Event Information


Fiesta Arts Fair 2020 (San Antonio, TX)

Southwest School of Art
San Antonio, Texas (South)

Phone: 210.224.1848
Event Dates: 4/18/20 - 4/19/20
Application Deadline: 11/4/19 Midnight CST
79 day(s) and 0 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (FAF Application Jury Fee ): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Ranked in the top 50 Fine Craft & Art Festivals by Art Fair SourceBook

Art lovers from far and wide convene on Fiesta Arts Fair, now in its 47th year, on the picturesque and historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art. Located along San Antonio's renown River Walk, the festive two-day event offers knowledgeable and appreciative art lovers an intimate opportunity to interact with artists and purchase high quality contemporary and traditional art and craft. Juror selected cash awards and artists' amenities including volunteer booth sitters, air-conditioned artist hospitality suite and restrooms, and Saturday breakfast tacos and artist's happy hour.

"Fiesta is one of the most well organized, artist centered shows in the country”
“Great venue, great city, great customers, good sales, and well run”
"One of the best shows ever....small and intimate, not overwhelming"


General Information
Fiesta Arts Fair is an official “kick-off event” for San Antonio’s renowned Fiesta® San Antonio celebration — 11 days of merriment, pageantry, parades and fesitvals, which bring thousands of visitors to the Alamo City every year in April.

Fiesta Arts Fair is a two-day, intimate, event that offers art patrons an opportunity to purchase  contemporary and traditional art and craft from approximately 110-115 high caliber selected artists. The Fair also includes live national and regional music, food and beverage booths and an interactive youth art area — all in a beautiful setting, the picturesque and historic grounds of the Southwest School of Art.

Fiesta Arts Fair is a major fundraising event for the non-profit Southwest School of Art; gate proceeds benefit the educational programs of this nationally known art school.

“Amazing grounds, wonderful people, good sales.”
"I love the intimate size of the show; the patrons were kind, enthusiastic, knowledgable, and supportive."
"The positive energy of the show beginning from the event staff, amenities for artists, and buying energy of the patrons"

Artist Amenities
  • Volunteer Artist Relief/Booth Sitting
  • 24-hour on-site security
  • Promotional postcards and free Fair map & artist listing
  • Air-conditioned hospitality room with separate indoor restrooms
  • Pre-ordered box lunches available
  • Saturday Artists’ Party
  • Juror awarded cash prizes

Artist Selection/Jury Process
Artists/exhibitors are selected on the basis of Fiesta Arts Fair’s standards of quality, originality and creativity, and production methodology as interpreted by a jury of 3 – 4 visual arts professionals. Prior to scoring, images are projected one at a time using a high quality digital projector as well as viewed on each juror's computer monitor. Jurors will also see the description, materials and dimensions for each image, and the artist statement. Applications are juried by media category. Each application is juried anonymously and given a numerical score, 1 – 7. Scores are computer tabulated and acceptance awarded to the highest scoring applicants.

Approximately 115 artists/exhibitors will be selected of which 6% will be invited and 94% will be selected through the jury process. Artist award winners from the previous year are given a one-year jury exempt status. Prior participation in any of the Fiesta Arts Fairs does not guarantee automatic selection to the Fair.

Eligible Media Please read media categories carefully, and apply under the appropriate listing.
  • Ceramics All original functional (not including jewelry) or sculptural work made by hand from clay.
  • Digital Art & Digital Photography Original images or sourced images captured, created, altered or manipulated digitally on a computer using computer programs, and printed by the artists or under the artist’s direct supervision using ink-jet or laser printing methods. Works must be one-of-a-kind or numbered limited editions. *See Reproduction Policies
  • Drawing Hand drawn works created on paper, canvas or other two-dimensional surface using dry media (crayon, charcoal, pencil, conté crayon, ink, marker, or pastel). *See Reproduction Policies
  • Fiber/Leather Wearable and non-wearable work created using natural fiber materials including: basketry, weaving, surface design, needlework, and  leather.
  • Glass Original work, other than jewelry, in which the primary material is glass: handblown, molded, fused, slumped, or stained glass.
  • Jewelry** Original wearable jewelry items, cast or fabricated in fine metals and precious materials.
  • Jewelry: Non-Precious** Original jewelry constructed or assembled from non-precious or mixed materials such as clay, glass, polymer clay or other.
  • Metal Functional (non-sculptural & non-wearable) objects cast, formed, or fabricated primarily from metal with or without additional elements.
  • Painting Wet media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache, tempera, lacquer, etc.) on paper, canvas or other flat surface. *See Reproduction Policies
  • Photography (traditional) Original archival prints in black & white, color, or hand-tinted photographic prints made from the artist’s original images and produced by the artist using traditional darkroom printing techniques on traditional photographic paper. Works must be one-of-a-kind or numbered limited editions. Non-traditional photography should apply under Digital Photography. *See Reproduction Policies
  • Printmaking* Original images, hand-manipulated and hand-pulled by the artist including etching, engraving, relief, silkscreen, stone or plate lithography. All prints must be limited editions, signed and numbered.
  • Sculpture Three-dimensional, free-standing or hanging works (non-functional) that are carved, modeled, fabricated, or cast by the artist from wood, clay, stone, metal, fiber, or mixed media.
  • Wood Furniture, decorative, utilitarian or sculptural objects hand or machined-tooled, constructed, turned, or carved from wood.
  • 2-D Mixed Media Flat work created from a combination of more than one type of physical material and that does not fit into another category. *See Reproduction Policies
  • 3-D Mixed Media Dimensional work created from any combination of physical material and that does not fit into another category.
*Please see Reproduction Policy listed under Rules/Regulations
** No more than 15% of a piece should consist of commercial findings or components.

