Event Information

Emerging Artist Program Fall 2019

Sand Point, Magnuson Park, Hanger 30
Seattle, Washington (West)

Event Dates: 11/8/19 - 11/10/19
Application Deadline: 6/29/19 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00


Event Summary

Call to Artists: NWAA Emerging Artist Program

Emerging artists are the future of tomorrow’s art, but it’s not always an easy path. We designed our Emerging Artist Program (EAP) to help ease the journey from emerging artist to successful, experienced artist-business person.

Emerging artists apply for our Best of the Northwest shows and are juried, using criteria similar to our other event artists. The EAP artist(s) is selected and paired with a Northwest Art Alliance legacy artist who acts as a mentor. The EAP artist is awarded a booth space free of charge (including pole, drape and electricity) and features prominently in show promotional materials.

What is the definition of an Emerging Artist?
“An emerging artist is an artist that has mastered the basic techniques in her/his art form and who is attempting to launch a professional career in the arts or an artist taking his/her established career in a new direction.”



General Information

The Best of the Northwest is a 3-day event showcasing the art of some of the best artists in the Pacific Northwest. The event showcases over 100 artists from over 15 different mediums. The Emerging Artist will get the chance to participate in the same venue as the established artists, giving them the opportunity and experience to begin their own journey. 

Winners are paired with a NW Art Alliance legacy artist mentor. The mentor will be an experienced artist who can share their experience and expertise and help the emerging artist prepare for the event by being available to answer questions and “show them the ropes” of participating in the premier art and fine craft show in Seattle. The mentor will donate their time for up to 2 months preceding the show to their protege to help them prepare for their BNW debut.  Not only that, but the chosen emerging artist(s) will also receive...

  • Booth with complimentary Pole and Drape and Electricity 
  • Advance promotional materials to offset marketing costs
  • Coverage in our newsletter and social media
  • Special “Emerging Artist” listing in the event program

Show dates
November 8th - 10th 

The Program is open for submissions from 5/3- 6/29
$35 non-refundable application fee
Winner(s) will be selected and notified by 7/31




  • Artist must not have participated in a previous Best of the Northwest event
  • Artist must be over 18
  • Artist must be prepared to have sufficient inventory to sell their work at a 3 day art event
  • Artist must be committed to building a booth space that reflects quality and professionalism
  • Artist must commit to staffing their booth for the duration of the event
  • Artist must be available for a short interview via phone or in person prior to being placed in the Emerging Artist Program
  • Jewelry is not eligibable for this program




Booth Information
Booth space awarded is alongside the other artists in the show. The booth area is a blank canvas and the artist must be prepared to build their booth within this space. 

EAP artists are provided with electricity, as well as Pole & Black Drape, for their booth space, but are not required to use either. Tables, chairs, pro panels, lighting, displays, etc. must all be provided by the EAP artist. All draping must be compliant with the fire code.Tableclothes are exempt. Booth size is approx 6' deep by 10' wide. 

More information about the fire code can be found here:

Load-in is November 7th. EAP artists will have 8 hours on load-in date to build their booth space.