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American Artisan Festival 2018

Location:
The restored front section of Centennial Park, Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee (South)

Event Dates: 6/15/18 - 6/17/18
Application Deadline: 1/20/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
We're thrilled to announce that the 44th annual American Artisan Festival will be back this year in Centennial Park on Father's Day weekend, June 15, 16 & 17, 2018, in Nashville Tennessee. Apply today for your chance to find out first-hand the amazing experience as touted by fellow artists: historically very high art sales potential, strong rankings amongst artists, and a wonderfully supportive environment for artist, sales and customer development. 
 
Always free to the public, the American Artisan Festival is visited by more than 25,000 annually.  In addition to presenting the best in contemporary American crafts and fine art, visitors also enjoy public art installations,  live music from Nashville's best singer-songwriters, free children’s art booths, and more than fifteen artisanal food and drink booths.   
 
The American Artisan Festival has had a long and successful history in Nashville since 1971. Founded by Nancy Saturn, a pioneer in the contemporary craft movement, the American Artisan Festival has been dedicated to showcasing the highest quality artists for over 40 years. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010; however, the show carries on her tradition of excellence led by her daughter and protégé, Samantha Saturn.
 
 

General Information
GENERAL INFORMATION

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: THANK YOU 2017 - HERE'S TO AN EVEN BETTER 2018!

I want to start by saying that I'm grateful for the opportunity to rebuild the American Artisan Festival as part of Nashville's urban revival.  I was thrilled with the success of our relaunch 2017 event and I received tremendously positive feedback from the community that this event continues to be important to the citizens of Nashville and they look forward to its continued success and growth.  Of the artists surveyed after the show, more than 90% say they would like to come back to the show if invited again - which is a resounding vote of confidence as well (thank you artists for the feedback!).

The mission for me - now 44 year's later - continues to be that creating access to high-quality art and contemporary crafts is important and Nashville still holds a special place in its heart for this event.  By providing direct access to artists, their work and process, we create the opportunity for the Nashville community to understand and appreciate the pure joy of collecting contemporary art--whether decorative or functional.  

Knowing that you get to drink your coffee in a mug made by hand that feels good to the touch, or watch the light shine on a hand blown glass ornament on your christmas tree, or sit on your porch and bask in in the sounds of a soulful windchime -- this is what we want to share with our customers.  Art comes in all shapes and sizes and being around it, is what makes life worth living.  I'm so honored to have the opportunity to work with you to host this show with love and commitment following my mother's vision.  Now onto the details of the show! 
 
LOCATION
The American Artisan Festival is located in the newly rebuilt front section of Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee June 17, 18, 19.  Free to the public it will spread across the lawn off of West End avenue down the hill from Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park. You will take Exit #1 from I-440 to West End Avenue (US 70). Drive EAST on West End approximately seven blocks.

HOURS (CENTRAL TIME)  
Friday 12PM – 8PM
Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 10AM – 5PM

CALENDAR – IMPORTANT DATES
Show Dates:                           June 15-17, 2018
Application Deadline:              January 5, 2018 (midnight CST)
Jury Week:                              January 8, 2018
Acceptance Emails:                January 15, 2018
Acceptance Deadline:             February 1, 2018
Booth Fees Due:                     February 23, 2018 (midnight)
Cancellation:                            March 28, 2018 last day to cancel with refund
Hotel Block Release:               May 10, 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION
Samantha Saturn, Director
American Artisan Festival
4029 Wallace Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
www.americanartisanfestival.com
americanartisanfestival@gmail.com
(615) 212-9095
 
APPLICATION & BOOTH FEES
Application Fee: $40
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $495; 10’ x 20’ space is $900.
Februrary 23, 2018 will be the payment due date for booth fees
March 22, 2018 will be the final day to receive an 90% refund.
There will be no cancellations or refunds after this date except at the discretion of the AAF team.
 
