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Ocala Arts Festival 2019

Location:
Downtown Ocala, FL
Ocala, Florida (South)

Phone: 352-867-0355
Event Dates: 10/26/19 - 10/27/19
Application Deadline: 7/15/19 Midnight EST
114 day(s) and 15 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Ocala jury fee): $35.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
About Ocala Arts Festival
FINE ARTS FOR OCALA (FAFO) was established in 1966 to promote the appreciation of fine arts and education in the community and is a non-profit corporation. Since its inception, FAFO’s main focus has been the OCALA ARTS FESTIVAL. The FAFO board consists of no more than twenty-five community-minded volunteers. These individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, work tirelessly year-round to bring the arts closer to the people of Central Florida.

2018 Best of Show, Award of Excellence Winners, and the Featured Artist are the only winners guaranteed an invitation and are exempt from the Jury and the Jury Fee but MUST STILL SUBMIT an Application.

General Information
You are invited to apply to the 2019 Ocala Arts Festival in Historic Downtown Ocala, Florida.

• The 53rd Annual Ocala Arts Festival invites a minimum of 156 Artists
• ALL Applications must be submitted by July 15th, 2019
• Blind judging will be completed no later than July 23rd.
•Please update your Photographs, our Jurors only see the 4 photographs you submitted & your ID number.
• They do not know who you are, how many times you have been in Ocala Art Festival or the awards you have won, please keep that in mind when choosing the 4 photographs you submit.
• Notification of acceptance will be done by email NO later than August 6th.
• If you are accepted into the show, the Booth Fee must be paid no later than August 20th
• Booth fees paid after August 20th will have an additional processing fee of $50.
The number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 4. The Best of Show, 2 Award of Excellence Winners and the Featured Artist.
Parking: Free parking, Free Handicap parking, and Free RV and Trailer Parking provided.
Load-In: Access booth directly with a vehicle
Attendance: 25,000+ guests
ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL AND SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.

AWARDS
2019 Awards Program - $22,000 In Awards!

$4,000.00 - Best In Show
$2,000.00 - 2 Awards of Excellence
$1,000.00 - 7 Awards of Distinction
$500.00 - 10 Awards of Merit
$2,000.00 - Purchasing Awards
• Awards are given at the discretion of Judges.
• Award-winning artists will be recognized at the Saturday Night’s Artist Dinner and presented a Ribbon to display in their booth on Sunday.
• Award winner’s checks will be delivered to the Artists’ booth on Sunday

JURY INFORMATION
Jury fee is $35.00
• Application for Jury closes 12 am, July 15.
• The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt.
• The Jury Fee can be paid through ZAPPlication, or paid directly to FAFO by credit card by calling 352-867-0355, or by mail by sending booth fee to Fine Arts For Ocala, P.O. Box 6229, Ocala, FL. 34478. Make Checks payable to FAFO.
• You must submit four (4) images: Three (3) artwork images (with no signatures), and One (1) Booth image with your artwork displayed.
• Your authentic booth image (that is, an actual photo/image of your booth) should display your current artwork and should not have any identifiable markings. That means no booth cards; no signage and no people or pets should be shown in the photo.
• No artists’ names are used during the selection process to guarantee complete impartiality.
• Please update your Photographs, our Jurors only see the 4 photographs you submitted & your ID number.
THEY DO NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE, or how many times you have been in Ocala Art Festival& the awards you have won, so please keep that in mind when choosing the 4 photographs you submit.
• Booth images may not be created in a computer program or manipulated, enhanced or otherwise affected by a computer in any way.
• The booth image must include the entire booth, not a portion.
• The booth image must be that of your outdoor booth (no indoor booth image)
• A note about the booth image- The booth image shows the jury your body of work, provides dimension and scale, a sense of artistic and creative presentation, and reflects what your booth will look like at the show. It will also report to the jury if the work submitted in the individual images reflects your current style and overall body of work.
PLEASE NOTE: Your application will be rejected if these rules are not followed

JURY PROCESS
• One jury session is held.
• The session is judged by guest jurors and the FAFO Jurying Committee.
• Jurors are selected for their experience and expertise. A diversity of backgrounds and skills is sought, including artists and educators.  
• Artist applicants remain anonymous.
• All four images are projected simultaneously and are viewed in the random ZAPP ID order on laptops.
• 3 photographs of your work and 1 of your booth. The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work which is represented in the first 3 images. It also helps identify the scale of the artist's work.
• Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Arts Festival.
• Scoring is 1 (low) to 7 (high), based on originality, creativity, design, technique, craftsmanship, production methodology, and Booth Presentation.
• Jury scores are combined and averaged.
• Selection is by the jury process only.
• The decisions of the judges are final.
• Notification of acceptance will be done by email NO later than August 20.

