Event Information

St. James Court Art Show (St James Court 3rd Street Section) 2019

Louisville on 3rd Street
Louisville, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 502-386-8093
Event Dates: 10/4/19 - 10/6/19
Application Deadline: 4/26/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Ranked the #1 Fine Art and Design Show in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazines "200 Best List", September 2011 and 2012, and in ArtFaircalendar.com's Top Ten America's Best Art Fairs for 2016, the 3rd Street Section of the St. James Court Art Show has 100 artists within the show of over 700 artists which is sponsored by 5 non-profit neighborhood associations. Always held the first full weekend of October, this is a JURIED fine arts and fine crafts show which is produced in a residential area in the Old Louisville Historic District located in downtown Louisville Kentucky. The 3rd Street Section Jury awards their own prizes. Artist amenities include parking behind the booth on the 3rd street portion, artist breakfast and lunch all three days, booth sitters and our friendly all volunteer staff.

General Information
More than 250,000 people visit the Art Show every year which is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville. Old Louisville is an elegant backdrop for this display of fine arts as it boasts one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the country. Event organizers work diligently to cater to all artistic preferences and budgets. The result is a tasteful selection of high quality original works that include paintings, sculpture, pottery, leather, woodcrafts, photography, textiles, glass art and other fine arts. Admission is free and this outdoor event is held rain or shine. No pets, please.

The 63rd annual show is October 4, 5 and 6, 2019. The 3rd Street Section official hours are from 9am to 6pm on Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Street jury starts at 9am on Friday, so artists must be open for business at that time.
The Street Jury determines a number of show awards and pre-invites for the 2020 show. 

  • One application per artist/medium. Business partners or spouses working in different media must apply separately; those working as partners to create the same body of work and occupy the same booth space may submit one application. Single artists may apply for two spaces either to display work in two separate media or to display one medium in a double space. The number of double spaces is limited and there is no guarantee regarding their availability.
  • Artists applying in two different medium categories must submit a separate application for each.
  • All work MUST be original and of the artist’s own crafting. Commercial or imported items, items made from kits or green ware or mass-produced items are not accepted.
  • The artist may only exhibit work in the category in which they applied.
  • The representation of the art submitted with the application must generally match the actual pieces exhibited at the show. Any indication of misrepresentation in the application will result in immediate dismissal from the show.
  • Prints and mechanical offset reproductions (e.g. calendars, note cards, stationary) are allowed but the intent to display them must be clearly stated on the application. Prints must be properly signed and numbered and prints/ reproductions may not comprise more than 25% of the display. This restriction is not applicable to artwork produced via traditional printmaking techniques.
  • Photographs are also accepted, but offset reproductions of the photographs must be limited to 25% of the display.
  • For artists who handcraft musical instruments, at least 75% of the exhibit must be original instruments which are for sale and not display only. Musical recordings made using the artists’ handcrafted instruments may not be sold.
  • Artists MUST be present and have booth open for business during all hours of the 3-day event. Agents for artists, including dealers, frame shops and galleries are NOT allowed.
  • Participation in more than one section of the St. James Court Art Show in the same year is prohibited.
  • Artists may not share booth space unless they have submitted a joint application and have been accepted as such, nor may they sublet or apportion spaced to anyone else.
  • No food products may be sold by artists.
  • Artists will cause no noise which can be heard beyond the perimeters of their own booth space without previous written permission of the association.

Application Deadline
April 15, 2019 is the deadline for application. Mid-May 2019 is the date of notification of acceptance for new artists. Artists will be notified via email.

Application Fee
$35 nonrefundable application fee is due with application and is payable online at Zapplication.org.

All new and returning artists must submit an application each year. 3rd Street does not accept paper applications.

Cancellations/Refunds: 8/1/2019
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the 3rd Street Neighborhood Association. Cancellations submitted in writing (email or letter) before August 1, 2019 will be refunded their booth fee less a $75 cancellation and handling fee. No refunds of any kind will be made after August 1. The booth fee is for rental of artist space by the applicant ONLY and is not transferable to another artist. If the registered artist cannot participate, control of the booth space reverts back to the Art Show and refunds are made per the above stated policy. Refunds are not made if inclement weather is experienced during the show.

24-hour security is provided for booths. There is a police presence during show hours. 3rd Street is in an urban residential area, so reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of you and your property. All work exhibited is at the artist’s own risk. It is recommended that each artist obtain general liability insurance, as the show’s insurance does NOT extend coverage for booth damage or bodily injury.

Booth Information

Booth Fees
10X10 booth fees are $550. Special requests can be made for corner, double or for extra wide spaces (which incur additional booth fees), subject to availability. Purchasing a "prior approval required" booth via credit card without prior approval will result in a cancelled transaction and the artist will be responsible for any fees incurred. Booth fees must be sent directly to the 3rd Street Neighborhood Association at the time an artist is selected to participate in the event. Booth fees for new artists must be received by June 15, 2019. (Re-invited artists from the prior year are required to pay prior by April 1st 2019.) Credit cards are accepted and booth fees can be paid online at Zapplication.org. Checks may be mailed to 3rd Street Neighborhood Association, PO Box 3012, Louisville, KY 40201.

Booth Numbers
Booths number 800-833 are located on Magnolia. Booths numbered 840-915 are on 3rd Street. Artists should reference their assigned booth number on ZAPP when reviewing the information in this section.

Display Space
Artists are responsible for providing their own 10x10 tents and displays, which should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand weather and crowds. The show is held in a residential neighborhood. The spaces may vary since it is an outdoor show where natural and man-made obstructions can limit or increase usable space. The display height should not exceed 12’ to clear overhead tree branches. Booth spaces on 3rd St. are located mostly on grassy, tree-laden areas, with some straddling curb cuts and walkways; there are only a few spaces with perfectly flat ground. 3rd Street is lined with trees which block direct sunlight. Booths along Magnolia face north and are on paved areas straddling a curb with the back of the booth on the sidewalk and the front extending into the street. The sidewalk is approximately 6’ wide and the display space may extend into the street no more than 4’ for a total of 10 ft. The sidewalks are approximately 6 inches higher than the street. Artists must abide by all local fire regulations.

Returning artists will be given preferred booth space whenever possible and every effort will be made to accommodate special needs. Booths may shift year over year due to environmental needs (trees growing, etc.). Special requests will be considered, but the Art Show has the right to deny a request or change an artist space if it is deemed necessary. The artist’s full cooperation is expected in this matter.

Electricity is not available. Silent, odorless and non-gas powered generators and battery-powered lights are acceptable.

Booth set-up is required the day before the show starts. Registration and setup is between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm on Thursday, the day before the show starts. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO SETTING UP YOUR BOOTH. Loading and unloading is permitted in close proximity to booth locations.
Artists located on Magnolia must unload and move their vehicle prior to setting up to make room for others to unload. Vehicles may not enter Magnolia starting 8:30 am Friday morning. (Magnolia is available for vendors to restock after show hours through security at the east end.)

All storage must be neatly concealed within or around your booth.

Reserved street parking in close proximity is available for our artists and each booth will receive a parking permit at registration. Artists must display the parking permit signs in their vehicles or risk being towed. Additional paid parking is available and information will be included in the artist packet. 
Artists located on Magnolia must unload and move their vehicle prior to setting up to make room for others to unload. Artists must display the vendor parking permit signs in their vehicles or risk being towed.