Event Information

Celebration of the Arts 2019 (COA)

117 W Wall St.
Midland, Texas (South)

Phone: 432-687-1149
Event Dates: 5/17/19 - 5/19/19
Application Deadline: 3/25/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Apply for the 36th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, themed One for All and All for Art!  May 17-19, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Midland Plaza in Midland, Texas, located at 117 W Wall StCOA is the longest running, annual event held in downtown Midland!  COA has a strong reputation locally - community support year after year - draws out of town visitors. Fine Art is the centerpiece of the festival. COA hosts local entertainers; non-profit organizations; children's activities; regional writers, FUN food; and special events. Friday night, a Premier Party showcasing visual artists is a special treat for art lovers; Saturday & Sunday, artists are the focal point of the weekend with many family attractions. 

The 36th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, One for All and All for Art! 
May 17-19, 2019

$5,000 in prize money for 2019!
                                                               First Place                        $2,000
                                                               Second Place                   $1,500
                                                               Third Place                       $1,000
                                                               Honorable Mention           $500

General Information
The 36th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, One for all and all for art! May 17-19, 2019

$5,000 in prize money for 2019!
                                                               First Place                        $2,000
                                                               Second Place                   $1,500
                                                               Third Place                       $1,000
                                                               Honorable Mention           $500
Accepted mediums include oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting; pencil, charcoal, and pastel drawing; photography; sculpture; ceramics; jewelry; woodworking and other mediums subject to review by a jury selected by the Arts Council of Midland. 


CERAMICS: Original clay work. No machine made or mass produced work is accepted. Each item must be signed.
FIBER: Original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, painted fabric and baskets.
GLASS: Original work in which the primary material is glass. No manufactured molds or other forms of mass production allowed.
GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING/DRAWING: Original works made with pen, pencil or other markers, including charcoal or traditional printmaking. Prints hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
JEWELRY: Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, clay, fiber, etc. No mass production techniques allowed.
METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals.
PAINTING: Original painted works made with oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels.
PHOTOGRAPHY/DIGITAL ART: Prints from original negatives must be processed by the artist or under artist's supervision.
SCULPTURE: Original non-functional, 3-dimensional work of any material.
2-D MIXED MEDIA: Original work incorporating more than one material.
3-D MIXED MEDIA: Original 3- dimensional work incorporating more than one material.
WOODWORK: Original woodwork, hand tooled, carved, or machine worked.
·         Four (4) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
·       Three (3) images must be of individual pieces of work. Image number 4 must be a display of the artist’s work, showing the overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fourth image is mandatory.  If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to demonstrate how the artist displays their work.
·       NOTE: This is a blind jury process; please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.
Contact ACM info@acmidland.org if you need assistance with your application.


·         Artist hospitality breakfast and dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday & Sunday.
·         Restaurants, gas stations, and shopping are nearby.
·         Plentiful public parking.
·         Check-in package, hospitality area, and booth sitters.
·         Extensive local and regional marketing.
·         24-hour on-site security.
The Celebration of the Arts annual festival is presented by the Arts Council of Midland a 501©3 nonprofit arts agency whose mission is to enrich lives with all the arts through advocacy, education, outreach, and promotion!  Proceeds from COA provide funding for year-round community programs.
Arts Council of Midland works closely with the City of Midland, the Downtown Midland Municipal District, Doubletree by Hilton, and many local and regional partners to make this event special and possible.
Daytime, general admission is free thanks to the support of a local foundation. 
A singular, unique space awaits artists and visitors at the DoubleTree Hotel, with a variety of booth sizes available. Please note: Commission is not charged on artist sales; only a flat booth fee. 
Arts Council of Midland will promote Celebration of the Arts through print, radio, television, electronic billboards, and multiple social media applications.

Hospitality is our hallmark, and our volunteers create a wonderful private artists’ hospitality area and provide volunteer booth sitters.


Award-winning artists from COA 2018 will automatically be accepted into COA 2019. (Coupon code AWARD) 2018 winners must submit an application for space reservation by the deadline and are required to pay applicable booth fees but no application fee!

Artist’s venue is completely indoors with air conditioning, natural and artificial lighting and indoor plumbing. 