ARTIST BENEFITS
•24-Hour Security
•Artist Packet
•Artist and Assistants Name Tags
• Complimentary water & snacks on both days
•  Friday Check-In & Set-Up. Saturday Check in available but must be set up by 9 am
• Artists’ Oasis with refreshments available all day
• Free parking, Free Handicap parking, and Free RV and Trailer Parking provided.
• Booth Sitting staffed by Volunteers
• Saturday and Sunday Morning Breakfast
• Saturday Night Artists’ Dinner & Awards Presentation
• Art Festival Program distributed at the event and archived on FAFO.org website
• Award Winners featured on FAFO.org website & Facebook
• Website & Social Media coverage of the Art Festival with Links to the Artists Websites, if provided.
• Extensive media promotions throughout Central Florida leading up to the Festival.
• Artist Complimentary Breakfast is at Citizens Circle- Saturday, from 7:30 – 8:30 am  and Sunday, from 8:00 – 9:00 am
• Artist Dinner- 6:30 pm and Award Ceremony- Saturday, at Citizens Circle at 7:00 pm

Rules/Regulations
ARTIST RULES AND REGULATIONS
   • Only Fine Craftsmen and Artists displaying their own ORIGINAL Artwork may participate.
   • Only Artists selected by the FAFO jury may exhibit work.
   • Artists must be 18 years or older to submit
   • Please make sure there is NO PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION on your BOOTH IMAGES, we conduct a Blind Jurying Process.
   • Update your Photographs with your current work & booth image, sometimes the booth image is the deciding factor of acceptance.
   • The ARTIST MUST BE PRESENT at the show on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.
   • NO Proxy exhibitors will be allowed. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.
   • Photo ID required. The Arts Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
   • All work must be created since 2016, available for sale and typified by the images submitted with the application.
   • NO MACHINE - MADE or MASS PRODUCED work is allowed.
   • All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
   • Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
   • No kit work or commercial reproductions of any kind allowed.
   • FAFO reserves the right to reject any entry which is unsuitable in size or fragility does not meet the guidelines specified or is not representative of the work juried.
   • FAFO reserves the right to photograph work on display for use in promotions of the Art Festival and for future promotional materials for FAFO.
   • Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.
   • All work exhibited must be of the quality, category, and body of work of that shown in the images juried.

FINE ART REPRODUCTIONS
• Mechanical reproductions of your original artwork (photo-offset, letterpress, photocopy, gravure, giclees or inkjet prints) – including those receiving additional modification or enhancement by the artist – must be matted and may not be sold as framed art or hung alongside original works.
• Reproductions must be displayed within the assigned booth space in a browse bin.
• If you are found to have framed reproductions hanging in your booth, the FAFO Committee will be visiting booths on Saturday and Sunday and will ask you to move them to a browse bin.
• Photographic prints must be made from the artist’s original negative or digital files and processed by the artist or under the artist’s supervision.
• Digital art must be original artwork created by the artist on a computer and must be signed.
• Ceramic, wood, glass and metal artworks must be handmade by the artist. No machine-made or mass produced artwork is allowed. If more than one piece of the same design is displayed, each must be signed.
• All original artwork should be appropriately framed or mounted. Gallery wrapped canvases many not have a frame if the sides are painted in a professional manner. Unframed watercolors, drawings, graphics, and photos must be displayed in a portfolio or browse bin.
• This show is for artists and craftsmen, and not for commercialism or dealers.
• Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the FAFO Art Festival Committee.
• Exhibitors whose artwork does not correspond to the quality represented in their ZAPP images may be asked to remove their entire exhibit without fee refund.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED
   • Reproductions of original artwork
   • Copies of original artwork and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
   • Work purchased from an outside source for resale
   • Production artwork in any category
   • Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
   • Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils, and homemade food items should not be entered into this event.
   • Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc.
   • Artwork created before January 1, 2016
   • Artwork not in the category in which the artist applied and was accepted
   • Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
   • Alcohol or sound systems
   • Pets

 IMPORTANT:
During the Art Festival, all displays will be visited by the FAFO Art Festival Committee to ensure that the displays and artwork are in compliance with Festival rules. It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. They will make the final decision. Non-compliance can result in expulsion and ineligibility for judging, awards and future Art Festival participation.
 
