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MAGIC CITY ART CONNECTION 2019

Location:
Linn Park, next to the Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham , Alabama (South)

Phone: 205-595-6306
Event Dates: 4/26/19 - 4/28/19
Application Deadline: 1/30/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (application fee, non-refundable): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary

MCAC JURY 2 - APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 27, 2019

The Magic City Art Connection (MCAC), Birmingham's premier art festival, transforms Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, AL into an Art and Cultural epicenter with 200 fine art booths, special exhibitions and installations, live music and cultural performances, and the city's best culinary stalwarts, making for 3-days of enriching experiences and robust art sales. MCAC has garnered numerous awards and was most recently voted as one of the Best Festivals in Birmingham Magazine and AL.com's Best of Birmingham annual poll. 
 
MCAC spotlights national, regional and local contemporary artists, with approximately 30 states annually represented. MCAC has also been honored to host international artists and boast acclaimed jurors from all over the world, including the 2018 Juror, Nico Munuera from Valencia, Spain. In 35 years, MCAC has given out almost ½ million in Juried Art Awards. MCAC is pleased to host artists of caliber, rendering total annual art sales at just over $400,000. Esteemed collectors from the 5 state Region and beyond consistently appreciate and FIND ART at MCAC. With incredible artist hospitality, and an engaged, caring staff, we hope you will consider joining us to exhibit your artwork at the 36th Magic City Art Connection, April 26-28, 2019! 
 

General Information

 

JURY 2 IMPORTANT DATES

Application Deadline:

Sunday, January 30, 2019

Jury Dates:

January 30 - February 6, 2019

Artist Notified by Jury:

Wednesday, February 8, 2019

Accept Invitation & Booth Purchase Deadline:

Wednesday, February 18, 2019


SHOW DATES AND HOURS

Friday, April 26, 2019

10:00a.m.—6:00p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

10:00a.m.—6:00p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

10:00a.m.—5:00p.m.

 

SET-UP

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Artists are given a designated 1.5 hour time slot between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. to pull vehicle up to the perimeter of Linn Park. Use of nearby, free parking is available therafter to park and return to set-up if necessary.

Load-in time request should be sent to artistcoordinator@findartbirmingham.com upon acceptance. Load-in time slot requests are given on basis of geography, health concerns, work, and dependents. Load-in time slot requests are not guaranteed accomodation.

SEE LINN PARK HERE

 

BOOTH INFO
Outdoor Booth Spaces - 200 Limit

Single, Fountain, or Corner: 10’x10’

Double: 20’ x 10’

Limited Double, Corner, and Fountain Booths are available. No guarantees.

 

BOOTH FEES- select only one. Fees Due: February 18, 2019

Single Booth - $320
Fountain Walk Booth, located on central entrance plaza - $520  (Limited availability)

Corner Booth - $450 (Limited availability)

Double Booth - $625 (Limited availability)

Low Rate, Single Artist Booth - $220+15% (lower single-booth rate with an agreement to pay to the Festival 15% commission of sales at close of show)

 

​FEES Paid after February 18, 2019 will need to be processed by credit card over the phone or mailed check to the MCAC office. Fees not paid by March 1, 2019 will result in loss of placement at festival.


Pay by Credit Card:
205-595-6306

 

Make Checks payable to:
Magic City Art Connection
1128 Glen View Road, Birmingham, Al 35222

 

FEE EXEMPTIONS

Previous year award winners are jury exempt - $25 application fee waived. Please email Lucy at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com for the exemption code.

 

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Cancellations – Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the MCAC office.
50% refund if cancellation received between December 1, 2018 & March 1, 2019
No refunds will be issued after March 1
ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com

 

RENTALS (Optional) all rentals are set-up by site staff prior to your arrival.

Tent Rental Fee $350, includes one 10’ x 10’ tent with wrap-around non-translucent sides.

Table & Chair Rental $25, includes 6ft table and 2 chairs

 

SITE REQUESTS

All site requests considered, but not guaranteed. Our policy for honoring special site requests: medical reasons; physical limitations; heavy or cumbersome artwork; artists traveling together; clientele familiar with a specific quad. You may not get the same exact site, but it will be in the same quad. If you DO NOT want to be placed in a previous year site location, please let us know upon acceptance.

 

PRE-FESTIVAL INFO

Pre-festival Memo with - site placement - directions - parking passes - load-in and load-out instructions, hospitality, etc. will be emailed to you Mid-March 2019. Artist can expect to see themselves on the festival website beginning as early as Januray and in our social media campaign beginning as early as March 2019. 


SALES & TAXES

Each artist is responsible for own sales tax. Transactions must include 10% sales tax. Business License not required. MCAC requires artists to turn in sales tax by 3 separate checks in provided envelopes during Sunday Check Out. Artists without checks pay taxes w/ credit card and are charged a 5% fee on amount owed.

4% City of Birmingham

4% State of AL

2% Jefferson County

 

ARTIST AMENITIES

Magic City Art Connection wants to ensure that your participation is a positive experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:

Continental Breakfast Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Artist Dinner & Drinks: Friday Night Applause

Artist name and booth number listed in 2018 Festival materials

Artist Profile on website featuring artist images, artist website link, artist statement, booth number

Free exhibitor parking

24 hour security

Booth Sitting by Festival volunteers

Comprehensive advertising and publicity is planned for the Festival including tv, radio, print, web and social media.
 

