Event Information

Texas Arts and Crafts Fair 2018 - 42nd Annual

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road
Ingram, Texas (South)

Phone: (830)367-5120
Event Dates: 9/29/18 - 9/30/18
Application Deadline: 6/8/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
In September 2018, the Hill Country Arts Foundation will relaunch the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair, after a hiatus of five years. The Fair will be on the foundation’s 13-acre campus in Ingram, Texas, just west of Kerrville.
The event is restricted to Texas artists and craftsmen.

Against a backdrop of the scenic Guadalupe River, between 2,000-4,000 attendees are expected to visit the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair Sept. 29-30, 2018. A VIP Preview and musical concert will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.
The Hill Country Arts Foundation features a 720-seat outdoor amphitheater, 1,700-square foot art gallery, three art instruction studios, a printmaking studio and a ceramics studio with four kilns. Since 1959, the HCAF has provided community theatre, art workshops, art exhibitions, and visual and performing arts classes. Additionally, HCAF has become a top-ranked tourist destination with the addition of the Stonehenge II art installation.
Visit the HCAF website for more information.

Founded in 1972, this “official” state arts festival will feature a wide range of juried arts and crafts, favorite fair food offerings, entertainment and related educational and recreational activities.

To build upon the fair’s educational legacy, the 2018 event introduces a new feature called the “Art Exploration Zone.” This dynamic area will allow fairgoers to watch artists and craftspeople work, including an interactive area for children to make their own art. 
For more information, visit the Fair...

General Information

Jury Information and Policies

1.      Our panel consists of jurors selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and/or background with the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair and the Hill Country Arts Foundation.
2.      Judges have access to the artist's statement but are not shown the artist's name or any other identifying information. Please do not include your name or any identifying information in your submitted images.
3.      Submissions will be ranked on a 1-to-5 scale.
4.      Texas Arts & Crafts Fair staff members are not voting members of the jury and their opinions are not reflected in final scores.  

The Texas Arts & Crafts Fair hopes to attract 100-120 artist exhibitors, in addition 10 10-12 food trucks, wine and beer concessions, and continuous entertainment on the outdoor stage.


There is no cap on artists by category, but we will strive for a balanced representation, although admittedly some categories will attract greater artist interest than others.

·         Ingram Police Department and Kerr County Sheriff’s Department officers provide 24-hour security beginning prior to load-in through complete load-out.
·         Discounted artists’ rates at partner hotels in Ingram and Kerrville.
·         Exhibitor hospitality area and restrooms.
·         Dedicated exhibitor parking.
·         Exhibitors receive welcome packet with map, guide and fair t-shirt.
·         Admission: adults $8: students $5; children under 12 free.
·         Festival features an Art Exploration Zone (interactive art activities for kids), Performances by Texas musicians and storytellers in the 720-seat outdoor amphitheater, food trucks and vendors as well as beer and wine cafes.
·         Booth fees range from $200 to $550.
·         Electricity: Available in some areas. No outside generators allowed.
2018 Texas Arts & Crafts Fair Important Dates
March 1, 2018: call for entries; applications open
June 8, 2018: applications due
June 11-15, 2018: jurying process
June 15, 2018: artist notification
July 1, 2018: booth fees due

·        Apothecary: Handcrafted, all-natural skincare products or unique essential oils, soaps and elixirs.
·         Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work. Jewelry is not included in this category. Each piece must be signed.
·         Digital computer art:  Submissions executed by an artist using a computer, with an original image and/or manipulation of other source material. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photography is not included in this category.  Photos taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category. 
·         Drawing/Pastels:  This category includes submissions in chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
·         Fiber:  Wearable or non-wearable work created from fibers including quilting, basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking.
·         Glass:  No mass production is permitted.
·         Jewelry:  Submissions may include work produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials.
·        Leather: Handcarfted wearables such as belts, bags, shoes or decorative pieces and accessories.
·         Metal: This category includes knives as well as non-sculptural, non-jewelry submissions crafted from metals.
·         2D Mixed Media:  Category includes work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production, with one or more of the following: Paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing.
·         3D Mixed Media:  Category includes work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production, with more than one of the following: clay work, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-D objects.
·         Painting - Oil/Acrylic: Works created in oil or acrylic
·         Painting - Watercolor:  Work created in watercolor
·         Photography:  Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
·         Printmaking/Graphics:  Hand-pulled prints in which the artist manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. Photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are encouraged to do their own printing which has been processed by the artist, or under his/her direct supervision.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
·         Sculpture:  Three-dimensional works done in any medium.
·         Wood:  Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in this category.


