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MAGIC CITY ART CONNECTION 2020

Location:
Linn Park, Next to the Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham , Alabama (South)

Phone: 205-595-6306
Event Dates: 4/24/20 - 4/26/20
Application Deadline: 9/15/19 Midnight CST
29 day(s) and 0 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (application fee, non-refundable): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

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Event Summary

EARLY BIRD - APPLICATION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

The Magic City Art Connection (MCAC), Birmingham's premier art festival, transforms Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, AL into an Art and Cultural epicenter with 200 fine art booths, special exhibitions and installations, live music and cultural performances, and the city's best esculents and spirits, making for 3 days of enriching experiences and robust art sales. MCAC has garnered numerous awards and was recently voted as one of the Best Festivals in Birmingham Magazine and AL.com's Best of Birmingham annual poll. 
 
MCAC spotlights national, regional and local contemporary artists, with approximately 30 states annually represented. MCAC has also been honored to host international artists and boast acclaimed jurors from all over the world. In 36 years, ½ million dollars in Juried Art Awards have been given at the Festival. MCAC is pleased to host artists of caliber, rendering total annual art sales at just over $300,000. Esteemed collectors from the 5 state Region and beyond consistently appreciate and FIND ART at MCAC. With wonderful artist hospitality, and an engaged, caring staff, we hope you will consider joining us to exhibit your artwork at the 37th Magic City Art Connection, April 24-26, 2020! 
 

General Information

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Bird Application Deadline: September 15, 2019

Jury: September 16-29

Notification: by October 1

Accept Invitation & Purchase Booth: by October 15, 2019

Jury 2 Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Jury: December 2-15

Notification: by December 17

Accept Invitation & Purchase Booth: by January 15, 2020
Fee Increase: App $35 | Booth $335-675


Late Application
After December 1 via MRF office only [ Application Link ]
Fee Increase: App $40 | Booth $360-725
 

SHOW DATES AND HOURS

April 24-25-26, 2020

Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

 

SET-UP – THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Artists are given a designated 1.5 hour time slot between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. to pull vehicle up to the perimeter of Linn Park. Use of nearby, free parking is available thereafter to park and return to set-up if necessary.

Load-in time request should be sent to ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com upon acceptance. Load-in time slot requests are given on basis of geography, health concerns, work, and dependents. Load-in time slot requests are not guaranteed accommodation.

SEE LINN PARK HERE

 

BOOTH INFO
Outdoor Booth Spaces - 200 Limit

Single, Fountain Walk, or Corner: 10’x10’

Double: 20’ x 10’

Limited Double, Corner, and Fountain Walk Booths are available. No guarantees.

 

BOOTH FEES- select only one. Fees Due: October 15, 2019

Single Booth - $310
Fountain Walk Booth - $525 - Located on central entrance plaza (Limited availability)

Corner Booth - $450 (Limited availability)

Double Booth - $625 (Limited availability)

Low Rate, Single Artist Booth - $210+15% - Lower single-booth rate with an agreement to pay 15% commission of sales to MCAC with sales taxes on Sunday April 26 at Check-Out.

 

FEES
Early Bird DUE by October 15, 2019 | Jury 2 DUE by January 15, 2020 *** Fees paid after the respective due dates will need to be processed by phone or mailed check to the MCAC office. Call or email the Artist Coordinator to make a late payment arrangement at 5205-595-6306 or ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com. Fees not paid by November 1, 2019 for Early Bird applicants and February 1, 2020 for Jury 2 applicants will result in loss of placement at the Festival.


Pay by Credit Card:
205-595-6306

 

Make Checks payable to:
Magic City Art Connection
1128 Glen View Road, Birmingham, Al 35222

 

FEE EXEMPTIONS
Previous year award winners are jury exempt and the Application Fee is waived. Please email the Artist Coordinator at  ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com  for the exemption code.
 

WAIT LIST

Candidates on the Wait list will be ranked by jury score and medium. Notifications will be emailed as spaces become available. All Wait List artists must confirm their place by reply email to the Nofication. MCAC will hold the artist's Booth Fee until space is avaialble.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Artist Coordinator at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com
80% - Receipt by December 1, 2019

50% - Receipt by March 1, 2020
No Refund - Receipt after March 1, 2020
 

RENTALS (Optional) all rentals are set-up by site staff prior to your arrival.

Tent Rental Fee Single $350 or Double $700: Single 10’ x 10’ or Double 10' x 20' high-peak white tent with opaque vinyl wrap-around sides

Table & Chair Package Rental Fee $25: 6ft table and 2 chairs

 

SITE REQUESTS

All site requests considered, but not guaranteed. Our policy for honoring special site requests: medical reasons; physical limitations; heavy or cumbersome artwork; artists traveling together; clientele familiar with a specific quad. You may not get the same exact site, but it will be in the same quad. If you DO NOT want to be placed in a previous year's site location, be sure to let us know upon acceptance.

 

PRE-FESTIVAL INFO

Pre-festival Memo with - site placement - directions - parking passes - load-in and load-out instructions, hospitality, etc. will be emailed to you Mid-March 2019. Artist can expect to see themselves on the festival website beginning as early as January and in our social media campaign beginning as early as March 2020. 


SALES & TAXES

Each artist is responsible for their own sales. Transactions must include 10% sales tax. Business License not required. MCAC requires artists to turn in sales tax by 3 separate checks in provided envelopes during Sunday Check Out. Artists without checks must pay sales taxes with a credit card + 5% processing/service fee.

