Event Information

Tennessee Craft Fair Spring 2019 48th Annual – Tennessee artists & contiguous states eligible!

Centennial Park
Nashville, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 615-736-7600
Event Dates: 5/3/19 - 5/5/19
Application Deadline: 2/16/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee (non-refundable)): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Spring Tennessee Craft Fair is the premier outdoor arts event in Middle Tennessee. Attracting approximately 45,000 visitors, this event is located in the heart of Nashville, on the lawn of Centennial Park. With 210 juried artists, the 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair offers cash awards including a $1,000 Best of Show.
Please note: This event is open to Tennessee residents, residents from contiguous states (no guild affiliation now required!), as well as artists studying at Tennessee institutions. Contiguous states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia. If you are ineligible, please do not submit an application. Instead, please wait to apply to the Fall Tennessee Craft Fair, which is open to all artists living in the United States. The Fall application will be available on Zapplication May 15 - July 15, 2019. Fall fair dates: October 11-13, 2019.

General Information


Tennessee Craft Fair 2019
Application deadline Feb. 15, 2019

Centennial Park, Nashville, Tenn. May 3, 4, & 5, 2019. Free to the public on the lower lawn in front of Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park. Exit #1 from I-440 to West End Avenue (US 70). Drive EAST on West End approximately seven blocks. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Temporarily moved from the Great Lawn to the Lower Lawn in spring 2018, the 2019 fair layout will continue to be on the Lower Lawn of Centennial Park while construction renovations continue on the Great Lawn. Please use the site map provided on this application for additional details.

CENTRAL TIME — Friday & Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

Show Dates: Fri., May 3 through Sun., May 5
Application Deadline: Feb. 15 (NOTE: Late entries may be received for ONE ADDITIONAL DAY on Feb. 16th with a $15 late fee.)
Notification: March 1
Payment Deadline: Midnight, March 23
Cancellation: April 1 Last Day to cancel with refund
Thursday, May 2: Set-up Noon to 7 pm
Friday, May 3: Set-up 7 to 9 am

Tennessee Craft
1312 Adams Street, Ste. 101
Nashville, TN 37208

All sales are handled by the exhibitor. Tennessee Craft collects no commission on sales. Sales tax must be collected by the exhibitor. Instructions will be included in your welcome packet (given at check-in) regarding how the sales tax should be deposited with the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Application, booth and other fees may be sent via check or money order to the Tennessee Craft office if you do not wish to pay through Zapplication. Make payable to Tennessee Craft and mail to: Tennessee Craft Fair, 1312 Adams Street, Ste. 101, Nashville, TN 37208.

APPLICATION FEE $35 non-refundable, plus $35 for each additional medium. (Tennessee Craft provides a one-day extension with a $15 late fee for entries received on Feb. 16 ONLY.)

A $20 fee is charged for EACH returned check.
Your booth fee constitutes an agreement to show. Booth space will NOT be reserved without payment of fees. NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER APRIL 01.

Exhibitors are responsible for their entire displays. No electricity is available for exhibitors. See calendar for set-up times. NOTE: THERE IS NO SET-UP ALLOWED DURING SHOW HOURS. The show goes on rain or shine, and each exhibitor should make arrangements for wind or rain. (Tents must be rented in advance. See Optional Tent Rental.)

Tennessee Craft provides 24-hour security on the fairgrounds (from 7 pm Thursday through 6 pm Sunday); however, all artists exhibit work at their own risk. It is understood that Tennessee Craft does not carry insurance to cover your personal property. As an independent contractor, you are advised to obtain your own insurance.

