Event Information


Mesa Arts Festival 2019

Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, Arizona (West)

Event Dates: 12/14/19 - 12/15/19
Application Deadline: 9/15/19 Midnight MST
59 day(s) and 20 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Early Bird Application): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary

The Mesa Arts Festival is the best place to kick-start your holiday spirit and finish off your shopping list. Snack on culinary delights as you stroll through the wide array of handmade offerings from local, regional and national artists. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging hands-on activities.

Recieve the early bird price of $35 until August 31. Application fee increases on September 1, 2019 to $50.

General Information

Jury Process
  • Up to 100 artists will exhibit.
  • The jury views the digital files of the images submitted by the artists on a computer monitor.
  • The jury is comprised of arts professionals—working artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists.
  • The criteria for selection are excellence in concept, quality, workmanship, and aesthetics.
  • The jury process is anonymous. Please do not have your name or information in your artist statement, image descriptions, or images.
  • A wait list of juried artists is maintained for the event. Artists will be notified if space becomes available. Please do not contact us regarding wait list status.

  • Ceramics - Original functional and non-functional works created from clay, porcelain, stoneware, or earthenware. Factory-produced work is not permitted
  • Digital - Any 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.
  • Experiential - Highly visible, unique, interactive opportunities. This can include creative elements that could fuse installations, sculpture, hands-on activities, photography, DJs, floral design, VR experiences and anything in between.  
  • Fiber - All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry, batik, painted silk, wearables, papermaking, etc.
  • Food & Beverage - High-quality, pre-packaged culinary items that feature small batch, local ingredients, and delightful presentations that make great gifts or snacks.  
  • Glass - Art using glass as the primary medium in any form. Mass or factory produced work is not permitted.
  • Jewelry - All jewelry items must be designed by and hand-crafted by the artist. No mass-produced components assemblage will be accepted. No factory production or imported jewelry items will be accepted. 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.
  • 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.
  • Mixed Media - Includes works, both 2-D and 3-D, that incorporate more than one type of material to produce, including non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  • Painting - Painting using oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor or other wet media on canvas, paper, Masonite, etc.
  • Photography - Photographs made from the artist’s original image and printed either by the artist or under his or her direction are permitted. The photographic process must be displayed, and each edition must be signed and numbered.
  • Printmaking - Hand-pulled original works from a block, plate, stone, or other object. Prints must be signed and numbered as limited editions. 
  • Sculpture - Three-dimensional works incorporating any material that is carved, modeled, constructed, or cast.
  • Upcycled - Art which uses found objects as the primary medium. Works must use a minimum of 75% recycled or reused materials.
  • Wood - Works incorporating wood as the primary material.

Artist Services
  • Snacks provided in an indoor artist hospitality suite.
  • Roving booth sitters and runners.
  • Overnight roving security. (However, no responsibility is assumed by Mesa Arts Center for the loss of exhibitors’ artwork or equipment.)

Marketing and Promotion
Mesa Arts Center will be promoting the event, but artists are encouraged to promote their participation in the event as well. Please, tag us @mesaartscenter on Twitter & Instagram and @mesaartscenterAZ on Facebook. 

An on-site panel of judges will select one Best of Show ($1,000 check, Artist Jury Fee and Booth fee ($250.00 paid for Mesa Arts Festival in 2020) and additional merit awards are given to one artist in each category.

Important Dates
Early Bird Application Dates - July 12 - August 31 ($35 fee)
Application Dates - September 1 - September 15 ($50 fee)
Notification of Acceptance - September 20
Deadline to Confirm and Pay - October 11
Cancelation Deadline with Full Refund (less $75 processing fee) - November 1
Check-In - December 13 (Office) and December 14 (On-Site)
Show Dates - December 14-15

Cancellation Policy
All application and booth fees are non-refundable. 