HOTEL INFO 
Hotel Name:     DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 
Group Name:    2019 Magic City Art Connection
Group Code:     ART
Check-in:          25-APR-2019
Check-out:        29-APR-2019
Phone Number:   1-205-933-9000
Hotel Address:   808 20th ST. S // BHAM, Alabama, 35205
http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/B/BHMDTDT-ART-20190425/index.jhtml

 

MEDIUMS | CATEGORIES

Painting – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.
 
Watercolor – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.
 
Drawing – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as paper, using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
 
2-D Mixed Media – Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or collage.
   
Printmaking – Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens. All prints exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.
 
Photography – Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negatives that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All photographs exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.
 
Computer Generated – Images made with the assistance of a computer. All digital images exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the Festival.
 
Sculpture – Three dimensional work done in any medium.
 
3D Mixed Media – Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Three-dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: metal, wood, clay, paper, fiber, glass, or any other three-dimensional objects.
 
Metalwork – Artwork created through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.
 
Glass – Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, fusing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted.
 
Clay – Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
 
Wood – Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished manufactured wood items are not permitted.
 
Furniture – Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished or painted, store bought furniture is not permitted.
 
Fiber – All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted in this category.
   
Jewelry – All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.

 

SPECIAL APPLICATIONS

Collaborating Artists

Collaborating artists is defined as a group of two (2) artists that work together on any one piece of art. If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as one joint entry. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work which is created by collaboration.


Multiple Categories

If an artist wishes to apply in more than one category, mark all categories on the application and include a set of images for each category. Only one jury fee is required for applying in multiple categories. Artists may not apply twice in the same category.

 

AWARDS PROGRAM

Multiple Juried and Collector Awards presented at the Festival.



Rules/Regulations


ARTIST RULES

1. Artist MUST be present all three days of the Festival. No commercial dealers or agents are permitted to represent the artist. The Festival reserves the right to close down or remove any booth in which the artist is not present. Failure to follow this rule makes artist ineligible for awards and admission to future shows.

2. Accepted artists may not exhibit in other Festivals during the dates of the Magic City Art Connection.

3. All artists are required to check in and receive their Registration Packet at the Artist Check-In on Thursday, April 26 and no later than 9am Friday morning.

4.Items not framed (watercolors, drawings, graphics, photographs) must be displayed in a portfolio bin or hung using an artistic display alternative. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and may not obstruct patron flow.

5. All work must be the artist’s original work, no representations, and all artwork must be available for sale.

6. Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which he/she was accepted.

7. No artwork from molds, kits, or other commercial methods is allowed. Ready-made objects (i.e., clothing, furniture) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed, or batiked will not be accepted.

8. All two-dimensional work must be framed, matted or stretched.

9. All developing and printing of photographs must be done by the artist or under the direct supervision of the artist.
10. Photographers and Digital artists may only sell signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less.

11. No posters, postcards, or personal merchandise can be sold at the Festival.

12. Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the Festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows unless proof of an emergency is presented.

13. Artists who sell their entire body of work must remain with their booths for the duration of the show.

14. All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying City, State, and County Sales Tax via 3 checks turned in to MCAC at Sunday Check Out in envelops provided.

15. Tent weights are required. All Artist tents must be weighted with a minimum of 30-40 pounds per leg. NO STAKES ALLOWED AS THEY MAY PIERCE SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN PARK.

16. A site qualifying committee will examine each booth and may question artists about the authenticity of artists’ work to ensure that all work is original and made by the artist present, and that the rules and conditions of the Festival are adhered to by each participating artist.

 

Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

 

REPRODUCTION POLICY

If a work of art already exists (as a painting, watercolor, drawing, photograph, etc.) and is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, serigraph press or through a computer by means of an inkjet or electrostatic printer, this would be a reproduction. This includes Giclees. Commercial reproductions of the artist’s original work ARE acceptable ONLY if displayed in a portfolio or bin and clearly labeled, “Reproduction, not a limited edition print.” Any reproductions may not exceed 30% of the work offered for sale. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and approve all works to be exhibited.

 

RAIN OR SHINE

The Festival does not close during intermittent rain, unless the weather pattern suggests severe weather. Come prepared for rain or shine.


CANCELLATIONSCancellations must be submitted in writing to the MCAC office.
50% refund if cancellation is received between December 1 & March 1, 2019
No refunds will be issued after March 1.


FEES - ***fees paid after February 20, 2019 will need to be processed by phone or mailed check to the MCAC office. Fees not paid by March 1, 2019 will result in loss of placement at festival.

 


JURY 2 IMPORTANT DATES

Application Deadline:

Sunday, January 30, 2019

Jury Dates:

January 30 - February 4, 2019

Artist Notified by Jury:

Wednesday, February 8, 2019

Accept Invitation & Booth Purchase Deadline:

Monday, February 18, 2019

 

 
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