JURY INFORMATION
Images: 5 images of work + 1 booth or display image
Jurors: 4 advisors and volunteer jurors
Jury Format: Multiple rounds, first round is silent with jurors scoring 1-7, second round includes juror discussion and are scored by juror consensus and require a majority vote for an artist to move forward
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

SALES
All sales are handled by the exhibitor. The American Artisan Festival collects no commission on sales. The exhibitor must collect Tennessee Sales tax, and instructions will be included in your welcome packet (given at check-in) regarding how the sales tax should be deposited with the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

PAYMENT OF FEES
Application, booth and other fees may be sent via check or money order to the American Artisan office if you do not wish to pay through Zapplication.  Make payable to American Artisan Festival and mail to: American Artisan Festival, 4029 Wallace Lane, Nashville, TN 37215.  If paying by check, payments must be received by April 20th in hand. 

FACILITIES AND SET-UP
Exhibitors are responsible for their entire displays.
No electricity is available for exhibitors.  
We will contact all artists with specific set up times and details as driving on the grass is no longer permitted.
The show goes on rain or shine, and each exhibitor should make arrangements for wind or rain. (Tents must be rented in advance. We will include tent rental as an option in the fees section once invited to participate)

SECURITY
The American Artisan Festival provides 24-hour security on the fairgrounds (from 7pm Thursday through 6pm Sunday); however, all artists exhibit work at their own risk. It is understood that The American Artisan Festival does not carry insurance to cover your personal property. As an independent contractor, you are advised to obtain your own insurance.

ARTIST AMENITIES
  • Cash awards, including The Excellence Award and the 'Nancy Saturn' People’s Choice Award
  • Affordable Hotel Rooms blocked at the Millenium Hotel for $109/night and the Holiday Inn for $179/night
  • Friday evening party post-close exclusively for Artists and their families
  • Vehicle unloading/loading at booth space, weather permitting
  • Free artist parking close to the event
  • Complimentary breakfast bagels and coffee each morning
  • 24-hour police security during the fair
  • Volunteer booth sitting during show hours (sign up at show)
  • Full-scale marketing and press campaign including print, online, radio and television media outlets as well as select direct media opportunities (if interested in participating let us know!)
 
ARTWORK ELIGIBILITY
  • Artwork must be original, designed and produced by, or under the direct supervision of the exhibiting artist.
  • No commercial reproductions, or embellished commercial products are allowed.  If we determine that you are showing reproductions you will be asked to pack up and leave the show immediately. 
  • Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  • If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers.
  • Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.
  • All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
 
EXHIBIT POLICY
  • All displayed work must be for sale or commission, with prices clearly marked.
  • All artists must be in attendance presenting their work - no sales reps are allowed
  • Electricity or other sources of ignition are not permissible inside exhibitor tent or display area. The use of generators is strongly discouraged. If a generator is essential to displaying your artwork, it must be battery operated, quiet and non-fume producing. Applicants must state the use of a generator on their Zapplication. 
  • All exhibitor tents must be WHITE in color.
  • Tents may be secured with hand- or foot-driven stakes, which do not exceed 9 inches.
  • No prerecorded or amplified live music of any kind is permissible in an exhibitor’s booth space
 
MEDIA
Works eligible for exhibition include clay, drawing, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, oil painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and other. Note: Artists wishing to exhibit jewelry and another medium MUST submit a separate application for their jewelry and may not exhibit jewelry unless this second application is accepted.
 
LIABILITY
Exhibitors display all works at their own risk. While we have 24-hour/day security on site throughout the show and event insurance, the American Artisan Festival is not responsible for damage, theft or loss of an exhibitor‘s property, or personal injury resulting from participation in the Art Fairs.

 

Rules/Regulations
ARTWORK ELIGIBILITY
  • Artwork must be original, designed and produced by, or under the direct supervision of the exhibiting artist.
  • No commercial reproductions, or embellished commercial products are allowed.
  • Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  • If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers.
  • Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.
  • All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.


Booth Information
APPLICATION & BOOTH FEES
Application Fee: $40
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $495; 10’ x 20’ space is $900.
Februrary 23, 2018 will be the payment due date for booth fees
March 22, 2018 will be the final day to receive an 90% refund.
There will be no cancellations or refunds after this date except at the discretion of the AAF team.
Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list.
 
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