Event Information

Rockport Art Festival 2019 (Rockport, TX)

Rockport Center for the Arts - ACND Festival Grounds
Rockport, Texas (South)

Phone: 361-729-5519
Event Dates: 7/6/19 - 7/7/19
Application Deadline: 3/5/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Since 1969, this Annual Art Festival has made Rockport the best place to be on July 4th weekend in Coastal Texas. Located on Aransas Bay and showcasing high-quality artists, live music, a kids' activity tent and more, the Rockport Art Festival is the premiere festival for artists looking for an enthusiastic audience, with over 10,000 attendees.

General Information
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2019 (Receipt of Application, Jury Fee and Images; Jury fee is Non-Refundable)

CATEGORIES: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry, Glass, Wood, Photography, Mixed Media, Pastel/Drawing, Other

AWARDS: Best of Show Award ($500) and Best of Category Awards ($100) will be juried and announced on first day of the festival. All Award Winners receive automatic acceptance to the festival the following year, (no application fee or jury) but must still reserve and pay booth fees.

ARTISTS' WELCOME PARTY: Artists' BBQ takes place on evening of set-up, FREE to all exhibiting artists!

SUNDAY ARTISTS' BREAKFAST: A FREE artists' breakfast hosted by Rockport Center for the Arts in our big tent on Sunday morning.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for Artists.


March 1, 2019 (Receipt of Application, App/Jury Fee and Images; App/Jury fee is Non-Refundable)

ELIGIBILITY: The Rockport Art Festival is open to individual fine artists and mastercraftsmen presenting their own original work. No galleries, agents or anyone representing the artist will be eligible. The artist must be present to show his/her work.

STANDARDS: No manufactured items or kits. Prints must be limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist with the type of reproduction clearly labeled. 50% of booth must be signed, original work created by the artist. This applies to all categories. Artist will be asked to remove work that is in violation. Artists may not display work that is unlike the samples submitted for jurying.

MULTIPLE CATEGORIES: You may submit work in up to 2 categories, applying separately for each category with a separate jury fee and set of 3 images. YOU MAY ONLY EXHIBIT/SELL ARTWORK IN THE CATEGORY YOU ARE ACCEPTED. If you are observed exhibiting/selling artwork in a category you were not accepted in or that you did not apply for, you will not be invited back in subsequent years.

BOOTH ASSIGNMENTS: Specific booth assignments are not guaranteed for any artist. While logistic needs must be satisfied, the Festival attempts to accomodate the requests of those artists who have paid the full booth fees. The following order of priority guides the process:
  • Returning Art Festival artists who request the same booth as in 2018
  • Returning Art Festival artists who request similar or near the same booth as in 2018
  • Returning Art Festival artists who want to move booths from that in 2018
  • New and returning artists who did not show in 2018
  • Artists admitted off the waitlist.

BOOTH SIGNAGE and PRICING OF WORK: Artists set their own prices and may discretely offer discounts to encourage sales, but NO SIGNAGE OFFERING DISCOUNTS may be displayed.

NOTIFICATION: Notification of acceptance, decline or wait-list status will be E-mailed (to the email address artist submits with application) no later than April 8, 2019.

BOOTH PAYMENT DEADLINE (upon acceptance): May 20, 2019.

CANCELLATION: Cancellations received by EMAIL on or before June 1, 2019 will receive a booth fee refund; but a $50 processing fee will be retained. ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER JUNE 1, 2019. (Jury/Application Fee is Non-Refundable.)

WAITLIST POLICY: If you are placed on the wait list, the Art Festival will contact you if a space becomes available in your category. We do not disclose where you are on the wait list and are unable to predict when a cancellation may occur. WAITLISTED ARTISTS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON FESTIVAL GROUNDS during setup. You will be instructed on when and how to enter festival grounds as an exhibitor only after the Art Festival has received a cancellation and made contact to offer you a booth space. Any artist not respecting this policy will be asked to leave festival grounds and not be invited back under any circumstances. Your completed application constitutes your understanding and agreement with this policy. For more information about our jury process, see our Frequently Asked Questions for Artists.

PETS: Pets are NOT ALLOWED on the art festival grounds at any time. (Health Dept. Guidelines)

SECURITY: Overnight security provided. Rockport Center for the Arts assumes no liability for exhibitor’s property, including any damages caused by weather.

Booth Information

SINGLE Booth $325
+Extra Space $65
+Electricity $60

SHARED Booth $220 (per artist, max 2. Extra space is included with shared booth.)
+Electricity $60 (total; only one outlet will be provided per booth.)

* Shared Booths must be arranged at the time of application ONLY. No shared booths are allowed after the jury process has completed and payment has been received for a single booth. Artists must be willing to assume total booth fee (at single booth fee rate) if desired booth partner is not juried into the festival. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Booth space is approximately 10’ deep by 10' wide, under a shaded tent “wing” that contains 30-40 booth spaces. Surface is grass and may be uneven. Back of tent structure has a maximum height of 7'. Distance from pole to pole may vary up to 2 feet, and can vary due to placement of tent poles, chains, and who is setting up next to you. Please remain flexible and prepare to adapt to your booth space. Contact us if you need further clarification.

Extra space is untented, 10’x15’ open air space across the walkway from your booth. You may set up your own tent there. Extra space is included in the Shared Booth fee. This space can also vary due to placement of tent poles and who is setting up next to you.

DISPLAY: ARTISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL DISPLAY EQUIPMENT and SETUP. Display equipment may not extend beyond center pole under tent by more than 3”. If it does, you will be asked to move it. If outside space is purchased, artists may set up their own tent not exceeding 10 x 15 feet.

ELECTRICITY: Limited electricity is available at a cost of $60 per booth. Requests for booths with electric service will take priority over requests for same booth space from prior year. Each artist is provided ONE standard plug. The electrical box is shared with other booths, and is designed for basic appliances such as fans, lights, or credit card machines, etc. If you overload the circuit, we cannot guarantee timely repair.

SHARED BOOTHS: Shared booths are allowed with a maximum of 2 artists per shared booth. Each artist must apply and pay separately. Each artist must be willing to assume the total booth fee (single booth fee) if co-applicant is not juried into the show. Shared booths must be applied for during the application process. NO SHARED BOOTHS ARE ALLOWED AFTER the jury process has completed and payment for the booth has been received.

SET UP/TEAR DOWN: Set up occurs on the Friday prior to the Art Festival. Details will be provided upon invitation.