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Application Process
Applications will be accepted and processed through ZAPPlication.org**.
Submit four representative digital images of current work and a booth shot.
For tips on image preparation go to Zapplication's Help Center.

Important Dates
  • Application Opens | August 15, 2019
  • Application Deadline | November 4, 2019
  • Notification & Contract emailed by December 7, 2019
  • Booth fee and signed contract due January 15, 2020
  • Booth fees start at $375
  • A $50 fee will be charge for all cancellations. No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 15, 2020

  • Fiesta Arts Fair is open only to artists directly involved as a major contributor of the time required in the design and creation of the art work they exhibit. Only original work made by hand will be accepted — no mass produced or sourced or kit work allowed regardless of modification or enhancement. Commercially produced parts (jewelry findings, frames etc.) used must play a subordinate role.
  • The principle artists involved in creating the work, including collaborators listed on the application, must be present and staff their booth during the Fair. No dealers, agents, or representatives will be permitted. Photo identification is required at check-in.
  • Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category and body of work for which they are accepted. All jewelry, regardless of the material used, must have been juried in the jewelry or non-precious jewelry category.
  • Artist/exhibitors may enter in more than one medium, but must submit separate applications, fees, and images. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited.
  • Prints exhibited by artists accepted in the digital/printmaking/photography/non-darkroom photography category must be limited editions and properly signed and numbered. Artists applying under 2-D mixed media/drawing/painting should also observe the reproduction policy.
  • *Reproduction Policy: Reproduction Policy: Only limited edition (no Artists Proofs), signed and numbered reproductions of accompanying original artwork are allowed. Reproductions, including electrostatic (copier), inkjet (giclees), and offset lithographs, must be archival quality and clearly labeled “Reproduction”. Reproductions should comprise no more than 20% of the number of works in the artist’s booth, and should be unframed and displayed in bins or racks.
  • Fiesta Arts Fair reserves the right to reject any artist’s displayed items not in keeping with the images submitted, as well as retains the right to prevent an artist from exhibiting for conduct deemed, in the Fair’s sole discretion, unacceptable and/or detrimental to the mission and reputation of the Southwest School of Art and Fiesta Arts Fair.

Booth Information
Booth Payment and Paperwork | Due January 15
  • The Fiesta Arts Fair Artist Agreement will be emailed to accepted artists; the paperwork must be returned by January 15, 2020. Mail to: Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta, San Antonio, TX 78205 or email: bhill@swschool.org
  • Booth fees are payable by by check: to Southwest School of Art or payable by credit card: on Zapplication. Booth fees are also due by January 15.
  • Preferences for booth location will be considered in the order of receipt of agreement and full booth fee.
  • The Fair offers 10-x-10-ft, 10-x-15 ft, or 10-x-20 ft booths. NOTE: 10-x-20 ft booths are limited. Most spaces are outdoors; a few (14%) are located indoors.
  • Booth fees start at $375 for a 10-x-10 ft space and go up, depending on size and location. Corner spaces, electricity, tables and chairs are available for an additional fee.
  • Artists/exhibitors must provide their own tent and booth structure, which must be of sound design and not exceed the space allocated.
  • Exhibitors must contain their display and artwork within the dimensions of the booth space rented.  Behind the booth storage is not guaranteed.
All participating artists/exhibitors must check in on Friday between 8:00A – 5:00P. Set-up will continue through the night and all booth displays must be fully set up by early Saturday morning. Artists that cannot make the 5:00P check in, should contact the Fair in advance; failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of their booth space and payment.

2019 Layout (varies year to year)