CATEGORIES
   • CLAY
Three-dimensional clay and porcelain work created by the artist. Jewelry is not included in this category. May not be machine-made or mass-produced.
   • DIGITAL ART
Two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. May include scanned images, from the artist or other sources that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs. Work must be printed with archival quality materials and properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250.
   • DRAWINGS & GRAPHICS
Two-dimensional works created by the artist using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, or from the fluid medium of inks and washes, applied by pen or brush. Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
   • FIBER
Three-dimensional work, wearable and non-wearable, created from fibrous materials. This category includes but is not limited to baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, weavings, felting, etc. All work must be designed and created by the artist. No commercial or mass production works are permitted, regardless of additional modifications or enhancement by the artist.
   • GLASS
Three-dimensional work created by the artist in glass. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted.
   • JEWELRY
Jewelry created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or a production studio, regardless of medium. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
   • METAL
Three-dimensional artwork created by the artist through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.
   • MIXED MEDIA – 2D
Two-dimensional, one-of-a-kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
   • MIXED MEDIA – 3D
Three-dimensional, one-of-a-kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
   • PAINTING
Two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, encaustic (excluding watercolor). Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
   • PHOTOGRAPHY
Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes digital and film photography. Hand-colored photography and emulsion transfers are accepted in this category. Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All images printed must be signed. Exhibitor must disclose their creative and printing processes during the Festival if asked. All prints must be displayed in a professional manner, with a backboard, or matted in a plastic sleeve.
   • PRINTMAKING
Two-dimensional printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. Printed original works are hand manipulated by the artist using etching, engraving, silk-screening, stone, and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, etc., which have been properly signed using archival quality materials.
   • SCULPTURE
Three-dimensional work created by the artist primarily in a single medium such as shaping figures or a design in the round or in relief, by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.
   • WATERCOLOR
Two-dimensional work created by the artist with watercolors using archival quality materials and properly signed.
   • WOOD
Three-dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved in wood.
 
   • EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM- 
Fine Arts for Ocala is initiating an Emerging Artist Program for the 2019 Ocala Arts Festival. Our goal is to support artists who are beginning their professional career in the visual arts by providing the opportunity to experience an outdoor festival at minimal cost to the Emerging Artists.
CALL

The Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Committee is seeking up to five (5) participants for the 2019 Emerging Artist Program at The 53rd Ocala Arts Festival. The program is designed specifically for outstanding artists who are just beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums or juried outdoor festivals.

The Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist reserves the right to pre-screen and research Emerging Artist applicants to make sure they are an appropriate fit for this category.

Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or to The Ocala Arts Festival through the regular application process, but they may not apply to both.
 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Emerging Artist Program applications to The 53rd Ocala Arts Festival will be available between January 2019 and July 15, 2019 thru ZAPP at www.zapplication.org.
  • Create your free ACCOUNT in ZAPP (the one-step online application system now used by most large outdoor shows) at www.zapplication.org.
  • Emerging Artists must apply in the EMERGING ARTIST Medium Category in ZAPP and images submitted must be limited to one artistic discipline.
  • Emerging Artist applicants will pay the $35 application fee but their booth fee will be waived, they must use COUPON CODE FAFOEmerging2019 to waive the Booth fee.
  • Please respond to the question in ZAPP that asks how you heard about our Emerging Artist Program.

IMAGES
Upload four (4) IMAGES of your artwork with no visible artist's signature. ZAPP requires a booth image for all regular applicants but not for Emerging Artists. NOTE:  In order to complete your application, you MUST submit your fourth artwork image marked as "display" or ZAPP will not process and accept your submission.

Excellent guidelines labeled Image Preparation may be found in ZAPP. If accepted, only images submitted in the ZAPP format can be used in our publicity. Your #1 image will be used in the Festival programs, on the website and other Festival-related media.

