Event Information

Art City Austin 2019

Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe Street (Downtown)
Austin, Texas (South)

Phone: (512) 609-8587
Event Dates: 4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Application Deadline: 2/8/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 4 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Art City Austin 2019 Festival marks the 69th year of this historic event, and a return to the newly renovated Republic Square located in the heart of Austin, Texas. This year, the festival will showcase a highly curated selection of approximately 80 local and visiting visual artists who will exhibit outdoors on April 12th -14th. With the support of local artists, museums, curators and galleries, Art City Austin 2019 Festival will offer the most diverse, thought provoking, entertaining, and powerful programming in its 69 year history.

The event will include a VIP experience designed to intimately connect patrons and artists before and during the event.

Art City Austin 2019 is the anchor event for Art Alliance Austin, a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to support and contribute to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin’s art scene. In addition to the festival at Republic Square, Art City Austin 2019 is expanding to include additional private multi-sensory experiences elevating what it means to consume art in Austin, Texas.

Art Alliance works closely with the City of Austin, and other local and regional partners. Additional programming throughout the year includes Austin Art Weekly, Austin Art Breaks, PechaKucha, and Art Austin (ArtAustin.org), a coalition of galleries, museums, and spaces. For more information, please visit www.artallianceaustin.org.

General Information
  • Booth Pricing - All booths are $525.00

  • Revised site plan – The move back to Republic Square means we’ll have a new layout soon.

  • Booth location – Once selected, artists will have an opportunity to select their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th booth location preference. We’ll be assigning booths based on when payments are made with additional priority going to recent award winners.

  • New marketing plan – Art Alliance Austin welcomes our new production and marketing partner, Forefront Networks. Forefront is best known as the producers and marketers of the Austin Trail of Lights. This event, now in its 54th year, brings 400,000 community members and guests to Austin’s iconic Zilker Park each year.


Friday, April 12, 6pm-9pm

Saturday, April 13, 10am – 6pm

Sunday, April 14, 10am – 6pm

*Start and end times subject to slight change


Friday, February 8, 2019


Friday, February 22, 2019

All artists notified on February 25, 2019

  • Invited artists who have not paid the booth fee by February 28, 2019, will be assumed withdrawn from the show.

  • No refunds processed after March 15, 2019

  • Artist check-in and load-in Thursday, April 11 & Friday, April 12th

  • Load out by midnight Sunday, April 14th



Artists may apply once per category and in a maximum of four categories. Collaborating artists may apply to participate at the event, but only their joint work may be shown and sold. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces. Art Alliance Austin reserves the right to refuse any application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Jury Fee: $35 Non-refundable check(s) or online MC or VISA payment to Art Alliance Austin for each medium to be exhibited. Must be a separate payment submitted with application. Fee deposited upon receipt. Checks can be mailed to Art Alliance Austin, P.O. BOX 5705, Austin, TX 78763.


  • 2-D MIXED MEDIA: Original work incorporating more than one material.

  • 3-D MIXED MEDIA: Original 3- dimensional work incorporating more than one material.

  • CERAMICS: Original clay work. No machine made or mass produced work is accepted. Each item must be signed.

  • FIBER: Original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, painted fabric, and baskets.

  • GLASS: Original work in which the primary material is glass. No manufactured molds or other forms of mass production allowed.

  • GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING/DRAWING: Original works made with pen, pencil, charcoal or traditional printmaking. Prints hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.

  • JEWELRY: Original jewelry made from precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, enamel, glass, clay, fiber, etc. No mass production techniques allowed.

  • METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals.

  • PAINTING: Original painted works made with oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY/DIGITAL ART: Prints from original negatives must be processed by the artist or under artist's supervision.

  • SCULPTURE: Original non-functional, 3-dimensional work of any material.

  • WOODWORK: Original woodwork, hand tooled, carved, or machine worked.


  • Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.

  • Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work. Image number 5 must be a display of the artist’s work, showing the overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory.

  • If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to demonstrate how the artist displays their work.

  • NOTE: This is a blind jury process; please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.

Contact Art Alliance at info@artallianceaustin.org if you need assistance with your application.


Art City Austin festival invites approximately 80 artists. Artists are selected through a blind jury process. Ninety percent (90%) of the artist spaces are selected through the jury process, meaning the remaining 10% is made up of the previous year’s award winners and a selection of show director invitations. The jury consists of local art experts, including museum curators, university professors, gallery owners and artists.





