Event Information

Marshalltown Art Festival 2019

Downtown Marshalltown
Marshalltown, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 641-752-2787
Event Dates: 7/20/19 - 7/20/19
Application Deadline: 3/8/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00


Event Summary
With a long history of hosting annual art festivals, Marshalltown welcomes you to join us for the 2019 Marshalltown Art Festival! Due to devastating tornado damage to our festival site, the 2018 festival was cancelled. With a community focused on rebuilding and restoring, we are thrilled to invite you to our 2019 festival!
Art has the power of healing. Art has the power of restoring. Art has the power of unifying. This is exactly what we intend to do with the 2019 Marshalltown Art Festival; continue to heal, restore and unify as a community! The Marshalltown Art Festival is coming back strong on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 in Downtown Marshalltown. The theme “Marshalltown Strong” and the one-year anniversary of the day the community began to rebuild will be celebrated.

DATE: Saturday, July 20, 10 AM to 5 PM, with special patrons' sale opening at 9 AM.
LOCATION:  Downtown Marshalltown, anchored by the beautiful, historic courthouse square. 

What Previous Artists Tell Us: as you can tell, we have AMAZING volunteers who are available to serve YOU!
  • “Love everything about this festival!! Volunteers very helpful.”
  • “Such a well-organized & fun show!”
  • “Artist care is top-notch!”
  • “Best run show I’ve been to! Well-advertised.”
  • “Organization & volunteers are superb.”
  • “Excellent volunteers who are very helpful during setup.”
  • “Appreciate that this is a one-day show. So many volunteers!”
  • “Great hospitality, friendly people. Constant traffic. Love this one-day...

General Information
You are invited to apply to the 2019 Marshalltown Art Festival. In our prime Central Iowa location, we've grown and evolved from the Linn Creek Arts Festival at Fisher Community Center. Our new site will accommodate the increasing number of artists that we experience every year. Returning artists will experience the same top-notch hospitality and organization – with more of an urban feel
You are sure to be WOWED by our all-volunteer hospitality! The Festival committee, under the leadership of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, is committed to delivering an event characterized by tasteful, original FINE art, with a balanced number of artists in each medium. It is the planning committee’s primary goal to host the highest quality art festival in Iowa and showcase the many wonderful offerings of Marshalltown. Art-loving attendees come from a seven-county, central-Iowa base (population approx. 250,000).

Our Mission and Vision: 
The Marshalltown Art Festival is produced by the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance with a mission to connect our communities to arts and culture by supporting, promoting and enriching existing opportunities, and by seeking new possibilities. We strive to make Marshalltown an Art Mecca where our communities flourish with arts and culture.

THE DETAILS: all information subject to change

Name: 2019 Marshalltown Art Festival
Location: Downtown Marshalltown
Dates: Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM
Application Fee: All interested artists must apply via ZAPPlication, submit 3 images of work plus one outdoor booth image, and pay the non-refundable application fee of $25.

Booth Space Fee:  
Booth fees are due by Friday, April 19th, 2019. The following fee schedule applies for 2019:
  • Single booth fee:  $150
  • Double-Wide booth fee:  $200
Cash Awards:  Totaling $2,250
Three BEST OF SHOW awards: 1st place - $800; 2nd place - $600; 3rd place - $400

Booth Space:  10’x10’ with 3-4’ buffer on each side of booth with additional space behind booth along sidewalk for storage. Storage on sidewalk is NOT permitted. Booths will be lined along Main Street facing inward towards each other.

Electric and Water Access: there is a limited number of booths available for this service. If needed, there is an additional fee of $25 and the request must be noted at the time of application. Please note, generators are not allowed. 

Number of Exhibiting Artists Expected from Jury Pool: 55-75

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 
At least 10 (award winners from the previous year and special invitation) 
**In addition, all 2018 accepted artists are automatically accepted into the 2019 festival, however, you must still apply**

Parking:  Free/reserved/off-site dedicated. Valet Parking offered. 

Refund Policy: The $25 Application Fee is non-refundable. If cancellation is necessary after paying the booth fee, this must be done no later than May 31st, and a $25 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations after May 31st.

Early Shopping for Patrons: In past events, our art patrons invested over $10,000 in the opening hours of the event. If you are interested in serving these early shoppers and can be set up by 9:00 AM, please complete the required information under special questions. 

