Event Information


ArtFest Fort Myers 2020

Downtown Fort Myers, Edwards Drive
Fort Myers, Florida (South)

Phone: 239-768-3602
Event Dates: 2/1/20 - 2/2/20
Application Deadline: 9/10/19 Midnight EST
49 day(s) and 15 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida’s premier art festival and largest weekend event puts YOU, the artist, first, promoting your artwork and meeting your needs is our highest priority. Bringing the best-of-the-best art to all, ArtFest is located along our downtown riverfront park and yacht basin - a perfect backdrop to showcase your art.
  • Two-day, free to the public, community event, with 90,000 attendees
  • Year-round professional staff, with 20 years of consistent management
  • Maximum exposure for artist booths with a circular flow down the center of the wide boulevard
  • New and cutting edge art is equally at home with more traditional work
  • Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work
  • Attracting young professional families with free fun art related activities for kids of all ages
  • Encouraging the next generation of career artists and art supporters with a high school art competition and sidewalk chalk competition
Join us at ArtFest Fort Myers - the fabulous community based fine art festival!

General Information
20th Annual ArtFest Fort Myers
Downtown Fort Myers, FL,
February 1 & 2, 2020
Opening Night January 31 - optional participtation
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019

Apply to ArtFest Fort Myers – begin your great winter selling season with us.

Did you know Fort Myers is Southwest Florida’s largest metro area?
It’s all here: an international airport serving 9.2 million passengers, powerhouse corporate headquarters, thriving real estate & construction markets and record-breaking tourism. Your target audience of upscale and savvy art patrons grows everyday! (Fort Myers is ranked #1 on a listing of fastest growing small cities in the nation, with 1.2 million year round residents in our metro area!)

Our dedicated community of art lovers and collectors wait all year to enjoy and purchase the incredible works of 210 fabulous professional artists from across the country. Extensive and effective advertising, great artist amenities, artist friendly layout and education outreach combine with an enthusiastic public to make this show a stand out!

Artists are selected in a blind jury based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the exhibiting artists. ArtFest Fort Myers strives to create a well-balanced show that represents diverse styles and techniques in the following categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing/Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2-D, Mixed Media 3-D, Painting - oil/acrylic, Painting - watercolor, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable and Wood.

ArtFest Fort Myers is a true community event that entices people to stay for an extended period to encourage art buying. The festival includes the largest high school art exhibit and competition in Southwest Florida; a high school sidewalk chalk competition; a children's Art Yard with interactive art projects and a Youth Stage featuring regional performing arts organizations.  Our upscale dining areas with shaded table seating provide ample food/beverage options.
Visit our website where you will find our Artist Gallery Page, highlighing the artwork & contact information for participating artists for current and past years - ArtFestFortMyers.com


All advertising messages and media will be targeted toward bringing art buyers to you! Drawing in art lovers, experienced and new collectors and educated buyers, who are year-round residents and those visiting Southwest Florida during the peak of season, is our primary goal.

Our Marketing Plan takes a synergistic approach that combines all types of media. It is valued at $175,000+ and results in over 8.6 million advertising impressions targeted to art buyers throughout South Florida and beyond. The Plan includes television, radio, newspaper, glossy magazines, billboards, direct mail, theater/symphony programs, our website, eVites, year-round FaceBook, with paid ads and organic postings. Promotion to our strong tourist and visitor market includes a 24-page center section in Destinations, an in-room travel magazine, with 21,000 copies circulated from Punta Gorda to Marco Island.
Artist-based Promotion Opportunities
Artists have the opportunity to participate in several artist-based festival promotions. For example their artwork can be included in:
  • our full-color Festival Program with distribution of 8,000 copies to festival patrons, sponsors and VIP members.
  • Destination Magazine with distribution of 25,000 and 3-month shelf life throughout Southwest Florida
  • Facebook & Instagram carousel paid ads reaching thousands of targeted art buyers
  • ArtFestFortMyers.com carousel paid ads reaching thousands of festival attendees
Advertising Rate and details for these opportunities vary and all ads will include (1) Your artwork (2) Your Name and (3) Your Website or Facebook/Instagram page. Some ads will also include Your Booth Number.
If you would like to be considered for any of these promotional opportunities please mark "YES" on the application under Festival Promotion.

Opening Night on Friday
Our popular Friday Night Opening includes 65 festival artists. We open one section of our show from 5 – 9 PM and electricity is provided for the evening. If you would like to be a part of this exciting additional selling opportunity on Friday night, please mark “YES” on the application under Friday Night Opening, to receive additional information. There is an additional fee for Friday night to cover electric installation.

