Event Information


Artisphere 2020

Main Street, Downtown
Greenville, South Carolina (South)

Phone: 864-271-9355
Event Dates: 5/8/20 - 5/10/20
Application Deadline: 10/4/19 Midnight EST
47 day(s) and 23 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
2020 marks the sixteenth annual event for the top ranking Artisphere festival in Greenville, SC.  Despite its short history, Artisphere has distinguished itself as both a regional and national highlight.  A supportive, art-loving community, beautiful setting, notable on-site artist amenities and hospitality, and over 500 volunteers make the Artisphere three-day event an enjoyable experience for exhibiting artists and the public alike.  Renowned artist hospitality includes complimentary meals, snacks & beverages, convenient set-up, parking, security, booth sitters, and reduced hotel rates.  Artisphere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization.  Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere's Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

General Information
Established in 2005, Artisphere, a signature event on Greenville’s busy cultural calendar that draws both locals and art buying tourists to Greenville, SC's dynamic downtown.  Apply now to be one of 135 artists to exhibit in the 16th annual festival and to experience firsthand why Artisphere has been ranked a TOP 10 Fine Art and Fine Craft festival by the Art Fair Sourcebook and #3 out of 20 finalists in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Art Festival. Additionally, the festival is recognized annually as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. 

October 4, 2019:  Zapplication Final Application Deadline
November 16 & 17, 2019: 2020 Festival Jury Review
November 29, 2019:  Notification of Acceptance
January 3, 2020:  Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees Due (signed Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation Form must be submitted with Booth Fees in order for Booth Requests to be processed)
February 21, 2020:  Final Date for Cancellation and Receipt of Refund
May 8 – 10, 2020:  Festival Dates
The Artisphere outdoor festival takes place in Downtown Greenville, SC.    Exhibitor booths are located along Main Street overlooking Falls Park on the Reedy River.  Greenville is located among the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina on I-85 about halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte.
Opening Night Gala:  Thursday, May 7 (6pm - 10pm)
Artist Check-In:  Friday, May 8 (6am – 11am)
Festival Hours:  Friday, May 8 (NOON – 8pm)
Saturday, May 9 (10am – 8pm)
Sunday, May 10 (11am – 6pm)
Artist Load-Out:  Sunday, May 10 (6pm – until)
Artisphere’s multi-media advertising campaign markets the festival throughout the Southeast region, in print and digital ads in national travel and leisure publications, and regional radio & television ads.  Artisphere is also marketed through festival brochures, social media, the Artisphere website, and guerilla marketing.
$15,000 in prize money will be distributed at the festival.  Awards will be given to Best in Show, 1st Place 2D, 2nd Place 2D, 1st Place 3D, 2nd Place 3D, and four Honorable Merit awards and will be awarded at the discretion of the onsite judges.  Artisphere jurors who are not exhibitors serve as on site judges.  Awards are determined by consensus.  Award winners are invited to exhibit the following year and are exempt from jury.  The Mayor’s Choice Award winner is not determined by on site judges thus is not exempt from jury the following year. 
Purchase Awards Program
An average of $10,000 - $15,000 annually is distributed in purchase awards at the event.
Each application must be accompanied by the $35 (before midnight on 9/20) or $45 (after 9/20) jury fee payment.  Applicants may pay online by credit card or by check made payable to Artisphere (mailed to 101B Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601).  Jury Fees paid by check must be sent immediately upon completion of the online application.  Applications will not be processed until the Jury Fee is received.
No fewer than 120 artists and no more than 150 artists will exhibit in the Artisphere 2020 festival.  A minimum of 120 artists are selected by jury scoring to participate in the event each year.  The remaining spaces are reserved for award winners, the poster artist and merchandise artist and top-scoring local artists.  Local artists are not exempt from jury.
Each exhibiting artist must complete an online application with only one artist per entry, unless entering as a team in collaboration.  Artists may apply in more than one medium category, but a separate online application must be filled out for each category.  Each application must include a jury fee and its own set of images.  Artists applying in more than one medium category may repeat the booth image only.
An artist may be accepted in more than one category.  Multiple online applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly different work within the media category.
Each year four jurors and a representative from the Artisphere Board of Directors are selected to jury visual artist applications.  The jury consists of a range of experienced art professionals including, but not limited to, professors, gallery owners, museum administrators, and practicing visual artists.  Jurors are instructed to score ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE using the following criteria:  Artistic Merit, Technical Competence, Overall Quality of Work, and Booth Presentation.  
Artisphere uses Zapplication to administer its entire application and jury process.  Artist images are reviewed by the jury review panel in a blind jury process.  The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors.  The jury panel is convened in the same room, each juror has access to a computer monitor for scoring purposes.  The jury review panel views the five (5) submitted images simultaneously, horizontally, grouped by medium category in the order that they were received (date submitted).  Artist statements are shared with jurors while images are viewed.  Please Note: This is a blind jury process, please do not submit booth images with any identifiable signage.  
Applicants are asked to submit an artist statement of two hundred (200) characters or less to be read aloud by an Artisphere staff member during the jury review.  The artist statement should describe materials and technique rather than meaning behind the work or inspiration.  Jurors are able to see the statement so please do not personalize the information and be sure to check for spelling errors.