• Cash awards, including Best of Show, with all award winners invited to return next spring as exempt from jury
• Vehicle unloading/loading behind or near booth space, weather permitting
• Free artist parking
• 24-hour police security during the fair
• Full-scale marketing campaign including print, online, radio and television media outlets
• Complimentary continental breakfast each morning, including gourmet coffee
• Air-conditioned rest areas & brick-and-mortar bathroom facilities
• Designated ‘artist only’ port-a-lets
• Booth buddy program for first-time exhibitors
• Complimentary full-color, professionally produced postcards
• Volunteer booth sitting during show hours

• The Tennessee Craft Fair 2019 is open to artists 18 of age or older who are Tennessee residents, residents from neighboring states (no guild affiliation now required!),  as well as artists studying at Tennessee institutions. Contiguous states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia. In addition, any exhibitor that participated in 2018 Spring Tennessee Craft Fair who moves out-of-state may exhibit for this one year only, provided s/he passes the screening procedure.
• THE ARTIST WHOSE WORK HAS BEEN ACCEPTED MUST BE PRESENT FOR THE COMPLETE DURATION OF THE SHOW TO SELL HIS/HER WORK AND MEET THE PUBLIC. No artist’s representative will be permitted to exhibit or sell at Tennessee Craft Fairs.

Note: Because we are a nonprofit with a mission to pass on the skills and knowledge of handmade craft in Tennessee, our artwork eligibility may differ from many fairs.

• Original artwork only.
• Absolutely no buy-sell.
• Artwork produced mostly by assistants, with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods are not permitted.
• Any commercially-made embellishments must be subordinate to the handcrafted work.
• For upcycled/recycled artwork, the finished pieces must show a manipulation of the materials and originality in design to be eligible.
• Copyrighted designs not owned by the craft artist may not be used, nor may commercially manufactured artwork be shown (E.g., coffee cups, note cards, calendars, stickers, etc.).
• Tennessee Craft reserves the right to remove any work, which in its judgment does not reflect the caliber of the work presented in the digital images, or work considered to be in poor taste.
• Tennessee Craft expects full and accurate disclosure by the craft artist of materials and methods used in his/her work.
• All displayed work must be for sale or commission, with prices clearly marked.
• Exhibitors are encouraged to demonstrate in their exhibit space.

• Electricity or other sources of ignition are not permissible inside exhibitor tent or display area.

• All exhibitor tents must be white in color.

• Tents may be secured with hand- or foot-driven stakes which do not exceed 9 inches.

• No prerecorded or amplified live music of any kind is permissible in an exhibitor’s booth space. Out of respect for exhibiting neighbors, disruptive sounds, smells or other distractions are not allowable.
• Artists must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible.

• Each artist wishing to exhibit must submit an entry form. (Two names may be listed if both partners are fully involved in the production of the craft and if the work is collaborative). Tennessee Craft Fairs focus on the work of individual artists, not groups, collectives, or production facilities.

• If an applicant wishes to show in more than one medium, a separate entry form and images must be submitted for each, plus a $35 application fee for each additional medium.

• No applicant will be excluded from participation in Tennessee Craft-sponsored events on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

• Tennessee Craft reserves the right to refuse any application.

Works eligible for exhibition include basketry, books/paper, clay, fiber/textile, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media/other, painting, photography, printmaking and wood. Note: Artists wishing to exhibit jewelry and another medium MUST submit a separate application for their jewelry and may not exhibit jewelry unless this second application is accepted.
Reproduction Rules: Reproductions of an artist's one-of-a-kind work may be exhibited under the following conditions:
1. Original work must be clearly visible and of primary importance.
2. All reproductions must be signed and numbered, excluding photographs (which must only be signed).
3. All reproductions whether framed or unframed must be clearly and individually labeled "Reproduction" or "Limited Edition Reproduction".
4. All reproductions whether framed or unframed must be displayed in browse bins – limited to one (1) bin per booth. No reproductions may be hung on walls.

Basketry: Functional and sculptural works where the material used is woven or plaited.
Books/Paper: Functional and sculptural work created primarily from paper. Reproduction rules apply.

