Event Information

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 2019

Downtown State College and on the adjacent campus of The Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania (Northeast)

Phone: 814-237-3682
Event Dates: 7/11/19 - 7/14/19
Application Deadline: 1/18/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was founded in 1966 by The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Arts and Architecture and the State College Chamber of Commerce as a way to celebrate the arts and stimulate the local economy. Today the event draws over 125,000 people to State College each summer. The Festival includes, in addition to the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, a gallery exhibition, Children and Youth Day, BookFestPA, educational opportunities, and music, dance and theatrical performances on both outdoor and indoor stages.

The Festival take's place during the Penn State Alumni Association's "Arts Festival Alumni Weekend" a family-friendly program that brings Penn Staters back to "Happy Valley" to enjoy the sights and sounds of the "Arts Fest"--a quintessential part of the Penn State experience.  Penn State has the largest dues paying alumni association in the United States and alums sporting large blue pins indicating the year of their graduation are often an artist's best customer in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition.

The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, which takes place on the streets of downtown State College and the immediately adjacent University Park Campus of Penn State, consistanly ranks as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the country.


General Information
The CPFA Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is held on the streets of the Borough of State College and on the adjacent University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is to celebrate the arts with presentations of diverse, high-quality visual and performing arts through the cooperative volunteer support of the community and The Pennsylvania State University. The essence of this organization is the enrichment and education of the audience, grounded in personal interaction between artist and audience.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Jury Information
As a result of on-site jurying at the 2018 Sidewalk Sale, approximately 50 artists have been invited to participate in the 2019 show. The remaining 250 artists will be selected by the following jurors:

Much to her mother’s dismay, Brienne Brown owned little clothing that was not covered in paint. Although she loved—and showed promise—in art, she loved the sciences as well and earned a graduate degree in chemistry. She left her job as a toxicologist to rear her first child in 2008, and took the opportunity to paint more consistently and study with artists whose work she admired.  She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Utah Watercolor Society.  

Brian Giniewski is a Philadelphia-based ceramic designer who makes delicious looking pots that are oozing with pastel candy-colored glazes—the result, he says, of both science and kiln magic. A college professor-turned-full time maker, Brian works out of his studio at the Globe Dye Works building. Before becoming a full-time potter, he served as Senior Windgate Fellow at Herron School of Art + Design, and also taught at Arcadia University, Penn State University and the Nova Scotia College of Art + Design.

Pat Little recently retired as an exhibiting Festival artist. A Centre County native, he began his career as a photojournalist for Penn State’s student newspaper and went on to a great career as a sports photographer for The Centre Daily Times. He is an alumnus of both Penn State and Ohio University.

Lynette Santoro-Au is the arts manager for the City of Upper Arlington Ohio. An alumna of The Ohio State University, she serves as an emeritus member of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association and is an active member of the Greater Columbus Events Council, Northwest Arts Partners and the Columbus Museum of Arts’ Contemporaries.  She volunteered with the Columbus Arts Festival for 15 years and works to make the arts a part of the everyday lives of the citizens of Upper Arlington most notably as the director of the annual Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. 

James Thurman is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts & Design in Denton, TX. Thurman earned his undergraduate degree in sculpture at Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA in metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2012 and 2016, he was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Istanbul, Turkey. A highly active studio artist for nearly twenty years, his work has been included in hundreds of national and international curated and juried exhibitions as well as ten solo exhibitions in the past ten years.

These jurors will return in July for on-site jurying.

Jury Procedure
We use a projected jury process--each applicant's images are projected on the wall for all jurors to see.

The jury process starts with the jurors reviewing the images of our jury exempt artists. The jury will then preview a category; after which the images are shown again so that the work may be scored. All five images are projected simultaneously. As the images are projected, the jurors are read the description of the work that the applicant provides. The jurors evaluate the work individually and without collaboration. The applicant’s name is not revealed.

Images #1-4: Must represent the complete price range of the work you plan to display at the show (see regulation #7). Large and medium-sized objects should be photographed individually. Small items may be grouped effectively. Objects to show scale are acceptable.
Image #5: Booth image must accurately represent presentation and work to be displayed. Applications will not be considered without a booth image. Name or trade name may not be visible.

Artists will be notified by email of the jury results the week of March 18, 2019. We will not release jury results by telephone.

