Event Information

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival 2019

Northam Park
Upper Arlington, Ohio (Midwest)

Phone: 614-583-5310
Event Dates: 9/2/19 - 9/2/19
Application Deadline: 2/15/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The annual Labor Day Arts Festival is a one-day blind-juried arts festival celebrating over 50 years of creativity and will be held on Monday, September 2, 2019.  Hosted by the City of Upper Arlington, the Festival draws over 25,000 people each year and is the City’s signature event.  Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the Festival showcases the works of local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media.  Artists return to our festival each year because they prefer a one-day festival format, enjoy robust sales, a knowledgeable and art-enthusiastic audience, and are well cared for by our volunteers.  A variety of activities add to the Festival’s success as a family-oriented event: an Entertainment Stage with local performers playing all day, an Art Activities Area with performances and arts/crafts activities for children and adults and a variety of refreshment booths.  Nearly 200 volunteers make this community event possible.  Be a part of an event 50 years in the making by applying now.  

General Information
December 2018
Zapplication reminder postcard mailed
jury code emailed to award winners waiving the jury fee for 2019
January 2019
Zapplication live
February 15, 2019
Zapplication Deadline-Midnight!
March 9, 2019
April 30, 2019
Artist Notification
May 31, 2019
Fees Due*
*we do not use zapp to collect these fees, you must follow the directions in the email sent in April
July 29, 2019
Final mailing to artists including maps and load-in information
August 1, 2019
Last day to withdraw from Festival and receive a full refund

Monday, September 2, 2019 10-4 p.m.

Our definition of a fine-art, fine-craft festival

Fine Art: A visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and graphics.

Fine Craft: Works of art that have a practical as well as an artistic purpose, including baskets, ceramics, enamel, jewelry, art glass, fiber, leather, wood, paper and metal.

  • Artists working in the same studio and using the studio name may request to exhibit in the same booth for one booth fee, with a maximum of three artists. Artists collaborating on the same work need not apply separately.
  • Artists jurying more than one category of work may apply under the same name with a maximum of three mediums.
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • Do not send space fees prior to jurying.
  • Award winners from 2018 receive their jury exemption code via email.
  • Emerging Artists have a special code for applying; please email arts@uaoh.net to receive yours.
  • Invited artists, wait-listed Artists and Artists whose work is not invited will receive notification April 30 via email. We will use the same email you have provided in your zapplication, take care that it is accurate.


    All work must be the original, hand-produced work of the artists and representative of the work submitted to the festival jury. Items not accepted include kit work, manufactured items, molded ceramics (unless molds are designed by the artist), dried flower arrangements, live plant material or trees i.e. bonsai, commercial photography, “buy/sell” items, prepared foods or work produced by anyone other than the applying artist.


    Our jury convenes in March and includes 3 jurors that have been chosen on the basis of their experiences in working with a broad spectrum of fine arts and fine crafts. The jury previews each category then the four images, three of work and one of booth, provided by the artists are reviewed simultaneously at a more deliberate pace. We will not jury your work without a booth image. Booth images are important, both in terms of your presentation as well as your overall work. High quality professional images are important also. Images must be current and accurately reflect the work to be exhibited. In keeping with our "blind jury process" images should not include the name or face of the artist or the studio name. If they do; you will be required to submit another image Work is evaluated using a scale of 1–7 (seven is best) and the mean and median of each category is then calculated to determine what work will be invited, not invited, or put on a waitlist.

    Our on-site jurors will judge artists' work in their festival booth. All exhibits must be in place by 9:30 a.m. Monday, September 2 as judging will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Award recipients will be invited to return next year without jurying and will receive an open space at no charge.


    Artist notification will be sent April 30, 2019 via email; please make sure yours is up to date. Fees are due May 31, 2019. Artists should reply using our paperwork, not change their status on Zapp. Artists cannot pay their booth fees through Zapp. Booth fees are $125/10x10' space for an artist-provided tent and $200/10x10' space for a festival-provided tent. A corner space may be requested for an additional $25 fee. Please provide credit card information as requested or make checks payable to the City of Upper Arlington. In the event of cancellations, no fees will be refunded after August 1, 2019. We understand emergency cancellations may arise-they will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Each artist must be present and oversee his/her work. Booths may not be moved from the assigned space before 4:15 p.m. For your comfort we suggest you furnish your own table, chairs, and umbrellas for shade. Electrical service is not available. Generators are not permitted. Batteries are not permitted.

    The Upper Arlington Arts Festival does not take a percentage of artists' profits. The artist handles all sales.

  • All reproductions must be signed and numbered in editions of no more than 750.
  • All reproductions whether framed or unframed, must be clearly and individually
    labeled “REPRODUCTION.” No other terms may be used.
  • Framed reproductions may be displayed on one wall of the booth, not to exceed ten (10) linear feet. All unframed reproductions must be displayed in browse bins.
  • Unframed reproductions may not be displayed in the same browse bin with original artworks.
  • No “hand-colored” reproductions.
  • Free parking provided in a lot set aside for the artists
  • A continental breakfast
  • An opportunity to order box lunches (delivered to each booth)
  • Volunteers for booth sitting with advanced scheduling
  • An extensive marketing campaign (print media, television, social and radio)
  • $1,350 in awards
  • 100 postcards by request so that artists can notify their customers about the event and/or a pdf of the postcard for emailing and blurbs for social media platforms
  • Programs published with the artists’ names, a map of the festival area and the festival events sent to 27,000 households and available on site for patrons
  • A well-marked map and list of nearby motels
  • Set-up/Inspections/Registration on Sunday, September 1, 1–6 p.m.,or Monday, September 2 from 7–8:30 a.m.



All work must be the original, hand-produced work of the artists and representative of the work submitted to the festival jury. Items not accepted include kit work, manufactured items, molded ceramics (unless molds are designed by the artist), dried flower arrangements, live plant material or trees i.e. bonsai, commercial photography, “buy/sell” items, prepared foods or work produced by anyone other than the applying artist.


Booth Information
  • An Artist-provided-tent space (10’ x 10’) is $125.00. A Festival-provided-tent space (10’ x 10’) is $200.00. Corner spaces, by request and based on availability are $25 extra. All displays must be kept inside your allotted space. No additional tables or displays are permitted in the right-of-way. Please consider this when deciding whether a single or double space will best suit your needs.
  • All tents or canopies must be flame resistant. Documentation is required to support this.  Tents will be pre-inspected by volunteers after setup Sunday and inspected by Fire Personnel Monday. They will insist your tents are anchored, not just weighted.  All 4 corners must be anchored to the ground.  I cannot stress enough how serious our Fire Division is about this--every tent will be inspected and artists will be made to be in compliance.  Tents must be anchored on all four corners to withstand 80 mph winds. Stakes and ropes must be used for this purpose. Weights are not acceptable as the only means of anchoring your tent.
  • Responsibility of compliance rests with the artist. Fire Prevention Office personnel can be reached at 614-583-5119 and will answer any questions concerning the above guidelines.
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