Event Information

Art Under the Elms 2019

Lewis-Clark State College Campus, Library Lawn, Corner of 6th St. & 7th Ave., Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho (West)

Phone: 208-792-2447 or 800-394-4189
Event Dates: 4/26/19 - 4/28/19
Application Deadline: 4/24/19 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The 35th Annual Art Under the Elms (AUE) is an annual three-day outdoor artisan fair celebrating the arts in north central Idaho and invites artisans from around the country.  The Fair is held annually on the beautiful campus of Lewis-Clark State College amongst the blooms of the many Dogwood trees in the historic Normal Hill neighborhood of Lewiston, Idaho. 

AUE is the signature event of the month long Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley.  The Dogwood Festival brings in over 50,000 visitors to the community throughout the month of April – with AUE seeing an average attendance of 13,000 the last full weekend of April each year.
The arts are celebrated with a juried artisan green, a food court and live entertainment with two stages showcasing regional musicians and performance artists. Children are encouraged to create their own art in the Children’s Interactive Art Tent on the Artisan Green and have tea parties with woodland fairies in the Dogwood Fairy tent. Community non-profits are invited to participate with information tables that include carnival-style family games.  It is truly a community-wide event.  Over 200 volunteers from the campus and community join with staff from LCSC to make this event a success each year.

All proceeds from Art Under the Elms benefit Continuing Education personal enrichment programming at Lewis-Clark State College.

General Information
Event Dates:  April 26 – 28, 2019
FRIDAY: 12 PM – 7 PM  |  SATURDAY: 10 AM – 5 PM  |  SUNDAY: 11 AM – 4 PM
Art Under the Elms can accommodate up to 120 artists and craftspeople from around the country.  Artists offer work in a wide variety of juried mediums including painting, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, photography, fiber, metal and more.  

We are dedicated to providing you, the exhibiting artist, the support needed to experience an enjoyable and profitable weekend.

The dates of the festival are Friday, April 26 from Noon until 7 pm, Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday April 28 from 11 am to 4 pm.  The Amphitheatre food court and entertainment will remain open until 8 pm on Friday and 6 pm on Saturday nights.

There is a $35 non-refundable application fee.


***We are currently calling for artists and craftspeople in the following categories only:
Digital Art

Categories not listed are full.

***Important dates and deadlines regarding the category specific submissions:
Application deadline:  March 18, 2019
Final selections made by March 26, 2019


Artisan amenities:
Free artisan parking
Assistance to load in and out – if requested
Free overnight and RV parking
Shower Facilities
Hospitality Tent – light morning and afternoon refreshments
Wireless internet available on artisan green
Security – 24 hour roaming security
City of Lewiston Operating License provided by event promoter
Booth Sitters
Dogwood Festival t-shirt (one per booth)

Important Dates:
Application Dates:
11/16/18          Application process begins
01/05/19          Application DEADLINE – Midnight PST
02/01/19          Jury award and wait list notifications sent to artists via e-mail

Registration Dates:
02/01/19          Artisan Registration process begins
03/01/19          Acceptance and Booth Purchase DEADLINE – midnight PST ($50 late fee after 03/01)
03/15/19          Last day for 70% refund

Event Dates:
04/25/19          Setup Thursday – Check-in 8 am to 6 pm
04/26/19          Setup Friday, Check-in 7 – 10 am  Show opens Noon to 7 pm
04/27/19          Show opens Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
04/28/19          Show Opens Sunday at 11 am to 4 pm


Artist Vendor Rules / Regulations:
Only works of art created by the artist juried in as an exhibitor at AUE may be displayed or offered for sale.  All work exhibited must be hand-crafted, original and produced by the vendor artist..  Only work in the medium category(s) into which the artist is juried may be shown and sold.  Work must be comparable in size, scope, style and quality to the work that was pictured in photos submitted for jury.

The artist guarantees the authenticity and the accuracy of the descriptions of the works presented.  Works beyond the scope or medium represented by slides or photos originally submitted for the jury process will be prohibited from exhibition.  For example, an artist accepted in the medium category of ceramics would not be allowed to also exhibit jewelry, unless both were juried in and accepted in advance.  Festival staff will visit booths to ensure all artwork on display during the festival has been juried into the event.
All artwork must be the artist’s handmade work.
Artist must be present in booth.
Artist vendor booths are required to remain open and available for Festival patrons during all advertised hours of the festival; no exceptions. No opening late or closing early options during the three days.

No refunds will be issued due to adverse weather conditions. No payments for damages due to weather. See Legal Agreement.