Artists' Amenities
Artists amenities include free parking in designated areas on the streets of State College and on the Penn State campus; artist ambassadors who provide booth sitting and other services, and opening night reception/dinner, complimentary morning coffee, and an artists’ oasis in Schlow Centre Region Library where artists may charge electronics and use complimentary WiFi. Free WiFi is available on the Penn State campus.

At least $17,500 in prizes will be awarded to artists participating in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. The Arete Best of Show Award is $2,900; our second prize, the Fine Arts Award, is $1,750. There are four Awards of Excellence, including an award for Excellence in Jewelry Design, four Awards of Distinction, twelve Awards of Merit, and one Booth of Distinction Award. Awards will be presented on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Award winners and approximately thirty other artists will receive jury exempt inviations to the 2020 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition based on their on site jury scores.

1. Artists must personally attend to their booths and must be present during the entire Festival. Representatives may NOT attend in place of the artist. All artists must check in and show a photo I.D. prior to setting up their booth. If two names are on the application both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire festival.

2. Booth sharing is permitted only where work is collaborative.

3. Artists may enter no more than two categories. When entering two categories, artists must submit two applications.

4. Submission of an application is a commitment to participate in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. A full refund is available through April 30, 2019, half refund will be made May 1 to May 31. No refunds will be made as of June 1, 2019. Artists who cannot show must cancel in writing.

5. Artists must furnish booths and fixtures that are able to withstand weather and crowds, and fit within a 10’ x 10’ space.

6. All work exhibited must be original artwork produced by the artist. Work that has been produced from commercial kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial means is NOT permitted.
a) Any commercially produced parts used in a work must play a subordinate role and MAY NOT be sold separately.
b) Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (e.g., postcards, calendars, catalogs etc.) at the CPFA.

7. The work exhibited must be consistent with the four images submitted and the CPFA artists’ regulations. Your images must show the full range of your work. Compliance will be verified during the Festival. The CPFA has the right to require that any other work be immediately removed from the show. Failure to comply may result in the exhibitor’s removal from the CPFA and the right to exhibit in future CPFA events will be jeopardized.

8. Only artists who have been accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry during the CPFA. For example, a potter wishing to sell jewelry must apply in both the ceramic and the jewelry categories.

9. No generators or external electrical hookups are permitted.

10. Artists wishing to sell T-shirts must show T-shirts in one of the four submitted slides.

11. The sale of plant material is prohibited. Flowers and plants may only be an incidental part of an exhibitors display.

12. All work must be priced and be for sale.

Particular Media Regulations

Two Dimensional Works
1. Hand pulled prints must be signed, numbered, and limited editions.

2. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.

3. All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.

4. All hanging works must be framed or gallery wrapped. Framing on the premises is discouraged.

5. Digital art is made completely on the computer without use of scanner, camera or video source. It includes painting or drawing using computer, tablet, or phone. 

Ceramic works must be handmade and signed by the artist.

1. Chains may be sold separately only if handcrafted by the artist.

2. Gems may be sold separately only if cut by the artist.

Musical Instruments
1. Books may be sold only if they are instructional and must be sold with an instrument.

2. Recordings of music performed by the artist with his/her instrument may be sold, but must remain incidental to the sale of the instruments.

3. Recordings may be demonstrated only with headphones.

Booth Information
Please Read Carefully

1. Application fee: $40 per application. This is non-refundable.

2. Booth fee:             a. Standard booth  (10’W x 10’D) -    $550
                                b. Double booth     (20’W x 10’D) - $1,200

Booth fees are paid upon acceptance to the CPFA through the ZAPP site. Please see Rule #4 for our refund policy.

Visa and MasterCard payments must be made through ZAPP. Checks should be made payable to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts or CPFA.

A limited number of double booths are available. Requests for a double booth should be indicated on the entry form.

Booth location requests are not guaranteed.

Most booth spaces are located on pavement. A very small number of spaces are on grass. Local topography makes it imperative to bring items with which to level your booth.

Tax Information
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires artists to have a Pennsylvania sales tax number. If artists do not have one, the PA Department of Revenue will provide a temporary sales tax license at no charge so that exhibitors may legally collect the Commonwealth's sales tax. Artists may apply online for a tax number at
Pennsylvania Enterprise Registration Online.

Borough of State College.
The Borough of State College requires artists to have a Temporary Retail Permit. This fee is $25.00 per single booth and $50 per double booth. Artist may contact the Borough of State College Tax office by clicking here.