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Event Information

Midtown Art in the Park 2019

United States
Houston, Texas (South)

Phone: 713-526-7577 ext 106
Event Dates: 4/6/19 - 4/6/19
Application Deadline: 3/4/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-Refundable Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Midtown Art in the Park is held every April on the grounds of historic Elizabeth Baldwin Park in centrally located Midtown Houston. The area is known for its many attractions, including picturesque park spaces, long standing arts organizations, public art, and is a State of Texas designated Cultural Arts & Entertainment District.
For 2019, we are planning for approximately 3,000 visitors to join us in a beautiful wooded park just blocks away from transportation options and major freeways.
This event is coordinated and underwritten by the Midtown Cultural Arts & Entertainment District.
Our goals include:
  • Coordinating a well organized festival.
  • Produce a good experience for both artists and visitors.
  • Provide a clean and well maintained environment for exhibiting fine artists and fine craftsmen. 
  • Creatively market to a wide range of potential buyers. 
  • Create a DESTINATION event
This is a single day event 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Elizabeth Baldwin Park
1701 Elgin Street
Houston TX 77004
The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019
The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019
***If both of these dates are inclement weather days NO OTHER date will be selected for the 2019 Spring Festival Season.
 Live music and food are a part of this event!!

General Information

A well organized, fine art festival we invite you to apply for consideration to this highly regarded event in Midtown Houston's Cultural Arts and Entertainment District!

This is a fine art festival – NO machine made, mass produced items will be accepted

We DO NOT accept wearable items of any kind other than jewelry

There is a $35 non-refundable fee per artist for each application

We DO NOT collect a commission or percentage of artist sales

It is the artist's responsibility to identify the SINGLE category (medium) for which they would like to participate. Please choose the single category which best describes your work. If you do not choose a category your application will not be processed.

Artwork should not incorporate use of sports team or national logos.

IMPORTANT! Send high-resolution images that best capture your work. We REQUIRE a BOOTH SHOT so that the jury can see a compilation of your work. If you do not have a booth shot, put your best pieces together and take a high resolution image to submit.

Midtown Art in the Park produced by the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District in collaboration with the Midtown Managment District is coordinated by Festival Director Cynthia Alvarado, CPM®. With over 14 years of art festival management she and her experienced event team work to create a destination Festival that is a clean well managed event. This is the priority for this management team.
Please refrain from changing your email address after you have applied.

Medium categories are used by arts festivals as a tool for organizing artist’s images into logical, related groups for review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine contemporary craft, as well as diversity among medium, is a principal objective, there is no quota or entitlement by medium category. We will, however, reserve the right to limit certain participants. For example, we always have a large number of jewelry artists who would like to participate.  We will limit the number of jewelry participants in order to preserve continuity in the festival.

Arts Organizations: Thanks to our generous sponsor we have a limited number of complimentary booth setups available for area non-profit arts organizations. Non-Profit Arts organizations will receive ONE 10x10 white tent; ONE 6ft buffet table; ONE Samsonite style plastic chair. DEADLINES to apply are applicable. Priority will be given to organizations in the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District. For additional questons please contact 
Cynthia Alvarado at 713-526-7577.

Clay Works: 
All original clay and porcelain work is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed and numbered. If you make clay or procelain jewelry it must be submitted under the Jewelry catagory.

Digital Art and Photography Digitally or Computer Manipulated:
This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered, using archival media, inks and emulsions. Artists who print on metal, wood or other non-paper substances will be allowed to enter in this category.

Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category. Reproduction prints are not allowed.

All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, quilting, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist are accepted. NO T-shirts of any kind. Other than jewelry NO wearable items may be exhibited.

Functional Art:

Highly crafted artistic creations that can perform utilitarian jobs. Furniture can be in this category.

No forms of mass production are permitted.  Blown glass, fused glass, stained glass, dichroic glass and alike are welcomed. Glass jewelry must be entered in Jewelry   No mass produced hand painted glass items will be accepted.

Graffiti/Street Art:

See painting.

Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. 
No more than 10% of the show participants will be jewelry artists.  Due to the high volume of submissions this is a highly competitive media.  Artists will be selected in regard to uniqueness of style, quality and craftsmanship. All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed. The jewelry shown must be hand crafted by the artist.  NO IMPORTS.

Includes all sculptural or decorative work made from metal, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media 2D:
This category includes 2 dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce.

Mixed Media 3D:
This category includes 3-dimensional works that incorporate more than two types of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, chalk, spray paint etc. are in this category.  Graffiti art and street sidewalk art are in this category.

Photography (traditional):
Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be achieved in a traditional dark room. Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, are included in this category. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival media. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces, and/or framing options is prohibited.

