Event Information

Denver Arts Festival 2019 - 21st Anniversary

Stapleton Conservatory Green Plaza
Denver, Colorado (West)

Phone: 303-330-8237
Event Dates: 5/25/19 - 5/26/19
Application Deadline: 2/21/19 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (DAF Jury Fee (non-refundable)): $35.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.


Event Summary

MAY 25 - 26, 2019

We invite all artists, both Colorado and national, to apply to the 2019 festival. Now in its 21ST year, the Denver Arts Festival will be held at the Conservatory Green Plaza area of Northfield in the Stapleton development. The Denver Arts Festival will hold its annual premier event on May 25 - 26, 2019. The fine art exhibition features over 145 visual artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.

We are excited to continue working with the Stapleton Development. This large area that used to be the Denver airport property proved to be a great place for the festival over the last few years. It is now home to many upscale neighborhoods, parks, bike trails, shopping and more. Currently, over 35,000 residents live there but new houses are going up constantly and there will be more residents when done. Stapleton is the only development in the country that has a forever funded office whose primary job is to create and support events for the residents of Stapleton. We are proud to be working with the MCA (Master Community Association) to hold the festival in Stapleton. There is plenty of free parking and all artists will be on paved streets. All art patrons from the Denver area will find it easy to come to DAF since the location of the festival is just off two major highways. 


General Information
2019 Artist Prospectus and Application

Be part of the Denver Arts Festival. The Festival takes place in the Conservatory Green Plaza area of Northfield in the Stapleton development.

This competitive show will be chosen by a panel of highly qualified, talented and experienced jurors. The jurors will view the five images on calibrated monitors. The jurors will have access to the Artist Statements. All participants in the 2019 show will be chosen by this jury with the exception of up to 10% of the exhibitors who may be named by the Festival Director for purposes of creating a balanced show. Plus, artists that were chosen from the street jury from the previous year's festival and the previous year's award winners will also participate. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Denver Arts Festival is to create a fine arts festival to showcase both Colorado Artists and National artists.  To honor the mission statement of the event of showcasing Colorado artists, there will be a 70/30% split between Colorado and National artists. The 70% Colorado artist rule will be honored for as long as the quantity and quality of Colorado applications can support it.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2019
Jurying: February 22, 2019
Acceptance Notification (emailed and listed on our website): March 1, 2019
Booth Fees Due: March 21, 2019
Booth Location Notification: Mid April, 2019
Show Set-up: Friday May 24, 2019 (Starting at 7AM)

Show Hours
Saturday, May 25, 2019
10am to 6pm
Sunday, May 26, 2019
10am to 5pm

Denver Arts Festival officials will visit all displays at intervals throughout the Festival to ensure that exhibitors comply with all Festival rules. It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. Repeated noncompliance will result in expulsion and ineligibility for judging, awards and participation in future Festivals.

1. All work exhibited must be original art produced by the artist (includes limited editions of artist’s original artwork.) All two-dimensional work must be framed, matted or stretched.

2. Artists may only exhibit work in the category in which they are accepted.

3. Only original artwork and limited edition prints may be displayed and/or offered for sale. Prints must be produced in signed, limited editions, which are clearly marked as reproductions.

4. Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.

5. Artists must be present to exhibit. No spouses or other representatives will be permitted in place of artist.

6. A picture ID is required at artist check-in. Application and booth can not be listed under a business name.

7. Exhibitors may not sell promotional items such as postcards, note cards, calendars, t-shirts or photocopy reproductions of any kind.

8. Artists needing or wanting insurance will be responsible for proper insurance and protection of work and setup. The Denver Arts Festival will not be responsible for damage to work or setup due to weather or unrelated incidents.

9. Only artists accepted in the jewelry category may display and sell jewelry. Additionally, jewelry may only be submitted for jury in the jewelry category.

10. All work shown must be for sale.

11. Artists may jury in more than one category, but not with the same artwork. Artists may jury more than once in the same category as long as the work is substantially different.

12. Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must create a new profile for each category on Zapplication and submit a jury fee for each category. Three applications may be submitted per category.  Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. No advantage is gained by submitting multiple applications for the same body of work in multiple categories. Artists whose work is selected in multiple categories must still exhibit in one booth space.

13. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting all taxes.

14. Photography- Traditional: 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. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in this photography category.

15. Photography - Digital: This category includes any original work for which the original photo or photos were manipulated beyond traditional darkroom techniques by the artist using a computer.

If you are submitting an application as a collaborating artist/partner, you must submit the name(s) with the application. Here is how to submit your application as a collaborating artist - Go to “My Profile” first. Enter one of the two collaborating artists as the primary contact in the profile form. After completing the information requested, there is a section at the bottom of the profile page to enter the collaborating artist name(s). This information is carried over to the application for purposes of identifying a collaborative effort. You may not add a partner after the jury. If you have any questions or difficulties registering the partner, please contact the DAF office before submitting your application. If two separate artists apply and are accepted and wish to share a booth there is a $150 fee for sharing.

A wait list will be developed based on jury scores. Artists will be selected to be on the wait list in each of the categories. Artists on the wait list are notified via telephone or email of their acceptance.

