Event Information

Artsfest on Walnut Street 2019

Historic Walnut Street between John Q. Hammons Parkway and National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 417-831-6200
Event Dates: 5/4/19 - 5/5/19
Application Deadline: 1/21/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Artsfest makes art essential to the lives of those living in the Southwest Missouri by showcasing talented artists and their creativity in a community-centric festival. Thirty-nine years strong, this outdoor event hosts over 120 artists on the beautiful Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri, home of the newly minted best attraction in the US: Wonders of Wildlife. With more than 20,000 attendees, Artsfest prides itself on Midwestern hospitality for artists. More than $5,000 in cash awards will be given at the festival, including:

  • Best of Show - $1,000
  • Best of Show 2D - $500
  • Best of Show 3D - $500
  • ​People's Choice - $500
  • ​Award of Excellence (as many as fifteen) - $200

The Springfield Regional Arts Council plans to give at least $2,500 worth of Art Bucks to patrons in the community to encourage art sales.

General Information
Artsfest is located on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri, amidst historic Victorian homes and tree-lined sidewalks. The festival is adjacent to the Missouri State University campus (second-largest university in Missouri) and Downtown Springfield (with dozens of restaurants and local retail shops, 600 hotel rooms and more) and almost 30,000 residents within a mile of the festival.

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
The festival is held rain or shine.

  • The non-refundable jury fee is $30
  • All artists will be notified by Feb. 1, 2019
  • The jury panel will consist of four independent, qualified jurors
  • Each entry will be considered solely on the merits of the works pictured in the images submitted
  • Each entry will be assigned a number and will be identified to the jurors by that numbe
  • The following factors will be considered in jurying:
    • Overall Presentation: The body of work should be cohesive and show an identity of design. The display should be professional, inviting and complementary to the work
    • Craftsmanship: Work should be well-conceived and expertly executed
    • Originality: All work must be the original work of the artist. It should convey the individuality of the artist and exhibit visual distinction
Up to 130 artists will be accepted and 15-20 alternates chosen. Alternates will be provided a waitlist number, and will be notified via email if a spot becomes available.

  • Clay: Original works in ceramics, excludes jewelry.
  • Drawing: Two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, ink, pastel, or charcoal
  • Fiber: Works in fiber of any type including fabric and paper; weaving, batik and basketry; excludes jewelry
  • Glass: Works made of glass crafted by glassblowing, casting, kilnforming or assemblage; must not be made from commercial patterns; excludes jewelry
  • Jewelry: Wearable works in metals, clay, glass, fibers, paper, plastics, or other materials
  • Metal: Works crafted from metal; excludes jewelry
  • Mixed Media: Two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of material in the production of a single work; excludes jewelry
  • Painting: Two-dimensional works in paint including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and others
  • Photography: Works created by digital or traditional photographic methods. Actual artist photographer must be in attendance
  • Printmaking: Works created using traditional intaglio or relief printmaking, including wood block, linocut and/or screenprinting
  • Wood: Unique, original hand-tooled, machine worked or carved work

Submit five images: Four images representative of the work to be exhibited in the booth and a fifth of the booth display.

  • October 26, 2018: Application available
  • January 15, 2019: Application deadline
  • February 1, 2019: Jury notifications sent to artists
  • February 22, 2019: Acceptance and booth purchase deadline
  • March 15, 2019: Booth assignments and show information sent artists
  • Friday, May 3, 2019: Set-up starting at noon in assigned waves
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019: Show open from 10 AM–6 PM
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019: Show open from 10 AM–5 PM

  • Drive to your booth space for unloading/loading
  • Booth sitters provided each day
  • Breakfast of coffee, bagels and donuts provided each day at Festival Headquarters
  • Artist Hospitality House provided with lunch for accepted artist each day (helpers $5 each).  
  • Indoor bathroom facilities at Hospitality House
  • Art Cart provided to help customers get artwork back to the car to help close sales
  • New in 2019:
    • Festival committee will be producing an Artsfest catalog that will be mailed directly to key art patrons in the community.
    • Select artists will have an opportunity to participate in our new Friday preview shopping event for VIP Artsfest patrons.

  • All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
  • No work from commercially available molds, kits or patterns.
  • No imports or buy/sell.
  • All artists must be present throughout the two-day festival. No agents, reps or dealers. A photo ID may be required at festival check-in.
  • All artists must have a City of Springfield retail license and State of MO tax identification number. Additional licensing information will be made available upon acceptance to Artsfest.
  • It is the artist’s responsibility to collect and report sales tax.
  • Artists need to provide their own display, including a tent or canopy.
  • Remember, the show goes on rain or shine, so be prepared. Artists are responsible for proper insurance of their artwork and display. Artsfest will not be responsible for damage to work or displays due to weather or other incidents.
  • Giclees of original work on display may be exhibited in non-prominent place in booth unframed. They may be shrink-wrapped and must be clearly marked as reproductions.
  • No refunds for booth fees will be given after March 23, 2018.

Booth Information
​Booth Assignments will be sent via email on or before March 15, 2018. 
  • All booth spaces are 10´ by 10´
  • There is a $225 booth fee
    • If you write a check, they should be made out to the Springfield Regional Arts Council
  • Corner booth spaces are limited and available for an additional $50 fee (**Corner booth spaces are defined as a booth with access on two sides. Not all "corner" spaces are located on physical corners. The festival is linear in layout)
  • Electricity is limited and available for an additional $25 fee, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Artists will be assigned a set up time based on their booth number, starting at noon on Friday, May 3, 2018.  Artists can opt into a later set up time, but not an earlier one.
All artists need to be set up and ready for sales by 9:30 AM each day
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