Event Information

Art at the Park 2019

City Park, 500 E. Franklin Street
Appleton, Wisconsin (Midwest)

Event Dates: 7/28/19 - 7/28/19
Application Deadline: 5/5/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable Application Fee ): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Trout Museum of Art is proud to host the 59th annual Art at the Park on Sunday, July 28, 2019! Located outdoors in Appleton, Wisconsin's historic City Park, Art at the Park is a fine art and craft fair that is visited by more than 20,000 annually. Art at the Park has grown into a tradition of excellent artists presenting high quality, handmade art.

In addition to the best in fine art, visitors also enjoy live music entertainment, artisan food and beverages, a young artist marketplace, and interactive art activities!

New this year: The Trout Museum of Art will be hosting a Group Gallery within Art at the Park. Artists can choose to apply for the regular show or to display and sell 1-5 pieces of their artwork in the Group Gallery.

General Information


Friday, February 1, 2019
Applications open.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Application deadline.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Notification of jury results.

Friday, June 7, 2019
Artist invitation acceptance must be complete and all booth fees paid. Booth fees are nonrefundable. No exceptions made.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Artist registration is open 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Artists MUST register before setup.
Saturday registration is strongly encouraged.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Artist registration continues: 6:00–8:30 a.m.
Booths MUST be set up by 9:00 a.m.
Festival hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Awards presentation on main soundstage: 12:00 p.m.


  • Basketry
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawing
  • Fashion
  • Fiber
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Leather
  • Metalworks
  • Mixed Media
  • Other
  • Painting
  • Paper
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Scent Art
  • Sculpture
  • Wood

Awards presented to:
Best of Show: $1,000 + 2020 booth fee
Best 2D: $500 + 2020 booth fee
Best 3D: $500 + 2020 booth fee
Honorable Mentions awarded at discretion of guest judge: 2020 booth fee
Best of the Group Gallery: $200 (only artists in the Group Gallery will be eligible for this award)

Judging will take place on Sunday, July 28, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Awards will be announced on the main soundstage at 12:00pm. Only those artists in the regular show will be considered for Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D, and Honorable Mentions; only those artists with work in the Group Gallery will be eligible for the Best of the Group Gallery award.


  • Complimentary booth-sitting service; artist must sign up on ZAPP in advance.
  • Complimentary light refreshments for artists on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 6:00am-9:00am in the pavilion.
  • Security guards patrol the park on Saturday night.​​
  • Artists have the opportunity to purchase an ad in the Art at the Park booklet or a digital ad that includes one Instagram and Facebook artist spotlight and an artist listing/link on the Art at the Park webpage.

a) Overview 
Art at the Park is open to all artists 18 years of age and older, working in all fine art and fine craft media. All work must be the artist’s own, and original in design, concept, and execution. 

b) Collaborations 
If two artists collaborate, it is considered a joint entry and they should exhibit a single body of work. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work which is collaborative. Collaborative signatures must appear on all materials exhibited. Work created by collectives, guilds, schools, etc. may not be exhibited at Art at the Park. 

c) Ineligible Items 
No manufactured or mass-produced items are permitted. Artists whose work has been made with the use of kits, molds, patterns, or other commercial methods will not be accepted. Photos of artist(s) creating the work may be requested. 

a) Fees 
A $35 jury fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable. Applications will not be processed until jury fees are received. 

b) Medium 
Artists are required to indicate the medium category in which they work. Please note: Artists who work in two or more mediums should complete and send additional applications, photos, and processing fees for each additional medium. The Trout Museum of Art reserves the right to reassign an artist’s category if the artist’s designation is deemed inappropriate; this decision has no effect on acceptance. 

c) Application and Jury Process 
Digital images submitted are reviewed and judged by an anonymous jury of art professionals. A new jury is selected every year. Selection is made based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities. Submissions that do not meet eligibility requirements (see Eligibility, above) will not be accepted. Our jury selects up to 200 artists to be invited to the event each year. Acceptance decisions are final. Participation in previous Art at the Park events does not guarantee acceptance for Art at the Park 2019.
Four (4) digital images that accurately represent the scope of work to be exhibited must be submitted with the artist’s online application form; artists must also submit one (1) booth image. Images should be in the correct orientation for judges to view and in JPEG format. Label images by number, application name, and title (e.g. 01 Van Gogh Starry Night.jpg). Submitted digital images should be of sufficiently high quality to be accurately evaluated by the jury. Artists may edit and resubmit images until their applications are finalized and submitted, at which point no further edits are permitted. Artists that are applying to the Group Gallery should submit five (5) digital images that accurately represent the scope of work to be displayed and sold in the Group Gallery.

