Calling All Artists!

Application for 2022 is now open on Zapplication

Event Information

The 54th Annual An Occasion for the Arts, September 30 - October 2, 2022 is dedicated to maintaining high standards and working diligently to foster a positive environment for artists and patrons. Our commitment is to balance the show so it showcases every artists’ unique work.
  • 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.

Jury Selection

AOFTA will use a computer monitor approach to jury artists. Jurors will access artists' applications from various locations. The selection process will consist of two jury panels, one panel reviewing 2D art categories and the other reviewing 3D art categories. The jury panels are a combination of Art Professionals (museum curators, gallery owners) and Peer Artists (award winners and artists who are highly respected by their peers).  

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.

2022 Calendar

Saturday, January 15thApplications Open (via
Sunday, April 10thPreferred Deadline: April 10th: $35 per application (Closes at midnight EST)
Sunday, April 17thFinal Deadline April 17th: $45 per application For details, see How to Apply 
Mon, April 25th to Fri. April 29thOnline 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 11thJury 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 16thCancellation refund deadline - minus $50 administration fee for 10x10 and $100 for 10x20
Monday, August 15thBooth 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.
7pm - 9pm: Dinner, Drinks and Music

Saturday, October 1st

5:30am - 8am:  Artists arrival and setup - all cars must be off the premises by 8:30am.

10am - 5pm: Day 1:
Starting at 10am Judging for Artists Awards in 2D and 3D categories

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Artist's Awards Reception in the CourtYard Café

Sunday, October 2nd10am - 5pm: Day 2
5:30pm: Load Out - Artists' vehicles allowed on the street
Please contact Robin Markowitz, Executive Director at [email protected] with questions.