Event Information

Bethesda Row Arts Festival 2018

Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda , Maryland (South)

Phone: 301-637-5684
Event Dates: 10/13/18 - 10/14/18
Application Deadline: 5/31/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable jury fee): $45.00


Event Summary
Each October, the streets of Bethesda Row, are turned into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. 190 leading artists nationwide come to Bethesda, MD's Arts and Entertainment District to showcase their work. Art Fair Sourcebook has recognized the Festival as one of the top 30 Fine Art Shows in the United States. This two-day event attracts over 45,000 art patrons.

Additionally, the Arts Festival offers an Art Sale benefitting the NIH Children's Charities, children's art activities, live acoustic stage performances and high-quality outdoor food vendors. Bethesda Row features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries and unique restaurants with outdoor seating.

General Information
We invite you to apply to the 21st annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th.  The festival takes place on the streets of Bethesda Row, located in Bethesda, Maryland (Woodmont, Ave., Bethesda Ave., and Elm St.). Streets are closed to traffic for the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, October 13th.  

The Festival attracts 45,000 high income attendees come from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and the surrounding suburbs of Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest. The three mile radius around the Festival has an average household income of $196,910, making it one of the nation's most affluent and educated art marketplaces. Bethesda is additionally, a designated arts and entertainment district.

Marketing for the Bethesda Row Arts Festival is comprehensive, and includes: Internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, radio, plus partnerships with the local chamber of commerce and urban district. Community outreach and public relations and a charitable partnership with the Children's Charities at the National Institutes of Health are additional components. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts and crafts.

MAY 31, 2018
Deadline for applications
$45 non-refundable application fee
Outdooor Booth Image cannot have identifying information in the photo - including company name/ artist image and/or logo - this will disquaiify you from being juried.

JUNE 30, 2018
Email notification

JULY 15, 2018
Booth fees due
$550 single booth
Limited 15' and Double Booths Available
After July 31, open spaces will be offered to waitlisted artists

Email booth assignment

OCTOBER 13, 2018
Set-up begins 4:30am to 7:00 am (drive in)
8am - 9:30am - DOLLY ONLY
Show Hours: 11am - 6pm

OCTOBER 14, 2018
Show Hours: 10am - 5pm
Teardown: 5pm - 8pm

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Festival Director: Robin Markowitz

Email: robin@bethesdarowarts.org

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

Telephone: 301-637-5684

Images: 4 images of work + 1 outdoor booth image (no identifiying information in the photo - including company name and/or logo - this will disquailify you from being juried).

Jury: Images  projected 1-5 left to right horizontally,

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

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: $45

Booth Fees: 10' X 10' space $550, limited double spaces available - contact Festival Director.

Cash Awards: Best in Show $2000, Second place $1500, Third place $1000, (16) Category Winners $50

Award Winners: Jury exempt for next year.

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 19 (Previous year Award Winners)

Security: 24 hours - Police

Hospitality Room: Open during show hours with beverages and snacks for artists

Artist Parking: Free

Attendance: 45,000

Booth Sitters: Available daily

Staff Onsite Entire Festival

Festival Program: Multi-page glossy mailed prior to the show to 15,000 high income single family homes and passed out by the street captains to the 45,000 patrons at the show.

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 (please make sure that there are no identifying signs visible in booth image). 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.
Decisions of the jury panel are final. The top 180 applicants will receive invitations with about 20 of the next highest scoring artists comprising the waitlist.

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

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 in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed 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.  A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.

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 fiber, 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. You may only display jewelry if you have been accepted in this category.

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.

OIL/ACYLIC: Two-dimensional work created in oils / acrylics.  A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prints created from the artist's original negative processed by the artist. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.

SCULPTURE: Three-dimensional work created in any medium.

WATERCOLOR: Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.

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.
Exempt artists are 2017 award winners.

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 on each leg as required by the fire marshall. Exhibitors may not secure tents to the pavement or to Bethesda Row  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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