Event Information

Joplin Arts Fest 2019

Mercy Park
Joplin, Missouri (Midwest)

Phone: 417-529-3730
Event Dates: 9/20/19 - 9/21/19
Application Deadline: 5/17/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 5th annual Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival.  This juried event showcases exceptional talented 2D and 3D artists exhibiting their original artwork.  The festival will once again be held in Joplin’s beautiful Mercy Park.  This park is located at the corner of 26th and McClelland Blvd (physical address is 3002 St. Johns Blvd). The art festival will be held on Friday evening, September 20, 2019 from 6PM to 10PM and Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9AM to 4PM.  This year’s patrons’ program will include a patron-artist reception from 5PM to 6PM on Friday evening.
Booth spaces of 12’ x 12’, are $100 which includes electricity and the cost of a Joplin City business licenses. Artists are required to provide their own tent (white tents are strongly encouraged) for the festival. Overnight security will be provided for Friday night through Saturday morning. However, each artist must be able to enclose his/her tent during this overnight period.
The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts are once again be hosting the festival.  Team Dental of Joplin will be this year's Event Sponsor. All funds raised by this festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to support a variety of youth related programs in the Joplin area.

General Information

IMPORTANT: All work exhibited must be created by the applying artist in his or her own studio. There are very limited exceptions.
Commercially-produced items bearing your art will be permitted as long as it does not take up more than 10% of the artist's booth space.  Examples include coasters, cutting boards, mouse pads, drinking glasses or mugs, books, etc. If you have questions, please call the co-chair for clarification. Lab-produced note cards are permitted in limited amounts if the images reflect the photography, painting, drawing, etc., that was juried. One card stand is permitted within the confines of the booth and must be shown in the booth image.  Joplin Arts Fest reserves the right to consult with the artist on fixtures in the booth before invitation acceptance.  A limited number of lab-produced reproductions of original art are permitted. Work submitted for jury must be completed within the last 3 years.
  • This is a juried show of fine arts—see media categories listed below.
  • The jury will select those artists whose work demonstrates originality and quality. 
  • All work must be created by the displaying artist. 
  • Giclees/prints of original work may be exhibited in your booth, marked clearly as reproductions.  These items may not include more than 25% of the work on display in the booth.  Prints placed on cutting boards, tiles, cups, etc. are limited to not more than10% of the booth space  T-shirts, or other such clothing items are not allowed.  If you have questions please contact the festival co-chair.
  • No-resale, market or commercially made items will be allowed.  If any items are not original work, do not match the quality and/or description of the juried item(s) or any additional items not previously juried, festival staff will request removal of those items and/or the exhibitor may be asked to leave the festival.  This decision will be at the discretion of the festival chairs.  No fee will be returned.
  • Any items that are not works of art for sale or part of your booth display must be hidden from attendees’ view. We are looking for a very clean, organized, gallery-type booth display. In some cases, the back and/or side of your tent may be visible; please plan to keep this area uncluttered and clean.
  • All artist spaces must be set up and ready for sales 30 minutes prior to the opening of each day of the show.
  • All displays must be within the booth.  If you believe your display cannot fit within the booth, please contact the co-chair.
  • All artist spaces must remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday evening and 4PM on Saturday with take down starting only after 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.
  • This is a family-friendly show; no works of an explicit nature, please.
  • In addition to the fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities.  These performances will take place during the festival as a means to complement the event.

Please read the category descriptions carefully.  Jurors and/or festival co-chair reserve the right to reassign an artist's chosen category.  Please feel free to call or email with questions.

Artists may ONLY exhibit work in their juried category. Jewelry may ONLY be exhibited by juried artists in the Jewelry category. Artists wishing to show in more than one medium may receive a coupon code (free application fee) for the additional medium(s) by contacting the festival office at joplinartsfest@gmail.com after completing and submitting their first application. Please, DO NOT jury the same work in different categories. 
  • Ceramics/Clay: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, may be displayed or sold at the festival.
  • Glass: Hand-blown or fused.  No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.  All jewelry, produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other material should apply in this category.  No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
  • 2-Dimensional Mixed Media:  2D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • 3-Dimensional Mixed Media:  3D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • Painting: (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels): Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc., on paper, canvas, gesso board, etc.
  •  Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on any prints, which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Sculpture (Wood/Metal/Stone): Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, created using hand or power tools.  Items created by a casting mold from the artist’s original sculpture must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
  • Works on Paper (Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking/Digital): Printed or hand drawn works for which the artist's hand manipulated the paper, plates, stones or screens.  In addition, any original work for which the artist, using a computer, executed the original image or the manipulation of other original source material. All works must have been signed and numbered as a limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. All photogravure, photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Note: Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category. Pastel artists should apply in Painting

