Event Information

Vail Arts Festival 2019

Vail, Colorado
Vail, Colorado (West)

Phone: (970) 376-3756
Event Dates: 6/21/19 - 6/23/19
Application Deadline: 4/22/19 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Vail Arts Festival Jury Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
Vail, Colorado is home to one of the most spectacular mountain resorts in the world. Located just 90 minutes west of the Denver metro area, this well-known, year-round vacation destination is also a haven for an affluent, well-educated, art savvy local population. The Vail Arts Festival is Vail's longest-running outdoor art festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2019, located in the Town of Vail. It is a three-day outdoor festival, located in heart of Lions head Village and the picturesque Arrabelle at Vail Square, June 21, 22 and 23, 2019.

General Information

2019 Artist Application


35th Annual Vail Arts Festival
Artist Prospectus & Application
Vail, Colorado
Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 21, 22 and June 23, 2019



Entry deadline: April 22, 2019  DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Reminder: Commitment to show and booth fee due upon acceptance:  May 10, 2019


You are invited to apply to be among a group of 60 juried exhibitors to participate in the 2019 Vail Arts Festival, Vail's longest-running arts festival, celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2019! Our goal is to provide visitors and our selected exhibitors with a unique show in a picturesque mountain resort setting.


This Artist Prospectus and Exhibitor Application includes essential details on exhibitor participation and should be read carefully prior to application. NOTE: Please focus on Image Requirements before applying to show. www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml


Mission Statement
The mission of the Vail Arts Festival organization is to create access to a broad array of arts experiences, and nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms.


General Information
The Vail Arts Festival is a three-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts, located in the heart of Lionshead Village at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery quality fine art and fine crafts, giving our audience the rare opportunity to meet, interact with, view the works of and purchase art from the individuals who have created it.


The show takes place during one of the busiest times of the summer and on the kickoff weekend of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, which draws thousands to Town each year throughout the summer season.
2018 attendance to the Festival site was estimated at 18,418, according to visitor survey information.

In addition:
  • 51% of the visitors purchased art from an Arts Festival exhibitor
  • 52% had attended the Festival in the past
  • 55% were Extremely Likely to return
  • 48% were first-time visitors to the Vail Arts Festival
  • 58% of Festival visitors were from the local market, which included second homeowners
  • 42% were guests visiting from other places in Colorado and from out of state
  • The Arts Festival’s marketing budget is spent on local newspaper and television, print advertising in Eagle County plus in the Denver metro area and via social media.
  • The event is included in listings published by the Town of Vail, Vail Valley Partnership visitors bureau and Vail summer marketing.
  • Our goal is to appeal to a diverse audience of individuals likely to be interested in the visual arts.


Application, Jury, and Notification Timeline


April 22, 2019 Application deadline EXTENDED!
April 24, 2019 The jury selects 60 artists invited to exhibit.
April 26, 2019 Notification (by email)
1. 60 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
2. Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status.

May 10, 2019. Deadline for accepted artists to commit to exhibit, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.



Digital Images

Four (4) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist. Three(3) images, numbered respectively #1 - #3, must be of individual pieces of work. Image number #4, must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fourth image is mandatory. If a booth image per se 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 complete body of work which is represented both in the first 3 images and also within image #4. It also helps identify the scale of the artist's work. Note: this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.


Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format and no larger than 1.8MB, 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 Arts Festival.


The 2019 Arts Festival hours will be confirmed in Artist Acceptance but are anticipated to be:
Friday, June 21  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 22  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, June 23  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Media Categories

Media categories are used by the Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity among media is a principal Arts Festival objective, the Arts Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.


Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.


Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.  No more than 25% of the work exhibited may be a limited edition reproduction.


Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.


Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.


Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.


Graphics and 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.


Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.


Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.


Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.


Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.


Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.  Reproductions are allowed in this category, not to exceed 25% of the exhibitors total work displayed.


Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.


Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Rules of the Show
1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the Arts Festival.
4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the Arts Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. The Arts Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.

6. Absolutely no reproductions are allowed, except where noted in specific categories.

Booth Information
Application, Jury, and Notification Timeline

April 22, 2019  Application deadline EXTENDED!
April 24, 2019  The jury selects 60 artists invited to exhibit.
April 26, 2019  Notification (by email and web site.)
1. 60 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
2. Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status.
May 10, 2019. Deadline for accepted artists to commit to exhibit, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.
Jury Procedure
Approximately 60 artists will exhibit at the 2019 event. Images are reviewed by a panel comprised of Vail residents/business owners in a blind jury process. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury will view each artist's set of five images shown simultaneously in a horizontal grouping. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements will also be made available to the jury upon request. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The top 60 receive invitations; the balance of artists in the final round is retained to comprise a waiting list of alternates. Decisions of the jury panel are final.
Booth Space
Applications will be date stamped upon receipt. Artists having specific space needs, will be assigned spaces on a first-come, first served basis from the date their application is received. The Arts Festival does not guarantee corner spaces or specific space requests. Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 11' deep by 11' wide. Artists are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment. The majority of the show is located on concrete or brick pavers. Show load-in and load-out may require hand-carrying as most spaces are not accessible via vehicles. The Arts Festival will have staff available to assist artists with load-in. Electricity is not available/Corner booths are not guaranteed.
Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Arts Festival. However, artists will be asked to submit a refundable deposit of $150, returned immediately upon submission of Town of Vail sales tax remittance form at the show’s conclusion.  If an artist fails to submit their Sales Tax Report by August 30, 2019, the $150 deposit will be turned into the Town of Vail in lieu of the artists' sales tax report.
Artists must submit separate applications, unless applying as a team. Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must apply with separate online user ID’s, set of digital images and jury fee for each category. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. No advantage is gained by submitting multiple applications for the same body of work in multiple categories.
Application Fees
Each application must be accompanied by the $30 jury fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online with their Visa or Master Card, or they may pay by a check made payable to the Vail Arts Festival (mailed to PO Box 6499 Vail, CO 81658). The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt.
Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts our invitation to exhibit, must return the signed contract, booth fee, and sales tax deposit to the Arts Festival by May 10, 2019. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list. The applicant is responsible to keep the Arts Festival advised of effective mailing addresses.
Exhibitors Fees:
*Please do not send an exhibitor fee with your application.
$450.00 for a single booth.  A limited number of double booth locations are available for $900.  Double booths are available to the first timed-stamped exhibitor contracts received, after which exhibitor will be informed the double booths are sold out.
$75.00 vendor fee due to Town of Vail
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