Event Information

Lincoln Arts Festival 2019

Downtown Lincoln, 14th & P Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska (Midwest)

Phone: (402) 434-2787
Event Dates: 9/21/19 - 9/22/19
Application Deadline: 5/31/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
You are invited to participate in a celebration of the arts September 21-22, 2019 at the 19th Lincoln Arts Festival, presented by the Lincoln Arts Council. This Festival has repeat patrons and artists and attracts new artists and patrons each year. The Lincoln Arts Festival is known as a hospitable, caring and fun show. “Sunday was close to my biggest single sale day ever. The caliber of your patrons is outstanding. They really appreciate the art and the sales reflect that.” – John from Dayton, OH. Wrap up your autumn and FALL FOR THE ARTS at the Lincoln Arts Festival.

General Information
The Mission of the Lincoln Arts Council is championing the arts, connecting people, changing lives. Your participation in the Lincoln Arts Festival helps to underwrite the important work of the Lincoln Arts Council increasing arts access and generating social change. Learn more at www.artscene.org

Now in its 19th year, this juried show is anticipated each year by residents of Lincoln, NE and the surrounding region. New this year, the festival is moving to downtown Lincoln, the heart of Lincoln's art scene. We are excited for the change of venue and opportunity to grow the festival. A unique mix of prime location, discriminating clientele and a celebratory atmosphere combine to create a “can’t miss it” event. The show committee consists of community volunteers and staff with many years of experience organizing shows.

This show provides a high-quality visual art experience through a juried art format in dowtown Lincoln's arts corridor surrounded by museums, theaters, music and nearby UNL campus. Selected food vendors, live entertainment and kids activities help to draw in the passerby and create a genuine festival atmosphere.

Through a fun, creative marketing campaign, the festival committee encourages attendees to BUY ART. The arts council's website includes a complete directory of participating artists with photos and artist web links. The festival is promoted on the arts council's Facebook page highlighting individual artist participants in the weeks preceding the show. Recruitment focuses on Patron Sponsors who commit to art purchases in advance. The festival is also promoted as a destination event to the surrounding area. Participating artists are encouraged to share festival promotion with their patrons and friends. The festival's message is designed to get noticed and is promoted in broadcast and print media as well as through internet social media.

Artists for whom the Lincoln Arts Festival is their first arts festival show may apply to the Emerging Artist Program for a scholarship. Recipients are provided with a tent and display materials; the booth fee is waived. Emerging Artist scholarships are limited. If this is your first ever festival show, please specify this status when applying.

Awards are given in Best of Show, Best of Nebraska, Best Newcomer, Mayor’s Choice plus seven Awards of Excellence. Each winner receives a cash prize. 


Jury Fee: $25/application
Single Booth Fee (10' x 10'): $190
Double Booth Fee (10' x 20'): $380

Application and Jury Fee Deadline: 5/18/2019 11:59 p.m. CST
Jurying: 5/20 to 5/22
Jury results emailed: 5/24/19
Accept invitation and pay booth fee by: 7/17/19
NEW Show Dates: 9/21/19-9/22/19
Festival Hours of Operation:
Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, September 22 from 10 am to 5 pm

The festival is held outdoors on pavement. Booth sites are a minimum of 10ft x 10ft level sites. Exhibitors must provide their own tents up to 10ft x 10ft and all necessary display equipment including adequate weights for Nebraska conditions (minimum of 50 lbs per corner). Tents must be white. Artist parking is provided nearby. NOTE: PREPARE FOR WINDY CONDITIONS. TENTS AND DISPLAYS MUST BE SECURED FOR YOUR SAFETY, THE SAFETY OF OTHER ARTISTS AND GUESTS AND TO PROTECT YOUR VALUABLE ART. WE ARE A RAIN or SHINE or WIND FESTIVAL.

Acceptable Works
All work must be original designs created by the artist. Signed, limited edition reproductions will be allowed; however, they must occupy less than one third of the display area and the process used in production must be clearly identified. No items may be displayed which are deemed “inappropriate” or which do not meet the common definition of “handcrafted” or “artwork” as interpreted by the Festival leadership. While a balanced show that equitably showcases diversity among media is a principle objective, the Lincoln Arts Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category. All jewelry must be juried in as jewelry. The Lincoln Arts Festival has a strict policy against buy/sell vendors. We encourage artists to discreetly inform show management if they recognize a known buy/sell vendor not showing their personally produced artwork

Media Categories
Ceramic: original clay work, excludes jewelry

Drawing: two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen and/or ink

Fiber: work crafted from fiber including fabric and paper, excludes jewelry

Glass: works made of glass that have been crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming, excludes jewelry

Jewelry: metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials are accepted

Leather: any work crafted from leather, excludes jewelry

Metal: work crafted from metal, excludes jewelry

Mixed Media 2D and 3D: single works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production (ceramic/fiber; wood/metal, etc.), excludes jewelry

Painting: two-dimensional works in paint including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.

Photography: photographic prints created from the artist’s original negatives that have been processed by the artist or under direct supervision of the artist

Printmaking / Graphics: original works created using traditional printmaking methods including lithograph, block, serigraph, etc. as well as computer generated art

Sculpture: three-dimensional original work created in any medium, excludes jewelry

Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved, excludes jewelry

Application Process
If you need assistance with applying on Zapplication.org, check out the image preparation section of the Zapplication site. There are many resources and great information to get you started on your application.