4% City of Birmingham

4% State of AL

2% Jefferson County

 

ARTIST AMENITIES

Magic City Art Connection wants to ensure that your participation is a positive experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:

Continental Breakfast Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Friday Night Applause Artist/Exhibitor/VIP Dinner & Drinks

Artist name and booth number listed in 2020 Festival Catalog

Artist Profile on website featuring artist images, artist website link, artist statement, booth number

Free exhibitor parking

24 hour security

Booth Sitting by Festival volunteers

 

MEDIA & PUBLICITY
Comprehensive advertising and publicity is planned for the Festival including print, web, radio, TV, and social media.

​​HOTEL INFO 
Request information and reservation links at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com

 

ACCEPTED MEDIUMS

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.
 
Watercolor – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.
 
Drawing – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as paper, using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
 
2-D Mixed Media – Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or collage.
   
Printmaking – Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens. All prints exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.
 
Photography – Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negatives that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All photographs exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.
 
Computer Generated – Images made with the assistance of a computer. All digital images exhibited must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the Festival.
 
Sculpture – Three dimensional work done in any medium.
 
3D Mixed Media – Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Three-dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: metal, wood, clay, paper, fiber, glass, or any other three-dimensional objects.
 
Metalwork – Artwork created through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.
 
Glass – Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, fusing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted.
 
Clay – Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.
 
Wood – Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished manufactured wood items are not permitted.
 
Furniture – Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished or painted, store bought furniture is not permitted.
 
Fiber – All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted in this category.
   
Jewelry – All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.

 


UNACCEPTALBE WORK

Commercially manufactured items or items made from commercial kits or molds may NOT be accepted or exhibited.


SPECIAL APPLICATIONS

Collaborating Artists

Collaborating artists is defined as a group of two (2) artists that work together on any one piece of art. If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as one joint entry. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work which is created by collaboration.


Multiple Categories

If an artist wishes to apply in more than one category, separate applications are required for each category. Artists may not apply twice in the same category.

 

AWARDS PROGRAM

Multiple Juried and Collector Awards presented at the Festival.



Rules/Regulations


ARTIST RULES

1. Artist MUST be present all three days of the Festival. No commercial dealers or agents are permitted to represent the artist. The Festival reserves the right to close down or remove any booth in which the artist is not present. Failure to follow this rule makes the artist ineligible for awards and admission to future shows.

2. Accepted artists may not exhibit in other Festivals during the dates of the Magic City Art Connection.

3. All artists are required to check in and receive their Registration Packet at the Artist Check-In on Thursday, April 23.

4. Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which he/she was accepted.

5. All work must be the artist’s original work, no representations, and all artwork must be available for sale.

6. All two-dimensional work must be framed, matted, or stretched.

7. Items not framed (watercolors, drawings, photographs, prints, et al) must be displayed in a portfolio bin or hung using an artistic display alternative. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and may not obstruct patron flow.

8. Photographers and Digital artists may only sell signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less.

9. All developing and printing of photographs must be done by the artist or under the direct supervision of the artist.

10. No artwork from molds, kits, or other commercial methods is allowed. Ready-made objects (i.e., clothing, furniture) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed, etc. will not be accepted.

11. No personal merchandise that is not the original work of the artist can be sold at the Festival.

12. Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the Festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows unless proof of an emergency is presented.

13. All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying City, State, and County Sales Tax via 3 checks turned in to MCAC at Sunday Check Out in envelops provided.

14. Tent weights are required. All Artist tents must be weighted with a minimum of 30-40 pounds per leg. NO STAKES ALLOWED.

15. A site qualifying committee will examine each booth and may question artists about the authenticity of their work to ensure that all work is original and made by the artist present, and that the rules and conditions of the Festival are adhered to by each participating artist.

 

Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.


REPRODUCTION POLICY

If a work of art already exists (as a painting, watercolor, drawing, photograph, etc.) and is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, serigraph press, or through a computer by means of an inkjet or electrostatic printer, this would be a reproduction. This includes Giclees. Commercial reproductions of the artist’s original work ARE acceptable ONLY if displayed in a portfolio or bin and clearly labeled, “Reproduction, not a limited edition print.” Any reproductions may not exceed 30% of the work offered for sale. The Selection Committee reserves the right to review and approve all works to be exhibited.

 


WEATHER

The Festival does not close during intermittent rain, unless the weather pattern suggests severe weather. Come prepared for RAIN or SHINE.



FEES
Early Bird DUE by October 15, 2019 | Jury 2 DUE by January 15, 2020 *** Fees paid after the respective due dates will need to be processed by phone or mailed check to the MCAC office. Call or email the Artist Coordinator to make a late payment arrangement at 5205-595-6306 or ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com. Fees not paid by November 1, 2019 for Early Bird applicants and February 1 for Jury 2 applicants will result in loss of placement at the Festival.

FEE EXEMPTIONS
Previous year award winners are jury exempt and the Application Fee is waived. Please email the Artist Coordinator at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com for the exemption code.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Artist Coordinator at ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com
80% - Receipt by December 1, 2019

50% - Receipt by March 1, 2020
No Refund - Receipt after March 1, 2020

 


IMPORTANT DATES

Early Bird Application Deadline: September 15, 2019

Jury: September 16-27

Notification: by October 1

Accept Invitation & Purchase Booth: by October 15, 2019

Jury 2 Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Jury: December 2-13

Notification: by December 17

Accept Invitation & Purchase Booth: by January 15, 2020
Fee Increase: App $35 | Booth $335-675


Late Application
After December 1 via MRF office only [ Application Link ]
Fee Increase: App $40 | Booth $360-725
 

SHOW DATES AND HOURS

April 24-25-26, 2020

Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

SET-UP – THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Artists are given a designated 1.5 hour time slot between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. Load-in time request should be sent to ArtistCoordinator@FindArtBirmingham.com upon acceptance. No guarantees.

 

 
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