Applicants must submit five color digital images, via the ZAPP application. Four images must show individual pieces representative of current work.(Do not submit images with multiple pieces unless they are part of a set that is sold as such). The fifth image must be of the display that will be used at the show with the full range of work displayed. The quality of your booth image is important to the overall score from the jury. Your display image should reveal no names and have no people standing in it. An outdoor booth shot is preferred but not necessary.

Cancellations received prior to April 25, 2019 a full refund of booth fees (minus any credit card fees, if any). After April 25, 2019 no refunds will be made.

Due to new requirements from the insurance companies all accepted artists will be required to have Liabilty Insurance. We will have a special deal for the artists to get a policy for the weekend for around $40. You will also be able to get insurance for the full year at a reasonable rate. 

Booth spaces are approximately 10' wide by 10' deep. Double-wide (20') booths are also available. Exhibitors should be prepared to adapt to outdoor exhibiting. All exhibitor tents must be white in color. Storage behind the booths is limited and must be kept visually appealing. The Festival is in an upscale neighborhood surrounding a park and the area needs to maintain an inviting and professional ambiance to the shopping public and the residents.

BOOTH FEES (Due upon acceptance):

Single Booth (10' x 10') - $495.00
Double Booth (10' x 20') - $990.00 (limited availability)

Electricity - $50.00 (limited)
Corner Booth - $125.00 additional fee (limited number of corners available)

A limited number of booths will have electricity available and will be given on a first come basis. There is an additional charge for electrical service. Booths that are not able to have electricity may only be electrified with exhibitor-supplied batteries (no generators allowed).

Application Deadline: February 7, 2019
Jurying: February 22, 2019
Acceptance Notification (emailed and listed on our website): March 1, 2019
Booth Fees Due: March 21, 2019
Booth Location Notification: Mid April, 2019
Show Set-up: Friday May 24, 2019 (Starting at 7AM)

There is overnight security both Friday and Saturday nights.

Show Hours
Saturday, May 25, 2019
10am to 6pm
Sunday, May 26, 2019
10am to 5pm

      Stapleton Rules and Regulations for Participating Artists 
  1. All vendors must have a City of Denver Sales and Use Tax License.  All vendors are responsible for paying the proper City taxes to the City of Denver and any and all other applicable State or County taxes.
  2. Set up for vendors can begin at 7:00 a.m. on each morning.
  3. ALL VENDORS are responsible for cleaning up in and around their space during and after each Festival.  Failure to do so will result in a fine to be determined by the Festival Manager (Denver Art Festival).  Three fines and the vendor will be ejected from the Festival for the duration of the season, forfeiting all monies paid. 
  4. The Property Owner (PCMD property) and Manager (MCA) reserve the right to reject any item sold at the Festival.
  5. Access to electricity and running water is limited.
  6. The Festival Manager, the Property Owner, and the Property Manager shall have the right to enter the spaces in the Festival at all times for the purpose of inspecting the spaces and all property contained thereon, at all times for making repairs, additions, or alterations to the spaces, and at any time that the vendor has abandoned the space.
  7. The sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products is strictly prohibited.  The sale of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of the Association in addition to any applicable permits from the City of Denver and/or State of Colorado.
  8. The sale, display, or distribution of merchandise that infringes upon copyrighted designs or materials or bears counterfeit trademarks is strictly prohibited. 
  9. The Festival Manager reserves the right to restrict the sale, display, or distribution of any printed material, photographs, books, magazines, pictures, or other representations.
  10. Vendor shall not sell or display drug related paraphernalia, guns, ammunition or explosives.  No person except security personnel and peace officers in the performance of their duties may wear firearms on the Festival site.
  11. No games of chance, skill, raffles, lotteries, auctions, or psychic readings may be conducted by vendor on the Festival site without prior written consent of the Festival manager, the property manager, and the developer.  In the event that such are permitted and properly consented to, any and all vendor offering the same shall be properly licensed in accordance with and to the extent required by Colorado law.
  12. All walkways and driveways are fire and ambulance lanes and must remain clear of merchandise.  Vendors are required to stay within their allotted spaces.
  13. No bicycles, motorbikes, motorcycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, or scooters may be ridden in the selling area of the Festival.
  14. Vendor may not use their space so as to interfere with or jeopardize the health or safety of other vendors, patrons, or the general public.
  15. Vendor agrees not to store any gasoline, petroleum, explosives, or any other dangerous items or noxious products in the spaces.
  16. Vendors will not be allowed to set up and sell at the Festival without signing and returning the Right of Entry Agreement. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  17. No pets shall be allowed, with the exception of guide animals.
  18. Vendor shall cooperate with the Festival Manager, the Developer and the Property Owners in the event that the Festival must be relocated, rescheduled, temporarily suspended or otherwise disrupted if necessary.

Booth Information
Artists may request a specific booth or area and/or a corner booth on their application. These requests will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis from the date their application is received. Booth requests for specific locations that an artist had in the previous year made by returning, invited or award winners will be given priority when possible. We are usually able to honor 90% or more of booth requests.
Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 10' wide. Artists are to provide their own canopy, display panels, racks and/or tables in order to exhibit their work at an outdoor festival. Rental canopies will be available.
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