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Event Information

Artsfest on Walnut Street 2018

Historic Walnut Street between John Q. Hammons Parkway and National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 417-831-6200
Event Dates: 5/5/18 - 5/6/18
Application Deadline: 2/23/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
Artsfest on Walnut Street is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri. Thirty-eight years strong, Artsfest is a regional tradition attracting more than 20,000 art patrons annually. Artsfest 2018 will feature more than 140 talented artists. Over $5,000 in artist cash awards will be given at the festival, including:

Best of Show - $1000
Best of Show 2D - $500
Best of Show 3D - $500
People's Choice - $500
Award of Excellence (as many as fifteen) - $200

The Artsfest planning committee strives to provide first-class hospitality for visiting artists as we continue the tradition of bringing high-quality art to our community.  We hope you will join us for Artsfest on Walnut Street 2018! 

General Information


Artsfest is located on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri, amidst historic Victorian homes and tree-lined sidewalks. The festival is adjacent to the Missouri State University campus (second-largest university in Missouri) and Downtown Springfield (with dozens of restaurants and local retail shops, 600 hotel rooms and more) and almost 30,000 residents within a mile of the festival.


Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

The festival is held rain or shine.


  • The non-refundable jury fee is $30
    • If you write a check, they should be made out to the Springfield Regional Arts Council. 
  • All artists will be notified by March 2, 2018
  • The jury panel will consist of three independent, qualified jurors
  • Each entry will be considered solely on the merits of the works pictured in the images submitted
  • Each entry will be assigned a number and will be identified to the jurors by that number

The following factors will be considered in jurying:
  • Originality: All work must be the original work of the artist. It should convey the individuality of the artist and exhibit visual distinction
  • Craftsmanship: Work should be well-conceived and expertly executed
  • Overall Presentation: The body of work should be cohesive and show an identity of design. The display should be professional, inviting and complementary to the work
Up to 150 artists will be accepted and 15-20 alternates chosen. Alternates will be provided a wait-list number, and will be notified via email if a spot becomes available.


Clay: Original works in ceramics, excludes jewelry.

Drawing: Two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, ink, pastel, or charcoal

Fiber: Works in fiber of any type including fabric and paper; weaving, batik and basketry; excludes jewelry

Glass: Works made of glass crafted by glassblowing, casting, kilnforming or assemblage; must not be made from commercial patterns; excludes jewelry

Jewelry: Wearable works in metals, clay, glass, fibers, paper, plastics, or other materials

Metal: Works crafted from metal; excludes jewelry

Mixed Media: Two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of material in the production of a single work; excludes jewelry

Painting: Two-dimensional works in paint including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and others

Photography: Works created by digital or traditional photographic methods. Actual artist photographer must be in attendance

Printmaking: Works created using traditional intaglio or relief printmaking, including wood block, linocut and/or screenprinting

Wood: Unique, original hand-tooled, machine worked or carved work


Submit five images: Four images representative of the work to be exhibited in the booth and a fifth of the booth display.


  • December 19, 2017: Application available
  • February 20, 2018: Application deadline
  • March 2, 2018: Jury notifications sent to artists
  • March 24, 2018: Acceptance and booth purchase deadline
  • April 10, 2018: Booth assignments and show information sent artists
  • Friday, May 4, 2018: Set-up after noon
  • Saturday, May 5, 2018: Show open from 10 AM–6 PM
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018: Show open from 10 AM–5 PM.

  • Drive to your booth space for unloading/loading
  • Booth sitters provided each day
  • Breakfast of coffee, bagels and donuts provided each day at Festival Headquarters
  • Artist Hospitality House provided with lunch for accepted artist each day (helpers $5 each).  
  • Indoor bathroom facilities at Hospitality House
  • Free parking within walking distance from festival
  • NEW in 2018:
    • Art Cart provided to help customers get artwork back to the car to help close sales
    • Home Sharing program to connect out-of-town artists with locals willing to host them for free, cutting back on travel costs
    • The Springfield Regional Arts Council plans to give at least $1,000 worth of Art Bucks to patrons in the community to encourage art sales

  • All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  • No work from commercially available molds, kits or patterns.
  • No imports or buy/sell.
  • All artists must be present throughout the two-day festival. No agents, reps or dealers. A photo ID may be required at festival check-in.
  • All artists must have a City of Springfield retail license and State of MO tax identification number. Additional licensing information will be made available upon acceptance to Artsfest.
  • It is the artist’s responsibility to collect and report sales tax.
  • Artists need to provide their own display, including a tent or canopy.
  • Remember, the show goes on rain or shine, so be prepared. Artists are responsible for proper insurance of their artwork and display. Artsfest will not be responsible for damage to work or displays due to weather or other incidents.
  • Giclees of original work on display may be exhibited in non-prominent place in booth unframed. They may be shrink-wrapped and must be clearly marked as reproductions.
  • No refunds for booth fees will be given after March 23, 2018.

Booth Information
​Booth Assignments will be sent via email on or before April 10, 2018. 
  • All booth spaces are 10´ by 10´
  • There is a $225 booth fee
    • If you write a check, they should be made out to the Springfield Regional Arts Council
  • Corner booth spaces are limited and available for an additional $50 fee (**Corner booth spaces are defined as a booth with access on two sides. Not all "corner" spaces are located on physical corners. The festival is linear in layout)
  • Electricity is limited and available for an additional $25 fee, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Artists may set-up their tents after noon on Friday, May 4, 2018 or after 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 5, 2018. 

All artists need to be set up and ready for sales by 9:30 AM each day

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