Event Information

Fine Art Fair & Winefest 2018

323 West Main Street
Washington, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 636-239-1743
Event Dates: 5/18/18 - 5/20/18
Application Deadline: 4/1/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable, mandatory jury fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 10 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Since its inception in 1980, Art Fair & Winefest has focused exclusively on finely crafted art, supporting both established artisans who have reached the highest level of artistic quality, and nurturing new artisans who combine innovative approaches with traditional crafting techniques.    
The event takes place outdoors on the streets of historic downtown Washington, Missouri. It attracts an average of 25,000 visitors each year.  Downtown Washington is located a short drive from St. Louis, MO.

General Information
The Art Fair & Winefest is devoted to the exhibition and sale of finely crafted art, with an eye on attracting both seasoned artisans producing high quality craft art, and innovative, young artisans creating signature pieces with contemporary style.
Patrons can enjoy specialty food and wine vendors, downtown restaurants, and all of the downtown specialty shops. Patrons also get to vote for the People's Choice award recipient and take part in a large-scale, community art project. Sunday will feature a special food and wine pairing event.  Private security will be on site from 7pm May 18 - 5pm May 20.

What other artisans have said about the show:
“Fun Weekend. Pieces Found Great New Homes! Loved visiting with Old Friends and Making New Friends (at the) Washington Fine Art Fair and Winefest!
-Allison L. Norfleet Bruenger Collections - Jewelry and Mixed Media 

Great time at the Washington Art Fair and Wine Fest this past weekend.
Kim Carr – Photography
“Definitely one of Mike and my favorite shows. The people that come to this show are fun loving and the music is very good!”
-Suzanna Hall-Barry, MT Barry Studios

  • Volunteers from the Arts Council of Washington provide an information booth for artist and festival attendees
  • Volunteers from the Arts Council of Washington circulate during Fair hours for booth sitting/bathroom breaks and distributing water to artists
  • Complimentary coffee, pastry and fruit available Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Security provided from 7pm on Friday through 5pm on Sunday (Artisans participate at their own risk and the Arts Council of Washington is not responsible for loss, damage or theft)

$1.000.00 in prize money will be given, each category winner will receive $250 and a ribbon to display.  Categories are Best in Show, Best Booth, Best 2-D, Best 3-D.  

  • Fine Art Fair & Winefest is advertised in Downtown Washington, Inc. Invitation Magazine; 20,000 are printed and circulated throughout Missouri at train stations, visitors centers, wineries and local businesses
  • Local Billboard
  • Facebook – this event is publicized on Downtown Washington, Inc. (9877 likes as of 1/10/2017) and Arts Council of Washington (483 likes as of 1/10/2017).  The 2016 event had 11,000 fans interested, a reach of 604,000, 68,000 views and 12,000 responses.
  • Surrounding Newspapers
  • invitational postcards will be sent to artists
10’ x 10’ booth is $150; 10’ x 20’ booth is $250; Electric is an additional $25. Application fee, paid with your submission, is $20. You will be asked on the application if you plan to request electric. This helps us in planning the layout so that we have enough booths to accommodate requests. Checking the box yes or no does not guarantee you electric at this time, as spaces are limited.

Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Glass, Wood and Fiber Arts.
We reserve the right to re-assign a submission to a different category if it's determined that the work fits better into an alternate category.  Artists may submit multiple categories and each category submission carries its own Application fee.

Five jurors view the submissions at separate locations and score each submission on a scale of 1-4. Jurors are selected for their knowledge and experience in the art field and have included artisans, gallery owners, curators, and faculty from university studio art programs. We use their cumulative score to determine Artisan acceptance.  Our head juror is Michael Bauermeister.

Regarding jewelry and photography: Due to the high volume of jewelry and photography applications, the Fine Art Fair & Winefest limits the number of all jewelry or photography exhibitors to 1/4 of the accepted Artisans. If you intend to show jewelry or photography in your booth, and it is not your primary category, you must submit a second application with 4 separate images. See the Rules & Regulations Section.

