Event Information

Arts in Bloom 2019

Historic Downtown McKinney
McKinney, Texas (South)

Phone: 972-547-2660
Event Dates: 4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Application Deadline: 12/7/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Produced and sponsored by McKinney Main Street in conjunction with the City of McKinney, Arts In Bloom takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney and features over a 100 juried artists set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  A nationally recognized participant in the Main Street Program, downtown McKinney offers a unique and beautiful setting of restored, turn-of-the-century buildings that now feature cafes, offices, bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurants.  During the event the streets of downtown come alive with fascinating sights and sounds as fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, Texas wineries, and food vendors take part in the three-day celebration.

Our 2019 dates, April 12-14, route nicely in between other well known Texas art festivals: Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas), The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (north Houston), and The Main Street Ft. Worth Arts Festival.

To get an idea of Arts in Bloom and our downtown setting, please preview this short, two-minute video that highlights the 2017 festival!

General Information
SHOW DATES: April 12-14, 2019

Artists hours of exhibition:
Artist hours of exhibition: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Friday; 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM on Saturday, and 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday. (Note: the event itself doesn't close until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.  Artists are invited to remain open as they wish during those later hours).

Why exhibit at Arts In Bloom?
McKinney’s visual arts scene includes artists offering their creations in such a wide range of media, there truly is something to appeal to every taste.  Visual arts can be found in art galleries, working studios and even in various businesses throughout the city.   McKinney is home to local art guilds and associations who exhibit, mentor, perform and serve the arts, and they are our partners in this event.    
It’s this vibrant scene and partnership that sets McKinney apart from other metroplex cities that host art festivals- we are truly a community that supports the arts and it is our desire to build an arts festival that reflects that.

We offer our artists:
An air-conditioned hospitality center
Booth sitting
Free basic electric (with additional electric available for a nominal fee)
Volunteers to assist with load-in and load-out

Arts in Bloom also features an attractive component that allows us to expand our audience and appeal – a Texas wine tasting experience.  In 2018, we hosted 14 wineries from across north Texas and offered wine tasting packages to our discerning guests. It was so successful we are expanding the number of participating wineries – this added feature targets the “art and wine” crowd and offers another element to make this a truly unique event.

Arts in Bloom produces a robust and comprehensive marketing campaign that specifically targets a high end demographic. 

Why Historic Downtown McKinney?
Located just 30 miles north of Dallas and included in the DFW Metroplex (6 million residents), McKinney offers visitors the perfect getaway destination, with its tree-lined streets, historic downtown and tight-knit community giving this fast-growing city a friendly, small-town feel despite the city's population which is nearly 172,000.

Home to one of the state’s largest historic districts, McKinney’s charm and comfortable pace is quite different from the DFW urban sprawl, prompting Money Magazine to select McKinney as is #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 (up from the #2 spot in 2012, #5 in 2010 and #14 in 2008). 

McKinney also received accolades for being the #17 Best Destination on Texas Highways Magazine's Top 40 Texas Destinations list, as voted on by their readers, in 2014.  To learn more about our wonderful city and culture, please visit http://www.visitmckinney.com/

Application Deadline:
December 7, 2018

Digital Images:
Four images are to be submitted for each application entered by an artist.  Three images must be of individual pieces of work.  The fourth image must be a booth image displaying the artist work which shows a presentation of artists current body of work.   Any work outside of the medium submitted that appears in the booth shot will not be considered accepted by the jury, due to its mere presence in the booth image.

Booth Image:
The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors; therefore, please be sure you do not reference either your name or your company name in your booth image.  You should not be in the booth when the photo is taken. 
Please provide a booth image reflective of the following:
  • Booth must be located outside when the image is taken;
  • Booth image shows a full, front-on view in daylight to include the entire tent, as well as an unencumbered view of the display area as well as the work to be exhibited;
  • Booth image must be of a single, 10’ x 10’ booth. 
  • The purpose of the booth image is to show the artist has a complete body of work matching or in keeping with the body of work represented in the first three images, and helps identify the scale of the artist's work. In addition, any work outside of the medium and context of the images submitted that may appear in the booth shot will not be considered as being accepted by the jury simply due to the fact it has been included in the booth image.

Artist’s Statement:
The artist’s statement is shown to the jury as images are displayed.  Please note processes and philosophy as well as materials used. 

Application fee:
A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required for each entry form/category submitted.

