Event Information

Summit Art Festival 2018

Downtown Lee's Summit, Missouri
Lee's Summit , Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 816-805-0114
Event Dates: 10/12/18 - 10/14/18
Application Deadline: 8/12/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Summit Art Festival is a three-day, outdoor, high quality fine art event in the historic downtown district of Lee's Summit, MO. This weekend event is organized and hosted by Summit Art, a juried membership 501c3 non-profit visual arts organization.  We support the arts and artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development and mentoring within Lee's Summit and the surrounding communities.  The festival is managed and operated by the volunteer efforts of Summit Art members, artists and other community volunteers.

Located in the "heart of the city", downtown Lee's Summit is a creative community offering many locally-owned specialty shops and boutiques, a bed and breakfast inn, and an eclectic variety of casual and fine-dining restaurants and taverns.  It is also home to many businesses offering a wide range of services including insurance, financial, dental, legal, real estate, design and public relations.  Downtown Lee's Summit surrounds the historic depot and Amtrak train station, and the Historical Society of Lee's Summit Museum.

General Information
Lee's Summit, MO
October 12, 13, & 14

Friday - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood.

Summit Art is proud to host its 11th annual Summit Art Festival in beautiful and historic downtown Lee's Summit, Missouri.  This high-quality, family-friendly and cultural event is organized and managed by members and volunteers of the Summit Art organization.  With a population nearing 100,000, Lee's Summit is the sixth largest city in both the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Our growing city was recently named the 5th BEST CITY to live in according to 24/7 Wall St. USA TODAY, which determined that residents reap the benefits of some of the best economic circumstances and quality of life of any US city.  Cultural Arts initiatives continue to be a priority to city planners and developers.

February 9, 2018 - Online application available
August 12, 2018 - Application deadline by 11:59 pm. CST
August 13-17, 2018 - Jury dates
August 17, 2018 - Artist notification sent via email
September 9, 2018 - Contract and booth fees DUE
September 14, 2018 - Last day for cancellation of booth fees (less 10% administration fee)

- $1000 plus named as 2019 festival Featured Artist, 2019 festival jury fee and 2019 booth fee
2nd Best In Show - $750 plus 2019 festival jury fee and 2019 booth fee
3rd Best In Show - $500 plus 2019 festival jury fee
MAYORS AWARD - $200 plus 2019 festival jury fee
DIRECTORS AWARD - $150 plus 2019 festival jury fee
1st Place Jurors Merit Award - $100 plus 2019 festival jury fee
2nd Place Jurors Merit Award - $100 plus 2019 festival jury fee
3rd Place Jurors Merit Award - $100 plus 2019 festival jury fee

  • 90+ participating artists
  • Electricity included in booth fee
  • Booth sitters
  • Artist lounge area with snacks and beverages
  • Free nearby parking for artists
  • 24-hour security
  • Festival promotion, marketing and advertising
  • Complimentary lunch delivered to booth for artists
  • Large volunteer team to assist artists
  • 11 years of festival management experience
  • Indoor restroom facilities for artists' use

  1. This event is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.
  2. All work must be of original design and created by the accepted artist(s).
  3. NOT eligible for entry are mass-produced items, items made from molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Selling of promotional items (t-shirts, mugs, magnets etc.) is not allowed.  NO buy/sell (items purchased for re-sale).
  4. Invited artists must be present to exhibit and manage their displays during the art festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.
  5. Invited artists may display work only in the media categories in which they are accepted. 
  6. Artists may apply in up to two categories. If artists would like to exhibit work produced in a second media category, he/she can apply again in a different media category using the same artist's profile. A separate jury fee will be charged. EXCEPTIONS:  when applying in ceramics, glass, wood and metal.  Please see media category descriptions for explanation.  
  7. If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the application. A collaborative team producing a single body of work may qualify as a single exhibitor.
  8. The jury committee reserves the right to move work to the appropriate category if it has been entered in the wrong category on the festival application.
  9. Artists are limited to the booth space(s) they were assigned; booth spaces are non-transferable. Any artist who has not been juried into the Summit Art Festival, or has not paid both the jury and booth fees, will not be allowed to exhibit.
  10. In the event that festival management cancels the Summit Art Festival, artists will be notified as soon as reasonably possible and all fees will be refunded.  EXCEPTION:  any act of God happening immediately prior or during the festival will not result in any refund of fees.
  11. Each exhibitor's work will be screened periodically throughout the event by festival management to determine if the art displayed differs in any significant manner to the information and images submitted on the festival application.  The judgment of festival management will be final, and no refunds of jury or booth fees will be given. 
  12. The application jury committee consists of experienced artists using a well-defined scoring system.
  13. Any hazardous displays or offensive art violations will be closed and booths removed from the art festival as determined by festival management.  NO fees will be refunded.  Please keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, and no inappropriate or vulgar displays will be allowed.
  14. Artists are responsible for insuring their own artwork and displays.  Festival management, volunteers and/or sponsors will not be held responsible for any damage due to weather or other unforeseen incidents.
  15. Artist's pets, open flames, and loud music played in the booth will NOT be permitted at any time during the festival.  EXCEPTION:  any certified service animal.
  16. Sale or discount signs and any hand-written signs are prohibited.
  17. Exhibitors must park in designated artist parking areas during festival hours.  A parking tag will be provided and must be visibly displayed in all parked vehicles for the duration of the festival.