Round One is a complete overview of all applicants. Each artist set of images will be projected.

Round Two is the first scoring round. Each artist’s set of images will be projected after which the jury will begin scoring on a laptop in front of them while the five submitted images are projected in front of them.  As the set of images is projected, the Artist Statement is read aloud. The jury will score each artist’s set of images a traditional 1 through 7, with no 4.

Round Three comes after all applying artists have been scored. After Round Two, a median score is determined, and all artists scoring under the median are removed. The artists remaining are first viewed again in a complete overview. We then go back to the beginning and display each artist’s set of five images. Each set of images is discussed and scored by the jury with a show of hands. A majority vote moves the artist into the next round.

Round Four and Beyond – Any number of rounds now occur slowly balancing the show by making final selections. This and subsequent rounds are scored as described above – a majority show of hands moves the artist into the final round(s). The jury uses the following standards to guide their decision:
·         The jury will view each artist’s set of five images. One of the five images shall be an actual image of the artist's booth showing the body of work. The images will be projected in one row, simultaneously.
·         The ideal work will reflect excellence.
·         The work will be well conceived and expertly executed.
·         The work will show an identity of design.
·         All work must be original and made by the hand of the applying artist.
·         Artwork is considered solely on the merit of the work pictured. This and the submitted Artist Statement will be the only criteria considered. (See below regarding Artist Statement).
·         The work will be professionally and creatively presented. The better the image presented, the better your opportunity.
·         The work presented for jury will be representative of the artist’s body of work. If the work is not current, do not submit the image.
All applications from professional artists must submit an authentic booth image (that is, an actual photo/image of your booth with display).
·         Booth images may not be created in a computer program or manipulated, enhanced or otherwise affected by a computer in any way.
·         Booth images may not contain the artist name, company name or any other affiliation; artists may use Photoshop techniques to remove the name(s). 
·         The booth image must include the entire booth, not a portion.
Please Note:  The booth image shows the jury your body of work, provides dimension and scale, a sense of artistic and creative presentation, and reflects what your booth will look like at the show in June.  It will also report to the jury if the work submitted in the individual images reflects your current style and overall body of work. 
A Wait List will be established by medium category based on jury scores.  Images from Accepted and Wait Listed artists will be retained for promotion.
An Emerging Festival Artist must have a solid body of work, completed in the last two years.  An Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship applicant, while having a developed and cohesive body of work, should not currently be earning a living as a festival exhibitor.  This scholarship should be viewed as an opportunity to start a professional career as a festival exhibitor.  Only applicants living in South Carolina will be eligible.  Emerging Festival Artist applicants should apply only in the Emerging Festival Artist medium category.
Recipients of the Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship will attend a workshop with professional working artists, and will be given free booth space and use of display screens during the Artisphere festival.  Recipients will also receive a booth image photographed by Artisphere photographer.  
To apply for the Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship:  please submit five images of work (no booth image is required for Emerging Festival Artist applicants).  *Emerging Festival Artists are asked to apply with 5 images work instead of 4 images of work and a booth image.  When uploading your images, you will upload the fifth image of your work by checking the box for "Booth Shot" beneath the fifth image in your application.  Select "Emerging Festival Artist" for your medium category.* Images must represent your current work, completed within the last two years.  Emerging Festival Artist applicants must also submit a resume, short bio and an artist statement of 300 words or less.  Support materials should be emailed to Robin@artisphere.org or mailed to Artisphere, 101B Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601.  Emerging Festival Artist applications and support materials are due on or before October 4, 2019. 
Bracken Sansbury: Gallery Director, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC.
Andy Gambrell: Painter, Gallery Director, Educator, West Pelzer, SC.
Tara Locklear: 2019 Artisphere Award Winner, Jewelry Semi-Precious Category, Raleigh, NC.
Erin Swann: Artisphere Visual Arts Committee Chair, Greenville, SC.
Richard Wilson: 2019 Artisphere Award Winner, Drawing Category, Greenville, NC.

