Event Information

St. James Court Art Show (St James Court section) 2019

Old Louisville Neighborhood
Louisville, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 502-635-1842
Event Dates: 10/4/19 - 10/6/19
Application Deadline: 5/6/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (St James Court Application Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
This Louisville, Kentucky autumn tradition draws 250,000+ visitors who come to purchase unique handcrafted items directly from the hands that crafted them. Always held the first full weekend of October, the St James Court section of the St. James Court Art Show has been running continuously for 62 years. Artist amenities include booth sitters, artist breakfast, Artist Only Facilities with running water and friendly volunteers. A very organized and friendly staff works hard all year long to put on a well-run show. Application Deadline is May 1, 2019.

General Information
2019 St James Court Section Calendar:

Application opens January 1, 2019.

Application closes May 1, 2019.

5 person Jury - May 2019

Notification of jury status - May 15, 2018

Booth Fees Due - July 01, 2019

Cancellation Date- August 1, 2019

Mandatory Set up Day - Thursday, October 3, 2019

St James Court Art Show -  October 4, 5, & 6, 2019
250 fine artists and contemporary craftspeople from throughout North America are invited to participate in the St. James Court section of the St. James Court Art Show.

The show is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville, which boasts the largest collection of Victorian homes in the country. Old Louisville is an elegant backdrop for this display of fine arts and crafts, which will be exhibited and sold along Saint James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue and the adjacent blocks of Third and Fourth Streets.

Event organizers work diligently to cater to all artistic preferences and budgets. The result is a tasteful selection of high-quality original works that include 17 medium categories: clay, crafts, clothing/wearable/accessories, fiber, glass, jewelry/fine, jewelry/glassbeads, images 2D, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood. Proceeds from the show fund various community charities, $58,000 in college art scholarships, neighborhood maintenance and restoration. The art show is a 501(c4).

Admission is free, and this outdoor event is held rain or shine. Pets are not allowed in the show site.

The 63rd annual art show is scheduled for October 4, 5, & 6, 2019. Hours are from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.


APPLICATION FEES: A non-refundable processing/handling fee of $40.00 is due with application. All artists, including 2018 invited artists must fill out an application and pay the $40.00 fee. Checks, Money orders, Visa, Mastercard or PayPal accepted for application fees. One application per medium category. Applications must be submitted through www.zapplication.org by midnight EST,  May 1, 2019. BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT, ESPECIALLY YOUR MEDIUM CATEGORY.  JURY REQUIREMENTS: Three individual images of work.  NO COLLAGE IMAGES ACCEPTED. No Booth shots. 

Invited artists from the 2018 show will need to pay the $40.00 application/registration fee by May 1, 2019 to be included in the 2019 show.

JURY: The jury will take place May 11 & 12, 2019. Notifications are sent by May 15, 2019.
Invited artists are notified via Zapplication email.
Wait listed artists will be notified via Zapplication email. Typically 98% of Wait Listed artists are invited into the show and will be notified by August 1 or sooner of your status.
Artists not accepted to the show, will be notified via Zapplication email.

BAD CHECKS: If a check is returned by our bank, you will automatically forfeit your space in the 2019 Art Show.

SALES TAX: Kentucky law requires collection of a 6% sales tax on all sales made during the Art Show. Artists will receive a KY sales tax form in their Check-In packet at the show. Additional or lost forms can be obtained from KY Taxpayer Service. 502-595-4512.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The art show is produced by a consortium of 5 neighborhood groups and a church. Each section is responsible for its own exhibit space/exhibitors, which total 750 artists spread over 3 blocks. You may apply to any or all of the sections. However, Participation is limited to one section of the art show. Once you pay a BOOTH FEE to a particular section, you are unable to accept an invitation to any other section. Booth Fees are non-refundable.

WAIT LIST: The Wait List is comprised of artists who have gone through the current year's jury process. The show reserves the right to accept or reject any new or returning exhibitor. During the past three years, an average of 98% of the waitlist have been invited to participate in the show.

SECURITY: Louisville Metro Police provide security during the shows hours of operation; private security is on site after hours. St. James Court is an urban residential area, so reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of you and your property. All work is exhibited at the artists' own risk. It is recommended that each exhibitor obtain general liability insurance, as the shows' insurance does NOT extend coverage for exhibit damage or bodily injury.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be submitted in writing by email to the Director; Howard Rosenberg at howard@stjamescourtartshow.com . Booth fees will be refunded, less $100, prior to August 1, 2019. No refunds after 8/01/19. The booth fee is for exhibit space rental by the applicant ONLY and is not transferable to another exhibitor. If the registrant cannot participate, control of the space reverts back to the show and refunds are made per stated policy. No refunds if inclement weather is experienced during the event.