VERY IMPORTANT ***FIRE CODE FOR ALL ARTIST PROVIDED TENTS*** Austin Fire Department requires that all tents and all sidewalls and combustible materials MUST have a certificate showing that they meet the performance criteria of NFPA 701. The certificate can be printed or a tag/stamp on the tent showing the NFPA 701 certification. Tents not meeting this requirement may be asked to break down their tent and refunds will not be given for not meeting this requirement. Please ensure that your tent meets the necessary standard for Austin Fire Department .  Art Alliance Austin is aware that other certifications are available and accepted at other festivals, but this is the ONLY one accepted by the Austin Fire Department.

  • TENT WEIGHTING AND LEVELING: Each outdoor exhibitor will be provided a space measuring a minimum of 10’ deep by 10’ wide. End booths or double booths may be available for a higher fee (see "Fees" section). Most of the event takes place on grass.  Anchoring any supports into the ground is prohibited. Exhibitors are responsible for providing racks, tables, display units or other fixtures suitable for outdoor use. Not all booth locations are perfectly level due to slight surface variations. Exhibitors are advised to bring leveling devices for table displays. Exhibitors MUST be prepared for any inclement weather including the possibility of high winds, with appropriate rain covers, tie-downs and weights. A minimum of 200 lbs. of weight must be applied to EVERY tent on site. A team will visit your booth during set-up, and additional weights may be rented at that time if 200 lb. minimum is not met.

Booth Information

Accepted artists will submit booth fee check(s) or on-line through ZAPP.

  • $525 – Booth Space: 10X10 exposed to the elements, with no outside pegs or ropes and lighting systems are provided by Artist.

  • $1000 – Double Booth Space: Double booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application.

  • $150 - End Booth Supplement: End booth space assignments will be made based on earliest date of this application. Limited quantities available.

  • Electricity Supplement: Power will be available on-site for an additional fee to be determined based on needs and location.

  • On-Site Security - 24-hour on-site security will be provided.

Booth spaces are assigned in order that we receive in-full booth payment.
Additional priority is given to the following categories in this order:

  1. Recent Art City Austin award winners

  2. Returning artists who exhibited in Art City Austin 2018

  3. New artists and returning artists that did not show in Art City Austin 2018

  4. Artists admitted off of the waitlist

Corner booths, electricity supplements, and double booths are limited and will be available on ZAPP on a first paid, first served basis starting the day invitation emails are sent.


  • No work may be exhibited or sold that has been made from commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods.

  • The vast majority of exhibited work must match the quality, style, and medium as represented by the artist in his or her submitted images. Artists must exhibit at least 85% work in the media category for which they are accepted – this allows artists to show up to 15% experimental work and/or secondary mediums (except for jewelry, only those applying in jewelry category can sell jewelry). We hope that this will create a stronger display and allow for greater artistic creativity.

  • All jewelry must have been juried in the jewelry category.

  • Artists must define “a limited edition” through their Artist Statement and must disclose their process to the buyer. Original art must occupy at least 75% of the applicant’s booth space. Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."

  • Non-original promotional items (i.e. postcards, photocopies, notecards, posters, mouse pads, etc.) are not permitted to be displayed or sold at the festival

  • Accepted artists are required to display an artist’s Statement in a prominent place within their booth throughout the duration of the festival.

  • Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the graphics/printmaking category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled “Reproduction."

  • Festival display must approximately match submitted booth shot.

  • One exhibitor is allowed per booth, unless all work is collaborative and the artists were juried in as a collaboration.


  • Artists must be present during the entire event and must personally staff their exhibit space.

  • Artists must sign a liability release form before gaining access to the festival site.

  • Artists must obtain a Texas Sales Tax Permit(Note: It is not the responsibility of Art Alliance Austin to advise exhibitors of any city, state or local taxes with respect to payment. All city, state and local taxes, and licenses, if any, are the responsibility of participating exhibitors).

  • No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend the event in place of the artist.

  • Each artist is required to show photo identification at check-in.

  • Assistance from festival staff will not be available for booth set-up.

  • No commission on sales will be charged.

  • Artists must comply with all staff and uniformed security regarding site safety and regulations.

  • Vehicles must be parked only in designated areas; noncompliance will result in elimination from consideration for any future

  • Each artist must supply their own clean white tent. Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’ (Limited double spaces are available). Rental tents are available when making your booth order on ZAPP. No outside rentals will be allowed to be delivered to the festival site.


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