General Festival Rules and Regulations:
Per Lewis-Clark State College policy, no pets are allowed in the festival, only dogs which are documented service animals are permitted.
No smoking on campus.
Idaho State Law prohibits the carrying of firearms at an event the size of AUE. This includes Concealed Carry and those who carry an Enhanced Concealed Carry License.
No driving on campus lawns.
No alcoholic beverages.

Eligibility and Application Process:
Artists, 18 years or older, from fine art and fine craft disciplines are welcome to apply.
Artwork must be original, hand-crafted, family appropriate, and produced by or under the direction/supervision of the artist.
Artists may apply in more than one category, with separate application, fees, and images for each medium; only booth image may be repeated. Artists may exhibit only in categories to which they have been accepted. Individual categories may remain open until full and an active waiting list will be maintained. Check category status with show coordinator.
Applications require:
  • Images

    A total of four (4) images: three (3) product images and one (1) booth image per medium.

    Work depicted in all images must be representative of most current works.
  • Artist Statement

    This statement describes the materials, techniques and creative processes used to produce artist's work and include any details, materials and processes that are unusual or not easily determined by viewing your submission images. Artists are required to disclose any use of ready-made objects. This statement must be able to support your hand-crafted status and is made available to the jury committee.
  • Application Fee (non-refundable) 
    A completed application for each medium must be accompanied with a $35 non-refundable application fee.  Late applications may incur additional fees. Application fees are payable online through ZAPP®

    Note: ZAPP® does not store your card information and all card transactions are processed through a secured server.
Payments made by check or money order may be mailed to:
Art Under the Elms 415 Main Street, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.
Lewis-Clark State College will impose a $20 returned check fee on checks returned for any reason.

Media Category Descriptions
Media categories are used as a tool for organizing artist's images into logical, related groups for jury review and festival diversity. AUE may change your media category at their discretion.
  • Ceramics - Original clay and porcelain work, excluding jewelry. No machine-made, mass-produced, commercially molded or purchased greenware allowed. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
  • Digital Art - Original work that utilizes digital technologies in the production of artist's art. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Disclosure of both creative and printing processes is required. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media must apply in Photography.
  • Drawing - Original works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, pen, ink, etc. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.
  • Fiber/Wearable - All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, yarn, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking.
  • Fine Craft - Soaps, lotions, candles, folk art, quilting, signage, and toys.
  • Furniture - All original handmade furniture.
  • Glass - Blown, fused, cut or sculpted original works in glass. Glass jewelry must apply in Jewelry category. No pre-manufactured, molds or mass production work is permitted, regardless of additional modification or enhancement.
  • Jewelry - All jewelry, regardless of medium, must be entered in this category. All jewelry displayed must be designed and made by the artist; work which has been designed by the artist, but with no subsequent hands-on work, is not acceptable. No commercial casts, molds, settings or production studio work is allowed.
  • Metalwork - All non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media - Non-sculptural works that incorporate more than one type of material.
  • Mixed Media 3-D -  3-dimensional works that combine one or more materials to form an original work of art visible from 360 degrees.
  • Music/Instruments - Musical compositions and handmade instruments.
  • Painting - Original works and limited edition prints on museum quality paper; signed and numbered, created in oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Photography - Traditional film photography, hand-colored images and emulsion transfers that have not been excessively manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Prints of photographs made from the artist’s original negative must be processed by the artist or under the artist's direct supervision. Any commercial reproductions must be limited to 10% of artist’s stock. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
  • Pre-Packaged Food - Original recipes prepared and packaged. Food demonstrations are encouraged. Artist must adhere to all applicable food and fire safety regulations.
  • Printmaking - Hand pulled original prints that are signed and numbered in limited editions by the artist. Printed works for which the artist 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.
  • Sculpture - 3-D art objects made from one material.
  • Woodworking - Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved, excluding furniture.

Booth Information
This is an OUTDOOR SHOW which takes place in the spring.  All booths are required to utilize a minimum of 30 lb weights on each booth corner – 40 lbs recommended.  Staking is also required.

Vendors can select their preference for booth location from the site map, prioritizing first, second and third choice.  Booths will be assigned on a first come, first served basis once application is received with payment.
NOTE:  Every effort is made to accomodate booth location requests, but note that no location can be 100% guaranteed. 

Each booth space accommodates a 10 feet deep by 10 feet wide booth tent.
Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own booth structures with canopies (white only), racks, chairs, tables, display units or other fixtures suitable for outdoor use.

Space Rental
Each booth space measures 10’ x 10’, including frontage. 11’ space between booths.
If your set-up exceeds 10’ x 10’ you must purchase additional space(s).
10x10 1 side open  -  $325
10x10 2 sides open - $375
10x10 3 sides open - $415
10x20 1 side open -   $630