Juried Awards
Award categories are judged on merit and outstanding achievement, regardless of chosen medium.  Awards are given based on the artist’s overall presentation and are determined by on-site judging held on the Friday night of the Joplin Arts Fest.  Artists must be present to be considered for the awards.  Winners of Joplin Arts Fest 2019 will be automatically accepted to participate in Joplin Arts Fest 2020, unless the artist medium changes.  A total of $1,700 in prizes will be awarded at the festival. 
Best of Show---$400
Best Booth ---$300
Best 2D Artist---$300
Best 3D Artist---$300
2D Merit Award---$200
3D Merit Award---$200
Artists Amenities
  • Fine arts festival not an arts/crafts festival
  • Artists hospitality lounge—coffee, cookies, & snacks
  • Indoor restrooms for artists.
  • Monetary awards
  • Patron purchase program
  • Overnight security
  • Booth sitters available
  • Drinking water delivered to your booth
  • Name tags
  • Booth signs
  • Assistance with move-in/move-out
  • Exhibit map/flyer
  • Severe weather plan for festival

Important Dates
  • February 1, 2019—Applications open
  • May 17, 2019—Application deadline
  • May 20, 2019—Jury review begins
  • May 26, 2019—Jury Notification
  • June 19, 2019—Acceptance and Booth Fee Deadline
  • August 1, 2019—Cancellation deadline for refund
  • September 20th--12PM Setup for artist begins
  • September 20th--5PM - 6PM Artist/Patron Reception, 6PM -10PM Festival Open
  • September 21st—9AM - 4PM Festival Open

Patron Program
This will be the festival’s second year for hosting a Patron Program.   The program proved to be quite successful and we were able to see the positive impact such a program can have for the artists.  At last year’s festival we had 88 people participate in the program.  Each patron purchases a minimum, of art bucks beginning at $100, so patrons are ready to purchase and collect your work! This year we are planning on increasing the number of people participating in the program and foresee a significant increase in purchases as a result.  In an effort to improve the program, we will be hosting an onsite reception for the patrons that will include the artists.  Each artist's booth will recieve a maximum of two tickets to the reception. This is a great way for the artist to interact with the patrons that have purchased Joplin Arts Fest Art Bucks, which will be used during the 2019 festival.  The reception will be held Friday, September 20th, from 5PM to 6PM, immediately prior to the opening of the festival.  Appetizers will be served.  We strongly encourage each artist to come and be part of the reception and to interact with the patrons.
Additional Information
If you have any questions about the Joplin Arts Fest, please call Steve Doerr at 417-529-3730 or email joplinartsfest@gmail.com.

Each artist wishing to show at the festival must complete and submit an application.  Applications can be found and submitted at www.zapplications.org.
Digital Images
* Five (5) images must be submitted for each individual media category.
* Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work, produced within the last 3 years. No signatures or marks that identify the artist should be visible on the artwork work.
* Image number #5 must be of the artist's booth set-up, showing overall continuity and presentation of the current body of work. At least three sides of the booth must be visible in the submitted booth image.  DO NOT submit a booth image that includes individuals.
* Images must be no more than 1920 x 1920 pixel. For information on image resolution, please access zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml.
Images must accurately represent the body of artist's work to be exhibited. Note: This is a blind-jury process, do not submit booth images with identifiable signage or photos of the artist. IMPORTANT: Your booth image MUST accurately reflect the work to be exhibited. If we don't see a representation of the type of work in your booth image, you may not exhibit it. Also, provide a reasonable approximation of your set up. If your booth includes bins for cards or reproductions, please include those in the booth image.  Please call or email with any questions.

New artists and artists without outdoor booth images are strongly encouraged to call the festival co-chair at 417-529-3730.
Application may be submitted beginning February 1, 2019 and must be received no later than midnight May 13, 2019.   A non-refundable application-processing fee of $30 must be submitted with the application.
Up to 60 artists will be selected for invitation. All applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection through an e-mail notification no later than May 26thIf accepted by the jury, you will have until midnight June 19, 2019 to reply to confirm your acceptance/participation in the event.  Failure to respond by June 19, 2019 will result in removal and an alternative artist will be selected.  A pool of alternates will be selected by the jury to be invited if space becomes available. Vacancies are filled by category. The balance of the show determines the selection of an artist from the waitlist.  Waitlist artists who are not invited will not be able to set up at the show, regardless of last minute space availability.

