Event Information

Cheesman Park Art Fest 2019 - 7th Annual

Cheesman Park
Denver, Colorado (West)

Event Dates: 7/27/19 - 7/28/19
Application Deadline: 2/15/19 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application / Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Promoted by Dash Events in association with Rio Grande Festivals, 150 juried artists and craftsmen will be invited to showcase their work in the 7th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest. This two-day, outdoor show takes place beneath century-old trees in Cheesman Park, an 80 acre sprawling greenscape in the heart of the Mile High City.  Set at the convergence of three historic neighborhoods with a population density 4 times the city average, the demographics and location of this festival can't be beat!
The Cheesman Park Art Fest has gotten rave reviews from the artist community, and attendees flock to shop and enjoy the perfectly charming atmosphere of the show. Sunshine Artist's 200 Best has already listed the show among the top 35 in the nation twice in its young 6 years. While the show has steadily grown each year in popularity and attendance, it remains limited in the number of vendors. Join us as this show takes root and grows along with the city of Denver!

"I love this show. It's without a doubt my all-time favorite. It's so organized, everyone is beyond friendly and willing to help each vendor." - Contemporary Fine Artist 2018

"This year's show at Cheesman was outstanding, gets better every year. Great job by all behind the scenes." - Craftsman 2018

"Excellent show, it draws a good demographic - the type of folks who BUY. Easy set up and tear down." - Mixed Media Artist 2018

"The show is growing! My sales were 4 times what they were last year!" - Photographer,...

General Information
Dates and Times:  
Set-up: Friday, July 26.  Primary set-up is from 3-7, with three 'Early Bird Load-In' options occuring.  See 'set-up' section for full details! 
On Saturday morning, finishing touches are permitted from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.  
Show: Saturday, July 27th from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday, July 28th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Other Important Dates:
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Jury Notification: March 15, 2019
Deadline to Accept Invitation and Purchase Space: March 30th (Failure to accept invitation and make payment through Zapp or by check by March 30th will result in automatic change of status from 'invited' to 'waitlist'.  Payment plans are available.)

Show Location and Layout:  
Cheesman Park is set within one of the most affluent, desirable and densely populated areas of central Denver, with 4 times the number of residents than the city average. In 2018, Denver's population growth was again among the highest in the United States, giving endless opportunities for a centrally-located show like the Cheesman Park Art Fest to grow with the city.  The park is well-known and just minutes east of downtown and east of Cherry Creek.  The south and east sides of the park are bordered by the Denver Botanic Gardens and large-scale historic homes, and the north and west sides are lined with bustling condo complexes and apartment buildings... making the park an equally popular oasis for Denver's most established residents as well as young professionals!  Hip coffee shops and restaurants dot the area, and the highly walkable district lends itself well to naturally high foot traffic. 

Artists booths line the park roads, so all booths will be placed on flat asphalt.  Artists and attendees have raved about the flow of the layout - booths are placed on one side of the street at a time so that shoppers and patrons can easily browse and shop without the distraction of booths competing across the street.

Event Marketing and Advertising:  
Advertising and publicity are top priorities, and we know how important they are when it comes to putting on a successful show for our artists.  You are our first customer!  To attract quality buyers in the Denver area, our marketing plan includes: TV on 2 stations, color ads in the newspaper, 10+billboards across the metro area, direct mail, ads in multiple local magazines, partnership with Visit Denver, and email blasts directly to past attendees.  We also have a tried-and-true grassroots marketing program that includes a large network of neighborhood supporters with yard signs, rack cards and flyers at local businesses.


#31 - Sunshine Artist's '200 Best List' 2017

"New to the 200 Best, The Cheesman Park Art Fest in Denver, Colorado made this year's top 5 classic & contemporary show list because of one thing - strong sales." -Sunshine Artist Editor, September issue 2016

Top of the Town 2015: "Best First Date" - 5280 Magazine
Visit www.dashevents.com for photos, press and to read additional reviews.

Application Process:
Artists and craftsmen can apply online through ZAPPlication only.  Please provide 5 images of work plus one image of booth display for each medium to be represented at the festival.  Please include biographical information or a resume so that we may successfully promote you and your artwork through the media.  Also include image descriptions and a description of your artistic process if it is not apparent.  Pricing is also taken into consideration when judging marketability.  Note: This is an arts-only event with no commercial representation permitted.  For consideration, application must be received by midnight on February 15, 2019.  Results will be released by March 15, 2019.

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. The artist who created the work must be present at the show.  No buy sell allowed, no imports.

Works may incorporate some commercially produced parts, such as a necklace chain or a picture frame, but the work’s design and execution must be primarily the product of the exhibiting artist’s skill. *Jewelry Applicants -please note:  Strung, beaded jewelry pieces made only of purchased beads or components will no longer 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. 