Jury dates:
December 10-14, 2018

Jury and selection process:   Jurying is conducted by panels of no less than three experienced art professionals who review each medium.   Each artist is scored in their selected category on a scale of 1 – 7.  Criteria for artist selection are originality, consistency of work in all slides, workmanship, and booth presentation. The top scorers in each category are invited to participate in the show.   Important info about the jury process:
  • Artists will not be identified by name, but by the assigned Zapplication number.  All images should be void of signatures or identifying marks to ensure anonymity.
  • Arts In Bloom may limit the number of artists accepted in each category in order to present a balanced show.
  • Additional artists are retained to comprise a waiting list of alternatives.
  • Decisions of the jury panel will be final.
Artists may only display the specific type of work(s) in the medium(s) accepted by the selection jury.  Jewelry, for example, cannot be exhibited by another medium without being screened and accepted by the selection jury.  It is the jury council's discretion to change artists’ medium to maintain the quality and reputation of the festival.
Festival staff then view the show as a whole to be sure it is balanced and representative of all mediums. Up to 4% of participants may be at the discretion of Festival staff.
December 18, 2018 or thereabouts.  Upon completion of jury, you will receive notification of your status.

Booth fee due
January 15, 2019.  Exhibitors that have been invited to exhibit by the jury may purchase their booth products on Zapplication by credit card (the preferred method). 
  • Single Booth Fee (10’x10’):  $300
  • Double Booth Fee (10'x20'):  $600 Limited (only one per aisle) on a first-received basis.   
  • Corner Booth Fee (10’x10’): $400 (may be requested, but not guaranteed; $100 refund if corner space is not available).

Electricity will be provided to all artists at no additional charge, but please note that power is limited to 5 amps per exhibitor or 200 watts.  Exhibitors using electricity should bring a minimum of 20’ of grounded, outdoor rated extension cord to reach the Festival provided outlet. Any electricity used over and above the minimum is charged at $35.00 for each additional 200 watts.

All vehicles and trailers must be park in the designated artist parking lot; First Baptist McKinney Church.  Parking is free. You may not park anywhere in the downtown area near the event grounds. For your convenience, there will be a shuttle bus running all day, each day.  NO RV hookups or overnight camping allowed in the designated artist parking lot.  Unhitched trailers may stay in the parking lot, but please be aware there is no overnight security provided.  Artists will receive more information about parking in your Artist Information Guide.

Cancellation deadline: 
Must be done in writing (email) by March 1, 2019 to receive 50% back less $15 administration fee.   NO REFUNDS after March 1.

Check-in will begin on Friday, April 12, from 7 am - 3:30 pm at the Artist Check-In Parking Lot.    You have one hour to unload your vehicle, and Event Staff with flat-bed golf carts will be able to assist with load-in.  Please note, no vehicles will be allowed onsite to unload.  Artists then need to move their vehicle to the designated artist parking lot, take the shuttle back to the event site, and then set-up at their leisure.  Artists will receive an advance email indicating the location of the Artist Check-In Parking Lot, and please remember, no vehicles are allowed to enter the site and unload.    

Artist Amenities:

  • Volunteers to help Artist Set-up and Take-down
  • Air-conditioned Artist Hospitality area with morning and afternoon snacks, chilled water
  • Event Guide with map, artists names and booth locations
  • ATM's located on festival site
  • Booth Sitting - contact by cell phone for your convenience
  • An On-Site Weather Monitoring and Communication System
  • 24 Hour Security and Police
  • Host Hotel with Artist Rates
  • Advertised to entire DFW metroplex area, digital and print: 2 Major Billboards
  • Free Admission and Free Parking
Ceramics:  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.
Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's 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. All giclee, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are encouraged to do their own printing which has been processed by the artist, or under his/her direct supervision.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Leather: Includes all works from leather. No production studio work is allowed.
Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Other: work of demonstrated quality that does not fall within any of the categories may be submitted.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, 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 on prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.
Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

