Event Information

Stone Arch Bridge Festival 2019

Minneapolis Riverfront
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Midwest)

Phone: 952-473-6422
Event Dates: 6/15/19 - 6/16/19
Application Deadline: 4/11/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 12 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a free, art festival on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 15 and  Sunday, June 16. This legacy event is in it's 25th year. It is the 3rd largest festival in Minneapolis.  It is ideally located along the beautiful Minneapolis Riverfront stretching from the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge to Hennepin Avenue. The event will feature over 200 quality visual artists.

Festival hours will be Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. 

General Information
General Information
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Show Dates: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
Application Deadline: 4/10/19 

Important Artist Information
- Located along the Mississippi River within walking distance of the heart of
Downtown Minneapolis
- This festival has been a Father’s Day Weekend tradition in the Twin Cities for 2 decades
- 200+ Artist booths - 13 Categories
- More than $150,000 in media in Twin Cities area - print, tv and radio.
- Nearby and free parking for artists
- Drive-up/day before show set-up
- Overnight security

NEW SPECIAL OFFER -  Stone Arch Bridge Festival artists will receive an automatic invite and acceptance with NO jury fee to participate in Art in Bayfront Park! If you are accepted to the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and want to participate in Art in Bayfront Park your jury fee for Art in Bayfront Park will be applied towards your booth fee. 

Completed Application with correct medium (category) selected.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is not required but highly recommended) 
Jury Fee: $25 Non-Refundable

Location: Minneapolis Riverfront District is an ideal setting for this legacy festival of the arts! The festival stretches along the Mississippi River anchored by the historic Stone Arch Bridge and iconic Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

Features: The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a platform for artists to sell, share inspiration and receive recognition for their fine arts and crafts. Additionally, the event offers: A platform for local musicians to showcase, a fun family activities area, and the Pop Art Father’s Day Car Show.

Heather Williams
email: heatherwmpls@gmail.com
Culinary Artists
Stephanie Hansen
email: shansenmarketing@gmail.com 

General Festival Management:
Sara Collins
email: sara@somersetamp.com
Festival Business Office
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
900 Wayzata Blvd
Suite #130
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-6422 

April 10                Application deadline at midnight (CST)
April 17                Jury results e-mailed – First Round Invites, Wait List Notice.
April 29                First Round Acceptance and Booth Purchase Due Date. Second round invitations will be extended on April 30 
April 30                Second round invitations sent.
Booths will be available to puchase on first come, first serve basis, until sold out.
May 3                    Booth sales close / Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund. After May 3, there are no refunds
May 8                  Space/booth numbers assignments sent to artists
(NOTE: dates subject to change).

Friday, June 14                                 
8 am – 5 pm     Event set up
Saturday, June 15                          
10 am – 7 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS
Sunday, June 176                             
10 am – 5 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS
5 pm – 8 pm  - Event load out
We strive to include quality and unique work in the 13 categories. Our goal is to include artwork that is accessible to a diverse buying audience and available in a variety of price points. No sell-through items. The artist attending the festival must handcraft all work. Prints of photography, drawings, painting and printmaking may be sold if original work is also present. Henna and caricature artists need to apply to management for invitation status. 

1.) Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
2.) Mixed Media / Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category. This category also includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
3.) Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
4.) Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
5.) Jewelry/Beadwork: This includes jewelry items and sculptures. Also includes lamp work. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
6.) Jewelry/Metal/Stone: Jewelry with fine metals that may include precious stones. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
7.) Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
8.) Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
9.) Photography: 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. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
10.) Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
11.) Fine Crafts/Sculpture/Wood/Fiber: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium. Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. This can be wearable or non-wearable. 

12. Emerging 
Designed specifically for artists who are beginning their career in the art world and have very little experience exhibiting and selling their artwork. The application procedure and jury fee are the same as the regular show, however, upon acceptance emerging artists will pay a lower booth fee. Applicants must currently be a student and/or the first year of their business. A limited number of these booth spaces are available. 

Pre-packaged handcrafted culinary products. These artists need to apply via our Culinary Arts Quarter manager, Stephanie Hansen. For an application, email shansenmarketing@gmail.com .  No jury fee.


Festival Favorite Awards
One awarded in each (13) medium. Prize package includes:
  • $100 check
  • Acceptance into the 2020 Stone Arch Bridge Festival
  • Jury fee waived for the 2020 festival
  • Booth fee waived for the 2020 festival (in the same area – or available for upgrade for additional fee)
  • Festival Favorite ribbon
  • Marketing and publicity during and after the event
200+ artists will exhibit in the 2019 show. The 2018 award winners in each media are invited first, with the remaining slots filled through a competitive jury process based on the jury score within each category. At least 2 rounds of invitations are standard. 

Each artist is required to submit a total of five (5) images (four images of CURRENT work and one booth image) along with a $25 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per media. If a photo of your booth is not available, submit an additional photo of your work. All work to be exhibited must be represented in the images. Each of the four images should feature individual pieces that accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited; work shown in the images must be representative of current work. We can not stress enough the value of current photographs.

Artists may apply ONCE per media. Collaborating artists (defined as “Artist Partner” on ZAPP™) may apply to participate at the event, but only joint work may be shown and sold and both artists must be present for the duration of the event. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces.

  • All artists must be onsite during the festival. No sell through items. (Buy/Sell not allowed)
  • Artists may only sell items represented in their applicaiton and only sell items within the media category they were juried into. 
  • Artists are responsible for proper insurance and protection of work and setup. Festival is not responsible for loss or damages. 
  • Artists are responsbile to collect and report sales tax. 
  • Artist booths must be open all hours of the festival. No late arrivals or early exits. 
  • Artists must provide a tent and setup that all withstand wind and rain. We can not allow artists to use a tent that seems unsafe for neighboring artists or attendees. Shade tents are typically not acceptable. If you have any questions or doubts about the tent you plan to use, please ask in advance. Commercial tents with removeable/sturdy sidewalls (set-up and taken down for the artist) are available to rent for approx. $300. 

Booth Information
All spaces are 12' wide x 10' deep. If you want a double space, purchase 2 singles. There ia an additional fee of $100 for corner booths.
  • Main Street: $475
  • Fr. Hennepin Park: $350
  • Culinary Art Quarter: $350
  • Corner spaces (when available): add $100 (not available for Student/New Artist spaces)
  • Student / New Artist: $100  (Must have an invitation and coupon code to purchase in this area.)

Main Street = Parralle to Main Street from Hennepin Ave to 3rd Ave. (most spaces are on the grass)
Fr Hennepin Park = inside Fr Hennepin Park (all spaces are on the grass)
Student / New Artist Area = Water Power Park (all spaces are on a gravel path)

Returned checks and credit cards for insufficient funds will be charged a $40 fee, after which only money orders or cashier checks will be accepted.

1.            Completed application for each media entered
2.            Four images of artist’s work and one booth image per media (a total of 5 images). A booth shot is highly recommended but if you don’t have one available, use a 5th photo of your work.
3.            $25 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per media

Individual booth assignments are at the sole discretion of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival and are not interchangeable or transferable. If you have a special request please email the festival and indicate it in the space provided when you purchase your space. We strive to accommodate special requests, although not always possible.
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