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Event Information

Midwest Salute to the Arts 2018

Everett Moody Park at Longacre
Fairview Heights, Illinois (Midwest)

Event Dates: 8/24/18 - 8/26/18
Application Deadline: 5/8/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00


Event Summary
Celebrating our 30th year!!!

Midwest Salute to the Arts is the longest running art festival bringing Art to the Southern Illinois region just 12 miles east of downtown St. Louis. 100 Award winning artists display their work under seven big White tents spread out in beautiful Moody Park. The Midwest Salute to the Arts is a 501(c) (3) Not for Profit.

The Mission of the Midwest Salute to the Arts is to provide a successful forum to bring art to the region and promote art appreciation for all ages.  The goal of the Midwest Salute to the Arts is to share this experience with all segments of the community while helping to impact art lovers in our city and surrounding counties.

The nationally-recognized art fair features cash awards over $17,000.

General Information

Midwest Salute to the Arts
August 24 - 26, 2018
Schedule of Events

Friday, August 24th
8:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
Registration and Setup


6:00 p.m. -- 10:00 p.m.
"Preview Party" for sponsors and VIP guests
Show Also Open to Public

Saturday, August 25th
10:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Show Open to Public

Sunday, August 26th
9:30 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Awards Presentation
Held on site
Light Breakfast will be served

11:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
Show Open to Public

Everett Moody Park at Longacre in Fairview Heights, IL
Hwy 159, one mile south of Interstate 64
(15 minutes east of downtown St. Louis, MO)

The Midwest Salute to the Arts works diligently with local media to promote the event as well as the City of Fairview Heights. The last three years the Midwest Salute to the Arts has been a featured on KMOV 4 Great Day St. Louis – with the show being broadcast live from the festival grounds! Thanks in part to the City of Fairview Heights and its Retail Businesses. Marketing pieces include; KMOV 4 Great Day St. Louis onsite, Midwest Salute to the Arts Official Program with over 40,000 copies distributed, 3 Radio Stations, Live Remotes with KLOU and 590 the FAN, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Belleville News Democrat and other local Newspapers, all other multi media outlets including Face Book, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest.

Entry Deadline
May 7, 2018**
**Deadline extended to May 7, 2018 due to techinical issues on our end

Acceptance Notification
May 15, 2018

Children's Art Gallery Donation

  • Our Children's Gallery and workshops are designed to foster an interest in art at an early age. Children 5-13 and under enter the Children's Gallery then choose their own piece of art free from parental influence and often come back to you for conversation with "their own artist".
  • All artists exhibiting at the Salute are required to donate a minimum of two pieces of their own work to our Children's Gallery.
  • You will be provided a receipt for tax purposes
  • Please plan, ahead of time, how you will meet this requirement. If you have large (expensive) pieces, we recommend that you create something smaller for this purpose. Studies, experimental pieces, etc. are acceptable if presented nicely. If making a 'smaller piece' isn't possible then a cash donation of $50.00 can be made to the Children's Gallery in lieu of the two piece donation. The Children's Gallery is a very important part of our festival.
  • One of the two pieces received from the artists is displayed each morning and the gallery is usually forced to close by early afternoon due to its popularity. If you can donate more than the minimum, your help would be most appreciated.
Media Categories
Clay - Art objects, either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.

Drawing/Printmaking (Graphics) - Drawings are works on paper using pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media. Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. It involves creating a drawing or other composition on a surface other than paper, from transfer to paper through the use of a press or through impressions made by hand.

Glass - Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.

Jewelry (Precious Metal) - Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various precious metals. All jewelry, produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials which include precious metals should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.

Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Works should include more than one of the following: Paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking, drawing. clay work, fiber, glass, metal, or wood.

Painting (Oils, Acrylics, and Watercolor) - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract, or other image on a flat surface, with oil, acrylics, or watercolor.

Photography - Process of capturing images of objects by the action of light, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto a flat surface. Negatives must be the artist’s original and processed either by the artist or under their direct supervision.

Sculpture - Three-dimensional works done in any medium.