1.      VERY IMPORTANT - The Texas Arts & Crafts Fair is open to only Texas artists. Proof of residence may be required. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to participate.

2.      No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted. Commercial agents, dealers, or manufacturers are not eligible to enter. No kits, molds, tumbled stones, embellished objects or edible art may be submitted.

3.      Artists may jury in up to 2 categories per artist profile, but not with the same body of work. Only one application may be submitted per body of work with a jury fee for each category. Artists whose work is selected in multiple categories will exhibit in one booth space.

4.      Only artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.

5.      All artists must be present on site during the entire festival. A picture ID is required at time of check in.

6.      Corner and double booths are limited and will be available on ZAPP on a first come, first served basis starting the day invitation emails are sent. Though we cannot guarantee all artists will receive their booth location choice, we make every effort to place the artist in the general location that is requested. Instructions on how to request a booth location will be included in the invitation email.

7.      Artists must define a “limited edition” through their artist statement.

8.      No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.

9.      No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

10.   Posters and t-shirts are not allowed.

11.  Photocopy and/or offset reproductions are not allowed.

12.   Hanging work must be suitably framed. Prints must be matted and displayed in a suitable portfolio or stand.

13.   Participating exhibitors are responsible for collecting and paying current city and state sales tax for all sales made during the show.

14.   One exhibitor is allowed per booth showing the medium that was juried into the festival. Shared space is not allowed. Upon request, the Fair will try to find booth sitters for solo exhibitors.

15.   Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations. Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future fairs.

16.  The Texas Arts & Crafts Fair does not allow galleries or artist’s representatives to exhibit at the fair.

17.   The Texas Arts & Crafts Fair does not collect commissions on sales.

18.   Fair Hours: Sept. 29-30, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Times subject to change).

19.   Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’ (Limited double spaces are available). Spaces will be available under tents provided by the Fair. Climate-controlled indoor exhibit spaces are also available in the visual arts gallery and inside the pavilion.

20.   A limited number of “pop-up” spaces will be available to exhibitors who wish to set up their own tents in the open air. Slides of this booth presentation are required.

21.  Booth display must match submitted booth shot. Display in the slide should match your display at the show in the approximate proportion of number and price point of works. Types of work not present in the booth slide will not be permitted at the show, nor will disproportionately larger amounts of any one body or type of work.

22.   The use of panel risers or extenders to increase height is not permitted, unless your booth slide at jury has included them. The use of “appendages;” i.e., extra display panels that do not appear in your booth slide at jury and those which encroach upon public and/or artists’ spaces, will not be permitted.

23.  Exceptions to any of the above may be requested after acceptance of invitation. All exceptions must be in place at least 30 days prior to the festival and will be documented by festival staff with approval by the Event Director and Executive Director.

24.   Disputes that result in an artist being disqualified from appearing at our show will result in a 100% refund of booth fee (not jury fee) provided that disqualification occurs before the artist’s appointed load-in time. Disqualifications that arise after the show opens will not be accorded refunds, and the artist shall have no recourse.

25.   While every effort will be made to conduct the Fair under these rules and regulations, The Texas Arts & Crafts Fair reserves the right to make changes to the rules and regulations at their discretion.

26.  Booth refund policy: All refund requests must be submitted by email to fair@hcaf.com with brief explanation for cancellation. Depending on circumstances, the booth fee will be either refunded or applied to the next year’s fee. As a general rule, no refunds will be given after 45 days prior to festival opening date.

Booth Information

Booths are available in outdoor “festival” tents, and in a limited number of indoor, climate-controlled space. “Pop-up” tents supplied by the artist will be available only after other booths are filled. All booth locations will be assigned by the fair event director. Spaces are in multiples of 10’ X 10.’

Once you have been notified of your acceptance as an exhibitor, you will be able to got to the "Product" area on the website to select and pay for your booth type.

Electricity – Is available and included in the Booth Fee. Artists should specify whether they require electricity.


Festival tent booth costs:

10’ X 10’ - $250

10’ X 20’ - $450

10’ X 30’ - $700


Indoor booth costs:

10’ X 10’ - $300

10’ X 20’ - $550

10’ X 30’ - $850


Artist-supplied “pop-up” tent