Event Information

Q-FEST: Juried Arts Festival in Quincy, IL 2019

Washington Park
Quincy, Illinois (Midwest)

Phone: 217-779-2285
Event Dates: 6/28/19 - 6/30/19
Application Deadline: 2/3/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Q-FEST is a celebration of the arts (visual, musical and culinary) in Quincy, Illinois featuring a juried art exhibition and sale. We are pleased to welcome Fine & Fresh art where artists and makers representing both fine and curated handmade indie art are welcome. Q-FEST takes place the fourth weekend in June in historic downtown Washington Park.

In Quincy, our community prides itself on hospitality, and we believe there is no better example of our warmth than how we treat our exhibiting artists. We try to think of everything: water delivered to your booth, free coffee and treats in the morning, booth sitters for meal and bathroom breaks. Our volunteers bend over backwards to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Beyond this kindness, we work tirelessly to promote the festival to bring in a large crowd to purchase your art. We fund raise constantly to grow our awards and increase the amount of Art Fare ($$) in people's hands.

We accept a maximum of 60 artists to ensure individual sales remain strong. Show organizers are dedicated to growing the event to a regional cultural destination, and have partnered with community groups to include entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings and hands-on arts activities for the whole family throughout the weekend.

General Information
All artwork must be original art produced by the exhibiting artist. 

Eligible Media Categories include:
2-D such as drawing, photography/digital photography, printmaking, mixed media, painting, fiber arts and 3-D such as clay, jewelry, sculpture, wood and glass.

Event Hours:
Friday, June 28: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, June 29: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, June 30: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Artist Benefits:
  • Event website includes full-color image
  • Free reserved parking
  • Free booth sitters and energetic volunteers
  • Over $5000 in awards including $1000 Best of Show Purchase Award
  • Over $7500 in Art Fare sponsored and sold to purchase art work during Q-Fest
  • Extensive multimedia marketing & public relations efforts including website, print, tv, radio & more!

Jury and Awards:
Exhibitors will be selected by a 5-member panel of jurors including fine arts professionals. Jurors will rank the work submitted by applicants on a scale of 1 to 10. 

Each year, a qualified fine art professional is selected by Event Organizers to judge participating artists' work for cash awards. Purchase awards are selected by Purchase Award program participants. Total cash awards in 2019 are expected to be over $5,000 and include a $1,000 Best of Show Purchase Award.

As part of our mission, we strongly encourage artists to engage patrons by offering demonstrations of your creative process in your booth. Demonstrating artists will be recognized in the printed program. Please contact Event Organizers if special arrangements are needed to accomodate your demonstration.

Young Collectors Gallery:
Donate Art for a Great Cause! No parents are allowed at the Q-FEST Young Collectors Gallery, designed to inspire young people to become collectors of fine art. All participating artists are invited to donate small pieces of original work to be sold to children ages 4-14 for $10 or less. 2-D work should be matted and shrink-wrapped. Art will be juried for awards. A portion of the proceeds supports school art programs in the area. For more information, contact Event Organizers. 

  • Fine art prints and reproductions are acceptable when accompanied by original works of arts.
  • Prints and reproductions must be clearly marked and cannot be more than 50% of the display.
  • Commercially produced, machine made, kits, course work or buy-sell items are not acceptable.
  • Artist must be present and will only be admitted with a photo ID.
  • Booths may not be shared unless work is collaborative.
  • Work must be as defined by digital images submitted with the application or event organizers reserve the right to refuse entry at the time of event set up.

Cancellation Policy:
  • The $20 application fee is non-refundable.
  • An exhibitor who wishes to withdraw from Q-FEST may be released and may receive a 50% refund on the booth fee provided the festival is notified in writing by April 12, 2019.
  • The booth fee will not be returned if an exhibitor withdraws from Q-FEST after April 12, 2019.

Booth Information
Booth Details:
  • Booth spaces are 10' x 10' and are $100 each.
  • A limited amount of 20' x 10' double booths are available for $200 each. Please call for availability of double booths.
  • Booths are located in the park on the grass facing the sidewalk.
  • Electricity is available at no extra charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitor must provide extension cord. Most booths are within 50-100 feet of an electrical outlet.
  • Overnight security is provided.

Booth Set-Up:
  • Exhibitors may set up between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Friday, June 28.
  • All exhibitors must be set up and in their booth by Friday, June 28 at 5:00pm.
  • Most booths are located within 20-25 feet of vehicle loading/unloading areas. All booths are located directly off of wide, accessible sidewalks.
  • Exhibitors are required to move their vehicles to one of the free exhibitor parking lots at least 30 minutes prior to the opening of the event each day.