Event Information


Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival - 32nd Annual Spring Show - 2020

Lujan Exhibit Complex - Expo NM Fairgrounds
Albuquerque, New Mexico (West)

Phone: 505-292-7457
Event Dates: 3/13/20 - 3/15/20
Application Deadline: 10/15/19 Midnight MST
59 day(s) and 1 hour(s) remaining


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee ): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 32nd Annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Spring Show will take place during one of the most beautiful times of year at the historic EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds.  This festival, continuously ranked  on Sunshine Artist's '200 Best' list, marks the state’s premier art event of the year with a vibrant showcase of 185 juried fine artists and craftsmen.  Centrally located near popular shopping districts and the eclectic 'Nob Hill' neighborhood, this indoor show attracts a great buying crowd of thousands of art enthusiasts and loyal Rio Grande patrons!
The set-up is stress-free, parking easy, and Rio Grande pulls out all the stops to advertise the show and bring in the sales! This high-ranking event is bound to become one of your favorites!  

Experience this event visually >> Spring Show Video <<
  • Sunshine Artist Magazine’s ‘200 Best’ 2019
  • 'Best of Burque' - Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi
  • Top 200 for sales of Fine Art & Fine Craft - AFSB 2018
  • 2018 Sunshine Artist 'FastAudit' Survey Scores: Management 9.9/10; Load-in & out 9.0/10 ; Prestige of Show 8.4/10; Advertising 9.1/10; Amenities 9.0/10

General Information

DATES: Friday through Sunday - March 13, 14, 15, 2020

TIMES: Friday 10 - 5, Saturday 10 - 5, Sunday 10 - 4

LOCATION:  The 32nd Annual Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be held indoors at the Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex at EXPO New Mexico.  The festival site is a familiar venue to all who live in Albuquerque and is centrally located.  (300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque NM).

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS:  Rio Grande Festivals excels in advertising and promoting each show extensively through television, radio, billboards, newspaper, national magazines and local publications, rack cards at hotels and visitor's centers throughout the state, online advertising and eblasts.  Participating artists have given our advertising a score an average of 9.6/10 over the past 3 years through Sunshine Artist Surveys!
  • 45,000 Email Contacts!  Cultivating a loyal customer base is a key component in the success and sustainability of our festival.  At our tablet kiosks, customers register to win prizes and receive future reminders and discount coupons for upcoming shows.  
  • 5,000 Pre-Sold Customer Passes!  The 'Grande Pass' is our way of saying 'THANK YOU' to our most frequent attendees.  The passes are available for purchase at our October show, and  they are essentially a season pass to all three of the Rio Grande Festivals; providing unlimited admission and free parking to both Expo New Mexico shows!

ARTIST AMENITIES:  The Rio Grande Team wants to ensure that your participation in the Spring Show is a fun and rewarding experience.  During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Daily morning coffee, tea, pastries and healthy breakfast options
  • Artist Relaxation Station – a quiet spot to enjoy lunch or take a break
  • ‘Artist Party’ – Mingle with fellow artists and staff while enjoying beer, wine, live music and appetizers on Friday evening
  • Free admission tickets available for friends, customers and family of artists.  (Four passes)
  • Booth Sitters provided by the volunteers of Casa Angelica, a non-profit organization and long-time partner of Rio Grande
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking lot shuttle for customers and artists runs during show hours on the Expo New Mexico grounds
  • Help for hire at your convenience during set-up and tear-down
  • Security escorts available to your vehicle

HOW TO APPLY:  If you are not currently registered on Zapplication, it will be necessary to register and create a profile.  Five images of work plus one image of your booth display must be uploaded.  See digital imaging tutorials and resources on Zapplication if you would like assistance.  

ELIGIBILITY:  The jurying committee will review the images of each entrant and select exhibitors based on ranked jury point totals using scoring of 1 (low) to 7 (high).  The following criteria will be taken into consideration: quality of work, mastery of medium, originality, artistic design, focus, marketability and booth display.  Work exhibited must be consistent with what is shown in images in application.

  • October 15, 2019: Deadline to apply
  • November 15, 2019: Notification of jury status
  • December 1, 2019: Deadline to accept invitation by purchasing booth through Zapp (Payment Plans available)
  • March 12, 2020: Set-up begins at 9 a.m. Must check-in by 4 p.m.
  • March 13, 2020:  Show begins at 10 a.m.!  Finishing touches 7 a.m. -9a.m.  The show continues Saturday and Sunday, with tear-down beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

SECURITY:  Overnight security for the show is provided, but each artist is ultimately responsible for their own work.  Security escorts are available to escort exhibitors to their vehicles after closing time each day.  Neither the Festival nor its employees, volunteers, directors, security or insurance company are financially liable for losses or damages of any kind.  Exhibitors should make arrangements with their own insurance companies for proper coverage.

RV PARKING:  Hook-ups available onsite.  Fees are collected by EXPO New Mexico.   

PAYMENT PLANS:  Contact our office for options. Must be arranged by November 22. 



APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  A separate application required for each medium to be displayed, all applicants must submit 5 images through ZAPP representative of the quality and variety of their work, plus a digital image of their booth display.  Pricing of work is taken into consideration when judging marketability.  Functional items with reproductions of the artists' work on them (art tiles, mugs, etc.) must be submitted for jurying under the separate category of 'reproductions of the artist's work' and images of all of these items must be submitted.  Prints or giclees are not required to be entered under the reproduction category.

