Artists Application

A Call for Visual Artists from Jan. 4 – Apr. 18, 2018


An Occasion for the Arts
October 5-7, 2018 (Columbus Day Weekend)
Williamsburg, Virginia

Apply online today, go to:  AOFTA Application 
Application Deadline: April 18, 2018

We are now accepting for An Occasion for the Arts, our 50th event, and I hope you will consider applying to our show this year.
For 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.

  • Friday set-up and Sunday tear-down drive adjacent to booth
  • Booths arranged so each artist has two outside walls
  • Reserved artist-only parking (includes RV & oversize vehicles)
  • Complimentary tickets to Friday's Launch Concert
  • Booth sitters, free bottled water and lunch delivery
  • 24 hour security using local police
  • Full color printed program delivered to 18,500 households
  • Awards Reception Saturday Eve; $5,000 in awards; winners jury-exempt the next year.
Please contact [email protected] to apply.

Visual Artists: How to Apply

A new application cycle will begin in January 2018 with a deadline of April 18. 

All 2D and 3D 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.

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 18th. Submit one application per category.

Thank you for your interest. Should you have questions, please feel free to correspond with me at the email address below. Consider joining us this Columbus Day Weekend as we celebrate our 50th...

Contact Info

Leo Charette
Executive Director
An Occasion for the Arts

(p) 757-565-7585
(e) [email protected]