Event Information

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2019

Lower Town Arts District
Paducah, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 270-908-0090
Event Dates: 5/17/19 - 5/18/19
Application Deadline: 1/15/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

This year’s Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) is FRI, May 17th & SAT, May 18th, 2019.

Now in its 10th year,  the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival continues a proud tradition as an award-winning festival. Since 2017 LTAMF has been produced by the Yeiser Art Center (YAC), a 501c3 organization that focuses on arts education and fostering creative art-making. Under the YAC’s guidance LTAMF has continued to not only thrive but also excel as a venue for quality regional art, fabulous regional music, tasty regional food and as an all around stand-out regional festival! 2019 promises to be even more spectacular.

Our Festival takes place within a seven-block area of Lower Town, Paducah’s charming Historic and Arts District. It is two blocks from the river front and adjacent to Paducah’s downtown Main Street District where the YAC has its gallery.

Paducah has been designated as a UNESCO World Creative City for Crafts & Folk Art, one of only 3 in the United States. With this designation, LTAMF serves as an anchor for attracting educated buyers and art supporters. We partner with the City of Paducah to create two days of artistic magic. Our festival attracts crowds in excess of 18,000. We are known for our Paducah hospitality, and we have an amazing volunteer workforce to cater to our artists! 

LTAMF is a small outdoor regional event; we have 90-100 booths of artists, food, a beer & wine tent, an interactive Children’s Pavilion, and 2 stages of live...

General Information


*Please note that we are a regional festival and all applicants must live within a 350 mile radius of Paducah, KY*


Friday, May 17th - 3pm to 10:30pm 

Saturday, May 18th - 10am to 10:30pm 

-Artists may close their booths at 8pm in the evenings but are encouraged to stay open until the music ends.

-Please note that there is no festival on Sunday and artist load-out will be Sunday morning.



Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Notifications by email: February 1, 2019

Acceptances & Booth payment deadline: March 1, 2019

Waitlist Acceptance Notifications: March 7, 2019 (ongoing as needed)

Cancellation Deadline with full refund of booth payment: March 15, 2019 

Cancellation Deadline with 1/2 refund: April 1, 2019


-Load in and set up information is sent out as artists accept their invitations to participate.



Application fee: $35

Booth fee: $200  (all booths are 10 x 10, have TWO corners, electricity is included, and doubles are available) Such a deal!



1. Open to all artists that live within a 350-mile radius of Paducah, KY. 

2. All work must be original to the artist applying and completed within the last 3 years.

3. No work assembled from kits.

4. At least 75% of all work displayed must be original works; reproductions must be limited editions and clearly marked as such.

5. Artist must be present and in their booth during the entire festival.



- Painting: Two-dimensional works created with acrylics, oils, watercolors, tempera, gouache.


- Drawing: Two-dimensional created with graphite, charcoal, pastels, or conte crayon.


- Fiber: Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, batik, etc., or wearable art where the primary material is fiber.


- Ceramics: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is clay. All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.


- Wood: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is wood. Original works must be hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.


- Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining plastic, stone, rock, marble, ceramic, metal, glass, wood, sound, text, or light and are created directly by finding or carving, assembled, built together, fired, welded, molded, or cast.


- Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, and which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.


- Jewelry: Work primarily made from precious and or non-precious metals, including 14k gold or sterling silver, and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.


- Glass: Functional and sculptural work where the primary material is glass and where the artist forms the material directly. No forms of mass production are permitted.


-Mixed Media: Work where the primary intention is the union of two or more media.


-Other: Printmakers, ironworkers, non-fiber weavers and all the other nifty artists who don’t have an ‘easy’ category. 



An outdoor 10 X 10 corner booth space with two corners  and electricity (300 watts of 110 voltage). All of our booths are set up in pairs on the street. We provide overnight security on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 


Convenient set up and breakdown. Set up is on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Breakdown is Sunday morning (you may breakdown after the show closes at 10:30pm on Saturday night but can't drive in until our patrons are off the premises).  All of our booths are easily accessible and you can drive right up to yours to unload and load out.


Our Festival truly cares about our artists’ needs. We have over 200 community volunteers that do everything from man our hospitality suite (continental breakfast every morning and snacks throughout the festival days) to booth sitting to delivering water several times each day. Yes, we provide breakfast and courtesy water*!


We advertise extensively, flooding our region with social media, web-based, print, radio, and television advertising. We also hit the major cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Lexington, Memphis, and Nashville.


We have cash awards. We have three Awards of Excellence ($250 each) and three Awards of Merit ($150 each). There are no particular categories; the judge will decide who stands out.


Limited Artist Home-Stay opportunities. Our community members love to get to know our festival artists and you get to know a Paducah-ian. Win-Win!! 


You get to hang with folks from all over your region. You also get to eat locally prepared food, hear some great music, drink craft beer (including from our very own breweries; Paducah Beer Werks & Dry Ground Brewing), sip regional wines, hear the echoes of laughter drifting out of our Laugh Tent, and have an all-around terrific time!


*You will receive a top quality water bottle when you check in and we have a water cart that will make 2 - 3 rounds per day to give you complimentary ice water. 



We are so fortunate to have two wonderful and talented people that jury our Festival for us! 


- Bonnie Thornton considers herself a full-time volunteer and community promoter—and she can’t wait to introduce Memphians and visitors to the 170-plus artists she has worked to bring to the Artist Market at the 2015 RiverArtsFest. The event takes place October 23-25 in the South Main Historic District, and this year marks Bonnie’s seventh year as Artist Market director. She says the job is a year-round balancing act of recruiting, selecting and organizing the participating artists. “It is a complicated and time-consuming job, but I absolutely love it. I get to meet the most interesting people,” says Bonnie.


-Dale Leys is an artist who specializes in drawing whose work explores the interrelation of events as a means of describing time. He is recently retired from Murray State University where he taught drawing. He lives in close proximity to the river country of western Kentucky and Tennessee which serve as his inspiration. He observes, “When I draw I come closer to understanding not only the subject matter and space presented, but also what that object/space experience represents metaphorically and psychologically.” Dale has over 40 years of experience, traveling extensively both nationally and internationally. The Yeiser Art Center hosted a 40-year retrospective of Dale’s work in 2013.






Victoria Terra, LTAMF Artist Committee Chair; 270-908-0090


On the web at: www.lowertownamf.com


US Mail:

ATTN: Lower Town Arts & Music Festival

Yeiser Art Center

200 Broadway St

Paducah, KY 42001


Be nice.
Play well together.
Enjoy the day.
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