Jurying Images. You must submit 4 different product images that accurately represent your current work, and which will be represented in your booth. Do not send different angles of the same piece. A booth image is required to submit your application. If you do not have a booth image, please select a tabletop arrangement of your work, but explain in the description section for that photo why you do not have a booth image.
If you are accepted by your jurying score, you will receive an email notification after April 15. Booth fees are due by May 1 and must be paid by check or money order by mail. You will also receive a letter by postal mail with additional show information. Booths are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Artisans who are selected as Alternates will also be notified. You must let us know if you wish to remain on the Alternate list.
Full booth refunds will be made if you notify the Fine Art Fair & Winefest in writing that you are cancelling before May 1. AFTER THAT DATE, NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. JURY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Deadline for Application - April 1st 2017
Week of April 3rd - Jurying
E-mail notification of acceptance after April 15th
Deadline to pay for booth - May 1st

Friday May 19  12pm-4pm
  • Vehicles must be out of the festival area by 3pm on Friday and cannot re-enter until Sunday after 4pm
  • Free parking available
  • Event takes place on the streets of historic downtown Washington, Missouri.
  • Security will be provided from 7pm on Friday through 5pm on Sunday.  However exhibitors participate at their own risk.

Only original art, made by hand, or with the appropriate tools, by the artisan who is submitting the application, is eligible.

Work must comply with the defined categories in this application and with the standards statement of the American Craft Enterprises, Inc. as a guide:  "Whether produced in quantity or as an individual piece, the idea work reflects excellence. The work should be well conceived, expertly executed without technical faults, and should show an identity of design.”   

If your primary medium is anything other than jewelry or photography, you may not sell jewelry or photography of any kind in your booth. To show jewelry or photography in your booth you MUST SUBMIT JEWELRY OR PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SEPARATE APPLICATION. Please be sure to answer YES to the question if you need to apply twice when filling out your artisan information.  As with your original application, you must submit 4 images of your jewelry; you may submit the same booth shot. Artisans whose jewelry or photography is not accepted into the show may not carry jewelry or photography in their booths. No exceptionsDO NOT SUBMIT A SECOND APPLICATION UNLESS YOU PLAN TO SHOW JEWELRY OR PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR BOOTH.

The artisan whose work is represented in the slides must be present at the show. No exceptions.

The Arts Council of Washington reserves the right to determine the eligibility of all work submitted for jurying as well as the right to ask an artisan to leave the show, without expectation of refund of any fees, if it is determined any of the above requirements have not been met. Signing the application form is an agreement that you, the artisan, are meeting all of the eligibility requirements stated above. If it is determined that you have misrepresented the origin of your work, you will be excluded from future consideration.

Absolutely no buy and sell items, imports, or work that is commercially manufactured will be accepted. Commercial manufacturing is defined as any process by which the artisan consigns the majority of the artisan’s designs to assistants or contracted workers to produce/construct rather than hand-crafting each piece him or herself. Work we do not accept: floral arrangements, edible items, any work on manufactured apparel including tee shirts, items that consist entirely of manufactured parts and are only assembled by the artisan, items created from kits. 
Past acceptance is not a guarantee of acceptance to future shows. As with all juries, each one is different, and how you are scored by one jury may differ from how you are scored by the next. Within a category such as jewelry or photography, where there are a high number of submissions, some artisans may not be accepted simply because we must limit the number of exhibitors. The decision of the jurors is final.

Artists must participate in ALL three days of the show.  Early breakdown may effect future acceptance to this show.  Please be prepared to keep items on display, even if you are out of saleable stock.

THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE.  If you choose not to participate due to potential weather, you will not recieve a refund.

No refunds will be approved after April 15, 2018.

Booth Information
  • Two Artisans may not share one booth.
  • Electricity provided for a $25 charge, the Artisan must provide a 100’ extension cord.  
  • Artisans are responsible for tents, tent weights (required), chairs, tables and booth lighting. 
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