Categories are limited. Once each category is full, an alternate list will be compiled, and exhibitors on the wait list will be offered spaces as they become available.

For each medium to be displayed, all applicants must submit 5 digital images representative of the quality and variety of their work, plus a digital image of their booth display. Please include biographical information or a resumé, 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. Note that buy sell will not be tolerated at this show.

Functional items with reproductions of the artist' work on them (art tiles, mugs, etc.) must be submitted for jurying under the separate category of 'reproductions of the artists work' and images of all of the items must be submitted, these items may be grouped together in photos. (Prints or giclees are allowed and do not need to be entered under the reproduction category).  These reproduction items may not make up more than 20% of the display space in the booth and cannot include totes, T-shirts, caps,  or other clothing items.

Overnight on July 26th and 27th, 3 security officers will patrol the grounds.  Security guards will be present any time artwork is present– including during set-up and tear-down.  Regardless of the festival's measures taken to prevent theft; it is ultimately the responsibility of the artist to insure their work on an individual basis from theft as well as unexpected weather.  

Artist Parking:
Our designated artist parking lot is at a nearby high school – East High School.  This is a requirement of all participants. A 28 person complimentary commercial shuttle with a professional driver will run in the mornings from East High School to the park, which is approximately a 7 minute drive.  The shuttle in the morning runs from 7:30-9, picking up approximately every 20 minutes.  In the evenings, two shuttles will run after the show closes!  Sunday evening the shuttle will run for 3 hours, so artists may retrieve their vehicle for tear-down whenever it is most convenient.  Vehicles may not be brought into the festival site without approval from section leader during tear-down (see set-up and tear-down). 

**Dash Events asks that artists do not put this event at risk by parking any vehicles in the neighborhood.  Street parking is relied upon by event attendees and neighbors.  The neighbors are sensitive to large events.  This is the only multi-day event that has been permitted to take place at Cheesman Park - so it's very important that we respect the few requests of the neighborhood associations. 

Customer Parking:
Customer parking is street parking in the neighborhood, and parallel parking along the full north lane of 8th Avenue adjacent to the park.  Free bike parking is available.  Many attendees walk from surrounding neighborhoods, as the area is highly walkable and populated. 

  • Primary set-up occurs on Friday from 3p-7p 
  • Early Bird A occurs from 10:30-12:00p (sign-up and confirmation necessary)
  • Early Bird B occurs from 12:00-1:30p (sign-up and confirmation necessary)
  • Early Bird C occurs from 1:30-3:00p (sign up and confirmation necessary) 

Artists who sign up for either 'Early Bird Load-In' time slots must unload and move their vehicle beyond the festival site within their specified time window.  After booths are assigned, an email will be sent prompting sign-ups for time slots, which will be accepted first-come first-served basis with consideration of vehicle size and booth location.  This plan is intended to prevent traffic jams in certain booth sections (for example if section D already has 4 sign-ups for Early Bird A, a 5th person would not be confirmed).  At the end of an artist's specified time slot, once vehicle is moved, the artist may stay onsite and continue to set up their booth as long as necessary.  This set-up plan allows for each artist to pull their vehicles as close to their booths as possible with minimal traffic within the park! 

During primary set-up, each vehicle is permitted within the site for 1.5 hours and must move when their load-in is complete.

*Artists who sign up for an early bird time slot and are running late enough or miss their window must check in so another arrival time can be appoved.

Tear-down occurs on July 28th after close at 5p.  Artists or booth assistants can take a shuttle to retrieve their vehicles for load-out purposes.  Two 28 person shuttles will run every 20 minutes starting at 5.  Artists can relax and focus on tear-down and go get their vehicle when they're ready to leave, or may also retrieve their vehicle right away and street park in the neighborhood until they’re ready to load out. Exhibitors are responsible for take-down of booth, general clean-up, and removal of trash from their booth at the end of the day on Sunday.

Vendor vehicles may be street parked in the neighborhood after show hours, but vendors may only pull into the festival site once they are packed and ready to load their vehicle.  Around 4:30 on Sunday, artists will meet a volunteer who is their ‘Section Leader’.  Each Section Leader is in charge of 12 booths.  When an artist has packed up as much of their booth as possible, they can get approval and get a pass from the Section Leader to pull into the site and load their booth. The street will be one way again, as it was during set-up, so everyone must enter from 8th and Williams.  

Cancellation Policy:  
Artists who cancel by May 15th will receive a 50% refund.  Artists who cancel between May 16th and July 1st will receive a 30% refund.  From July 2nd to July 22 the refund is reduced to 20%.  Cancellations after July 22 will be evaluated individually for any possible refund consideration.

Waitlist Policy:  

Should a cancellation occur, the space will be filled by an alternate on the waitlist from the same category as the artist that cancelled, or by an alternate from a different category that would be the best fit for that location in the show.  Selected alternates will receive a phone call and will be given a window of time to accept or decline the invitation.  We do not have a numbered wait list for this show.