Artist Amenities

ArtFest Fort Myers is an artist-friendly outdoor fine art festival. Our staff and volunteer crew want your experience with us to be enjoyable, as well as profitable. Our local businesses support us, so that we can continue to provide you:

o Artists' Hospitality includes daily complimentary continental breakfast, water, juice, coffee and private indoor restrooms
o Booth sitters and dedicated Artist Ambassadors
o Drive up access for ease in loading
o Friday set-up, with staggered times beginning at 8:30 AM
o Professional overnight and daytime security
o Oversized booth spaces with three feet between booths and ample storage space behind
o Reserved artist parking with trolley service
o Special group rates at nearby hotels
o Free and secure parking for artist RVs
o Opportunity to participate in Artist-based promotions
o Opportunity to increase sales by participating in our Friday Night Opening
o Artist acceptance notice will include Festival site plan, directions and information on hotels.
Jury Preview for Artists - October 3, 2019 from 2pm to 3:30pm
All artists - applying or not to ArtFest Fort Myers - are invited to view images as the jury does. This is a insightful opportunity for artists to see what their images look like; see what the "competition" looks like; ask presentation questions of each other and ArtFest's staff. Artists who have attended this Preview session in past years have found it time well spent to refine both their jury presentation and their on-site at festivals selling presentation.
Interested artists should email ArtFest Fort Myers at info@ArtFestFortMyers.com. All artists in ArtFest's current database will receive email invitations automatically. Reservations are required and location information will be sent to those who RSVP.


September 10, 2019 Application Deadline
October 4, 2019 Jury Day
October 19, 2019 Notification of Acceptance
November 1, 2019 Invitation Acceptance and Booth Fees Due
November 15, 2019 Withdrawal date w/o forfeiture of Booth Fee
December 13, 2019 Artist Certificate of Insurance due
January 31, 2020 Artist set up, with staggered assigned times beginning at 8:30 AM
January 31, 2020 Opening Night including 65 festival artists from 5 - 9 PM
February 1 & 2, 2020 ArtFest Fort Myers 9 AM – 5 PM

ArtFest Fort Myers Programing:

Young Art Collectors Gallery - "Creating Art Buyers of the Future"

The Young Art Collectors Gallery is designed to allow young art patrons, age 12 and under, to choose and purchase original artwork at a child friendly price of $5. The purpose of this Children-Only Gallery is to encourage, educate and develop art patrons of the future in a fun atmosphere.

Participating festival artists are requested to donate a small piece of work, $25 value or less, to stock the Young Art Collector Gallery. More than one piece of work will be graciously accepted. This donation may, or may not, be a part of your current body of work - we understand that many artists do not have current work valued at $25 or less. All donating artists will be presented with a “Young Art Collectors Participant” ribbon, for display in their ArtFest Fort Myers booth. Young patrons and their parents will be advised of your booth number, so that they may enjoy your body of work.

100% of the proceeds from the Young Art Collectors Gallery help to fund ArtFest Fort Myers' art education outreach programs. Since its inception in 2004, a total of $55,000 has been directed to our elementary school art programs.

Artist Awards

$5,500 in Cash Awards
Winners from previous year (total of 15 artists) invited to exhibit in 2021

Jury Process

ArtFest Fort Myers uses Zapplication™ to administer its application process.  It is a Projected Jury using 4 ZAPP top-of-the-line projectors on 4 white-white screens in a very dark jury room to show artist images to their best advantage. Artist images are projected digitally (image size is a minimum of 3 feet x 3 feet), each artist's images will be shown simultaneously, side by side, in the order you designate with the booth image on the right (last in the series) and are scored on a seven-point scale.
Ninety percent (90%) of the exhibitor spaces (approximately 190) will be selected through the jury process. The remaining spaces are for previous year award winners and invited artists (approximately 20).

The jurors, a diverse group of experienced art professionals, are selected for their art background and for their appreciation of the value of art festivals. Our jury members vary each year and we often include a festival artist on this panel.

The jury is a blind jury, meaning that the jurors do not know the names or any other information about the artists. The five member panel is convened in the same room, each having access to a computer monitor for scoring purposes.

Booth image should show your booth as it is set up for exhibition at an outdoor show with your work displayed, but must not reveal the artist name or have people standing in the booth. The image description and Artist Statement will be available to the jurors on their computer monitor. The Artist Statement for the categories of Ceramics, Digital, Drawing/Pastels, Fiber, Fiber Non-wearable, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood are read aloud. Please use this statement to convey the process used to create your work.
The decision of the jury is based solely on the projected images and is final.

Images from accepted artists will be retained for promotion, and adherence to the rules.

A wait list, by category, will be established, based on jury scores.

Category Descriptions

Ceramics - Art objects either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.

Digital - Images made with the assistance of computers. Computer graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications. Traditional photographs taken with digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing/Pastels - Drawings are works on paper using pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media.

Fiber - Includes non-wearable artwork from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, and papermaking.

Glass - The expression of art made from blowing, fusing or otherwise fashioning glass.

Jewelry - Ornaments, such as bracelets, necklaces, or rings, made of precious metals set with gems, semi-precious gems, ceramic, glass or any other product. Jewelry must always enter in this category and not in glass, ceramic, etc. that may be the type of material used – jewelry is always jewelry.

Metal - Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.

Mixed Media 2-D - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. 2-D Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: Paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing, fabric or other found objects.

Mixed Media 3-D - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. 3-D Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood or any other 3-D objects.

Painting: Oil/Acrylic - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.

Painting: Watercolor - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.

