Art League, by Friday, February 9th, 2018. Checks should be mailed to Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. Please note that no credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

NEW: This year you have a choice of two mediums in which to enter: two-dimensional work or three-dimensional work.

Two-dimensional work includes:
*painting
*drawing/pastel
*printmaking
*digital
*photography
*2D mixed media
*fiber (non-wearable and non-sculptural)
 
Three-dimensional work includes:
*sculpture
*wood
*metal
*glass
*jewelry
*fiber (wearables)
*ceramic
*3D mixed media
 
If you are unsure in which category to enter, please call us (573 443 8838).

ARTIST SELECTION
 
  • The Art in the Park jury invites 110 artists to exhibit at the festival.  Submitted work will be judged on overall artistic excellence, which will take into account uniqueness of voice, aesthetics, design components, technique, execution, quality, originality and creative use of materials.
  • Our jury comprises 5-6 people who are art professionals, peer jurors, and buyer/collectors. All works are reviewed anonymously, so please ensure that your name is not visible in any of your submitted images or those images will have to be rejected.
  • The jury awards points to each entrant ranging from 7 (excellent) to 1 (weak) omitting 4.
  • The jury also selects a wait list. Wait-listed artists will be invited as space becomes available prior to the event. Please note that the management of the wait list is at the discretion of the Executive Director to enable us to maintain a balanced show.
  • Artists may apply to exhibit more than one body of work (for example: painting and photography) but must a submit a second online application and remit a second jury fee. Multiple applications must represent either work in different categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category.
  • A booth shot is required and is taken into account during the selection process, especially in those cases where the jury feels an artist's submission is in the gray area between invitation and wait list. Please note: Booth images may not be created, manipulated, enhanced, or otherwise affected by a computer program. Some quick tips about your booth shot: The booth image shows the jury your body of work and provides dimension and scale. It also provides a sense of artistic and creative presentation, shows the current style and overall body of work, and reflects how your booth will look at the festival. The image should be of your outdoor booth set-up. 

OVERNIGHT SECURITY

Overnight security is provided by Citadel Security Investigations who have provided our overnight security for the past 6 years. Their officers patrol the site throughout the night and are on duty from 6pm-7am overnight Friday, and 6pm-7am overnight Saturday. They are also in direct contact with the Columbia Police Department.

CANCELLATIONS

Please note the following cancellation dates:

March 23, 2018 - deadline for a full refund
April 20, 2018 - deadline for a 50% refund
No refunds are available after April 20th.
 

Rules/Regulations
ELIGIBILITY & RULES
 
  • Artists must be present and must personally staff their booth during the entire event. Only artists displaying their own original work may participate. No stand-in or proxy exhibitors are allowed to represent the artist(s). If two artists collaborate, it is considered a joint entry and they should exhibit a single body of work. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work, which is collaborative. Collaborative signatures must appear on all materials exhibited.
  • All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s). Commercially cast jewelry, molds and imported or commercially-made products (including fiber/wearables).
  • Work done in classes or workshops, “Buy-sell” and/or imports, work from kits, commercial designs, and derivative work is prohibited. Artists selling work that is not their own will be expelled from the Festival.
  • Studios involved in volume production are not permitted to exhibit.
  • The Executive Director reserves the right to ask that any work that is inconsistent with the juried subject or artist who is in violation of these rules be removed.
  • Artists in the 2D categories are allowed to sell reproductions of their original work in limited, signed and numbered editions, but reproductions cannot represent the majority of work in the booth.
  • Artists may only exhibit the body of work which has been accepted. The work exhibited must match the quality and style of work represented by the artist in his or her application.
  • Artists may apply to exhibit more than one body of work but must a submit a second online application and remit a second jury fee. Multiple applications must represent either work in different categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category.
  • All jewelry must be designed and executed by the exhibiting jeweler. Beaded work, where the artist has purchased the beads rather than working the beads/stones/gems his or herself, may not comprise more than 10% of the work displayed. Artists will be asked to remove work not conforming with this rule.
  • Only artists whose juried body of work includes jewelry may display and sell jewelry.
  • Each applicant is required to submit four quality jpg images representative of the work to be exhibited. A fifth jpg image must show his or her display booth with work visible and the set-up representative of the booth display at Art in the Park. The artist's name should not be visible in the booth image.
  • Artists must be aged 18 years or older.
  • Artists are responsible for their own sales tax (please see important note below)
  • Art in the Park is an outdoor show and exhibitors will be at Stephens Lake Park, rain or shine. Artists should come prepared for all weather!
  • Artists are provided a 12' x 12' ground space. Artists must bring their own white 10' x 10' tent, which should be sturdy enough to withstand the elements (Due to wind concerns, light-weight, accordion-style, pop-up tents are strongly discouraged). Set-up is on grass, and artists are asked to bring weights and stakes with them to ensure the safety of their tent during the festival.
  • Please note that there is no electricity provided for artists. Generators may only be used under extenuating circumstances and must be pre-arranged with the festival organizer. Any accepted generators must be muffled and not infringe upon any other exhibitors space nor pose a hazard to festival goers.

SALES TAX - PLEASE NOTE THE RULES FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI

Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax. Missouri now requires all vendors, both in-state and out-of-state, to have their own Missouri tax identification number if they make sales at retail. Vendors must use this sales tax number to report all their sales tax information. All artists must have a Missouri tax ID number before attending the festival.

Please copy and paste this link http://dor.mo.gov/forms/2643S.pdf to download the new Missouri Special Events form. You will need to allow at least 4 weeks for this form to be processed and your tax ID to be returned to you by snail mail.

 

Booth Information
BOOTH & JURY FEES

Jury fee:

$30 - payable via Zapplication, non-refundable. If you pay by check, please make checks payable to: Columbia Art League

Booth fee:

Mid-row (opens on one side)
$210 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$260 - 12' x 12' non-member

Corner (opens on two sides)
$240 - 12' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$290 - 12' x 12' non-member

Double
$450 - 24' x 12' Columbia Art League member
$550 - 24' x 12' non-member
*We have a limited number of double booths. Artists with paid fees and completed agreements will be given priority.

Please note that the booth fees must be paid BY CHECK directly to the Columbia Art League (payable to Columbia Art League) by March 9th, and mailed to: Columbia Art League, 207 South 9th Street, Columbia MO 65201. No credit card or Paypal payments are accepted through ZAPP.

We welcome new members at the Columbia Art League and have no geographical membership restrictions. Membership information and payments can be made directly via CAL's website at www.ColumbiaArtLeague.org. Membership starts at $50 per year and allows artists to display work in the gallery's boutique.

Set-up Information

The festival opens for artists to set up from 8am-6pm on Friday, 1st June.

Park in the Western Parking lot, accessible from Old Hwy 63 opposite the Boone Hospital entrance and come find the Columbia Art League information tent (big pointy-top white tent near the festival entrance).

Check in with our volunteers and pick up your artist packet, which will include:

- Your parking tag
- Your booth number identification sign
- Your name tag
- A commemorative festival t-shirt
- Your award dinner tickets

After you've signed in, we'll show you where to pitch your booth, and find you a volunteer team and a golf cart to help you load in. 
 
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