Event Name: 2019 Marshalltown Art Festival   
Contact:  Amber Danielson, Executive Director  
Produced by:  Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance  
Mailing Address: 16 E Main St, Suite 240, Marshalltown, IA 50158 / Marshalltown, IA 50158
Phone:  641-752-2787
Email: info@marshalltownartfestival.org

  • 55-75 juried artists
  • Projected Attendance – 3,500+
  • Dedicated and energetic volunteers.
  • $2,250 in cash awards. Three BEST OF SHOW awards: 1st place - $800; 2nd place - $600; 3rd place - $400. Three AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - $150 each. All of the above awards include an automatic invitation to the 2020 festival. 
  • Responsive website and integrated social media campaign.
  • Official Festival Program includes artist name and booth location.
  • Reduced rates at local hotels.
  • Complimentary Artist dinner Friday before the Festival; Friday, July 19th, 2019.
  • Free/Volunteer Booth Sitters.
  • Website includes 1 full-color image with name, medium and link to artist website.
  • Free, reserved and Valet Parking.
  • Invitations to special event(s) and reception(s).
  • Air-conditioned restroom facilities (multiple).
  • Complimentary Breakfast, Afternoon Snack and Water Delivery.
  • Exclusive “Express Lane” concessions.
  • Booth Amenities:
  • 10' x 10' Booth with a minimum of 3-4’ on sides of booth (1’+ behind booth by sidewalk).
  • All booths on the street facing inward towards each other.
  • Storage behind booth available and varies in amount. Some booths will have 1’+ behind booth; use of sidewalk for storage is not permitted. All sidewalks must be clear for festival attendees.

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM, Patron Pre-Sale 9AM    

  • Application Available: Friday, December 14th, non-refundable $25 application fee  
  • Final Deadline: Friday, March 8th  
  • Jury: Week of March 11th  
  • Notify Artists of Acceptance: Monday, March 18th
  • Deadline for Artists to Accept and Pay Booth fee: Friday, April 19th
  • Refund Deadline: Friday, May 31st, if you cancel after this date booth fees are non-refundable
  • Festival: Saturday July 20th, 10am-5pm (artist check-in opens at 6am) Early Patron Sale starts at 9am


The Marshalltown Art Festival jury consists of 7-10 individuals who are art professionals and art enthusiasts. The jury is overseen by the festival co-chairs during the process. The jury process takes place in one day via a single jury panel that scores applications by medium on a 1-5 scale. The jury is convened in one room and the process is not open to the public. Artist applications (sorted by medium and artist name), along with submitted pictures are provided to the jury and are also projected onto a screen during the process. Artists who are previous award winners of the 2017 festival and were accepted into the 2018 festival are automatically accepted. The jury does take into consideration artist history with the festival.
All applications from artists must submit an authentic booth image (that is, an actual photo/image of your booth, preferred outside booth image).
Number of Exhibiting Artists Expected from Jury Pool: 55-75

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 
At least 10 (award winners from the previous year and special invitation) 
**In addition, all 2018 accepted artists are automatically accepted into the 2019 festival, however, you must still apply**

  • The festival will notify applicants of results via email and ZAPPlication by Monday, March 18th, 2019.
  • In addition to the email notification, accepted artists will be posted on www.marshalltownartfestival.org and ZAPPlication.
  • Results will not be given over the phone.
All decisions of the jury are final.  MAF reserves the right to reject any application if it does not comply with the covenants and rules set forth in this document.  

Please feel free to contact Amber Danielson, Executive Director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance,
641-752-2787, or info@marshalltownartfestival.org. 

We look forward to your application!

  • All booth spaces will be measured and marked off.
  • It is the responsibility of the artist to prepare for all weather contingencies.
  • Setup begins Saturday at 6:00 AM, with judging beginning at 9:30 AM. No teardowns are accepted until the close of the event at 5:00 PM.
  • Artists are encouraged to be as specific as possible in describing processes and materials in the "description of material and technique" section of the application.
  • All work exhibited must be original art produced by the exhibiting artist(s). Work done by a production studio, in classes or workshops, “Buy-sell” and/or imports, work from kits, commercial designs, and derivative work is prohibited.
  • All work displayed must be consistent with the work presented for jurying.
  • All accepted artists must be present during all hours of the festival, and artists must personally staff their booths.
  • Artists may not begin set up until they have checked-in (check-in begins at 6AM on Saturday, July 20th, 2019).
  • The sale of original and/or non-original promotional items is prohibited. Promotional items include things like t-shirts, cups, hats, etc.
  • Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting all taxes, including Iowa sales tax. Tax ID is required in your application.
  • In compliance with city ordinances, no pets are allowed on festival grounds.
Artists who were accepted into the 2018 Marshalltown Art Festival are automatically accepted into the 2019 Festival, however, you must still apply.

Legal Agreement: 
The Marshalltown Art Festival, Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, City of Marshalltown, Marshall County and event sponsors will not be held liable for loss or damage to property or self.

If an artist is accepted in the Marshalltown Art Festival, it is understood that photographs and videos of their work can be used in publicity, both print and on-line.

The Marshalltown Art Festival is able to use accepted/invited artists photos and information provided in their application in all marketing, press, website, social media, etc. in a way the festival sees fit for the best interest of the artist and the festival.

Under city ordinance, the Marshalltown Art Festival is a pet and smoke free event.

Booth Information
See General Information.