Event Information

Corn Hill Arts Festival 2019

Historic Corn Hill Neighborhood
Rochester, New York (Northeast)

Event Dates: 7/13/19 - 7/14/19
Application Deadline: 6/27/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
PLEASE NOTE: Applications have been re-opened for a limited time for Wait List only in categories other than Consumable Crafts and Jewelry. No additional applications will be accepted in those categories for 2019.

Now in our 51st year, the annual Corn Hill Arts Festival promotes the creation of original art, encourages community cohesiveness and raises funds for the Corn Hill Neighbors Association and community. With approximately 350 talented artists and fine craftspeople, and an impressive offering of a variety of food and musical entertainment, this unique outdoor festival springs to life annually on the streets of Rochester’s oldest residential neighborhood — historic Corn Hill.  Each year, as many as 125,000 people attend this popular two day event in celebration of city living and commitment to the arts.  
Planned and operated solely by neighborhood volunteers, this weekend festival is consistently recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the country’s finest festivals and continues to be very popular among visitors and artists alike.

General Information
Paid online via zapplication and non-refundable
Each exhibiting artist must complete an online application with only one artist per entry, unless you are entering as collaborating artists. “Collaborating artists” is defined as a group of two (2) artists that work together on any one piece of art. If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as one joint entry. If accepted, all work exhibited must be collaborative.

Jurying is done separately for each category. The jury consists of local professional artists. Jurying is anonymous and based solely on the images included with this application. Decisions of the jurors are final. Inquiries questioning or disputing the jurors’ decisions will not be answered. Four digital images are required, three of the artist's work and one booth shot. These images are viewed simultaneously during the jury process. Since selection to the Festival is based on these images, they must accurately represent the work to be exhibited. Scores are based on originality, technique, design and overall impact. Artists with the highest scores in each category are invited to attend. Individual critiques are not offered by the jurors. Artists are notified in early April of acceptance.

Four (4) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artists: three (3) images must be of individual pieces of artwork and the fourth (4th) must be a booth image showing the overall continuity and professional presentation of the artist’s current body of work. The jury needs to see both the display and the work which the artist plans to bring to the show.
Note: The booth image is mandatory. DO NOT submit booth images with any identifiable sign or photo of the artist. Virtual booth images will not be accepted.

All items displayed and sold must be designed and executed by the accepted artist (no “buy and sell”). Items displayed for sale must be consistent with the accepted juried images.
Artists will be juried in the following categories:
  • Consumable Crafts (Packaged Food, Candles, Lotions, etc)
  • Jewelry
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting, Drawing & Graphics
  • Photography
  • Pottery & Ceramics
  • Sculpture & Glass
  • Weaving, Leather & Textiles
  • Woodworking
The Festival Management Committee reserves the right to reassign the artist’s category as deemed necessary.

During the Festival, each artist’s work is evaluated by an on-site jury consisting of local art professionals in each art category. A cash prize will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in eight categories for a total of $8,000.00. Other prize monies may be awarded at the festival. Prizes will not be awarded in the Consumable Craft category.

Any artist who receives a cash award at the 2019 Corn Hill Arts Festival or is the featured artist, and submits an application to the 2020 Corn Hill Arts Festival by the deadline will be exempt from the 2020 jury process. Please note that all standard fees still apply. 2018 Award winners are exempt from the jury process for the 2019 festival (standard fees apply).

  • Dedicated street managers to assist with information, breaks, assorted needs.
  • Daytime and overnight security throughout festival grounds
  • Free parking permit for nearby streets; free overnight parking for RV's and trailers
  • Over 90K in advertising to promote festival foot traffic


(518) 485-2889 or http://www.tax.ny.gov
ROCHESTER NY INFORMATION (tourism and accommodations)

Hereafter, the Corn Hill Arts Festival will be referred to as CHAF and the Corn Hill Neighbors Association, Inc. will be referred to as CHNA.
  1. Exhibitors must abide by the requirements as set forth in this application. Those exhibitors who do not display items depicted in the images submitted to the jury may be asked to leave. In the event the product and/or the vendor is removed from the Festival, the artist forfeits his or her booth fee. The Corn Hill Arts Festival Management Team and its representatives, contractors and volunteers shall not be liable for lost profits or consequential or incidental damages including, but not limited to: travel, lodging, insurance or wages.
  2. All Exhibitors must be registered with the State of New York and display “Certificate of Authority” at all times during the Festival. Artists are responsible for collection and payment of 8% local sales tax - 4% on clothing under $110.00. If your registration is pending, you may write “pending” on this application.  For information regarding a NY State Tax Certificate, contact the NY State Tax Department at 518-485-2889 or http://www.tax.ny.gov.
  3. Exhibitors may not advertise discounted, reduced or “sale” prices. Exhibitors are prohibited from displaying ribbons and/or awards from other shows or past Corn Hill Arts Festivals.
  4. In response to requests from residents, Exhibitors are not permitted to sell real or toy replicas or representations or images of guns, knives or similar items, including any depiction of weapons.
  5. Exhibitors are not permitted to sell items or display materials that either promote or disparage individuals or groups based on race, religious expression, political affiliation, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other characteristic intended to advance one part of society at the detriment of another.
  6. Exhibitor’s liability insurance shall be purchased and maintained by the Exhibitor to protect him/her from claims under Workers’ Compensation Acts or other employee benefit acts, claims for damages because of bodily injury and from claims for damages to property which may arise out of or result from the Exhibitors’ operations. The CHAF/CHNA requires that this insurance shall be written for not less than a $500,000 limit of liability.
  7. CHAF/CHNA is not responsible for any damage, loss of personal property, personal injury or accidents involving Exhibitors and their personnel. Exhibitors indemnify and agree to hold the CHAF/CHNA harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, demands, lawsuits, costs, penalties, expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) and judgments due to breach of this agreement by Exhibitors or their personnel.
  8. This information and the application contain the entire understanding of the Exhibitor and CHAF / CHNA. There are no other representations or promises. No changes shall be binding unless in writing, signed by the Exhibitor and CHAF.
  9. Failure on the part of the Exhibitor or CHAF/CHNA to complain of any non-action on the part of the other, no matter how long it continues, shall not be deemed a waiver, then or thereafter, of any of its rights under this agreement arising out of the operation of the Exhibitor’s business during the Festival.
  10. Your submission of the application indicates that you agree and will comply with the terms and conditions stated herein.

Booth Information
Single booth (10’x10’) $275
Double booth (10’x20’) $530
Limited electricity is available and must be indicated on application: $55 per plug.

Due to increased difficulty to obtain electric power in our historic neighborhood, we encourage artists to bring their own battery packs.  (Generators are not allowed.).  For those who prefer to purchase electric, please note that while we will try to place you in your preferred space, requests for electric could result in a location change. 

  • Exhibit spaces are approximately 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep, located on a variety of pavement, sidewalk and grass. Exhibitors and their belongings must stay within these boundaries.
  • No specific booth locations are guaranteed.
  • Exhibitors must be set up by 8 a.m. on both days and remain open until the specified closing times unless notified by Festival officials. Exhibitors may begin setting up display booths after 2 p.m. on Friday July 12th. All booths should be secure and stable in construction.Your booth must be enclosed on three sides with vending from the street side.
  • Exhibitors must display their CHAF identification Certificates at the front of their booths at all times during the Festival hours.
  • Utilities are not guaranteed, and fees are charged if provided.
  • Display booths and items left in place before, during, or after the show hours are the full responsibility of the Exhibitor.
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