Event Information

Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show 2019 - 40th Annual

Wragg Square. 342 Meeting street
Charleston, South Carolina (South)

Phone: 843-819-5572
Event Dates: 5/24/19 - 6/2/19
Application Deadline: 3/7/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

For three weeks every year beginning on Memorial Day weekend, downtown Charleston South Carolina
becomes an arts mecca with two major arts festivals running concurrently. The Spoleto Festival USA, is
an arts festival with over 150 performances, and the companion Piccolo Spoleto Festival features over
500 events in the performing, visual and literary arts. Combined, the events bring over 250,000 arts
enthusiasts into the downtown Charleston area.
Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery proudly presents the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show for 2019.  We strive to provide festival attendees with an overview of the high quality of original works currently being created in a variety of craft media. Approximately 100 fine crafts artists from Charleston and around the US participate in the one or both of the shows, which are held on the first two weekends of the festival. Both emerging and experienced craft artists are invited to apply to participate. Artist demonstrations – both scheduled and impromptu – are a highlight for show patrons.

General Information

Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show 2019
May 24-27 and May 31- June 2, 2019.
General information
Note: Participating Artists are expected to read all show materials carefully and in a timely
manner. It will be assumed that applicants are aware of and agree to abide by the rules and
policies explained here.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019.
Show Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 10-6, Sundays 11-5. Monday 10- 5 (First Weekend Only). Setup Thursdays 12:30-7 pm and Fridays 7-9:30 am.
Craft artists age 18 or older may apply for one or both weekends. We strive to provide two balanced and
complete shows to the Piccolo Spoleto audience.
Variations in attendance numbers have much to do with weather and festival
activities. Many artists recommend applying to both weekends because of this. Numerous patrons
attend both shows and multiple days each weekend.
Applications are handled through ZAPPlication.org. Application fee is $25 and is not refundable.
Applications are due by March 1, 2019. Invitations will be made by March 14, and artists must accept
and make booth payments by April 14.
Applicants must submit four images of work completed in the last two years and one recent image of your
display. Your images should reflect a cohesive body of your best work that you plan to exhibit. The
application must also include a description of materials and technique and an artist statement. All
applications are screened and then presented to a jury composed of professional artists. Artist selection is based on jury scores, quotas for each media and weekend(s) requested. A waiting list of qualified artists is maintained in case of cancellations.
Acceptable work: Originally conceived and crafted fine craft work created by the applicant in media
including but not limited to: basketry, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mosaics, printmaking and woodworking. Traditional and folk art and craft such as broommaking, soapmaking, papermaking, musical instruments, etc. are also accepted. Mixed media is allowed but must be focused on craft.
Inappropriate work: Fine art paintings or drawings in any medium, Photography, Resale, mass-produced or commercially packaged items, hobby crafts, works made from commercial molds, kits or patterns, work using materials from endangered species, and consumables.
If you have questions about whether your media is acceptable, please contact the producers before
applying. Application fees are not refundable.
The Piccolo Spoleto Fine Craft Shows are held in Wragg Square Park, a historic park on Meeting Street a
block from the visitor’s center and central to other visual arts venues in the festival. The park is fenced
and raised above street level, providing good visibility and security. Approximately 45-50 booths are arranged in rows among the live-oak trees and fences
The neighborhood boasts numerous hotels and convenient public parking areas, along with a variety of
restaurants, galleries, entertainment venues and other unique small businesses. Two-dimensional visual
artists from South Carolina will be exhibiting their work across the street in Marion Square. Local artisans
also exhibit along with local growers and restaurants during the weekend Charleston Farmer’s Market
held in Marion Square.

1. All applicants must go through our independent blind jury process. Only those meeting the criteria above will be considered. Once we have established that an artist is eligible we use the jurors’ score to
make final determinations.
Promotion: Event promotion is already beginning. The events will be promoted to a variety of audiences
through traditional and social media and on the City of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Website. Artist images and statements will be used in promotional materials. Every effort will be used to discourage image pirating.
Producers: Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery has been involved in the Piccolo Craft show for over 20 years. As of 2019, the gallery will become exclusive producers of the show with the cooperation of the city of Charleston.



Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show
Please read the following rules carefully. You will be bound by these rules in the legal agreement
“signed” as part of the application. Artists that fail to abide by these rules will be suspended
from further participation and may be required to leave the event with no refund of booth fees.
1. All entries must be made online through ZAPPlication™. Applications must include a description of
materials and techniques and an artist statement. Four images of work created by the artist in the last
two years and a recent booth slide must be submitted as part of the application.
2. Each artist must apply individually with one applicant/media per entry. A “team” of two people
producing a SINGLE body of work together may enter as one applicant. Both artists are bound by the
legal agreement. Larger art groups and collectives are not allowed. All artist applications will be screened
to ensure compliance.
3. No more than two media may be exhibited per artist/booth. If applying in two media, the artist is
required to submit two applications, two application fees, and two full sets of images.
4. Any artist participating in these events must be present for the entire event and their booth must
remain open during scheduled hours of event operation. Assistants/helpers are not a substitute for artist
presence. Unsupervised pets and children are not allowed in the event area or in artist booths.
5. Each artist agrees to exhibit at no other craft or art event in the tri-county area during these events. You may not exhibit at other craft events or art shows in the area. Gallery and retail shop showings are
6. For those accepted in non-jewelry media categories, ornaments, jewelry, and similar small gift items
must be a logical extension of a body of work. Jewelry items may not constitute more than 10% of the
booth display area unless a second media application for jewelry has been submitted and approved. This
is strictly enforced and failure to comply constitutes a breach of contract.
7. Works exhibited for sale must be of the same quality presented in the juried images and application
materials. Booths must present a professional appearance. Booth and display items must be confined
to the assigned booth space. Show organizers will be onsite to inspect booths on Friday and several
times throughout the event. Artists must comply with directions from organizers and their staff and
remove questionable work from display immediately.
8. All fees must be paid in full by established event deadlines. Wait list artists invited to participate will be
expected to pay fees by credit or debit card upon acceptance of invitation to exhibit. There is
a $25 chargebacks. Refunds, when applicable, are subject to a processing fee of $50.
9. Artists are responsible for obtaining all required city and state permits and licenses and for remitting
sales tax to the state of South Carolina. Detailed information about the agencies to contact and fees will
be provided to accepted artists in advance of the show.
10. These are professional craft art events with patrons or all ages attending. All exhibitors are expected
to maintain their booth area accordingly. Disruptive behavior by artists or their associates will not be
tolerated. Examples of disruptive behaviors include smoking in restricted areas, playing loud or unsuitable music. Smoking is not allowed in the booths and elsewhere is subject to park restrictions. This is a public park setting and open container laws apply.

Booth Information

Booths are assigned as 10’ x 10’ spaces. Limited storage space is provided behind or around the booths
but may not be used for display without prior authorization from the show organizers. A limited number of
double booths are available for those who require a larger display area. Double booths are available on a
first-come first serve basis and must be reserved by the show booth purchase deadline. Fees are $300
per booth on the first 4 day weekend and  $250 for the following 3 day weekend or $600 / $500 for a double booth.
To provide a fresh show experience, artist locations are rotated from show to show. A large site map will let your customers find your location. Shade may be requested, but please understand that no location is sun-free and you should be prepared to protect yourself and your art from all types of weather.
Electricity and running water are not available at the show site. The city of Charleston restricts the use of generator in the park. Passive battery power is allowed.
You are expected to keep your booth area clean and presentable. All debris must be removed at load out on both weekends. Failure to do so may result in denial of future applications.
Securing of tent: The Church grounds are to be treated with care and respect. Staking is not allowed and weights are required. There is to be no tying off to the wrought iron fence that surrounds the park! No exceptions!
Parking: Due to the urban setting, free artist parking cannot be provided by the show. There are many
municipal parking garages and day parking facilities available in the vicinity.
Security: Security will be provided from 6:00pm Thursday evenings continuously until 7:00pm Sunday
evenings. However, participating artists assume all responsibility for works displayed and for their