Fine Craft/Wood - Any material or construction may be used. Generally, any art form that does not fit into one of the other categories; to include fiber, hand weaving, wood, etc.  Art objects either functional or decorative or hand tooled or machine worked, turned or carved.
Important Notes
  • Artists may enter in multiple categories for jurying, but will only be permitted one booth. A separate jury fee (and Zapp application) per category is required. The majority of work displayed must be from the category in which the artist is accepted
  • Booth fees must be paid within 15 days of notification, via E-mail, of acceptance into show. After 15 days an artist from the alternate list will be chosen as a replacement
  • Booth refunds, for cancellations, will be handled on a graduating scale:
    • Cancellation by June 30, 2018 -- 100% booth refund (minus credit card processing fee of 3.50%)
    • Cancellation by July 31, 2018 -- 50% booth refund
    • Cancellation after August 1, 2018 -- NO REFUND


1 - Best of Show $2,000
9 - Best of Category $1,000
11 - Award of Excellence $500
1 - Arts Council Award $500
1 – Mayor’s Choice Award $300

Note: With the exception of the Arts Council Award an artist can only win one type of an award. It is not possible to win Best of Show and an award in Best of Category or Award of Excellence. However, it is possible to win the Arts Council Award and ANY ONE of the other awards listed.

Award winners from the 2017 Midwest Salute to the Arts are invited to return exempt from jurying. These winners will be automatically accepted upon receipt of their request (via Zapp) prior to the jury deadline (May 1, 2018) and payment of booth fee by June 1, 2018.

Jury -- $25.00 (non-refundable)

Booth Sizes
Corner Booth (15' X 10') -- $475.00
** Only 8 of these are available **
** 15' across front and 10' deep **

Corner Booth (10' X 10') -- $350.00
Row Booth (10' X 10') -- $275.00


  1. The Midwest Salute to the Arts does not require a commission on sales. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting Illinois State Tax (forms provided).
  2. Artists are required to be present with their work during all festival hours.
  3. The Midwest Salute to the Arts is a rain or shine show. All exhibits are housed in large white tents on grass in a beautiful park setting. Covered aisle space is provided in front of each booth for the comfort of our many patrons.
  4. Individual display areas are approximately 10'x10' or 15'x10' with a small area behind the booth for storage. Electrical power (not to exceed 1000 watts) is provided, free of charge, for each space. Artists are responsible for their own display and lighting equipment which must conform to space and power allotments mentioned previously.
  5. Screen Displays:
    1. Original art is to comprise a minimum of 2/3 of screen displays.
    2. Hand pulled prints are considered original art and may be displayed on screens.
    3. No more then 1/3 of screen displays may feature signed reproductions and all reproductions must be clearly labeled as such.
    4. All work displayed on screen will be framed appropriately framed or otherwise prepared for finished presentation.
  6. Unframed, signed/unsigned reproductions may be sold, but will be displayed in portfolios (not on screens) and clearly labeled as reproductions. Note cards, calendars, books and other items created from the artists own work may be offered. Mechanically reproduced art should be limited to no more than 50% of total display.
  7. All work offered must be original by the exhibiting artist. No kits or work from kits are acceptable. Plagiarism, production line art or art factory reproduced items (other than noted above) are grounds for immediate removal from the show.
  8. We reserve the right to use images submitted for jurying for publicity and request you also include a brief resume or artist's statement with your entry.
  9. All exhibiting artists are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism. The MSTA reserves the right to remove the vendor if regulations stated in this prospectus and otherwise made contractually are not adhered to; or whose conduct and merchandise is unacceptable.
  10. Artist violating the rules of this fair may be asked to leave and will become ineligible for readmission to future events.
  11. Submitting this application is a commitment to Fair rules.

Booth Information

** Only 8 of these are available -- 15' across front and 10' deep **

Corner Booth (15' X 10') -- $475.00

Corner Booth (10' X 10') -- $350.00

Row Booth (10' X 10') -- $275.00

Each booth is provided Electrical power (not to exceed 1000 watts) is provided, free of charge, for each space. Artists are responsible for their own display and lighting equipment which must conform to space and power allotments mentioned previously

Friday, August 24th
9:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
Registration and Setup