The following policies and rules have been established by Arts in Bloom Festival to ensure quality and integrity of the show.
  • The Festival will receive and review all Artists' applications.
  • Exhibition in previous Festivals does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Corner booths are assigned by the Festival Director.
  • The booth image submitted with artist’s application will be referenced in order to determine the appropriateness of the booth’s design and integrity in order to maintain the highest possible standards of presentation at the event.
  • Artists may jury in more than one category, but not with the same body of work. Only one application may be submitted per body of work with a jury fee for each category.  The artist must use the same name for both applications.
  • Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category for which they are accepted.
  • The jury committee or festival staff reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that is not consistent with the submitted images and the rules listed above. Failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the festival with no refund.
  • All work submitted and exhibited must be original, hand-crafted work produced by the artist and may not be the result of work by any person other than the artist, or the artist and his/her collaborating artists.
  • Collaborating artists are permitted; however, any representation other than a true, hands-on artistic collaboration will not be tolerated.  Only the collaborating artists are allowed to participate in the creative and mechanical process of the work being exhibited – not their assistants.  Collaborating artists may exhibit only their collaborative work(s).  Both collaborating artists must be present for the entire duration of the event.
  • All Artists must be present on site during the entire Festival. No spouses or other representatives will be permitted in place of artist. Photo ID is required at check-in.
  • Quality, unframed reproductions of two-dimensional originals, signed and numbered by the Artist are the only acceptable form of sales in addition to the original works.  Artists must define “reproduction" or “limited edition" through their Artist Statement, and each piece must be clearly and individually labeled as “reproduction," signed and numbered appropriately.  The original work must be available and on-sale in the Artist’s booth.
  • Arts in Bloom Festival does not permit the sale of promotional items such as postcards, books, note cards, posters, coloring books, or any other offset reproductions.  T-shirts may not be sold.
  • All jewelry must have been juried in the jewelry category.  Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
  • Cancellations must be delivered in writing (including email) by March 1, 2019 to receive a 50% back plus $15 administration fee. No refunds after March 1.
  • Participating exhibitors will be responsible for collecting and paying current Texas sales tax on all sales made during the show, and report them as being sold in McKinney, Texas.
  • Artists will receive an artist packet at check-in. Included will be a survey sheet that must be filled out and returned before you load-out on Sunday.
  • All rental tents must be delivered and set-up by 12:00 a.m. Friday, April 12th. Artist need not be present for rental tent set-up.
  • The Artist will supervise and maintain the space provided, using his/her skill and attention, and shall be solely responsible for all labor, material, equipment, tools and other facilities through the duration of the event, including take-down.
  • The Artist shall be responsible for initiating; maintaining and supervising all safety precautions in his/her assigned space.
  • NO extending booth setup beyond perimeter of assigned space for any reason including work, display, or storage
  • Artists must comply with all safety requirements, and vehicles must be parked only in designated areas. Noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future festivals.
  • If McKinney Main Street is required for reasons beyond its control to postpone, shorten or cancel the Arts In Bloom Festival, no artist shall have any right or claim for any damages whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any other kind, arising or alleged to arise by reason of postponement or cancellation of the event. 
  • No refunds or preferred treatment can be made for inclement weather or any other causes not in the control of McKinney Main Street and Arts in Bloom Festival.
    Arts In Bloom is a rain or shine event, however, some activities may be postponed or cancelled if threatening weather poses a danger to attendees, participants, staff and property. 
  • A McKinney Main Street Participation Waiver must be signed and delivered (mail or email) to the Festival before March 31, 2019.

Booth Information
  • Artists are provided with 12' x 12' standard space and must supply their own clean, white tent.
  • No pop-up canopy tents are allowed at Arts in Bloom. Artist must own a professional grade frame tent or rent one from the festival.
  • Artists must provide their own weights (each leg must be secured with 40lbs), as well as their own display structure, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.   Booth and display must be constructed to withstand crowds and wind. Artists should be prepared for inclement weather with rain covers, tie-downs and weights. Staking is not possible and is not permitted.  Artists will be held liable for any damage made by their tents. Each artist is responsible for his/her own display in case of damage or loss.
  • If an artist does not have a tent, a 10'x10' white tent with sidewall and light source can be rented for $200.
  • Booths are assigned in advance of the festival and restricted to the juried artist(s) and their work; however, show staff reserves the right to add additional artist areas such as Emerging Artists or other specialty areas in the show if deemed appropriate to the overall growth and development of the Festival.
    Booths have been assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by either the USPS postmark of returned contract and booth fee, or the date of the online booth payment made through Zapplication, whichever is first.  Booth Numbers will be available on Arts in Bloom's website by mid-March.
  • Photo ID is required at time of check-in.
  • Arts In Bloom name tags must be worn at all times, and a booth number provided in your artist packet must be prominently displayed in your booth.
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