Event Information

Rockville Arts Festival 2019- 7th Annual

Rockville Town Square
Rockville, Maryland (South)

Phone: 202-251-0637
Event Dates: 5/4/19 - 5/5/19
Application Deadline: 1/20/19 Midnight EST

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
The 7th Annual Rockville Arts Festival invites you to apply. This festival was previously A-RTS at Rockville Town Square. This is a seamless continuation of the Festival. The Festival Director continues to be Robin Markowitz with this show since inception and now organzied by VisArts and sponsored by the City of Rockville and Federal Realty Investment Trust.  This festival will showcase the work of 140 talented artists and create a spectacular outdoor gallery. The Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 2019. Every Booth is a Corner.

Our extensive marketing and PR campaigns include a dedicated PR team that is amazing at getting artist stories in the local papers and on television. An extensive marketing campaign that includes 29 cultural organizations in Rockville, social media, digital and print media.  Our media outreach is prolific and effective. 

General Information
We invite you to apply to the 7th Annual Rockville Arts Festival (previously A-RTS). A premier event in a spectacular venue organized and managed by the prior director of the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (last 10 years). The Festival will take place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019 on the streets of Rockville Town Square, located in Rockville, Maryland (Maryland, Ave and Middle Street). Streets are closed to traffic for the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, May 4.  EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER.

The Festival will attract 10,000 - 12,000 high income attendees from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and surrounding suburbs of Rockville, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase. Cultural events are an important dynamic in this affluent community and the Rockville Pike corridor has the nation’s highest per square foot retail sales.

Marketing for the Festival will be comprehensive, and include: internet, magazine, newspaper, postcards, posters, street banners, television, transit, radio, plus partnership with the local art community and City of Rockville. Marketing is targeted to individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts and crafts.

January 20, 2019
Deadline for applications
$35 non-refundable application fee
January 25, 2019
Email notification
February 20, 2019
Booth fees due
$445 single booth - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER
Double booths available
Late March 2019
Email booth assignment
May 4, 2019
Set-up begins 4am  - 8am Load In
Show Hours: 11am - 5pm
May 5, 2019
Show Hours: 11am - 5pm
Teardown: 5pm - 9pm

Location: Rockville, Maryland
Email: rmarkowitz@visartscenter.org
Website: http://rockvilleartsfestival.org/
Mailing Address:  VisArts, 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 202-251-0637
Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image 
Projection Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 left to right horizontally, artist viewed in order of the date their application is submitted.
Jurors: 3 art professionals. New jury each year.
Applications for Jury: Random
Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications.
Application Fee: $35
Booth Fees: 10' X 10' space $445 - EVERY BOOTH IS A CORNER- Double spaces available
Number of Artist: Limited to 140 artists and crafters
Security: 24 hours, City of Rockville Police
Parking: Free
Attendance: 10,000 - 12,000 
Booth Sitters: Available daily
Hotel: Cambria Suites and Hotel Special artist rate.  This hotel is on the show site - walk out to your booth.  

Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. The digital images will be displayed in one row showing four (4) digital images of the artwork, and one (1) image of the booth. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of one working artist and two art professionals. Each juror will view each artist’s set of five images. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Scores are averaged together.

The Festival reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

CERAMICS: Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
DIGITAL ART: Includes any original work by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks and emulsions.
DRAWING: Work created using dry medium including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid mediums like inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
FIBER - Decorative: Any work created from fiber, including leather and basketry. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
FIBER - Wearable: Any work created from fiver, including leather. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
GLASS: Glasswork that has been handcrafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects.
GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING: Original works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.
JEWELRY: All jewelry must be entered into this category. No strung pearls or beads. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
MIXED MEDIA 2D: Two-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.
MIXED MEDIA 3D: Three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
PAINTING: Oils, acrylics and watercolor - Reproductions allowed (must be clearly marked)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Prints created from the artist's original photograph. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls; they must be signed. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.
SCULPTURE: Three-dimensional work created in any medium.
WOOD: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CD's of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

If you are accepted into the Festival and submit your booth fee, that is your commitment. Based on your commitment, Rockville Arts Festial turns away other artists who would like to participate; therefore no refunds can be made.

1. Applicants must create 100% of all work displayed. Artwork on display must be consistent with the images submitted for jurying. Artists may only exhibit work in the medium (media) for which they were selected.

2. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents or representatives are permitted.

3. Each artist must be present for the entire show. If accepted as collaboration, both artists must be present.

4. All artwork must be signed by the artist.

5. Reproductions must be clearly marked. Each reproduction must be signed, numbered and clearly labeled "reproduction".

Booth Information
1. Booths must be 10' square, white, covered tents. All tents must be appropriately secured by the use of substantial weights. Exhibitors may not secure tents to the pavement or to Rockville Town Square property.

2. All artwork must be set up within the booth space. No art is to be displayed outside the allotted booth space.

3. Electric is NOT provided. NO GENERATORS ALLOWED.

4. Overnight security is provided by Festival Management, however anything left in the booth overnight is at the artist's own risk. Festival Management and their agents affiliated with the event will not be responsible for artwork and display left in booths overnight.

5. The use of the booth is restricted to the artist(s) to whom it is assigned.
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