REMINDER: The Ocala Arts Festival is a family-oriented event and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.


MEDIUM CATEGORY-EMERGING ARTIST
You MUST submit your application in this category. Your submitted and displayed work must be limited to only one of the artistic disciplines listed below.
 

THE JUDGES AND THE JUDGING PROCESS
The jury panel will consist of individuals selected from across the area for their knowledge in art media, experience in the arts, or involvement in the Ocala Arts community. In late July they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival Artists and the Emerging Artists.

Artists awarded positions as FAFO’s 2019 Emerging Artist will not be eligible for any additional awards or recognition during the festival.
 

AMENITIES
Emerging Artists are treated to the same amenities as all other festival exhibitors. In addition to having an opportunity to sell their work, meet other artists and participate in a nationally recognized festival, the selected artists are afforded these amenities:

  • Waiver of the $275 artist booth fee
  • A $500 Stipend to go towards materials for constructing or assembling a festival display booth
  • A 10’x10’ display tent and two (2) chairs for use during the festival.
  • Up to $250 round trip travel expenses for one (1) if traveling to Ocala from outside Marion County. Transportation reimbursed at either round trip airfare or your choice of vehicle mileage at fifty-three and 1/2 cents ($.535) per mile or actual fuel costs incurred while driving.
  • Friday Set-Up and Check-In
  • Artists’ Hospitality Center with refreshments available all day
  • Free Artists’ Parking near the event zone.
  • Booth Sitting staffed by volunteers available on call
  • Artist Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Saturday Night Artists’ Dinner & Awards Presentation
  • Security patrol after hours
  • Extensive media promotions throughout Central Florida leading up to the Festival
  • Artists retain all sales proceeds

ACCEPTANCE
Emerging Artists will be screened in the EMERGING ARTIST Medium Category. They will be scored based on the merits of the work submitted in one artistic discipline. Our judges will jury the four (4) submitted digital images of your work, and those receiving the judges’ highest evaluations will be invited to participate in The 2019 Ocala Arts Festival Emerging Artist Program. Selection is by the jury process only. The decisions of the judges are final.

All Emerging Artist Program entrants will be notified of the screening results on or before August 5, 2019, by email. If accepted, you must respond to ZAPP before Midnight (EST), August 20, 2019.

We reserve the right to pre-screen and research Emerging Artists applicants to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.
 

RULES & REGULATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS
To qualify as an Emerging Artist, applicants should be beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums or juried outdoor festivals.
 

ARTIST STATEMENT
Each exhibitor must display an Artist Statement prominently in their booth that describes the technique, materials and processes used in the creation of the entire body of work.
 

COMMITMENT
Your completed ZAPP application and acceptance of our invitation to exhibit is a commitment to show in your selected artistic discipline and to abide by the Festival rules. Artists must be present in their booths at all times during the two-day festival.
 

EXHIBIT SPACE

  • Each space measures 10’ by 12’. The artist’s display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space.
  • An artist may have only one (1) space.
  • Tents provided are 10’x10’.
  • The work of only one (1) exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space.
  • A minimum of six (6) pieces must be displayed.
  • The Festival retains the right to regulate various aspects of the booth display including, but not limited to, number of pieces of artwork, size and number of bins, and overall placement within the allotted space.
  • Booth locations for Emerging Artists are assigned by the Committee.
  • The Ocala Arts Festival is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

DISPLAYED ARTWORK

  • Only original work in one artistic discipline may be displayed and offered for sale.
  • The work must be attributable solely to the Emerging Artist.
  • Artists must be present in their booths at all times during the two-day festival. Brief booth-sitters are permitted.
  • Proxy representation will not be allowed.
  • Work by Emerging Artists may have been created at any time.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:

  • Reproductions of original artwork
  • Copies of original artwork and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
  • Work purchased from an outside source for resale
  • Production artwork in any category
  • Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
  • Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils, and homemade food items
  • Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc.
  • Framing in the Park
  • Artwork not in the artistic discipline in which the artist applied and was accepted
  • Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
  • Creation or demonstration of artwork in the Park
  • Alcohol or sound systems
  • Pets
  • Generators

IMPORTANT: During the Festival, all displays will be visited by Viewing Committee members to ensure that the displays and artwork are in compliance with Festival rules. It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. Non-compliance can result in expulsion and ineligibility for future Festival participation. The final decision will be made by an Officer of the Festival.
 

