Event Information

Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg 2019 (formerly Patriot News Artsfest)

Downtown Harrisburg Riverfront Park
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Northeast)

Phone: (717) 412-1515
Event Dates: 5/25/19 - 5/27/19
Application Deadline: 2/18/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
2019 marks the 52nd anniversary of the Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg, a 3-day outdoor celebration highlighting an artist market full of 250 artists displaying fine art and fine craft.  The event also features a FilmFest, a KidsFest, a BeerFest, a JazzFest, and a main stage featureng local musicians. This free event is held over Memorial Day Weekend in scenic Downtown Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park on the banks of the Susquehanna River and attracts approximatey 40,000 attendees over the three day period.
This event is produced by Jump Street, a private, nonprofit community based arts incubator, serving Central Pennsylvania for over thirty years. Jump Street is not a marketing company who employs promoters; Jump Street is an arts organization with a mission to connect artists and the community. The goal of Artsfest is to bring outstanding art and artists to our fair city.

General Information
52nd Annual Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg 2019
May 25 - 27, 2019

Downtown Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park
Jump Street
PO BOX 5875
717. 238.5180

Show Times:
Saturday, May 25th, 10am - 7pm
Sunday, May 26th, 10am - 7pm
Monday, May 27th, 10am - 5pm
Application Deadline & Notification:
Applications for jurying must be submitted by Febuary 15th, 2019. All accepted applicants will be notified via ZAPP on or before March 10th, 2019. Please no phone calls.
A waitlist will be selected from juror’s scores in each medium. Waitlist artists may be invited as cancellations in their medium occur.

Artists Amenities & Services:
Name badges & booth signs for artists at check-in
Volunteer booth sitters
Free offsite parking (daily and overnight)
24-hour security
Onsite first aid
Free coffee tent every morning
All artists listed on jumpstreet.org & ArtsfestHbg.com with links to business websites
Jump Street staff is onsite during all festival hours & more
Emergency phone number puts you in direct contact with Program Director
The festival uses a mix of radio, print, outdoor and online advertising to regularly attract an audience of over 40,000 people to the market.  
Images submitted with applications may be used for show publicity.

Media Categories:
Jump Street reserves the right to re-categorize any work. Every attempt will be made to contact the artist prior to re-categorization.
Ceramics: Original clay and porcelain work, includes both functional and decorative work.

Digital: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered.
Drawing: Original compositions that are drawn by the artist’s hand incorporating ink, wax crayon, charcoal, pastel, pencil, chalk, etc.
Fiber, Decorative: Work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine screen patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted.
Fiber, Wearable: No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist are permitted.
Furniture: Work where the primary intention is furniture, including clocks and lamps. All media are included.
Glass: Functional or sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding, or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.
Jewelry: All work must be designed and made by the artist who is onsite. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber or other materials must apply in this category.
Leather: Work where the primary material is leather, including belts, handbags, and sculptural work.
Metal: Sculptural and decorative work where the primary material is metal. No production work or jewelry permitted in this category.
Mixed Media, 2D & 3D: Two-dimensional or three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
Painting: Original compositions that are created by the artist’s hand in oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, etc. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artists’ original source material is acceptable. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival material and all work displayed in the booth must be for sale. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of number sizes, printer surfaces, and/or framing options is prohibited.
Printmaking: Original work where the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stone, blocks or screens and are properly signed and numbered in limited editions.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single material.
Wood: Original works that has been hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved by the artist.
*Artists may apply in more than one medium, but must submit a separate application for each medium.

Entry Guidelines: Work from molds, kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or any other commercial methods are NOT permitted. 
All work must be original- No “BUY-SELL” or imports are permitted at Artsfest. If discovered the booth will be closed
All artists must personally attend the festival and all artists must be present during the entire Artsfest. Artists must be responsible for their own work and booth. Work in submitted images must be representative of the work to be shown at the festival. Only works of art personally created by the artist accepted as an exhibitor at the festival may be displayed or offered for sale. 
Artist must supply their own booth structure with cover; weights are STRONGLY encouraged, stakes are strictly prohibited. The river winds do tend to pick up. Individual tent rentals are available by contacting Jump Street.
Jury: The Artsfest jury is looking for artwork that will appeal to all age groups and price brackets. All decisions will be at the discretion of the jury. 
Images: 4 product images and 1 booth shot required. Please select your images carefully. The quality of the image as well as the quality of your work directly affects your score.
On Site Jury: At the 2019 Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg, all booths will be juried. Exemplary artists/booth will be juried exempt for the 2020 Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg. These artists will be exempt from the application fee as well. 

Cancellation Policy: Upon acceptance, there will be no refunds for cancellation after April 1st, 2019.

Pets: NO pets will be permitted in Riverfront Park during the festival hours.

Sales Tax: PA Sales Tax # is required by April 20, 2019. Call (717) 783-1405 or go to www.revenue.state.pa.us to receive sales tax application: DBA (doing business as) name must be received in addition to the Sales Tax ID #.

Liability: Neither Jump Street or the City of Harrisburg will be held liable for loss or damage to work or property or for personal injury, nor shall the artists or any representatives be a party to any legal action against any of the above named.
Quality & Safety Control: The Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg will be enforcing quality and safety control regulations. Any booth that is not up to the standards and structural quality of the festival will be asked to leave. This includes any booth storing boxes and materials outside of the designated booth area.
Artists or booths that are not up the quality and safety regulations of Artsfest may jeopardize future admittance. 

Booth Information
Booth Options:
Locations are available in the street and in the park (grass).
10’ X 10’ - $370
10’ X 20’ - $740
10’ X 10’ with Corner Exposure - $450
10’ X 20’ with Corner Exposure - $800
All payable through Zapp or by check made out to Jump Street.
All return checks will be subject to a $35.00 charge.

Friday, May 24th from 9am - 8pm.
All booths must set up Friday. No Saturday morning set-up. Exhibitors not registered by 8pm on Friday evening will forfeit their space to a waitlisted applicant.

Monday, May 27th from 6pm-10pm.
Vehicles will NOT be allowed onto the festival site until 6pm (This includes Front Street).  Your booth should be completely packed up before a vehicle may be brought on site.  Early tear down will not be tolerated and could compromise any future acceptance into Artsfest.  All booths must be torn down and removed from the festival site by 10pm.
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