Visual & Performing Artists: Apply for the 2021 show today!

View the application information below or open the AOFTA 2021 application here.

53rd An Occasion for the Arts October 2-3, 2021 Williamsburg, Virginia

Applications are open on Zapplication:  Go to Application Deadline: April 16, 2021 Jury Notification: May 19, 2021

All artists must apply online through All images for judging must be uploaded into your ZAPP profile. No slides, CDs of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned.

We encourage artists to prepare images to meet ZAPP requirements prior to uploading them to your ZAPP profile. Visit this link to the ZAPP Help Center to learn about Image Preparation.

Each application must include five (5) images: four (4) of artwork and one (1) of booth display.

The application fee is thirty-five dollars ($35), and is non-refundable. Please pay with a credit card via ZAPPlication®. Payment must be received by the application deadline of April 16th. You can submit up to four applications when entering multiple categories, however, only one application can be submitted per category. If you are planning to showcase any jewelry in your booth, you must apply in Jewelry. 

For more than 50 years, on the 1st weekend of October, An Occasion For The Arts has brought fabulous art to historic downtown Williamsburg, VA.  Williamsburg is the home of the College of William & Mary with an affluent alumni base residing in the area. It is also a top tourism and retirement destination. It has been our ambition is to be the best show possible for those exhibiting with us, and our commitment is to balance the show so it showcases artists’ work as unique and provides the potential for sales. We are dedicated to maintaining high standards and work diligently to foster a positive environment for artists and patrons.

  • Every booth is a Corner
  • Friday set-up and Sunday tear-down drive adjacent to booth
  • 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
  • Awards Reception Saturday Eve; $5,000 in awards; winners jury-exempt the next year.

Contact Info: Visual Arts

Robin Markowitz
Executive Director
An Occasion for the Arts
(p) 202-251-0637
(e) [email protected]

Please contact Julie Martin at [email protected] to apply.
Should you have questions, please feel free to correspond with Julie and consider joining us this year!