Artist/exhibitors may enter in more than one medium, but must submit separate applications, fees and images (meaning, a unique and distinct ZAPP profile must be used to apply in multiple mediums). If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited. For example, all jewelry must have been juried in the jewelry category. We reserve the right to ask you to remove any category or medium that was not submitted. If in doubt, it is best to submit a separate application.

Digital images
  • Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist.
      A. Four images must be of individual pieces of work.
      B. The fifth image must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. If a booth image 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 ensure the artist has a sufficient body of work and professional booth presentation.
  • Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format, for more information access www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml
  • Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Lincoln Arts Festival.
  • Upon acceptance to the festival, artists agree that Lincoln Arts Festival may use images of their work for promotion, website or other publicity purposes in printed or digital form. All participating artists will be showcased on our website, ArtScene.org

Jury Process
Selection will occur May 20 – May 22, 2019. The jury process is a blind process utilizing five jurors that change each year. The jurors are drawn from a pool of professional artists, gallery and museum curators, and art educators. Submitted images will be displayed along with your brief artist statement. Jurors will score each applicant on a scale of 1 to 5. The highest scoring entries will be in the show. The Lincoln Arts Festival maintains a waitlist from the jury process. There is no scientific formula for this list other than our sincere attempt to maintain a balance of art disciplines at the festival. Jury scores are not issued. Jury status notifications will be emailed by May 24, 2019.

While the Lincoln Arts Festival will provide security on the premises during the show and through the night, artists exhibit at their own risk. Neither the show committee, the City of Lincoln, nor the Downtown Lincoln Association is responsible for theft, loss or damage to the person or property of the artist or their representative. Artists may not have pets in booths or park R.V.s overnight on the premises.

  • Advertised to the entire metropolitan area via radio, e-blasts, newspaper, direct mail, and Lincoln Arts Council website and social media.
  • Festival Site Map
  • Established Patron Purchase Program
  • Artist Hospitality Tent
  • Continental breakfast served both Saturday and Sunday
  • Nearby parking
  • Festival Management Staff on site
  • Overnight security on site
  • Friendly Volunteers
  • Experienced Booth sitters
  • Lodging discounts
  • Awards
  • Food vouchers for artists


Rules of the Show
The Lincoln Arts Festival is designed for artists who create and execute original, professional quality work. The LAF Staff and Committee will monitor the show for misrepresentation and to ensure compliance with the rules and standards. Artists will be required to remove all work that is questionable and/or not in compliance. The Lincoln Arts Festival has a strict policy against buy/sell vendors. We encourage artists to discreetly inform show management if they recognize a known buy/sell vendor not showing their personally produced artwork

1) Artists accepted for participation MUST be in attendance during the entire show; a two artist collaboration requires both artists to be present during the entire show. No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend in place of the artist(s).

2) All artists are required to check in at Artist Check-In before setting up their booth.

3) Only one artist may display per booth unless the work produced is a collaboration of two artists.

4) Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category/medium in which he/she was accepted.

5) Only artists accepted in the Jewelry category may exhibit or sell jewelry; all jewelry regardless of materials must be entered in the Jewelry category.

6) Unless requested to do so, or granted permission by the festival director, artists may not break down displays/booths or depart before closing time on any day of the show. Any artist doing so will not be allowed to return the following day and/or to future shows.

7) Complimentary booth signs bearing name, booth number and category will be provided and must be prominently displayed.

8) It is the exclusive right of the festival committee to remove work that is not in compliance with the festival rules and requirements.

9) The Lincoln arts festival assumes no liability in case of loss or damage to artwork or displays. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

10) Individual artists are responsible for collecting sales tax. Out-of-state artists will be provided with official tax paperwork.

11) Booths are required to be open for business during show hours.

12) Artists may not leave behind articles or trash of any kind.

13) Electricity is not available. Generators are prohibited.

14) No amplified sound is allowed in booth.

15) This is a “rain or shine or wind” event; there will be no refunds due to inclement weather. Unless lightening or other dangerous weather conditions are present, be prepared to keep your booth open for the entirety of the festival.

Booth Information
A single booth has one (1) selling side (a 10’ section across the front; booths abutting on both sides and 2’ of storage space along the back of the booth). 
A corner booth has two (2) selling sides (a 10’ section across the front and one side; booth abutting on one side and 2’ of storage space along the back of the booth). There is a limited number of corner booths available. Double booths are also available.

Booth requirements:
  • White tents only.
  • The event takes place on a paved surface, which does not allow for anchoring of any supports into the ground.
  • Structures should be built to withstand gusty winds.
  • The festival recommends that artists do not use lightweight shade canopies (“E-Z Up”) as they have proven unable to withstand high winds.
  • Sand bags and or other appropriate equipment is required to ensure the stability of displays.
  • Minimum of 50 pounds per tent corner.
  • If booth is not properly weighted the artist will be required to purchase sandbags or 5-gallon water buckets for compliance (and to remove to large dumpsters during tear-down).
  • Booths and all materials required to exhibit and sell your art must be provided by and set up by the artist and exhibitor.
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