Event Information

Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts 2019 - Bloomington Indiana

4th Street, between Grant Street and Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana (Midwest)

Phone: 812-575-0484
Event Dates: 8/31/19 - 9/1/19
Application Deadline: 3/15/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.


Event Summary

This is a show that truly is run by artists, for artists.

"Many artist's favorite show" in a beautiful setting with abundant sales!  Fourth Street Festival has an attendance of more than 30,000 people over the two-day period. The Fourth Street Festival was created in 1976 by a group of Bloomington area artists and craftspeople to provide a high quality outdoor art event.  Artists can enjoy a free Sunday morning breakfast. The Fourth Street Arts Festival, again, offers Artist Home Hosting during the 2019 Festival.  The Home Hosting program is in response to your need to help curb your costs of doing shows. 

The Festival is planned and administered by a cooperative committee of local artists, many of whom have been involved with the event over a number of years.


The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts strives to create an atmosphere of appreciation for art as well as an opportunity for artists to showcase their work by presenting a high quality event. We provide an educational environment to create connections with art and artists. Fourth Street prides itself on being admission free and welcoming to all.

General Information

Labor Day Weekend, 2019
Bloomington, Indiana

Saturday, August 31st, 10 am to 6 pm &
Sunday, September 1st, 10 am to 5 pm

You are invited to apply to the 43rd Annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Fine Crafts in Bloomington, Indiana. The site of the festival, Fourth Street from Lincoln Street to Indiana Avenue, is a pleasant tree-lined area close to both the Indiana University campus and downtown Bloomington. Over the years the festival has steadily increased in popularity and quality of works, drawing a crowd of more than 30,000 art-savvy patrons over the two-day period.  Over 40 years ago a group of area artists and craftspeople created the Fourth Street Festival as a rigorously juried art event that would be mutually beneficial to the exhibitors and the community. This show is truly run by artists, for artists. Submissions are juried on-line, by a paid, independent peer jury.

VIEW A VIDEO of the Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Tv_oFjcAw​

  • 120 Juried Artists (5 double booths-first come first serve)
  • Projected Attendance - 30,000+ art-savvy patrons
  • A minimum of $3,000 will be awarded by on-site jurors
  • Best of show and 1st in 2D & 3D have automatic invitation to 2018 show
  • Listing on Show Website
  • 24-hour Security
  • Hotel blocks at host hotels for artists
  • Home Hosting program
  • Complimentary bagels, donuts and coffee Saturday morning
  • Complimentary Sunday morning catered breakfast
  • Booth Sitters

A minimum of $3,000 will be awarded by on-site jurors.
Awards will be presented Sunday morning at artist booths. List available at Info Booth and at artists’ breakfast.
*Note: 4th Street Art Festival committee members are ineligible for awards

  • Ceramics:  All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. All work must be signed and fired by the artist
  • Fiber:  Unique, one of a kind, three-dimensional wearable and non-wearable art, created from fibrous materials. This category includes but is not limited to baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, weavings, felting and leatherwork.  All work must be designed and created by the artist
  • Glass No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • 2D: All two dimensional works except those defined in Photography and Painting.  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.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is made from metal, glass, clay, plastic, fiber or other materials must be entered in this category. Items may be made of any mix of materials and any method of construction. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  • Painting Two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils, acrylics, and watercolor, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, and encaustic.
  • Photography:  Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist. Prints made from negatives, transparencies, or digital files and manipulated with computer programs and printed on large scale ink-jet printers are included here. Works may also be collages or assemblages of photographs, made by the artist.
  • Sculpture: Original free standing works, incorporating any materials, that are carved, modeled, cast or constructed, should be  included in this category. (Includes 3D mixed media)
  • Wood:  Three dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved in wood.