Reproduced functional items may not take up more than 20% of the display space in the booth and cannot include t-shirts, caps, or clothing items. 

ARTIST RESTRICTIONS:  Buy-sell will not be tolerated.  No imports, manufactured items, or work that has been produced from kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial means can be sold by exhibiting artists and craftsmen in this show.  Works may incorporate some commercially produced parts, but the design and execution must be primarily the product of the exhibiting artist’s skill.  Any commercially produced parts must play a subordinate role and be incorporated into the work.  They may not be sold separately.  Do not display jewelry in your booth if it was not submitted for jurying and accepted.  Please do not display objectionable items that are not fit for a family-friendly environment.  Artists will be required to remove anything that does not fit within the festival guidelines; should an artist choose not to comply they may be asked to leave.  Live musical demonstrations must be limited to a total of 15 minutes per hour.  We appreciate your cooperation!

WAIT LIST POLICY:  If an artist cancels, the open space will be offered to an artist on the wait list in the same category, or to an exhibitor whose work fits in best with surrounding booths.  We do not have a numbered waitlist, each cancellation is considered on an individual basis.

ARTIST PRESENCE:  Artist must be present, and showcasing only the work which was accepted by the jury.  Representatives are not permitted to attend in place of the artist.

SPECIALTY FOODS & PRODUCTS:  A limited number of booths are reserved for specialty food sampling and also body products, soaps, etc.  Vendors applying for sampling space must submit images of their products and booth as well as submit samples.  These specialty booths are grouped together and have a separate acceptance process.  Culinary vendors are accepted based on product quality, taste, originality and the variety they add to 'Culinary Row'.  Samples of foods and body products need to be sent every 2 years, or sooner if products change.

WEBSITE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Upon acceptance, one professional image of the artist's work will be selected for representation on our website.  Images that are not professional looking may not be represented.  If you do not permit use of your images for promotional purposes, please let us know.  Any images we use are always clearly promoting the artist and crediting their work. 

REPRODUCTIONS: Prints and giclees must be represented as reproductions of work.  

SALES TAX AND BUSINESS REGISTRATION:  Sales tax at EXPO New Mexico is 6.4375% (subject to change).  You are responsible for collecting and reporting your own taxes.  Tax packets will be available upon arrival. 

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY:  This should be paid directly to through Zapp. At least 50% of fee is due December 1, 2019.  From December 2 to January 1, 100 penalty for cancelling show applies. From January 2 to February 1, artists who cancel will receive a refund of 50% of the total booth fees.  After February 1, a  refund of 20% can be offered.  If booth fees are not paid in full by the designated deadline, and a payment plan has not been previously arranged, booth may be cancelled and resold without a refund.  LATE PAYMENTS WARRANT LOSS OF CORNER PRIVILEGE. 

Dogs: Dogs are not permitted at the festival unless they are service animals. 

CHILDREN: Children accompanying artists for the weekend must always be accompanied an adult and may not roam freely around the festival.  They are welcome to visit the Kid's Creation Station for one hour per day.


Booth Information

  • 10x10 spaces are $495
  • 15 x10 spaces are $715
  • 20x10 spaces are $950
  • Corner spaces add $85 
  • Electricity (400 watt limit) add $75
Upon acceptance, booth sizes and corners will be granted based on puchase date (first come, first serve) and they may sell out.

BOOTH DISPLAYS AND STRUCTURES: Work that is presented attractively can be an important factor in sales as well as a positive contribution to the overall appearance of the show. Please plan your booth carefully and make sure it's attractive and easy for customers to come in and look at your work.
  • Each booth must have solid fire-proofed display panels or draping on the back and sides to create a partition between booths as well as a backdrop behind it.  Artists may not rely on neighbors for sidewalls. Open shelving or grids should have a solid panel behind them. Exhibitors who do not provide partitions must rent pipe and draping from the Festival. Electricity is limited to 400 Watts per booth. You will have one outlet. No halogen lights please.
  • Canopy frames may be used, but canopy walls or top are not a professional look for indoors. 
  • Tables must be covered or skirted to the floor on all sides showing, with a suitable, professional looking cover.
  • Artist sign with name, booth number and state will be provided to hang in booth.
  • No "Sale" or "Discount" signs. All signs should look professional.
  • No signs or flyers advertising other shows or businesses.
  • Displays must be contained within booth boundaries and may not interfere with adjacent booths or aisle space in any way. No over hangs, extensions, bins, or display items of any kind may be outside of the boundaries of the booth.
  • Conceal any storage areas, bins etc. from view
  • One exhibitor chair may be in aisle adjacent to the booth. 
  • Please do not set up exhibitor chairs or other belongings across from booth or in the common areas.
  • Carpet is recommended in booth, please tape down edges.
  • Please do not attach anything to rented draping.

SHARED BOOTH: For shared booths, submit one entry per exhibitor and designate one person responsible for fees.  Both artists must apply by the deadline and be accepted.  Booth display should be a collaborative and professional display.  The fee for sharing a booth is an additional $75.00.  

SET-UP/TEAR DOWN: Exhibitors are responsible for set-up and take-down of booth, and general clean-up at the end of the day on Sunday.  Help will be available for hire on an individual basis.
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