Artwork must be the original, handmade work by the artist and produced within 24 months of the 2019 Festival. Reproduced prints cannot be more than 50% of the displayed work. Anything submitted/produced from other sources or commercial patterns/kits are ineligible. Artists marketing any type of prints of their original work must clearly label them as reproductions. These reproductions may not be more than 50% of your work exhibited in your booth. All work exhibited must be equivalent in quality to that depicted in application images. Images submitted must be representative of all work to be shown. ACM reserves the right to refuse space to any artist not complying with these guidelines.  Arts Council of Midland reserves the right to close the booth of any artist who refuses to adhere to the regulations set forth in this prospectus.
COA Committee members will be present to enforce eligibility policies. Artists who are found in violation of these restrictions will be required to remove those items from their booths.
Booth placement will be arranged by the COA committee and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis after the juried selection process.

Artists must bring their own booth set-ups.
All booth fees include electricity. Pipe & Drape, tables (6-foot tables only) and chairs are available at an additional fee.

Booth sharing is discouraged. However, a maximum of two people may share a booth but both artists must individually apply through Zapplication and each artist must pay the Zapplication fee. 
Artists accepted into COA are required to give a piece of their artwork (originals only) with a minimum retail value of $100. Artists must e-mail an image of the silent auction donation along with media, dimensions, title and price if accepted by April 8, 2019 to the ACM office, for promotional advertising. Works must be presented by the artist to the COA representatives upon arrival during booth assignments. Minimum bids will be listed on auction items based upon your information. Prints are not accepted for silent auction requirement unless the artist is a photographer. Silent Auction proceeds go to ACM. All two-dimensional auction items must be framed...matted work will not be accepted.
Celebration of the Arts is juried for a general audience and reserves the right to remove any work deemed unsuitable by ACM officials.

The Arts Council of Midland reserves the right to use, any submitted artwork by artist or artwork of participants during Celebration of the Arts festival, for promotional purposes.

The Festival reserves the right to conduct multiple calls for entry until the event is sold out.

Booth Information
Booth Fees: INDOOR
$330- 10' x 10' Pipe & Drape. Electricity provided.

$625 - 10' x 20' Pipe & Drape. Electricity provided.

Set-Up Times:

Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Artists may not move setups or artwork into the building prior to 9:00 AM.) Booth jurying takes place at 5:00 PM.  Premiere Night begins at 7:00 PM
Friday, May 17, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Absolutely no loading out before the festival ends.  Load-out will begin at 5:00 PM Sunday, May 19th.
Absolutely no breaking down of booth before end of show Sunday. Anyone in violation will not be invited back to future shows.

Monday, March 25, 2019
April 8-19
April 22, 2019

All artists notified by April 25th 
Invited artists who have not paid the booth fee by May 3, 2019 will be assumed withdrawn from the show.
No refunds processed after May 3, 2019.

Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

Artists can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

Artists may apply once per category and in a maximum of 2 categories. Collaborating artists may apply to participate in the event, but only their joint work may be shown and sold. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces. ACM reserves the right to refuse any application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Collaborating artists must both pay the $25 application fee.
Jury Fee: $25 Non-refundable check(s) or online MC or VISA payment to Arts Council of Midland for each medium to be exhibited. Must be a separate payment submitted with your application. Fee deposited upon receipt. Checks can be mailed to Arts Council of Midland, P.O. BOX 3494, Midland, TX 79702.
·         Artists must be present during the entire event and must personally staff their exhibit space.
·         Artists must obtain a Texas Sales Tax Permit (Note: It is not the responsibility of Arts Council of Midland to advise exhibitors of any city, state or local taxes with respect to payment. All city, state and local taxes, and licenses, if any, are the responsibility of participating exhibitors).

·         Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting of all taxes, including 8.25% sales tax. For information call the Texas Comptroller’s Office at 800.252.5555 or go to window.state.tx.us

·         No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend the event in place of the artist.
·         Each artist is required to show photo identification at check-in.
·         Assistance from festival staff will not be available for booth set-up.
·         No commission on sales will be charged.
·         Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations.
·         Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future attendance
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