  • A limited number of spaces are available.
  • Vendors are required to exhibit during the entire festival hours per day. No early take-down will be allowed.
  • Only one vendor or business will be assigned per space.
  • Vendors will be notified of confirmation status through ZAPPLICATION. Please do not call or e-mail.
  • A fair replacement cost will be assessed to any damage to or loss of rental equipment.
  • Vendors should be prepared to report final gross sales to the Festival Office following the event, if asked.
  • A site map and parking information will be provided to confirmed vendors prior to the Festival.
  • Any tents or canopies must be weighted down at all corners for safety, otherwise you will be asked to remove your tent/canopy.
Licenses and Permits
  • No commission on artists sales will be retained by festival management. Artists will be responsible for their own transactions and will retain 100 percent (%) of their sales. Participating artists are required to collect and pay appropriate City of Mesa, Maricopa County, and Arizona state sales tax on items sold. Artists must obtain and display a valid City of Mesa and State of Arizona Retail Sales Tax license throughout the duration of the event.
  • For more information and to obtain a City of Mesa Retail Sales tax application, please contact the City of Mesa Tax and Licensing Office at 480-644-2316 or visit www.mesaaz.gov/salestax.
  • Arizona Department of Revenue licenses are available on-line at www.aztaxes.gov.
  • Vendors are responsible to obtain any other business licenses or permits which may be required.
Food Vendors Requirements
  • Food concessionaires will be required to provide their own cash register.
  • Food concessionaires will be responsible for their own transactions and will retain 100% of all sales.
  • Food concessionaires will be required to report final gross sales upon the end of the Festival.
  • All participating concessionaires are required to collect and pay appropriate City of Mesa, Maricopa County and Arizona state sales tax on all items sold. Exhibitors must obtain and display a valid State of Arizona Retail Sales tax license throughout the duration of the festival or the concessionaire will not be permitted to operate the booth and all fees will be forfeited.
  • Arizona Department of Revenue licenses are available on-line at www.aztaxes.gov
  • Copies of state sales tax licenses must be on file with Mesa Arts Center by November 1, 2019.
  • Food concessionaires are responsible to obtain any other business licenses or permits, which may be required.

Set-up and Break-down
  • Space assignments are the final decision of the Mesa Arts Center.
  • Space assignments are made based upon traffic flow and artists needs.
  • Mesa Arts Center reserves the right to change space assignments as necessary. 
  • Artists must only use the allotted space. The use of a location is restricted to the artist to whom it is assigned.
  • Participating vendors will be required to arrive at the Mesa Arts Center between 7-8am on Saturday, December 14, to set up their space(s). Set-ups must be completed by 9:00am and remain open until close of the festival on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.. Set up on Friday, December 13, 2019 may take place if prior arrangements have been made with Mesa Arts Center staff.
  • Storage will not be available before, during, or after the event.
  • No vehicles to be allowed on the Shadow Walk. Vendors must only use designated drop-off zones for loading and unloading.
  • Each assigned space and the Mesa Arts Center must be left in the same condition in which it was found. Waste must be disposed of properly. If not, vendors will be responsible for compensation to Mesa Arts Center in the amount required to return the area to its original condition.
  • Volunteers and staff will be available to assist with parking information, set-up, break-down, and other needs at the event.
Fire & Safety
  • Vendors must obey fire codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to health, fire prevention and public safety.You must not nail, staple, or otherwise affix anything to walls, the ground, or any part of the exhibit area.
  • Employees, volunteers, and vendors are not allowed to consume alcohol during the event
Additional Rules and Regulations
  • The Mesa Arts Center and the City of Mesa are not responsible for merchandise that is damaged, broken or stolen during the event, or for merchandise left behind.
  • The Mesa Arts Center and City of Mesa will not be responsible for sales results, or any injury sustained by vendors or guests, or damage to product and materials belonging to vendors in the process of participation.
  • This is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be provided due to inclement weather.
  • Any confirmed vendor who fails to meet any of the above requirements may be ejected and a refund will not be granted for the booth rental fee.

‚ÄčCancellation 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 provided to all invited artists. 

Booth Information
Application Fees:
$35 (early bird) July 12 thru August 31
$50 Sept. 1 through Sept. 15
****Application fees are not refundable. 

Notification of Acceptance will be made through ZAPPLICATION by end of the business day on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Booth Options & Fees:
10 x 10 booth space is $250
10 x 20 booth space is $500

Electricity (limited - 110volt/20amp) is $100 
10x10 White Canopy Tent is $200
8' table + 2 chairs is $25
8' black table linen is $25

Check-In is on Friday, December 13 in our admin offices and December 14 on site. Load-In takes place the morning of December 14. Set up on Friday, Dec. 13 must be scheduled in advance. Set up on Friday, December 13 will be available between 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Overnight security will be provided by the Mesa Arts Center on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14.