Event Information

Tempe Festival of the Arts - Fall 2019

Downtown Tempe - Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona (West)

Phone: 480.355.6060
Event Dates: 12/6/19 - 12/8/19
Application Deadline: 8/15/19 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee (non-refundable)): $50.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Join us for the 51st Annual Tempe Festival of the Arts, December 6-8, 2019 in Downtown Tempe.  The festival is among the oldest and best loved traditions in the Desert Southwest.  More than 250,000 visitors enjoy the festival and approximately 350 artists participate from throughout North American.  The Festival occurs in a festive urban street fair atmosphere. 

This juried show promotes original art with all artists on site to engage visitors.  The festival takes advantage of the "snowbird" high tourism season in Arizona.  More than a quarter of the Festival's visitors come from outside Phoenix and outside Arizona to shop for one of a kind gifts.

Guests also find two stages with live entertainment, a chalk art event, a KIDS BLOCK, Kids Exhibition & Young Collector's Experience, wine tasting and roaming entertainment.   The Tempe Festival of the Arts offers a wide variety of amenities for artists including hospitality carts, booth sitting services, a large art delivery assistance program and a 24 hour roaming security patrol.

General Information
December 6-8, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

Selections will be made based on five images submitted with this application. Four images must portray the full array of work being proposed in each discipline and one image of the booth display.  Images are used to determine style, excellence of craftsmanship, types of products to be sold, and quality appearance of your merchandising/display. Images should be professionally produced.  Please do not include the artist in the booth image to maintain integrity of the jury process.  You may include an image of active work in a studio if that tells the story of your process.

You may display and sell only products submitted in your application. Each type/style of artwork intended for display and sale in each discipline must be shown in the images presented and/or listed on the accompanying inventory.

Jury Process
All artists who participate in the Tempe Festival of the Arts must have completed the Festival’s jury process. The jury participates as a blind jury and they do not know the identity of any artist.   The jury scores each applicant based on concept, workmanship, and presentation. In addition, the jury is looking for a well rounded group of artists for this event.  There are three rounds of scoring completed by the jurors and artists remaining in the final round are invited to participate in the festival. Some artists are placed on a wait list. Jury members change for each Festival.  Participation in a previous festival, or longstanding history with the festival, does not guarantee future acceptance.  

Emerging Artists
The festival is encouraging the next generation of Arizona artists and we invite those who are beginning their artistic career to apply to the show.  Student artists are also encouraged but it is not restricted to students.  These artists are only eligible to be considered “Emerging” for two consecutive festivals.  If you have been selected as an Emerging Artist in the past, you may apply for the 2nd time but subsequent entries will place you in the standard jury pool.  Emerging artists pay a reduced booth fee and are all located in a designated area and promoted as such.  To be considered as Emerging, please complete this Zapp application.  After submitting your Zapp application, you will receive an email with an additional form to be completed.  Artists who apply through Zapp but do not return the subsequent form, are not eligible as an Emerging Artist and are juried in the standard jury pool.  
Discipline Categories
Artists who wish to apply in one or more categories must submit separate applications for each category, along with the processing fees and images required for each category.  Artists will be selected separately in each discipline and may only exhibit works within disciplines accepted by the jury.  The festival reserves the right to re-categorize an artist that we feel would better fit in another category. 
  • Ceramics - Original functional and non-functional works using clay as the primary medium, including, but not limited to, porcelain, stoneware, raku, earthenware, etc.  Any molds used must have been created by the applying artist. 
  • Cottage Edibles & Crafts - Original handmade creations such as soup mixes, jams, seasonings and herbal arts, as well as handmade soaps, lotions, aromatherapies, and functional crafts may apply in this category that do not qualify in other categories.  All items must be personally created and packaged by the applying artisan.  Nothing can be factory produced, manufactured, or production-line created.  No distributors allowed. No laser cutting or mass-produced templates are permitted.  All accepted Cottage Edibles & Crafts artisans will be located in the same programmed area on-site.  Samples are required of each applicant in this category, regardless of previous participation, and should be received at our offices by August 15, 2019. 