 March 15th – ELECTRONIC APPLICATION DEADLINE, midnight Eastern Daylight Time
 April 10th – Notifications e-mailed and available online
 June 1st – Last day for booth fee payment by accepted artists


 Friday, August 30th - 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
 Saturday, August 31st - 6:30 am to 7:30 am (Dolly-in only due to water barracades)

 Saturday, August 31st - 10 am to 6 pm
 Sunday, September 1st - 10 am to 5 pm

  • $30 Jury fee
  • $350 booth fee
  • $700 double booth fee(only five available)
Applications will be accepted online until midnight March 15, 2019. The non-refundable fee for electronic applications is $30, payable online. We are using Zapplication to process our fees. You may choose to use your Paypal account or your charge card through Zapplication.  Payment of the $350 booth fee is a commitment to exhibit. No refunds. Please Note: after scores in your category, preference is given to early applications.
  • Submit four images of your artwork and one image of your booth.  Your booth shot should be of your stocked booth with no image of you, your name or business name in it.
  • Notification will be sent by April 10, 2019, via email and will be available online at www.zapplication.org.
  • Waitlist by catagory will be displayed in Zapp once waitlist order has been established.  Remember: waitlist is implemented on score, category then application date.
  • AFTER you receive notification of acceptance, remit to Zapp, your booth fee ($350), by June 1, 2019.  Payment is a commitment to exhibit.  NO REFUNDS. 
  • Acceptance is implemented on score, category then application date.  So, APPLY EARLY!

Indiana Sales Tax
The artist is responsible for collecting, reporting and remitting 7% Indiana Sales Tax on all purchases. For information, visit www.in.gov.

2019 Jurors:
  • TBA

Indiana University generously provides IU surface lots for this event.  Artists will be given a parking pass that must be displayed on dashboard. City and IU regulations prohibit overnight camping in parking lots or on city streets. Fourth Street Festival will not be responsible for parking tickets.



All work displayed must be made by the accepted exhibitor and must be original. All collaborators must be named and present for entire show. Objects assembled from commercial kits are not acceptable, nor are those made from commercial plans, nor those in which a commercially made piece is central to the design. Artists shall exhibit work only in the category in which they applied and were accepted.  If artists wish to exhibit in multiple categories they must apply and be accepted in each of the categories.  No jewelry can be sold in your booth unless you apply and are accepted in the jewelry category.  The festival committee reserves the right to refuse work that does not conform to these guidelines or work that is not of equal quality to that represented in the images. Artist must be present for the duration of the show - no agents allowed. Non-compliance with rules will affect participation in the show.

​Scoring is to be based on the quality of craftsmanship, design excellence and originality. The work should be well conceived, without technical flaws. The appropriate and effective use of materials and overall professionalism will be considered along with originality, technical excellence, and booth presentation.


  • Artists may display work only in the category into which they successful juried.
  • Only artists that juried into the "Jewelry” category may display and sell jewelry.


  • Giclee and offset reproductions must be signed and numbered as limited editions, and may not exceed 25% of work shown.

  • No commercially made jewelry or jewelry components (except findings).
  • No jewelry can be sold in your booth unless you apply and are accepted in the jewelry category.

  • No sales of CD's or cassette tapes permitted.
  • No T-shirts.
  • No sales of dried flowers, live plants, candles, soap, or other personal care items permitted.
  • No objects made in a production facility, i.e. art operation comprised of persons other than applicant artist who are paid to design, fabricate or assemble.
  • No generators of any kind permitted in the show.
  • Booths of accepted artists are required to be white, and be able to sustain a constant wind of 25 miles an hour.
  • Booths awnings must be removable (for emergency vehicle access).

The committee reserves the right to expel any artist who fails to comply with aforementioned responsibilities.
The committee may refuse the display of any work, on day of show, which FAILS to be of the highest quality, representative of juried images, or made by the artist.

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts
P.O. Box 1257
Bloomington, IN 47402-1257
Voice Mail: 812-575-0484
E-mail: 4th.street.festival@gmail
Our Website: www.4thstreet.org

Booth Information
  • 125 exhibitor spaces - 108 juried, 17 for working committee members
  • Limited double booths available (5: first come, first serve)
  • Booth size – 10' x 10'
  • Booth fee – $350.00
  • Only one artist's work per booth
  • Booths are vehicle accessible for setup and breakdown
  • Booths awnings must be removable (for emergency vehicle access).
  • No set up until the committee is finished marking the street and permission is given.