  • All work MUST be original and of exhibitor's own crafting; NO BUY/RE-SELL; Commercial or imported items, items made from kits or green-ware, or mass-produced items are NOT accepted. Any person exhibiting arts/crafts that have any resemblance to such items are subject to immediate dismissal from the show.
  • Prints and mechanical offset reproductions (e.g., calendars, note cards, stationery) are allowed, but intent to display them must be clearly stated on the application. Prints must be properly signed and numbered, and prints/reproductions may not comprise more than 25% of the display. (This restriction is not applicable to artwork produced via traditional printmaking techniques (e.g., serigraphy, etching, lithography, etc.).
  • Musical recordings may not be sold.
  • No food products may be sold by exhibitors.
  • Booth structure and displays must not exceed limits of assigned space.
  • Artist MUST be present and have their booth open for business during all hours of the 3-day event. Any artist that leaves during the show will not be invited back.
  • Partners listed on application are not allowed to be here in place of the artist of record. Agents for artists, including dealers, frame shops and galleries are not allowed.
  • Exhibitors will cause no noise which can be heard beyond the perimeters of their own exhibitor space without previous written permission from the association in which they exhibit. And if that permission is granted, additional permission must be requested from the neighboring association if its boundaries are within 50 feet. This noise includes but is not limited to music (recorded or live demonstrations) or motivational tapes.
  • Hawking of items is prohibited.
  • Exhibitors may not share booth space unless they have submitted a joint application and have been accepted as such, nor may they sublet or apportion space to anyone else.
  • A 10x10 Booth space is limited to one category.  If you are exhibiting in two categories you are required to obtain (2) 10x10 Booth spaces.
  • Participation in more than one section of the show is prohibited. Once you pay a booth fee to one section you may not accept an invitation from another section.
  • Photo I.D. required at check-in.
  • Street jurors will circulate at random during the show to ensure that all work shown is in compliance with these guidelines.
  • ELECTRICITY IS NOT AVAILABLE. Please don't ask. Generators are NOT permitted, however, battery-powered lighting is acceptable.

Booth Information
  • Booth fees are $575 for a 10' x 10' space.
  • Corners are an additional $50.
  • Extra Large (XL)spaces are $780. This is a 10' x 16'-19' space.
  • Doubles are available at $1100.
EXHIBIT SPACE: Returning exhibitors will be given preferred booth space whenever possible; new artists will be placed in remaining booths after previous exhibitor spaces are assigned. BE SURE TO MAKE YOUR BOOTH REQUEST ON YOUR APPLICATION. Every effort will be made to accommodate special needs of the physically handicapped.
Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own white tents and displays, which should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand weather and crowds. TENT RENTAL CO. ARE NOT PERMITTED ON ST. JAMES COURT. The average space allotment is 12' x 12', but this varies since it is an outdoor show where natural and man-made obstructions can limit or increase its size. Tents should not be bigger than 10' x 10', nor should display height exceed 9' to clear overhead tree branches. The show is held in a residential neighborhood; booth spaces are located mostly on concrete or grassy, tree-laden area, with some straddling curves, curb cuts, walkways or driveways; there are few spaces on perfectly flat ground. St. James Court is lined with trees, which block direct sunlight in some areas. All booths on St. James Court face east or west; booths on Magnolia Ave. face north or south. Exhibitors must abide by and displays must be in accordance with local fire regulations.

Corner spaces are an additional $50 and are noted by a 'C' after the booth number. Special requests will be considered, but the show has the right to deny request of change. The full cooperation of exhibitors is expected in this matter. Storage must be neatly concealed within or around your booth.

Booth fees are due July 1, 2019 and can be paid after notification of acceptance.  Please Do not pay a booth fee until you have been assigned a Booth # by the art show. Booth Fee payments must be made through Zapplication with a credit card/Paypal or by sending a Check or Money order into the art show office.
The address is: St. James Court Art Show, PO Box 3804, Louisville, KY 40201.
All booth fees must be paid online or postmarked by July 1, 2019 with no exceptions. 
A Payment Plan option is available by notifying the director no later than May 1, 2019. All payment plans must be complete by July 1, 2019.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be submitted in writing and emailed to the director Howard Rosenberg;howard@stjamescourtartshow.com. Booth fees will be refunded, less $100, prior to August 1. No refunds after 8/01/19. The booth fee is for exhibit space rental by the applicant ONLY and is not transferable to another exhibitor. If the registrant cannot participate, control of the space reverts back to the show and refunds are made per stated policy. No refunds if inclement weather is experienced during the event.

SET UP DAY: Setup takes place the THURSDAY before the show starts. Loading and unloading is permitted in close proximity to booth locations. Vehicles cannot remain in the exhibit area beyond the designated set-up time or during the show.  Booth setup is by staggered timed check-in. We ask that after you unload your vehicle, you proceed to parking and return on foot to continue booth set-up.  Late arrivals (after 8pm) must notify the show director by 8pm in order for us to inform security. There are no set ups allowed on Friday morning. RV and truck & trailers cannot be parked on city streets for overnight use. RV and camper parking options will be provided ahead of time.
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