    Send samples to:
    Tempe Festival of the Arts
    310 South Mill Avenue
    Suite A201
    Tempe, AZ  85281
  • Digital Art - Work for which the original image was executed by the artist using a computer.  Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered, on archival quality materials.  Photographs taken through a digital medium should apply in the photography category even if they have been manipulated using a computer. 
  • Drawing - Works that are drawn by hand incorporating dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.  Drawing can be done on any format including canvas, paper, etc. 
  • Fiber - All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, batik, painted silk, wearables, papermaking, etc.  No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted.  No factory produced wearable items are permitted unless there has been a minimum of 75% modification or enhancement by the artist.
  • Glass - Art using glass as the primary medium in any form.  Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.  Mass or factory produced work is not permitted.
  • Jewelry - All jewelry items must be designed by and hand-crafted by the artist.  Molded jewelry, including lost wax cast method, is acceptable if molds are made by the applying artist.  All designs and finish work involving cast and molded pieces must also be completed by the applying artist.  No bead or stone stringing jewelry will be accepted.  No mass produced components assemblage will be accepted.  No factory production or imported jewelry items will be accepted.  Chains, not made by the artist, can be sold with handmade items as a unit, but not sold by themselves.  Only those artists accepted into the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. 
  • Leather - Art in which leather is the primary medium in the form of functional art, including belts, bags, shoes, hats, wallets; or, decorative art, such as wall hangings, etc.  Leather can be cut, stamped, sewn, embossed or embellished according to the artist's original design.  No machine tooling is permitted.  All designs must be unique to the artist.   No production line fabrication is permitted.
  • Metal - Functional, non-sculptural and decorative works that use any kind of metal as the main medium and that is modified into wall art, furniture, home decor, statuary, etc.  Metal must be 75% altered in each art piece.  Laser and engraving are allowed as embellishments only.  No "laser cut only" items allowed.  No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media - This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of material to produce, including non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.  Does not include wearables such as batik, silk paintings, etc.  Art must be comprised of a minimum of 75% modified materials.  Reproductions of other 2-D work must be clearly labeled "Reproduction".  All two-dimensional work must be matted or framed.  All artists who paint or apply material over their reproductions must number all reproductions and disclose that fact to customers.
  • Painting - Painting using oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor or other wet media on canvas, paper, Masonite, etc.  Hand embellished reproductions such as Giclee, canvas or paper reproductions that have been retouched must be signed and numbered as part of an edition.
  • Photography - The process of capturing images that begins with a camera lens, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto an archival surface. The photography category includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers and digital photography that has not been excessively manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Any digital alteration and/or hand painting, over painting, etc. must be disclosed with the photograph.  Prints must have been processed by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision. In addition to the above, the surface on which the photographs are printed must be identified in the description (paper, aluminum, wood, fabric, canvas, etc.).  Traditional photography using digital means will apply in the photography category.  Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Studios involved in volume production are not permitted to exhibit.
  • Printmaking - Art created by a hand-pulled stamp process including lithography, screen printing, woodcuts, engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, etc. using block, plate, stone or other objects.  Printed works for which the artist has 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,  Each piece must be from the originally cut stamp and be non-wearable art. 
  • Sculpture - Art that is three-dimensional incorporating any material that is carved, modeled, constructed, cast or built-up.  Sculpture pieces are one of a kind or limited to forged series.  100% of the molds must be created by the artist.
  • Upcycled/Creative Reuse - Art which uses found objects as the primary medium.  Works can be either two or three dimensional but must use a minimum of 75% recycled or reused materials.  Artists must demonstrate that they have substantially transformed by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new works of art.  Jewelry artists may not apply in this category.
  • Wood - Art which uses wood as the primary medium, including furniture, pens, games, toys, containers, musical instruments, decorative objects, etc. that have been hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.  "Built up" wood must apply in the sculpture category.  75% of the wood must be modified to be considered art.  No buy-sell items such as manufactured cutting boards are allowed.  No mass-manufactured items are allowed. 

Awards - Around $10,000 in cash awards will be given.  Awards include one Best In Show ($1,000), one Best Booth Display ($500) and 1st Place awards in each category above.  

Important Dates
Standard application dates - June 1 - July 31 ($35 fee)
Late application dates - August 1 - August 15 ($50 fee)
Notification of Acceptance - September 4
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - October 1
Booth Location Notification - October 15
Cancelation Deadline with Full Refund (less $75 processing fee) - November 1
Check-In - December 4 (Office) and December 5 (On-Site)
Show Dates - December 6-8

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations received in writing on or before November 1, 2019, receive a refund less a $75 processing fee.  A full cancellation policy will be included in information to all invited artists.  

Artist Amenities
We strive to make the festival very comfortable for our artists, amenities include:
- Hospitality Suite
- Snack/Water Cart
- Artist Reception
- Booth Sitters
- Large Art Delivery Service

