Event Information

ARToberFEST 2019

United States
Galveston, Texas (South)

Phone: 409-770-5066
Event Dates: 10/19/19 - 10/20/19
Application Deadline: 5/21/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non refundable Application/ Jury Fee): $10.00


Event Summary
Galveston's 23rd Annual Juried Fine Art Festival will take place October 19 & 20, 2019 on Postoffice Street amid the historic charm of Galveston in the Downtown Cultural Arts District. Over the past 23 years, our reputation has grown to be one of the best-juried events on the Gulf Coast. We generally have 8-10,000 attendees. The Island's hospitality and the relaxed atmosphere provide a beautiful outdoor setting in which to enjoy a weekend of fine art and fun!
ARToberFEST donates free booth space to local high school and college art students, to enable them to obtain valuable experience in the real world of creating, marketing, and selling their artwork. All proceeds from ARToberFEST will benefit educational programs at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

General Information
Show Date and Hours 

Application deadline is Friday, May 19th until Midnight
Jury Occurs the week of May 27, 2019 
Acceptance notification June 17, 2019 
Accept and Purchase Invitation deadline June 21, 2019 

Saturday October 20, 2018 10am to 7pm 
Sunday October 21, 2018 11am to 5pm 

Booth Fee 
Single Booth 10X10 $180 
Double Booth 10X20 $360
Corner Booth $200 
Please note there are a limited number of double and corner booths available. These are avaible on first come first serve basis. 


1.    Ceramics: original clay work other than jewelry
2.    Digital: original computer generated art, photographs that are artistically manipulated using a computer
3.    Drawing: two-dimensional works in pencil, chalk, pastel, charcoal, pen & ink 
4.    Fiber/Textiles: any wearable work crafted from fiber, excluding leather and jewelry
5.    Functional Art (includes furniture, wearable art, etc.)
6.    Glass: glasswork that has been hand-crafted by glassblowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming
7.    Jewelry:
8.    Leather: any work crafted of leather excluding jewelry
9.    Metal: any work crafted of metal other than jewelry
10.  Mixed Media: 2 or 3-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
11.  Painting/ Acrylic or Oil / Watercolor 
12.  PhotographyDigital /Traditional Film 
13.  Printmaking/ Intaglio, Relief and Planographic
14.  Wood: original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved
15. Sculpture made from any medium
16.  Other
Please send in only one application. You may submit 4 images of all work being considered and one booth shot

  • Galveston Police Department officers provide 24-hour security starting at load-in through complete load-out
  • Booth-sitting provided. You must call the phone number on the back of badge to request booth sitter
  • Artist Hospitality table will provide complimentary coffee and pastries which will be served on Saturday at 7:30 am to 9:00 am and Sunday at 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Admission: adults $5, children are FREE (a portion of the proceeds from this event go to support The Grand 1894 Opera House Educational Outreach to the community)
  • Festival features Hands-on art activities for kids
  • Live Music 
  • Single Booth Fees: $180
  • Double Booth Fee $360 
  • Corner Booth Fee $200
  • Free Parking Pass for Artist Saturday and Sunday. One pass is provided for each day per paid booth space. Additional passes are available for $5 if needed. Artist must provide his or her own parking the day of load in.

Sales Tax Information
You will be responsible for collecting and paying sales tax of 8.25% on all items that you sell. Galveston has a city sales tax of 2%, and Texas state sales tax is 6.25%. Galveston Island sales tax and Texas state sales tax are not filed separately. All sales taxes are filed through the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

All Artists must have a valid Texas Sales Tax Permit, which can be obtained through the Texas Comptroller’s Office. You can obtain one online by following this link: http://www.window.state.tx.us and clicking on the “Apply for a sales tax permit” link located towards the bottom of the list in the middle of the page.        

Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State Sales Tax. You can contact the Texas Comptroller’s Office with questions at (800) 252-5555 or check their website at http://www.window.state.tx.us. Under the “I Want To…” section of the Comptroller’s Office website, the first link on the list, File/pay sales and other taxes with WebFile, allows you to file/pay your State Sales Tax online.

Jury Information and Policies
  • Our panel consists of 3 jurors. All jurors are selected from local Community Arts Organizations based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and/or background.
  • Jurors change with each event.
  • Work is scored on a scale of 1 to 5 with a possibility of 15 points max. 
  • The body of work is viewed together. Jurors are not shown the artist's name or any other identifying information. 
  • Jurors are asked to review all applications.
  • Applicants will be notified of event acceptance or decline status by email by the date noted on the application.
  • The juror’s decisions are conducted as a personal critique and as such, individual responses are not recorded. 
  • A perfect score of 15 receives a ribbon indicating Best of Show and automatic acceptance to the following year. However, the artist must pay for booth space. 


Festival Eligibility and Rules
By paying for your booth and participating in ARToberFEST, you are agreeing to abide by the following rules:
  • ARToberFEST is open to individual fine artists and craftsmen, displaying their own original work. Artists must be present at the festival.
  • No kits, molds, or edible art may be submitted.
  • Artist representatives and agents, or gallery owners, will not be eligible.
  • Participation is limited to a maximum125 juried artists.
  • Only artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
  • 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”.
  • Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
  • Participating exhibitors are responsible for collecting and paying current city and state sales tax for all sales made during the show.

Refund Policy Deadlines
  •  50% refund available until August 23rd, 2019
  • No refund available after August 25th, 2019

Booth Information
Booth Placement
  • Returning artists may request the same location as in a previous year but it is not guaranteed. We may move people in order to keep the venue fresh for our patrons.
  • Booth assignments for new artists are at the discretion of the festival organizers.
  • Though we can’t guarantee all artists will receive their booth location choice, we make every effort to place the artist in the general location that is requested.
Tent Specifications
  • Each artist must supply their own 10’ x 10’ clean white tent. Exhibit space is approximately 10’ x 10’.
  • Each artist’s tent will have at least 5’ of space on sides of the tent to provide up to 3-sided customer access; the configuration is up to you.
  • As the festival takes place on concrete streets, you must provide a minimum of 50 lbs weights for your booth per leg
  • ARToberFEST will not allow the use of any lightweight EZ up or pop up tents for an artist’s display.  Artists are to provide tent structures of professional grade, which are properly weighted with at least 50 pounds on each tent leg.
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