Clay: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.  Molds, if used, must be made by the artist and subordinate to the overall finished work.
Fiber/Textile: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, wearable items, etc. where the primary material is fiber are to be entered in this category.
Furniture: Work where the primary intention is furniture, including lamps. All media are included.
Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass. No forms of mass production are permitted.
Jewelry: Work made from precious or semi-precious materials as well as other materials such as glass, ceramic, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, etc. Any commercially-made components must be subordinate to the handcrafted work. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Leather: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material used is leather.
Metal: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is metal and includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed. In addition, CAD- or CNC-assisted works are not allowed unless the generated components are subordinate to the finished artwork.
Mixed Media / Other: For mixed media, artwork that is three-dimensional and the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more media. Note: Jewelry is not considered mixed media. For other, artwork made from components which fall outside of media categories not previously listed. Examples might include neon, musical instruments, brooms, kaleidoscopes and the like. Note: Package foods, food trucks, botanicals, candles, soaps and other non-craft items are ineligible and should not apply under this category.
Painting: 2-D works created with acrylics, oils, watercolor/gouache or other type paints. Reproduction rules apply.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. All prints must be signed, regardless of size or mounting substrate. Photographs taken by digital means and works consisting of photographs that have been manipulated using a computer are allowed; however, work that has been significantly manipulated into the final artwork will be considered Digital Art and is not allowed.
Printmaking: Printed works from which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition, may be entered in this category. Reproduction rules apply.
Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved.

• Work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, whose manipulation of the chosen medium exhibits an excellence in concept and technique, as well as the mark of individuality. Work exhibited must be consistent with the quality shown in digital images submitted and only media accepted by the jurors will be permitted in booths. Tennessee Craft reserves the right to require that any inappropriate or ineligible work be removed.

• Submit a total of five (5) digital images of artwork executed in the past two years. Do NOT include a booth image. Sometimes it is helpful to include a close-up of one work, showing in DETAIL the craftsmanship involved. Images should demonstrate the quality of all work the artist intends to sell. If your work was pre-accepted and you wish to include work in an additional medium, images of that work must be submitted. ALL PRE-ACCEPTED ARTISTS MUST SUBMIT IMAGES OF CURRENT WORK EVEN THOUGH THEY WILL BE EXEMPT FROM SCREENING. Tennessee Craft reserves the right to reproduce accepted applicants’ digital images for promotional purposes.

• Digital images should be of professional quality to assure a fair judging. Applications are scored by a panel of five (5) jurors, comprised of master craft artists and arts professionals. All applicants’ images are presented without identification or information other than the title of the artwork, medium, dimensions and the information supplied by the applicant in the “Brief Description of Materials and Technique” space on the application, which may be read by jurors at the time of screening. Jurors score individually, and without consultation during a minimum of five days. Scoring is on the basis of technical and artistic excellence and originality, with each score representing equal parts craftsmanship and design. Exhibition space is awarded to top-scoring exhibitors. Note: Because we use a blind jury process, any artist identification must be removed from digital images of artwork, including artist signatures, business names or other identifying marks if they are legible in the digital image.

• Applicants are encouraged to arrange the images with an eye toward creating a well-integrated presentation.
• NOTE: TO HELP MAINTAIN THE REGIONAL FLAVOR OF THE FAIR, one (1) point will be added to the application screening scores of CURRENT Tennessee Craft members living in Tennessee.

Booth Information
• 12´ x 12´ space $380 member-discounted rate / $430 standard rate
• 6´ deep additional backyard ADDITIONAL SELLING SPACE* / $85 – NOTE: This size backyard is ONLY available for those purchasing a 12’ x 12’ booth space.

• 18´ x 12´ space & half $570 member-discounted rate / $620 standard rate
• 9´ deep additional backyard ADDITIONAL SELLING SPACE* / $128 NOTE: This size backyard is ONLY available for those purchasing an 18’ x 12’ booth space.

• 24´ x 12´ double space $760 member-discounted rate / $860 standard rate
• 12´ deep additional backyard ADDITIONAL SELLING SPACE* / $170 NOTE: This size backyard is ONLY available for those purchasing a 24’ x 14’ booth space.

*All booth spaces allow for a 2’ back office; however, if more backyard space TO BE USED AS SELLING SPACE is needed, artists must purchase the additional real estate. Backyard spaces allow an artist to use additional space behind one’s booth for selling, if assigned booth space permits. Backyard spaces must be purchased in advance of exhibitor set up and cannot exceed the depth purchased. In the event an artist’s particular booth assign prohibits additional backyard space, Tennessee Craft will refund the backyard booth fee.

• Corner or endline booth  $70 
Note: A corner booth is defined as a booth located in a turn of the layout; an endline booth is a booth that has a break of eight feet or greater on one side.

• 10´ x 10´ tent $250 (Rental fee includes complimentary set-up and removal)
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