Calling All Artists!
- Limited to 145 Artists
- 30,000 Patrons in 2021
- Friday set-up and Sunday tear-down drive adjacent to booth
- Friday Preview Night - Artists who participate will be invited to the party
- Every Booth is a Corner
- Artists' sales average has Trended Up for last 5 consecutive years
- Reserved artist-only parking (includes RV & oversize vehicles)
- Booth sitters, free bottled water and lunch delivery
- 24 hour security using local police
- Full color printed program sent to 40,000 households prior to the show
- Awards Reception Saturday Eve
- $5,000 in awards; winners jury-exempt the next year
New this year, a Preview Party on Friday night from 5pm-7pm. We invite artists to showcase their work to our patrons and VIP's. Artists who are open for the evening will be given early setup times and invited to attend the party from 7pm to 9pm. This is a fundraiser for the AOFTA Artists in Residence program with the James County public school system.
Artists will be treated to wonderful food, beverages and live music. Your application and acceptance to the show are not based on your ability to be open on Friday evening but your location may be affected. Jurors do not know if you have chosen to participate.
During the last week in April, our two-jury panels (2D and 3D) will review and score ALL applications online. Jurors will spend five days evaluating artists within the categories of art they have been assigned. Applications are reviewed by category and in order of date received.
All applicants remain anonymous during the jury process. Artwork, booth image and submitted artist statement will be all that is considered in selection. This year 145 artists will be selected to showcase in the 2022 Festival.
|Saturday, January 15th||Applications Open (via Zapplication.com)|
|Sunday, April 10th||Preferred Deadline: April 10th: $35 per application (Closes at midnight EST)|
|Sunday, April 17th||Final Deadline April 17th: $45 per application For details, see How to Apply|
|Mon, April 25th to Fri. April 29th||Online Jury Process by 6 qualified jury members (3 jurors will evaluate 2D and 3 jurors will evaluate 3D artists) over a five day period.|
|Wednesday, May 11th||Jury results emailed to all artists|
|Thursday June 30th||Booth Fee Due - All Booths are Corners -Setup in Quads|
10X10 (Corner) $445
10X20 (Double Corner) $890
|Saturday, July 16th||Cancellation refund deadline - minus $50 administration fee for 10x10 and $100 for 10x20|
|Monday, August 15th||Booth assignment packet e-mailed|
|Friday, September 30th|
9am - 3pm: Artists Setup
5pm - 7pm: Artists Open for Preview Party (not a requirement that artists participate for acceptance to the show). The jury does NOT know of the artist's decision to participate.
|Saturday, October 1st|
5:30am - 8am: Artists arrival and setup - all cars must be off the premises by 8:30am.
10am - 5pm: Day 1:
|Sunday, October 2nd||10am - 5pm: Day 2|
5:30pm: Load Out - Artists' vehicles allowed on the street