Sales Tax—Each artist will be responsible to collect and pay sales tax of 8.075%.  Each artist is responsible for reporting and paying the sales tax to the Missouri Department of Revenue.  Additional information concerning the reporting and paying of sales tax generated at the festival may be found at: http://dor.mo.gov/faq/business/special.php.  A valid Missouri business license is require in order to obtain a City of Joplin Business License.
City of Joplin Business License—All artists are required to have a City of Joplin business license.  The cost of this two-day license is included with the booth fee. The festival will apply for the city license on behalf of the artist. The license will be included in the artist’s packet the day of the festival and must be displayed in the artist’s booth.
Contract—A completed and submitted booth fee and its acceptance by the festival constitutes a contract between the festival and the artist to use an assigned space.  The festival staff has the right to assign, reassign or change any booth location.  Booth spaces are not transferable or interchangeable by the artist(s).  If unable to attend, please notify the festival office immediately at joplinartsfest@gmail.com.  
Cancellation policy—Cancellations made by August 1st will receive a booth fee refund less a $25 fee.  All cancellations must be submitted in writing to joplinartsfest@gmail.com.
Outdoor Venue—This is an outdoor venue and will be held rain or shine.  Artists are required to provide their own tent for the festival.  A white tent is strongly encouraged.   Artists are advised to bring necessary protection to safe guard their art from the elements.  It is required that each tent be securely held in place using weights.  A minimum of 20 pounds per leg is required. The festival is held in a park with underground irrigation lines, therefore stakes used to help secure the tent can NOT be any longer than 10” in length.   Because of safety reasons, artists not having the required weight per leg will be asked to leave the festival.  No refunds will be made should the festival be cancelled because of extreme weather conditions, any factor that the festival committee has no control over, or any other acts of God.  A plan for addressing safety issues due to sever weather during the festival has been developed.
Electricity—Electricity will be provided for each booth and is included in the booth fee.  Each booth space is limited to 500 watts. Amps x volts (usually 110) equal watts.  Most lighting, if it conforms to Fire Marshal guidelines below, is within acceptable limits. The use of incandescent or halogen light bulbs is prohibited.  Florescent bulbs and LED lights are allowed. Since this festival is held during the early fall and days can get quite warm, it is suggested that you may want to bring a small fan to help circulate air in your tent.  Generators are not allowed.  Artists are to supply their own extension cords and power strips and must be UL approved for outdoor use.  Those using electrical cords not UL approved for outdoor use will not be allowed to connect to the electrical supply.
Fire Marshal Guidelines
  • Candles, welding, soldering or any open flame are strictly prohibited.
  • Extension cords are to be 12 to 14-gauge wire and must be in good condition and UL approved for outdoor use.
  • The use of incandescent or halogen light bulbs is prohibited.  Florescent bulbs and LED lights are allowed.
  • Heaters/air conditioners are not allowed.

Booth Information
There will be spaces available for up to 60 artists to display their original art.  Spaces are 12’ x 12’ and are $100.   A limited number of corner booths are available on a first come first served basis for an additional $30.  Double booths (24’wide by 12’deep) may be available for $200.  Included in the booth space fee is the required City of Joplin business license and electricity.  Artists are required to provide their own 10’x10’ tent (4 walls are required for overnight security purposes) for the festival.  White tents are preferred.  All tents must be weighted down with a minimum of 20 pounds per leg to ensure the safety of those attending the festival as well as the other artists.  In addition 10" long stakes may be used to help anchor the tent.  Electricity is provided at no cost to the artist. Artists must provide their own electrical cords, which must be UL-rated for exterior use. Artists who bring non-outdoor rated cords will not be allowed to connect to electricity. There will be no exceptions. Artists who connect to electric with non-rated cords and cause the electric grid to go down will be asked to leave, all fees forfeited, and will not be invited to return.  Artists are required to provide their own lighting for their booth. You may bring a fan. Please don't be a power-hog!
Setup and Take Down—Artists may start setting up on Friday at noon.   All artists must be setup and ready for customers by 4:30 PM Friday evening and 8:30 AM Saturday morning.  All artist’s booths and displays must remain in place until 4PM Saturday afternoon. All booths must be removed from the park area by 6:30 PM.