Printmaking (Intaglio, Relief and Planographic): 
Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. 
All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Only hand pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed and numbered.

Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. 

We will provide for your comfort:
Port a Potties--- Hand Washing Stations---First Aid--- Pull up and Set up!!--- Security and parking.

HELP us help YOU create the event BUZZ
Part of being a selected Artist for Art in the Park is participating in our social media. Your participation is our social media is a MUST!

  • Create a 'buzz" around the event
  • Generate visitors who will inturn purchase work
  • Bring a general awareness of the artists and the community  
We encourage you to like the event Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. This event is perfect for Instagram. Always tag us with #midtownHOU. Include @BaldwinPark in your social media.

Tag us often when using social media, we will return the favor so that you have access to our nearly 28,000 total social media followers!   

***For your success we will provide event publicity. We also have an extensive print and online presence!  Use your social media to reach out to your patrons and Midtown.  The Midtown demographic is 25-55 years of age, collects original art, has a Smart phone, with a median income of $82K annually.***



Please NOTE ALL deadlines are FIRM!
We cannot extend application dates
We cannot extend booth purchase dates

This is a fine art festival – NO machine made, mass produced items will be accepted

NO distributors allowed

We DO NOT accept wearable items of any kind other than jewelry

Artists are required to be present with your work for the event. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. This is a large event with many potential visitors we strongly encourage each artist to bring an assistant for the day.

All work must be original, handcrafted work. NO IMPORTS, No wholesales, NO distributors, NO wearable items other than jewlery.  Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands. 

It is the artist's responsibility to identify the category for which they would like to participate. Please choose the category which best describes your work. If you do not choose a category (medium) your application will not be processed.

Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected to participate.  All work exhibited must be of the quality, category, and body of work of that shown in the images.

Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist. Your exhibited art must be original and your own creation. No use of commercial kits or molds. Commercial reproductions are discouraged.  NO IMPORTS. No wearables.

Exhibiting artist(s) are required to display an artist's statement in a prominent place within their booths.

33% of all 2-Dimensional work displayed must be original. Artists must define reproduction or limited edition throughout their artist's statement and disclose this information on the individual piece. T-shirts, postcards, note cards, mouse pads or other personal promotional items are not permitted.

Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time of the festival will not be invited back for future shows unless proof of an emergency is presented.

Artists who sell their entire body of work must remain with their booths for the duration of the show.

All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Texas sales tax.

No commission on sales will be paid to the Midtown Management District or Midtown Art in the Park. Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work.

In order to create event continuity and a destination if you are using a tent, structures must be white. WE DO NOT PROVIDE TENTS, TABLES or CHAIRS.

This is a “family friendly” event.  Please keep that in mind when choosing art work, to share with the community. 
In order to increase the salability of your work you may wish to consider pricing. 

NO alcohol may be brought into the event site. 

NO glass containers allowed.

This is a No Smoking Park.

Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, may result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

On site electricity is not available at this time. All generators used they must be silent, compact and low RPMs. This is a whisper type of low rpm diesel generator

Please refrain from changing your email address after you have made your application.

All correspondence to the artists selected will be electronic in nature. We cannot mail by US Post information to individual artists - please be sure your email and Internet are up and running.


Booth Information

All payments for Application Fees and Booth Fees MUST BE made through ZAPPLICATION

All applications are made through Zapplication 
We do not accept applications made through US Post

Each exhibiting artist must apply and be juried into the festival

Individual booth assignments are made to create an appealing mix of media. Assignments are at the sole discretion of the Art in the Park committee and are not interchangeable or transferable. We work to keep our booth fees reasonable for our participating artists.

Artists may share a booth so long as both artists have qualified by jury process individually and both artists pay the $35 non refundable application fee to participate in the festival. Full booth payment must come from a single artist. 

Once an artist is selected for participation you will be eligible to purchase an assigned:

Single booth 10x10 space for $100.
Or a Double booth 20x20 space for $150. 
Priority for booth assignments is given to the returning artists.

It is the artist’s responsibility to provide all items needed to create a pleasing display. Midtown Houston does not provide tents. We work very hard to create a sense of destination with an appealing atmosphere. If you are bringing your own tent it MUST BE WHITE.

*Please be aware we have participating organizations that will have branded tents. They may not be white. Artists are required to have white tents.

If you need a white tent booth setup we can put you in touch with our rental company. Payments and arrangements for the setup are between the artist and rental company. 


You may setup on Friday, April 5, 2019 anytime after noon. Please notify festival staff ahead of time if you plan on setting up on Friday. We will have overnight security from Friday to Saturday. We do not recommend leaving any valuables in your space overnight. Setup is at your own risk and we assume no responsibility.
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