Artsplosure 2019 - Call For Artists (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Artsplosure 2019 – Call For Artists

Artsplosure 2019 – Call For Artists

Artsplosure 2019 announces a call for artists. Celebrating 40 years in 2019, Artsplosure is Raleigh’s original and longest running arts festival. Held annually the third weekend of May in beautiful downtown Raleigh, the festival is a two day event and features an art market comprised of approximately 175 juried visual artists from across the United States. The festival presents national and regional entertainment on two stages, provides arts-based activities for children, and presents one or more large-scale temporary art installations each year. Annual festival attendance averages 75,000+.

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Categories include ceramics, fiber art, glass (other than jewelry), jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood, other 2-d (mixed media/printmaking/pastel), other 3-d (mixed media/sculpture/leather/basketry).

Artsplosure 2019 Fees

  • Application fee (non-refundable) = $35
  • Booth Fee: $330 for single space (10′ x 10′) – due upon acceptance
  • Booth Fee: $660 for double space (20′ x 10′) – due upon acceptance

Artists will be notified by February 22, 2019 of their acceptance. They will have until March 22, 2019 to submit their full booth fee by check or PayPal or forfeit their space at the festival. Artists on the waiting list will be offered any canceled or forfeited spaces, and booth fees will be due immediately upon acceptance, either by check or PayPal.

Artsplosure 2019 Entry Guidelines

All work displayed must be the artist’s own work and must be for sale. Artsplosure reserves the right to remove displays that have been misrepresented either by the artist’s submitted images or on the application and to prohibit the artist from participating in future Artsplosure-produced shows. Booths must be attended by the artist on both days of the festival. Assistants are welcome, but commercial agents, representatives, dealers, or hired salespeople may not replace the artist’s presence at the festival. All artists/applicants must maintain complete responsibility for the design of the work and the associated business. Photo ID will be required upon check-in.

A limited quantity of offset prints and mechanical reproductions are allowed. All offset prints and mechanical reproductions must be clearly labeled as such. They must be limited to a maximum of 20% of total booth display area. For photographers and printmakers, gallery quality framed work is expected. All printmakers and photographers should disclose their printmaking processes. Photographic prints must be made from the artist’s original negative/file and processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision.

Art not eligible:

  • Art reproduced from works of any artist other than the applicant
  • Commercially produced merchandise
  • Works produced from patterns or kits
  • Items cast from pre-manufactured molds
  • T-shirts
  • CDs or other recordings
  • Clothing and accessories that are not hand-crafted
  • Commercially produced items that are embellished or altered by the artist
  • Any item deemed by Artsplosure officials to be buy/sell

Artsplosure reserves the right to final interpretation of commercial status or appropriateness for the festival.

Artsplosure 2019 Artist’s Calendar

  • Application deadline ($35) submitted and/or postmarked by 11:59pm February 1, 2019
  • Notification of status – February 22, 2019
  • Deadline for booth fee payments or 100% booth refund – March 22, 2019 at 5 pm
  • Deadline for 50% booth fee refund – April 12, 2019 at 5 pm, upon receipt of written cancellation (no refunds will be provided for any reason after April 12)
  • Show information packet will be e-mailed out at the beginning of May
  • Show dates and hours: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00 am to 7 pm (load-in at 6:30 am) and Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10 am to 6 pm

Artsplosure 2019 Artist Benefits

Artsplosure brings in over 75,000 people annually to the active downtown of Raleigh, NC. Visitors come from near and far and the art market is at the heart of this event. Artsplosure has 6.8K Facebook followers and over 4000 Instagram followers, as well as both a website focused on the Artsplosure organization (produces multiple events) and a website focused just on Artsplosure – Raleigh’s Spring Art Festival. Past participating artists have loved the camaraderie, good sales, a great location, hospitality, booth sitters, listening to the live music, and a great volunteers and staff.

Cash prizes of $3,500 will be awarded to artists as follows:

  • Best in Show — $1,250
  • Judges’ Choice — $750
  • 2 Merit Awards — $500 each
  • 2 Honorable Mentions — $250 each

All awards are non-category specific..

Artsplosure 2019 Selection Process By Jury

Artists invited to show their work are chosen by an independent jury from the regional visual art community. Prior participation does not guarantee acceptance. The jury meets in February to review qualified entries. Entries are assigned numbers, and no names are used during the selection process to guarantee complete impartiality. Do not include your name or business name in your artist statement. Each entry receives a numerical score from each juror. The highest scores within each medium category are selected. The jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Notification of acceptance / rejection will be sent no later than February 22, 2019

About Artsplosure

Artsplosure is Raleigh’s nonprofit art and cultural events production studio. They are curators, collaborators, and risk-takers dedicated to fulfilling their mission of bringing rich cultural experiences to the community. With each event, they hope to inspire and entertain, inform and celebrate, and create and share. They strive to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public in an effort to enrich the community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure has been active for over 40 years and now produces multiple events over the course of the year including Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market, Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park, and Live and Local Spring Fest. The staff and volunteers at Artsplosure are like a family, with a lot of combined experience in arts and culture. They are truly invested in treating each artist with kindness and respect.

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