Event Information


Desert Art Festival - March 21 - 22, 2020

Frances Stevens Park
Palm Springs, California (West)

Phone: 818-813-4478
Event Dates: 3/21/20 - 3/22/20
Application Deadline: 1/4/20 Midnight PST
140 day(s) and 4 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $20.00


Event Summary
The "Original" Palm Springs art festival, The Desert Art Festival celebrates it's 32nd year in Downtown Palm Springs. Join us at the best series of outdoor fine art festivals in Palm Springs, CA, and enjoy the beautiful weather for which Palm Springs is famous.

The Desert Art Festival is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs at Frances Stevens Park. This event typically features the work of 100 exhibitors. Our goal is to provide a venue for creators of quality fine art and fine craft to meet with the art-buying public. The Desert Art Festival benefits a tax-exempt, non-profit art-related organization.


General Information

The "Original" Palm Springs art festival, The Desert Art Festival celebrates it's 32nd year in Downtown Palm Springs. Join us at the best series of outdoor fine art festivals in Palm Springs, CA, and enjoy the beautiful weather for which Palm Springs is famous.

You are invited to submit your application for admission to the. This Artist Prospectus and Exhibitor Application include essential details on exhibitor participation and should be read carefully prior to application.

Mission Statement

The mission of West Coast Artists is to conduct an outdoor festival for the promotion of the original work of artists, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, and photographers. We aim to bring together the artist and the public in informal surroundings to their mutual benefit. We continually strive for quality in the arts.

Important Deadlines

Friday, January 4, 2020: Application deadline

Monday, January 7, 2020: Jury Begins

Wednesday, January 9, 2020 : Email notification of application status.

Friday, January 31, 2020: Deadline for accepted artists to commit to exhibit and to remit booth fee.

Monday, February 17, 2020: Deadline to cancel participation in the 2020 Festival and receive credit of booth fee.

Jury Procedure

A maximum of 100 artists will exhibit at the 2020 event.

The jury is comprised of professionals working within the art community. The panel uses a blinded jury process to review a set of four images provided by each artist. The identities of individual artists are not disclosed to jurors. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The panel is convened to discuss their rankings and the artists with the top scores will receive invitations to exhibit. High-scoring artists who are not initially invited to exhibit will be added to a wait list and offered the opportunity to exhibit should an invited artist decline to participate in the festival.

Booth Space and Regulations:

*All booth spaces are sized to accommodate display tents measuring 10' X 10".
* Canopies must be white.
*No electricity is provided.
*Display arrangements must meet with approval of the committee. The committee is looking for balance in terms of variety of product and the way in which it is displayed.
*Artists must exhibit work on both festival days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Artists will pay a 10% commission on all sales made at and generated from the festival. If you are not agreeable to paying a commission, please reconsider and do not apply. The commission on sales is due at the close of the festival on Sunday at 5:00 pm. Artists are responsible for their own sales and collecting and reporting to the State of California sales tax on any sales.

Application Fees

Please submit a non-refundable jury fee of $20 with your application. Applicants may choose to pay online with their Visa or Master Card, or they may pay by a check made payable to the West Coast Artists. Mail check to P.O. Box 750, Acton, CA 93510.

Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit:

Any artist who is selected by the jury and all returning artists must notify the Festival of intent to exhibit at the 2020 Festival and submit a booth fee by Friday, January 31, 2020. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list. The applicant must keep his or her Zapp profile up to date with correct contact information, including mailing address, email address and phone number.

Exhibit Fee

Upon acceptance into the festival, all artists will be asked to submit a $250.00 (10' X 10') or $450.00 (10' X 20') booth fee through ZAPP.

Digital Images:

* Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
* Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work.
* One (1) image must be of an "Outdoor" display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.
* Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format, for more information access www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml
* Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Arts Festival.

Booth Information

Additional Policies

The Desert Art Festival presents original work of exhibiting artists, not the work of mass production studios, organizations or groups. No imports, commercial, purchased for resale work. No clothing.
Exhibitors must be at least 16 years old.
Artists must be present with their work for the entire event. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.
Artists may exhibit only in the category in which they were juried and may not display work in new categories without re-jurying.
Work must be consistent with submitted images.


2:00pm - 9:00 Friday, March 20, or 6:00 am - 9:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2020

Festival Hours:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday - Sunday

Tear down:
Sunday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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