STATE TAX
Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida Sales Tax on all sales made during the Festival. The current tax rate is seven percent (7%). Reporting forms required by the Florida Department of Revenue will be provided at check-in.
 

LEGAL AGREEMENT
I hereby submit an application to become an exhibitor in The 2019 Ocala Arts Festival.

  • Submission of my ZAPP application confirms my commitment to abide by the Festival rules and regulations as established by the Fine Arts for Ocala.
  • By submitting an application, I, hereby and forever discharge The Ocala Arts Festival, Fine Arts for Ocala, and the City of Ocala, Florida, of and from all manner of actions, suits, and damages, claims and demands, whatsoever in law or equity, from any loss and damage to the undersigned’s property while in the possession, supervision or auspices of The Ocala Arts Festival, Fine Arts for Ocala, and the City of Ocala, their agents, representatives or employees.
  • I WARRANT THAT:
    • The artworks submitted for jurying and the artworks to be displayed in my booth are all original work that is both designed and executed by my own hands.
    • There is no production studio associated with any of the work to be sold in my booth.
    • The work in my booth is not purchased from an outside source for resale at The Ocala Arts Festival.
    • There are no reproductions or enhanced/embellished reproductions in my booth.
  • If selected to exhibit at The Ocala Arts Festival, I authorize the use of the images submitted with my application or duplicates thereof for Festival publicity or documentation.
  • I agree to grant a license to The Ocala Arts Festival to reproduce electronically, in limited resolution, my original artwork for a period of up to thirty (30) months beginning January 1, 2019.
  • I understand by submitting an application, I retain full copyright of my original artwork. My images shall not be redistributed except as anticipated on the website and in the Festival programs and other Festival related media, without my express written permission.
  • confirmed application in ZAPP is a commitment to show in my artistic discipline and to abide by the Festival rules.
  • The Ocala Arts Festival reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

The Following Will Not Be Accepted 
Crocheting, knitting, picture frames, velvet paintings, live plants, kites, dolls, windsocks, t-shirts, manufactured or kit jewelry, ceramics or metal cast from commercial molds, decoupage, candles, beads, novelty shell craft, manufactured toys, etc. Artist postcards, note cards, books must be the work of the artist. Posters are not allowed. CD, cassette, or other musical recordings are not allowed. Only artists who have been accepted into the jewelry category may display and sell jewelry.
All works must be for sale. 
Active solicitation of the public in any manner is prohibited.


Booth Information

BOOTH FEES:

Standard Booth: $275.00 (tax incld), total of 127 standard booths available.
Corner Booth: $275.00 Booth Fee + $75.00 (tax included) Total $350.00. There are 29 corner booths available.
We do not accept double booths.

Late Fee: $50.00 will be charged if the artists accept the invitation after the Acceptance Deadline, due to processing fees.
The booth fees include the sales tax.

Booth Fees / Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit:

• An artist who is selected by the jury will receive an invitation from FAFO. If they accept they will log into     Zapp and pay the booth fee for a regular booth or for a corner booth (only 29 corner booths are available and they sell out quickly). 

The Deadline to accept the invitation is  August 20, 2018. 

• Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate artist from the waiting list.
 

CANCELLATION PROCEDURE

    •   Artists canceling their participation in the Ocala Arts Festival must notify the office, stating your name and category. 

    •   September 10th, 2018 is the deadline for Refunds.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS after Sept. 10th, 2018, under any circumstances.

 

 

BOOTH SPACE & TENT INFORMATION

    •   There is no electricity available.

    •   We allow quiet generators. If you bring a generator that is loud, and there are complaints, the FAFO team will ask you to turn it off, the artist must comply.

    •   ALL Exhibitors 10 x 10’ white or off-white tents must be supplied by Artist and have sides for security and inclement weather purposes.

    •   Exhibitors must provide a substantial display for outdoor exhibition.
Be prepared for rain, strong winds and some unevenness in the slope. ALL BOOTHS ARE ON CEMENT OR ASPHALT. Your Booth must be weight down appropriately to withstand strong gusts of winds. Every Year we, unfortunately, have tents that blow over and the artwork is damaged. We recommend you weigh down all 4 legs and add additional weight to the center of the tent when you are not present.

