Event Information

Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest - 38th Annual

Denver Mart
Denver, Colorado (West)

Event Dates: 1/18/19 - 1/20/19
Application Deadline: 11/1/18 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Join us for the 38th Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest - now presented by Dash Events in association with Rio Grande Festivals!  This cultural celebration of visual and performing arts will take place at the Denver Mart; a well-known and easily accessible venue near the National Western Complex. This festival features the works of 200 fine artists and craftsmen, representing Western & Native US heritage, both contemporary and traditional, alongside colorful dances and entertainment. It's an experience for all who attend & participate!  Apply today to show and sell your work at the 38th Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest!

General Information

Jury Fee $25.00

38th Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest
3 Day Weekend! January 18, 19, 20th!

Hours: Friday 1-7PM, Saturday 10AM-7PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
We want your input on this year's opening time. If you've exhibited in the past, please let us know your thoughts!

Dash Events specializes in art festival production and product marketing.  We are most well-known for the creation of the Cheesman Park Art Fest, a Denver event that has been ranked #4 in the nation by artists after only a few years on the circuit!  We also partner with Rio Grande Festivals for the start-to-finish production of 3 other major New Mexico festivals, which are all also ranked among the top 100 in the US.  Visit our website to learn more > www.dashevents.com

451 E. 58th Ave
Denver, Colorado 80216

The Denver Mart is very easy to find, located at the corner of Interstate 25 and 58th Avenue. 58th Avenue is approximately one mile north of where Interstate 70 crosses Interstate 25!  The Denver Mart sits at the confluence to five major highways, just 10 minutes north of downtown Denver and 30 minutes to the Denver International Airport.  The complex is recently updated and surrounded by acres of parking! 

Dash Events excels in advertising and promoting shows extensively through television, billboards, social media, newspaper, national magazines (Cowboys & Indians) and local publications (5280 Magazine), mass direct mail, online advertising and e-blasts.  Participating artists from our summer show gave our advertising efforts 4.7 / 5 stars!
  • 40,000 Email Contacts!  Cultivating a loyal customer base is a key component in the success and sustainability of our festivals.  In 2019, we will introduce our tablet iPad kiosks to the Indian Market, where customers register to win prizes and receive future reminders and discount coupons for upcoming shows. 
  • 11,000 Direct Mail Contacts! All people on our mailing list have previously attended this festival or our sister festival in Denver, Colorado. 

We want to ensure that your participation in this show is a fun and rewarding experience.  During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Full color program distributed to patrons
  • Artist Relaxation Station with microwave, tea, coffee, charging station, etc., away from the crowds!
  • Artist name badges & booth signs provided
  • 24/7 security allows artists to leave booths in place overnight
  • Booth sitting provided free of charge
  • Free Wifi available
  • All accepted artists will receive free festival postcards for their own mailings, plus access to online marketing tools such as digital flyers, images, and logos.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, ice water and treats throughout the day for artists
  • ‘Artist Resources’ web page, with all show information, logistics, site maps, marketing material, helpful links, and our personal recommendations for restaurants and more.
  • 4 free tickets to give to customers or friends.

Regardless of previous participation, each artist must submit a complete application - with jury fee and photos.  For each medium to be displayed, all applicants must submit 5 digital (or physical) images representative of the quality and variety of their work, plus an image of their booth display. Please include biographical information or a resumé (simple history as an artist will suffice!), for our use in promoting you and your artwork through the media. Also include image descriptions and/or a description of the artistic process if it is not apparent. Pricing is also taken into consideration when judging marketability. Jewelers, please see eligibility paragraph for revised requirements for 2019.  ALL ARTWORK MUST BE CREATED BY THE EXHIBITING ARTIST, NO EXCEPTIONS. Any work falsely entered and discovered at festival will be removed immediately, and artist risks all future involvement.

The jurying committee will review the images of each entrant and select exhibitors based on ranked jury point totals using scoring of 1 (low) to 7 (high). The following criteria will be taken into consideration: quality of work, mastery of medium, originality, artistic design, focus, marketability and booth display. Work exhibited must be consistent with that shown in images. Booth display photo should accurately represent the work in the category that is being submitted in the images on Zapp. Submit separate entries and jury fees for each category and note in 'booth comments' that you are jurying for two categories but only ordering one booth. 
  • *Jewelry Applicants:  Strung, beaded jewelry pieces made only of purchased beads or components will not qualify for this show. Jewelry applicants must use their own skills and techniques to create the primary component(s) used in their finished piece. Any artist who has applied for a different medium but wants to also jury for jewelry must also send in separate images of jewelry and be juried in, to be allowed to sell it at the show.

  • October 15, 2018 - Deadline to apply
  • November 7, 2018 - Notification of status (accepted / waitlist / rejected)
  • November 30, 2018 - Deadline to accept and pay fees to Dash Events. This is also the deadline to arrange a payment plan. 
  • January 17, 2019 - Set-up Day
  • January 18-20, 2019 - Festival Dates! 

Overnight security for the show is provided, but each artist is ultimately responsible for their own work.  Security escorts are available to escort exhibitors to their vehicles after closing time each day.  Neither the Festival nor its employees, volunteers, directors, security or insurance company are financially liable for losses or damages of any kind.  Exhibitors should make arrangements with their own insurance companies for proper coverage.

Applications must be completed online through www.zapplication.org, or sent by mail to Dash Events at 1685 Uintah St. #101, Colorado Springs CO 80904.  Complete the Festival's application and submit by midnight on October 15, 2018, with a $25 jury fee.  Paper applications are available, please call 505-273-7363.


