Event Information


Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival 2019

3100 William Styron Square
Newport News, 23606, Virginia (South)

Phone: 757-223-0284
Event Dates: 10/12/19 - 10/13/19
Application Deadline: 5/1/19 Midnight EST
7 day(s) and 15 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
This 15th annual juried, fine arts festival is well known for exceptional treatment of the artists, many of whom return year after year. The venue is beautiful Styron Square in the heart of Port Warwick!

We search for qualified artists who continually challenge themselves to achieve a higher artistic level both in subject matter and technique.

It is important to us that sales are brisk and incorporate a mixed marketing plan before the event. 

Some of the marketing we will be doing this year include: Tv advertising, Print advertising in the local newspapers and tabloids, radio, an expanded social media campaign and press releases to encourage the local media to report on this growing festival.

General Information
Quick Facts about PWA&SF
  • ·No more than 120 Artists accepted
  • Cash Awards
  •  24 hour security
  • Free program & artist listing
  • Artist gallery posted on Festival website
  • Award winning, upscale pedestrian-oriented community
  • A region that embraces the arts
  • 4,000+ patrons per day
  • Southern hospitality
  • Friendly, hard working volunteers
  • Assistance with load in & load out
  •  Discounted hotel rates
  • Flat, affordable booth fee, no commission
  • Young Collectors Tent
  • Live Entertainment on both days
  • Wide Selection of Food available
  • Wine Tent and Beer Tent
  • Booth sitters
  • VIP dinner

Booth Fee: $300 - 10x10 booth space
$550 - double booth space
Registration: $35
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2019
Notification:   May 10, 2019
Booth Purchase Deadline: June 30, 2019


CERAMICS: Functional and non-functional clay works excluding clay jewelry and clay sculpture. No part of the finished pieces shall be the result of mass production.

DRAWING AND GRAPHICS: Work created using dry media such as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, and crayons or from fluid media, such as ink applied by brush or pen. Printed works from which the artist creates the plates, stones or screens and pulls the prints are accepted.

FIBER: Any work created from fibers, including leatherwork, basketry, papermaking, weaving, etc. No machine tooling, machine screening or any form of mass production is permitted. T-shirts and commercial clothing are ineligible.

GLASS: Functional and non-functional items are accepted. No part of the finished pieces shall be the result of mass production. Pressed glass objects are not permitted.

JEWELRY: Personal adornment. Original and unique designs incorporating any of the following: gold, silver, gemstones, glass, wood, clay and other non-precious material.
o What is not permitted: strung pearls, craft clay, and use of commercial casts or molds; commercially available pendants and brooches, catalogue merchandise. Loose stones may not be sold.

MIXED MEDIA: Includes 2-D and 3-D non-sculptural work, incorporating more than one type of physical material or processes in its production, i.e. an etching that is then painted or a collage of handmade paper and photography.

SCULPTURE (LARGE): Defined as over 3 feet tall, functional and non-functional, 3-D work in any medium.

SCULPTURE (SMALL): Defined as less than 3 feet tall, functional and non-functional, 3-D work in any medium.

PAINTINGS: Original 2-D work created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Limited edition prints from the artist’s original film or digital file. The edition quantity shall not exceed 250 of any one image.

PRINTMAKING: 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. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

WOOD: Works crafted from wood, excluding furniture and sculpture that are hand tooled, machine turned or machine carved. No magnifying glasses, pens, bottle stoppers or catalogue merchandise are permitted.

OTHER: Work that does not fall into the above mentioned categories.

Artists Standards of Eligibility

All original pieces must be signed.

Works produced with commercial kits (molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial methods) are not permitted.

Artwork must have been created within the last 2 years, defined as works conceived between 2016 to present.

Exhibited work must be consistent with the digital images or slides submitted by the artist and follow Festival guidelines.

Artists may exhibit work in two or more categories if they have applied and have been accepted in each category.

Only the work of the juried artist or collaborating team may be displayed and/or sold.

There will be a $20 floor limit for all work sold. Do not display sale or discount signs.


Reproductions include, but are not limited to, the following non-original medium: intaglio, and giclee prints signed or unsigned.

Whether framed or unframed, these must be clearly and individually labeled “REPRODUCTION” or “LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION.” Please note that limited edition and giclee prints of no more than 25 from one source will be permitted.

Reproductions must not be displayed in the same browse bins as original art work.

However, exhibited (bins, hanging, etc.) reproductions must not comprise more than 25% of your total booth display.


Approximately 120 artist booths will be placed throughout festival grounds.

Each booth area is 10×10 with 3-foot alley behind the booth, all located on grassy terrain and adjacent to a wide sidewalk.

Artists are responsible for providing tents and display equipment. Electricity is not available to artists.

All materials must be kept within the assigned booth area. Display, bins, or work cannot extend out into traffic areas.

Paintings, graphics, prints and photographs must be appropriately framed or matted and must be displayed in a suitable panel, portfolio or stand.


Artists will be expected to adhere to the Festival Rules. Our Standards Committee will review booths daily to ensure compliance. The Port Warwick Foundation retains the right to remove any ineligible artwork from the exhibition. Further, the Foundation and their representatives also have the right to remove an artist for non-compliance of Festival rules with no refund.

Booth Information
10x10 Booth Space

Booth Fee:

Single Booth Space:  $300
Double Booth Space:  $550
 Registration: $35

Recommend the show to a new artist (and they are accepted) you get top choice of booth loction.

The region has some other wonderful fine arts festivals in October, one of which is,
An Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg, VA, Oct 5 & 6  http://aofta.org/
Plan a trip to Southeastern Virginia and exhibit at both the Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg and the Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival. There is a lot to see and do here!
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