There are a limited number of corner spaces available throughout the festival area; requests will be filled by order of payment received.  Electricity is included in the booth rental space; no light fixtures will be provided by festival organizers.

  • Ceramics: All original clay work, either functional or decorative, made by shaping and then firing, is entered in this category. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece.  If artists include ceramic jewelry in their work, they do not need to submit a separate application for jewelry, as long as jewelry is less than 20% of the body of work exhibited in the booth.  
  • Digital art: Original work using computer technology to craft or manipulate images. (Traditional photographs taken by a digital device and digitally post-processed should apply in the photography category).
  • Drawing: This category includes drawings made with pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal and a variety of other marking media.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork or tapestry is included in this category. No machine-tooling, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Furniture: Unique, original, hand-crafted items, either functional or decorative.
  • Glass: Glass work that is functional or decorative, kiln-formed or created by glass-blowing, molding or casting. Work may be etched or engraved.  If including glass jewelry in work, no need to submit a separate application for jewelry, as long as jewelry is less than 20% of body of work in booth. 
  • Jewelry:   Artwork created through hand-forging, twisting and fabricating of various materials. All jewelry produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, wood or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted. 
  • Metal: Decorative, functional or sculptural metal artwork created by forging, twisting or fabricating of various metals.  If artist chooses to include metal jewelry in the work, no need to submit a separate application for jewelry, as long as jewelry is less than 20% of body of work in booth.  
  • Mixed media: Included in this category would be a two- or three-dimensional piece that incorporates more than one type of physical material in the same piece, including but not limited to, paint, pencil, watercolor, photographs, prints or found objects. 
  • Painting: Work in this category includes creation of an image on a flat surface using oils, watercolors or acrylics.
  • Pastels: This category includes work using dry or oil pastels.
  • Photography: Images must be from original negatives or digital files that the artist has created and processed. Production of prints must be directly supervised by the artist. Photographers are required to disclose both creative and printing processes.
  • Printmaking: Hand-pulled original works from a brick, plate, stone or other object are acceptable. Prints must be properly signed and numbered. Reproductions are allowed but must be marked as such.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.
  • Wood:  Woodworking primary material must be wood.  Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. Wood pieces can be either functional or decorative. If artist chooses to include wood jewelry in the work, no need to submit a separate application for jewelry, as long as jewelry is less than 20% of body of work in booth.
  • Other: If the work does not fit into any of the above categories, or if the artist has any questions about the rules for a category, please email the festival director, before submission of application, to discuss:  info@summitartfest.org.

The booth photo is very important in the selection process! Booth photos should include a representative sample of the work being presented, and should NOT include artist's name, any signs or images of people. The booth should show a professional display of the artist's work and will count heavily towards acceptance into the festival.
Note: the booth image is a reference, and the artist is not juried in for ALL work represented in the booth image/photo. The artist is juried for the body of work represented in the four images/photos submitted with the application.

Booth Information
  • Electricity (included in the booth fee) will be available for each booth.  Usage is limited to 300 watts per booth, and the use of energy efficient CFLs or LEDs is encouraged.
  • Exhibitors must provide their own display set-up, including a white 10' x 10' tent. All booths and displays must be within the specified space. No displays are allowed in the public aisles.
  • Exhibiting artists will be responsible for ensuring the stability and weatherability of their booth and displays. Sandbags or weights are required for stability (no stakes or screws).
Fees for this event include a $30.00 jury fee and a $265.00 fee for a 10' x10' booth space.  Corner booths are available for an additional $100.00.  Corner booths are limited and requests are filled by order of payment received.  Double spaces (10' x 20') are also available for $490.00. 

Artists may opt to share a rented tent with another artist. The fee for ONE HALF of a 10' x 10' tent is $175.00. Fee for half of a shared tent includes the booth rental (including tent set-up and tear-down),
electricity, 5' x 10' floor space, and two display panels for each artist measuring approximately 7' x 7'. Artists should bring fabric to cover the metal wire panels, extension cords and their own lighting. NO tables will be provided. The final decision about pairing of artists and location of shared tents will be determined by the festival management, but efforts will be made to honor partner requests, if possible. Every effort will be made by festival management to pair artists in shared tents with other artists displaying complementary work.