Applicants are required to provide a Wisconsin Tax Account Number (if applicable) and the last four digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). A SSN or FEIN is required of all participating artists in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Temporary Events Program. Artists not conforming to Wisconsin Department of Revenue regulations may not exhibit. Applications cannot be processed until all required materials (online application and images, jury fee, signed legal agreement, and tax information) are received

Unless special arrangements have been made with The Trout Museum of Art staff, most correspondence (including acceptance) will be sent to the email address provided through the online application system. It is the responsibility of the artist to check their email regularly and to notify The Trout Museum of Art of changes to email addresses or contact info. 

Digital images submitted for jurying must be representative of the work exhibited at Art at the Park. They should represent current work and represent the majority of work exhibited. On the day of Art at the Park, the compliance committee has the authority to require that any items deemed not consistent with the submitted material, ineligible (see Eligibility, above), or otherwise inappropriate, be put away. 

Accepted artists will be notified via email by May 24, 2019. 

Only signed and numbered prints made directly from original plates may be exhibited. Digital art and photographs must be printed on archival-quality materials, signed, and numbered in limited editions. Reproductions must be shown separately from originals and must be clearly marked as “reproductions.” No more than 10% of the artist’s stock may be reproductions. Per federal statute, The Trout Museum of Art is not liable for copyright infringement by artists, and it is the legal responsibility of every artist to comply with all applicable copyright and intellectual property laws.  

The accepted artist must be present the day of Art at the Park and personally manage her or his booth. Once an artist is accepted, no refunds will be granted for artists who withdraw from the show. Refunds will not be granted for those withdrawing their application. The event will be held rain or shine. In case of severe inclement weather, no refunds will be given. 

The application process is the same as the regular show; however, upon acceptance, artists will not have to pay a booth fee. The Trout Museum of Art will handle all sales of the artwork in the Group Gallery and will keep a 35% commission. Artists may only apply to the Group Gallery or for the regular show, but they may not apply to both. Group Gallery artist applicants will proceed in the same manner as regular show artists and submit images of their artwork. Group Gallery artists are asked to apply with a 5th image of their artwork instead of an image of their booth. When uploading your images, you will upload the 5th image of your work by selecting 'YES' this is your booth shot, even though it is not.

Security will be provided on Saturday night; however The Trout Museum of Art is not liable for artists’ work or property. 

On the day of Art at the Park, cash awards are announced for: 
  • Best of Show: $1000 + 2020 booth fee 
  • Best 2D: $500 + 2020 booth fee 
  • Best 3D: $500 + 2020 booth fee 
  • Honorable mention(s) awarded at discretion of guest judge: 2020 booth fee 
  • Best of the Group Gallery: $200 (only artists in the Group Gallery will be eligible for this award)
Winners are selected by a guest judge, based on the artist’s overall work and presentation (Best of Show, Best 2D, Best 3D, and Honorable Mention awards are not given to single artworks). The exhibitor’s booth sign (included in the artist registration packet distributed on the day of Art at the Park) must be displayed to be considered for awards. Winning exhibitors will receive cash award upon receipt of completed W-9 form. 

Per City of Appleton ordinance, pets are not allowed in City ParkNon-service animals will need to be removed from the event.

Booth Information



  • Single Booth Fee: $175
  • Double Booth Fee (for two adjacent booths): $350
  • Accepted artists have until June 7, 2019 to accept their invitation to the event and pay their booth fees.
  • Booth fees are non-refundable. No exceptions will be made.


  • Booth spaces are approximately 10’ x 13’ and are sized to accommodate a 10’ x 10’ tent canopy.
  • Canopies larger than 10 x 10’ are not permitted.
  • All booth spaces are on blacktop / cement.
  • All booths must be weighted down. Artists must supply their own weights. Tent stakes will not work, as all booths are located on cement.
  • Electricity is NOT available.
  • Artists must supply all of their own display materials, as well as chairs, tables, etc.
  • While specific booth spaces cannot be guaranteed, every attempt will be made to honor booth requests; we will also attempt to assign returning artists as close as possible to the space they occupied the previous year, when requested. All booth requests must be submitted on ZAPP.
  • Artists may request a second (adjacent) booth on their application, for an additional booth fee.
  • No sharing of booth spaces is permitted. 
  • Artists may set up their booths on Saturday night (July 27) from 5-8 p.m. or Sunday morning (July 28) from 6-9 a.m.
  • Artists must be in their booths and set up by 9 a.m. on Sunday. 
  • Booth tags must be displayed in order to participate.  

IMPORTANT: Booth spaces are located on the four streets that border City Park (Franklin, Drew, Union, and North streets). Artists on Drew Street may not set up their booths until Sunday morning, per Appleton Fire Department ordinance. If you plan to set up Saturday evening, please indicate this on your application and request a booth on Franklin, Union, or North Street.