  • Exhibitors may only sell the medium of work that they represented to the jury, and that the jury accepted into the show.  For instance, if an artist was accepted to sell pottery, they may not add photography or jewelry to their booth unless they applied and were also accepted as a photographer or jeweler.  That goes for all categories.  Every category & style of work is balanced intentionally for a fair amount of competition between artists and the overall variety and appeal of the festival to customers.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this rule!  
  • Artist must be present; representatives are not permitted to attend in place of the artist.
  • Functional items with reproductions of the artists' work on them (art tiles, totes, mugs, etc.) must be submitted for jurying under the separate category of 'reproductions of the artist's work' and images of all of these items must be submitted.  Prints or giclees are not required to be entered under the reproduction category.  Reproduced functional items may not take up more than 20% of the display space in the booth and cannot include t-shirts, caps, or clothing items. 
  • Buy-sell will not be tolerated.  (Any imports, manufactured items, or work that has been produced from kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial means can be expected to be removed).  Manufactured products that play a subordinate role and are not sold separately may be included with a purchase (frame, necklace chain, etc.).  Items that do not comply with rules will be removed.  If an exhibitor does not comply with the rules or is found to have falsely represented their work in the jury process, festival staff reserves the right to ask them to leave. 
  • Upon acceptance, one image of the artist's work will be selected for representation on our website.   If you do not approve your work to be represented on the website or used for social media or festival promotion, please let us know in advance.  The featured festival artist will be notified upon selection!  If you have an image you think might work well for this year's Cheesman poster, please email it to us!  
  • Exhibitors participating in the show must have a Colorado and Denver Sales Tax License.  Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting taxes.  Find information on www.colorado.gov (Exhibitors are expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, and shall have appropriate licenses, permits and other required documentation).  We will provide easy to follow instructions on our Artist Resources Page.
  • Prints and giclees must be represented and marked as reproductions of work.  
  • Cheesman Park Art Fest staff will visit all displays at intervals throughout the show to ensure that exhibitors comply with all rules.  It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. 

Booth Information
  • Booth spaces are specifically 10x10 or 10x20.  Corners and 10x20 spaces are limited and will sell out quickly.  In-line booths are side-by-side, so outer side walls of tent are not functional for display.  Many artists open part of the back of their tent for light and air-flow, which is encouraged!  The back of the tent is also often used for additional display space, within reason.
  • Artists are responsible for providing their own covered, weighted, white tent and displays which should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand weather.  Display height should not exceed 10' to clear tree branches (if it is taller than this, please let us know so we can make sure branches will not be an issue).  Rentals are available and made easy through our choice vendor - more information to come on our website.
  • Booths will be placed on streets within the park, not on grass, so weights are necessary and staking into grass is prohibited.
  • Cheesman Park Arts Fest staff will do everything possible to accommodate booth requests in order received, but may deny a request or change an artist's space if it is deemed necessary for the show.  Sometimes a last-minute change in the layout may shift your space away from your request - which we attempt to avoid but ask for your cooperation should there be a change.
  • The layout of the show is sandwiched by food booths and music is centrally located, so being 'away from both food and music' is not an easy request to satisfy.  Please note that the food is kept at a comfortable distance from artist booths, and the small music stage has very moderate low-key volume and acoustic performances.  Food and music is meant to compliment this event, not to compete with sales.
  • Displays must be professional and aesthetically pleasing.  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 attracative and easy for customers to come in and look at your work.
  • Tables must be covered or skirted to the floor on all sides showing, with a suitable, professional looking cover.  
  • Booth displays should rely on natural light, as electricity is not provided.  Generators must be pre-approved, as an application to the fire department is required.
  • Exhibitors should be prepared to adapt to outdoor exhibiting and also prepare to fit within the confines of their space.  Storage behind booths is discouraged - it must be kept tidy, covered, and visually appealing.  At night, it is advised to store all items within booth.  Any storage that is unkempt will not be tolerated, the park is beautiful and we need to compliment it!
  • Two artists (only) may share a booth for an additional $75.  Both artists sharing a booth must undergo the full jury process and be accepted into the show in order to share.
  • Upon check-in, you will receive an artist booth sign that has your name, booth number, city and state.  Please display this in your booth!
  • No 'Sale' or 'Discount' signs.  Any signs used should look professional.  No advertisements, signs or flyers for other shows or businesses.  
  • Artists are expected to be mindful of other vehicles and not obstruct traffic flow during load-in or tear-down.

  • Jury fee is $35 per application.  This is a non-refundable charge.
  • Booth fees:  Booth fees are to be paid in full upon acceptance of invitation to the Cheesman Park Arts Fest through the ZAPPlication site.  Payments plans are available!  A 10 x10 space is $450.  A 10 x 20 space is $900.  Corners add $100.

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