Photography - Process of capturing images of objects by the action of light, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto a flat surface.

Printmaking/Graphics - Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. It involves creating a drawing or other composition on a surface other than paper, for transfer to paper through the use of a press or through impressions made by hand.

Sculpture - Shaping figures or a design in the round or in relief, by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials.

Wearable - Includes clothing, or leather goods, such as belts or purses, that can be worn. No factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.

Wood - Art objects, either functional or decorative, that may be hand-tooled or machine worked in wood.

Eligibility and Rules

ArtFest Fort Myers is open to all Artists. Artwork must be original in design and an artist may display and sell only in the media category in which his work has been accepted. Work displayed and sold at ArtFest Fort Myers must be consistent with work represented by jury images.  Artists are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (i.e., posters, postcards, note cards, calendars, tee shirts, etc.) at the Festival.

If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the Application. Collaborations are to be true artistic collaboration rather than business collaboration. For example, framing or printing of work does not constitute a creative partnership, and, therefore, individuals involved in those processes should not be listed on the application as a partner. No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted.

Commercial agents, dealers, manufacturers or buy-sell vendors are not eligible to enter nor can they be proxies for artists.

Artwork produced with kits, castings from commercial molds, patterns, plans or other commercial means is not permitted.

Artist and all collaborating partners must be present on-site with their booths open for business during the entire Festival. If two names are on the application, both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire festival.

Artists are required to display an Artist Information Statement in a prominent place within their booth. Materials and processes used must be disclosed in this statement.

Displaying ribbons and awards from previous shows or other shows is not allowed.

Original art must occupy at least 50% of the artist's wall space. All artwork on walls must be framed or otherwise professionally hung. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct patron flow. All artwork displayed must be for sale.

Limited edition, signed, and numbered reproductions of artwork are allowed (including reproductions printed on paper, canvas or metal etc.). Artist must define “limited edition” in their Artist Information Statement and must disclose their reproduction process to buyers.  All reproductions must be clearly marked as such.

Artists must comply with all safety requirements, including weighted tents, and vehicles must be parked only in designated areas.

Exhibitors are responsible for the collection and payment of 6.5% Florida sales tax.

Artists are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own liability insurance and must provide ArtFest Fort Myers with a Certificate of Insurance by December 13, 2019.

Artists may withdraw from ArtFest Fort Myers and receive a refund of their Booth Fee (less $75), if a written request is received on or before November 15, 2019. No refunds will be issued after that date. ArtFest Fort Myers is a rain or shine festival. No refunds will be issued for weather or other acts of God.

No animals are allowed in or around Artists' booths.

Acceptance into ArtFest Fort Myers is non-transferable. Only artwork of the accepted artist may be displayed.

ArtFest Fort Myers will inspect booths on-site, to assure compliance of the Rules, and reserves the exclusive right to interpret and enforce the Rules. In any dispute, the decision of the Executive Director shall prevail. Failure to comply with the rules may result in the artist’s removal from ArtFest Fort Myers without a refund and the right to exhibit in future events will be jeopardized.

Reproduction Policy

To foster an appreciation and value of the arts in all people, including those who cannot afford original work, we believe it is important to offer attendees the opportunity to buy reproductions. As their incomes grow they will turn to original work. This transition is possible only if buyers understand exactly what they are buying and the process behind it. Therefore, ArtFest Fort Myers' guidelines are:

All reproductions must be clearly and individually labeled as such. Labels must say “reproduction.” This includes any framed reproductions.

o Reproductions must be signed and numbered editions.
o No hand colored or enhanced reproductions will be considered “original” works; they will be considered reproductions.
o Reproductions are considered as an ancillary part of the artist's display.
o Violators of the spirit, as well as the letter of this policy, will be asked to remove their unlabeled reproductions. In any dispute, the decision of the Executive Director shall prevail.

Booth Information

Application Fee: $35
The non-refundable Application Fee is due and payable upon submitting application to participate in ArtFest Fort Myers.  Applicants may pay on line by credit card or by a check made payable to ArtFest Fort Myers and mailed to 1375 Jackson Street, Suite 401, Fort Myers, FL 33901. Applications will not be processed until the Application Fee is received.

Booth Fee: Single 10 x10 is $454 + 6.5% Florida Sales Tax + $10 City Business Fee
Double booth spaces are available in limited number.

Artists who are selected by the jury and invited to participate in ArtFest Fort Myers must remit the booth fee on line by credit card or by a check made payable to ArtFest Fort Myers and mailed to 1375 Jackson Street, Suite 401, Fort Myers, FL 33901.  Deadline for payment is November 1, 2019.

Artists are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own liability insurance and must provide ArtFest Fort Myers with a Certificate of Insurance by December 13, 2019.

Artist Set Up:  Staggered artist set up times are scheduled all day Friday, January 31, 2020, beginning at 8:30 AM, with consideration for good traffic flow and artist access.  A special "vehicle holding zone lot" is designated for artists who arrive early.  Volunteers are conveniently stationed at access points and throughout the festival to facilitate a stress free set up experience.  Details and maps will be available at ArtFestFortMyers.com in January.