Images #1 - 4 must represent the complete range of work that you plan to show.  Image #5 must be your booth with your work displayed.  Your application will not be considered without a booth image.  The booth image shows the jury your body of work, provides dimension and scale, and shows overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.
Ceramics:  Original clay work.  No machine made or mass produced work is accepted.  If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
Digital Art:  Any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer.  Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.  Traditional photographs taken with digital media should apply in the photography category.
Drawing:  Original work created using dry media including pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, or chalk or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
Fiber:  Original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, or painted fabric intended to be wearable or decorative.  No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
Furniture:  Decorative or functional furniture.
Glass:  Original work in which the primary material is glass.  No mass production accepted.
Jewelry/Precious:  Original work primarily made from materials using 14k gold, sterling silver and the use of precious stones and enamels.  No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
Jewelry/Semi-Precious: Original work primarily made from precious and/or non-precious metals and other materials such as glass, ceramics, paper, fiber, wood, leather, polymer clay, semi-precious stones, etc.  No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
Metalworks:  Original functional or sculptural and non-jewelry metal work.
Mixed Media (2D):  Original 2 dimensional works incorporating more than one material.
Mixed Media (3D):  Original 3 dimensional works incorporating more than one material.
Painting (Oil/Acrylic):  Original painted works made with oils or acrylics.
Painting (Watercolor):  Original painted works made with paint soluble in water.
Photography:  Includes all photographic prints made from the artist's original negative or digital image processing, which have been processed by the artist under his or her direct supervision.  Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.  Work in this media category must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.
Printmaking:  Prints hand pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
Sculpture:  Original non-functional, 3 dimensional work of any material.
Wood:  Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, turned, carved, or machine worked.
Emerging Festival Artist:  Scholarship program applicants may not apply in any other medium category.  Please see the Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship description.

Artists must be present and must personally staff their exhibit space during the entire event.  No agents, dealers, or representatives may attend the event in place of the artist.  Each exhibiting artist must personally check in at registration and present photo identification. 
All work exhibited must be original, handcrafted work produced by the artist and may not be the result of work from commercial kits, molds, patterns, or plans.  The artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the work presented and the authenticity of the work as their creation. 
An Artist Statement explaining the process and materials used in exhibited works must be posted at the front of the booth by NOON on Friday, May 8 and must remain posted for the duration of the event.  The reproduction process must also be disclosed in this statement. 
Artists must exhibit work only in the media categories in which they are accepted.  For example, all jewelry must have been juried into the jewelry category.  The work exhibited must match the quality, category and body of work submitted in the application.   
Exhibitor agrees to open and close to the public at published festival hours.  Any artist closing their booth prior to the end of the festival will not be permitted to return the following day or in subsequent years.  Closing times are mandated by the City of Greenville Festival permit and must be strictly enforced.  Exhibitors who do not show and do not cancel will not be re-invited. Exhibitors who cancel within 48 hours of opening date of show will be asked not to apply for the following year’s show.

No animals are allowed on the Festival site and smoking is prohibited within the event site as per City of Greenville rules and regulations.

A reproduction is defined as any existing work of art (such as a painting, watercolor, drawing, photograph, etc.) that is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, a serigraph press, or through a computer by means of an ink jet or electrostatic printer.  This definition includes giclees and reproductions with additional enhancement by the artist.
Limited editions, signed and numbered on the front of each piece, displayed in single browse bin only.  Reproduction pieces must be clearly marked as a "Reproduction" or "Limited Edition Reproduction" on the front of each piece.  Reproductions may not be in the same browse bin as originals.  An explanation of the reproduction process should be included in the Artist Statement.
No laser prints or color photocopies will be permitted.

Booth Information
Standard Booth Fee:  $450
Corner Booth Fee:  $550
Double Booth: $900
Electricity Fee:  $40

Artists who are selected by the jury panel and who accept the invitation to exhibit, must return the signed Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation Form and Booth Fees to Artisphere by January 3, 2020.  Failure to respond by the deadline will result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the Wait List.  Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation Forms will not be processed without inclusion of Booth Fees.

Booth requests can be made on the Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation Form.  There are a limited number of corner and double booths and booths with access to electricity.  Booth requests will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis based on the date that both booth fees and the Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation Form are received.   Corner booth and electricity fees will be returned if the number of corner booths or booths in which electricity is available reaches capacity.  
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