Applications for 2015 are now CLOSED. If you are interested in participating in our 2016 market please be sure to bookmark this page. Applications are submitted online through Zapplication.
We thank you for your interest in our event. Our desire is to make this event as “artist friendly” as possible. We have polled many of you on last year’s event and appreciate the feedback you provided. Be assured we have carefully considered the feedback you provided and incorporated much of what you told us into our process and planning for 2015.
At RiverArtsFest, we bring together two significant forces involved in promoting public involvement in the visual and performing arts. Structured as an event open to the public we hope to create a new tradition in the life of Memphis and the Mid-South region which will rival the likes of Coconut Grove and Cherry Creek.
We understand that it is no easy task for you as an artist to create and travel long distances to market your works. From web presence to our easy online application process through Zapplication we have worked diligently to make this easy on you the artist. You may be assured we will be evenhanded in our jury process and respectful of the time and effort you have made to be a part of our festival. We further pledge to vigorously promote our festival to put you front and center with plenty of potential art loving patrons.
RiverArtsFest is one of the most well attended events in the cultural life of the City of Memphis and the Mid South. Last year an estimated 85,000 patrons came down to experience art in Memphis. The central focus point of our event is a large outdoor space for artists to show and sell their works directly to the public.
EVENT DATE – Friday, October 23, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015 LOCATION – South Main District, Downtown Memphis, Tennessee
Police and fire officials estimated last year’s attendance at approximately 85,000 attendees for the two-day event. The growth from our first year to this last year has almost doubled. A professional marketing firm manages a strategically focused plan to attract a diverse public likely to be interested in the visual fine arts. While the majority of our audience is from the Memphis metropolitan area, a significant and increasing number of art patrons from around the Mid-South also attend.
RiverArtsFest, Inc. is recognized by the IRS and State of Tennessee as a tax exempt art services organization under IRS Code section 501(c)(3). All proceeds are used to produce RiverArtsFest and to support other artistic, non-profit activities in this region.
Registration and application to our Juried Artist Market for 2016 will be handled on line through Zapplication which will allow you to register and submit your application along with the slides which are required. You may also pay application and booth fees through Zapplication. This service is free to you as an artist. We will begin to accept applications for our 2016 event on February 1, 2016.
Application Processing fee: $30
We do not accept applications via mail. Please submit all completed applications online via the Zapplication Website. New users to Zapplication should apply online by clicking here.
RiverArtsFest is open to all artists within the accepted media categories. Participation in any previous event does not guarantee acceptance! By signing the application, the Artist agrees that he or she had direct, hands-on involvement with the creation and execution of each piece of work to be exhibited. Collaborating artists may show only their collaborative works, both names should appear on the application. (Collaboration here means artistic, not business collaboration). No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application, and both must be present at the festival.
- Not more than 20% of an Artist’s exhibited work shall consist of reproductions.
- Original work must be clearly visibly and of primary importance.
- All reproductions must be signed and numbered.
- All reproductions whether framed or unframed must be clearly and individually labeled.
- “Reproduction” or “Limited Edition Reproduction” on the front of each item displayed.
- All reproductions whether framed or unframed, must be displayed in browse bins. No reproductions may be hung on walls.
- Reproductions may not be displayed in the same browse bin with original artwork.
All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Any original work for which the artist, using a computer, executed the original image or the manipulation of other source material. Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Note: Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.
No forms of mass production are permitted.
Graphics and Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. All photogravure, photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work.
All non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work.
Works, both 2 and 3-dimensional that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on any prints, which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood.
Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
You will submit 5 digital images for jury review. Images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format. (See Tips on formatting your images) Your submitted images will be reviewed by our selected Jury Panel in a blind jury process. Of the images submitted, 4 must be of representative pieces of your original work and 1 image of your booth display.
If your work is selected to be included in our Juried Artist Market, you agree to abide by the rules of the RiverArtsFest as outlined in the 2013 Artist Market Prospectus. You assume all responsibility for insuring against damages. We will use all reasonable care and diligence in securing your work while in the confines of the Artist Market but you agree that we will not be held liable for damages which may occur during the event.
At our discretion and only with your permission we may display one or more of your digital image on our web site for purposes of promoting the event now or in the future. You retain all rights to the image and the work you submit. We agree to remove your image from the site if you so request in writing.
Please do not call. Artists who advance to the final round of jury process BUT are not invited will be considered alternates.
Booths are on public streets that must be accessible to emergency personnel at all times. Booth displays MAY NOT hang out into emergency access lanes designated by Fire and Police officials. If this will be a problem for you, it is your responsibility to notify us of your request to be located in an area other than an emergency access lane. Artists desiring specific locations or having any other requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first served basis.
- • Application fee – $30
- • Regular booth – $400
- • Corner booth – $500
If you have any questions please feel free to call 901-685-6825 or e-mail us. We look forward to hearing from you.