    •   All work must be contained within the assigned exhibit spaces, which are approximately 10X10’. With a 2’ space behind for Artist Storage.  (Booth space approx. 10’ wide x 12’ deep)

    •   Spaces may not be shared. If two artists collaborated in the production of the work, both names must be on the application and both artists must be present in the booth during the entire festival.

    •   Artists who wish to show in more than one category, must submit a separate application, be juried in each category, and must be accepted in each category in order to exhibit in both categories. 

    •   ZAPP requires a separate and distinct profile to apply to one show in multiple categories.

    •   Allocation of spaces will be at the discretion of FAFO. Requests for specific spaces will be honored whenever possible, but not guaranteed.

    •   Artists will be allowed to retain the same Booth Space, if they choose, for 2 consecutive years and then they will be moved to a new location in order to rotate the show and give other artists opportunities in different locations.

    •   All items must be kept off the sidewalks & landscape per the City of Ocala Law for safety purposes. This law is enforced.

    •   The artist’s display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space.

    •   The area around the booth must be kept organized & professional. You will have 2' in the back of your booth for storage.

    •   Artists may request a row or corner booth on their application, these requests will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis from the date their application is received. There is no guarantee that you will get the space you requested.

    •   The work of only one (1) artist may be displayed in each assigned space.

    •   A minimum of six (6) pieces must be displayed.

    •    Artists are to provide their own display 10' x10' white tent booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor downtown urban environment.

    •   The Ocala Art Festival is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

    •   The Booth Fee can be paid through ZAPPlication, or paid directly to FAFO by credit card by calling 352-867-0355, or by mail by sending booth fee to Fine Arts For Ocala, P.O. Box 6229, Ocala, FL. 34478. Make Checks payable to FAFO. Checks need to be received by the deadline.

 

SET UP

    •   Each Artist will be given a check-in time based on booth location.

    •   Artist check-in and Registration will be open on Friday, starting at 8 am, it closes at 7 pm at the Artist Check-In Tent. If you will be arriving after 7 pm, please notify the office by sending an email to fafoocala@gmail.com. You may set up on Saturday but you must be completely set up no later than 8:00 am. Judging promptly begins at 9 am. Check-in on Saturday will be in the information booth, please stop by to pick up your Artist’s Packet, you will need it for all the information and you Booth Card is needed and must be displayed for the Judging.

    •   It is Mandatory that ALL Artists Register at the Artists Check-In Tent.

    •   We will have your Artist’s Packets with all the essential information you need for the show, your name tags, Booth Cards, drink & dinner tickets, and much more.

   •    Free and Handicap Parking is available throughout the whole weekend.

    
 

FESTIVAL JUDGING

    •   During the Ocala Arts Festival, each artist’s work will be evaluated by an on-site jury. We utilize IN-BOOTH JUDGING.

    •   Judging for cash awards will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday. 

    •   The top scoring artists will receive cash prizes based on design, execution, and aesthetic appeal of the work, as well as booth presentation. 

    •   Awards are given regardless of category. Categories are used for jurying purposes only. It is the artist’s responsibility to enter in the appropriate category. 

    •   Artists may apply only once in a category.

    •   Awards will be announced at the Complimentary Artist’s Dinner on Saturday evening. 

    •   You will be judged on excellence, the identity of design, creativity, master craftsmanship, and your booth presentation.

    •   We work with two Judges from the Visual Arts Community and each has a mandatory allotted time to spend in each booth. 
 

SALES

    •   Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Art  Festival.

 

TAX

    •   Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida Sales Tax on all sales made during the Festival.

 

COLLECTORS CIRCLE – FAFO BUCKS

    •    Collector's Circle is a group of Art Collectors sponsored by FAFO  

    •    Each member pre-purchases FAFO Bucks to be used at the Ocala Art Festival for purchasing Art.

    •    Each Collector's Circle member is given a Green Ribbon to award their favorite artist to display in their booth.

    •    FAFO Bucks will be collected by a FAFO Board Member on Sunday afternoon. 

    •    A Check for the face value of the collected FAFO bucks will be cut and given to the Artist before 5 pm on Sunday.



Thank you for your interest in the Ocala Arts Festival, we look forward to your creative endeavors!

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