  • Permitted Age of Artists - All participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Artist Must Be Present - The artist/artists who sign the contract MUST be present at the show for the entire three day event.  Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.  Photo I.D. will be required at check-in.   This is intended to give our audience an opportunity to engage with the artists themselves, which creates a greater connection to the works.
  • Good Neighbor Policy – We expect all of our exhibiting artists to show respect and courtesy to their booth neighbors.  Please do not engage in any activities that will decrease your neighbor’s ability for success.  Do not be rude, loud, encroach on their space, engage their customers inappropriately, use strong smelling chemicals, play music too loudly, or in any way be disrespectful.  
  • Rain or Shine Event - Agree to be present despite weather conditions.  Though rain is not common in the Desert Southwest, each participant is responsible for preparing their displays to withstand weather fluctuations including rain and wind.
  • Collaborators - Exhibitor assures that he or she has direct hands on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work to be exhibited.  Collaborating artists, if accepted, may show only their collaborative works and their names must be listed as collaborators on the show application.  Collaborations are intended to be true artistic collaborations rather than business partners.  The creative contribution of each artist in the collaboration must be identified on the application.
  • No Distributors Allowed - Artists involved in distributing volume production for others are not permitted to exhibit.  If the artist himself/herself is a distributor or wholesaler, then only work personally created and made by the exhibiting artist is allowed to be presented in the festival.
  • Original Work - The Tempe Festival of the Arts has the right to investigate the origins of all artwork presented.  If any artwork is found to be not original of the applicant's creation, the Tempe Festival of the Arts has the right to refuse participation without refund.  All work - in every category - must be the original work produced by the exhibiting artist.  No "buy/sell," mass-produced component assembly, or other art that is not personally created and produced by the applying artist is permitted.  Work which has been produced with commercially-acquired kits, molds, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods is not permitted.
  • Jewelry - Jewelry can only be present in the booths of those artists in the jewelry category.  Please do not sell jewelry or pins if you have not been juried and accepted as a jewelry artist.   Chains and chokers not made by the artist may be sold by jewelry artists as part of a unit, but they may not be sold by themselves if they are not original works of the artist.  If you apply in another category but the work is jewelry, we will move you in the Jewelry category.
  • Upcycled / Creative Re-use - Works included for sale in this category must be 75% reclaimed materials that are altered by the artist.  No jewelry allowed in this category.
  • Reproductions - Reproductions of 2D works are to be in limited editions and numbered.  Original works should occupy a minimum of 60% of any artist booth, leaving 40% for reproductions.  2D reproductions must be matted.
  • Only Approved Inventory May Be Included - Work displayed on site must be consistent with the work shown in the digital images submitted.  No work outside of your juried category will be allowed.  A complete list of your proposed inventory of for-sale items must accompany your application and only those items approved may be included in your on-site booths and sales.  All displayed work must have been accepted by the jury process.
  • No Promotional Additions Are Permitted - Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotion items (i.e., posters, postcards, calendars, tee shirts, mugs, videos, DVDs, etc.) at the Festival.  All items exhibited must be submitted for jury approval in their appropriate categories listed on the artists' application inventory.
  • Disclosure of Licensed Image Sales - If artist has sold or licensed images of his/her original work to commercial concerns and those images which will be displayed at the Festival, the artist must disclose that licensing through on-site public disclaimer signage stating that some of the images being presented have been licensed for reproduction and may be found at commercial sale as reproductions being sold at discounted prices.
  • On-Site Set-Up/Strike Requirements - All applicants are required to check in prior to setting up.  Photo identification is required.  Booths must be set-up by 9 a.m., open by 10 a.m. and remain open until the official close all three days.  Applicants must claim their assigned booth space no later than 8 a.m. Friday or it may be forfeited.  Applicants are responsible for removing debris and ensuring the general cleanliness of the area surrounding their booths throughout the Festival and following its conclusion.  No on-site storage is available unless it is arranged during the booth application process.
  • On-Site Safety & Security - Applicants shall display all work at their own risk.  The Tempe Festival of the Arts and Downtown Tempe Foundation, Inc. are not responsible for damage, theft or loss of artwork or display furnishings.  All participants are responsible for their own replacement, comprehensive and liability insurance.  Applicants must obey all pertinent safety codes and laws, including, but not limited to fire, safety and parking regulations.  
  • No Show - If an artist does not check-in and set up for the festival and does not contact the Director, they are considered a “no-show”.  We understand that emergencies do happen and there will be latitude for such circumstances.  However, a no-show will result in forfeiting any future participation in the festival.  Should an emergency or last minute situation arise, contact the Director immediately.
  • Tents - Canopy tents must be fire retardant and must be tied down with a minimum of 40 pounds of weight on each leg at all times.

Booth Information
Application fees:
$35 June 1 through July 31
$50 (Late Application) August 1 through August 15
Application fees are not refundable. 

Notification of Acceptance will be made through ZAPPLICATION on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 10am Central.

Booth Fees:
10 x 10 booth space is $400-$550 depending on location in the show

10 x 10 booth space for an Emerging Artist is $250
Corner booth fee is $100
Electricity (limited) is $100
Double booths are available  

Check-In is December 4 in our offices and December 5 on site.  Load-In takes place December 5 throughout the day and into the evening.  Due to the urban setting of this festival, most streets do not close until the end of the business day.  Therefore the majority of set up is during the evening.  

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