Buy-sell will not be tolerated.  No imports, manufactured items, or work that has been produced from kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial means can be sold by exhibiting artists and craftsmen in this show.  Works may incorporate some commercially produced parts, but the design and execution must be primarily the product of the exhibiting artist’s skill.  Any commercially produced parts must play a subordinate role and be incorporated into the work.  They may not be sold separately.  Do not display jewelry in your booth if it was not submitted for jurying and accepted, or any other category that you were not juried in for.  Please do not display objectionable items that are not fit for a family-friendly environment.  Artists will be required to remove anything that does not fit within the festival guidelines; should an artist choose not to comply they may be asked to leave.  Live musical demonstrations must be limited to a total of 15 minutes per hour.  We appreciate your cooperation!

Prints and giclees must be represented / easily recognizeable to customers as reproductions of work.   

Artist must be present, and showcasing only the work which was accepted by the jury.  Representatives are not permitted to attend in place of the artist.

If an artist cancels, the open space will be offered to an artist on the wait list in the same category, or to an exhibitor whose work fits in best with surrounding booths.  We do not have a numbered waitlist, each cancellation is considered on an individual basis.

A limited number of booths are reserved for specialty food sampling and also body products, soaps, etc.  Vendors applying for sampling space must submit images of their products and booth as well as submit samples.  These specialty booths are grouped together and have a separate acceptance process.  Culinary vendors are accepted based on product quality, taste, originality and the variety they add to 'Culinary Row'.  Samples of foods and body products need to be sent every 2 years, or sooner if products change.

Upon acceptance, one professional image of the artist's work will be selected for representation on our website & social media, and images of artists' work may also be selected / used for advertising purposes for the festival.  Images that are not professional looking may not be represented.  If you do not permit use of your images for promotional / advertising purposes, please let us know directly.   

Sales tax in CO is 7.65%. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting it. Tax forms will be available on the Artist Resources page on the website (following acceptance).

Pets are not permitted at the Festival, unless they are certified assistance animals. Children must stay with you in your booth and may not freely roam around the show. 

Submission of an application is a commitment to participate in the show. Upon acceptance and notice of acceptance, your booth fees or deposits become non-refundable, including credit card fees. Should you need to cancel the show for any reason, there will be no refund. 

Payment plans are available, and must be arranged through Dash Events with a simple contract.  Following acceptance into the festival - please email katrina@dasheventsdenver.com for information and a contract.  If artist has arranged a payment plan, the first payment must be made by the initial payment deadline, in order to confirm one's space in the show.  If total booth fees are not received in our office by designated deadline, or in accordance with your payment plan, booth may be cancelled and resold without notice or refund.  

Booth Information

  • 10x10 - $590
  • 5x15 - $445
  • 10x15 - $885
  • 10x20 - $1,180
Booth payment to reserve your spot due no later than Friday Nov. 30th. 
If you choose to do a payment plan your contract and first payment is due Friday Nov 30, second payment due no later than Monday Dec. 31st. 

Set-up takes place Thursday January 17th from 2:00PM to 8:00PM and with finishing touches on Friday January 18th form 8:00AM to 11:00AM (no load-in allowed after 11AM). Show opens (pending survey results - your input is wanted!) at 1PM on Friday.
Exhibitors who have not called or checked an hour before the end of their check in time/day will be considered a no-show and will forfeit their booth.

Electricity is available for an $80 upcharge. 

A corner space adds an additional $100 for 10 ft deep spaces. Some 10 ft. corners are along the perimeter wall of the building, not on an aisle.  Corners will be granted based on purchase date, and they may sell out. 

Pipe and drape will not be provided automatically.  Just a booth space.  Your rentals will need to be taken care of individually in advance.  

Two exhibitors (only) may share a booth ($75 additional charge). Submit one entry per exhibitor and designate one person responsible for fees.  Both artists sharing a booth must undergo the full jury process and be accepted into the show in order to share. 

Work that is presented attractively can be an important factor in sales as well as a positive contribution to the overall appearance of the show. Please plan your booth carefully and make sure it's attractive and easy for customers to come in and look at your work.
  • Each booth must have solid panels or draping on the back and sides to create a partition between booths as well as a backdrop behind it. Booth walls / siding is to be arranged 100% by the exhibiting artist, as nothing is provided automatically.  Open shelving or grids should have a solid panel behind them. Exhibitors who do not provide partitions must rent pipe and draping from the chosen festival rental company.
  • No canopy tent tops will be allowed inside the building. As an extra measure of caution, we have been advised that all things on the floor such as rugs, floor mats and extension cords must be taped down completely. Please being your own tape if you plan to have anything on the floor of your space. 
  • Tables must be covered or skirted to the floor on all sides showing, with a suitable, professional looking cover. Storage bins, back stock, wrapping materials etc. should be concealed from view.
  • Display our artist booth sign in your booth.
  • No "Sale" or "Discount" signs. All signs should look professional, or signs/flyers advertising other shows or businesses.
  • All things belonging to each artist are expected to fit within their booth space and not interfere with aisle space or a neighbor's space.  Storage is not gauranteed.  
  • Exhibitor will reimburse Festival for inflicting damage to premises.
  • All exhibitors are responsible for keeping their area clean during show hours, including clean-up at end of show.  
  • Artists are expected to be mindful of other vehicles and not obstruct traffic flow during load-in.
  • One exhibitor chair may be in aisle adjacent to the booth. 
  • Please do not set up exhibitor chairs or other belongings across from booth or in the common areas.
We hope to see your application for the 2019 Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest!

Apply today!