2023 FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION

HOW TO APPLY TO THE FINE ARTISTS MARKET

In person information sessions on how to apply to the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival are held every year in December, January and February. 
Register now for one of these information sessions at https://augustaarts.wufoo.com/forms/mhpvxoy1w0qfj2/

FINE ARTS AND FINE CRAFTS MARKET BASICS

  • Application OPENS on March 1
  • Application CLOSES on May 10
  • Invitations sent by June 1
  • Located at the Augusta Common and Broad Street (GPS address: 836 Reynolds St.)
  • On average 80,000 attendees
  • About 150 10’ X 10’ booth spaces on a paved street will be available.
  • FREE on-site parking, in most cases, right behind your booth (limited number available)
  • An optional lunch selected from our Global Village will be delivered to your booth on Saturday.
  • Booth sitters are available all weekend for short breaks.
  • FREE RV parking
  • Electricity is provided and is FREE.
  • 10×10 Tents can be rented for a fee of $250.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Any fine artist or fine crafter who meets the following qualifications:

  • Has a passion for their art or craft and can make a large enough quantity to keep their customers happy for the 3 days of the festival.
  • Makes their own work, themselves (no designers, buy/sell, contractors, piecework, or factories).
  • Artists and crafters currently making and selling fresh, new work.

*note: jewelers who string together premade items, or clothiers who buy pre-made clothes and dye them will generally be scored lower than artists who create everything by hand themselves.

WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY

  • BUY/SELL vendors (including LuLaRoe, Imports, etc.)
  • Someone who designs work and has other people make it for them (in a factory or studio)
  • Someone who has their work mass-produced, by offset or giclee prints, mechanical molds, etc.
  • Someone who purchases and assembles kits
  • Artists and crafters still selling old work or work that has been submitted to the jury before
  • Consumables crafters: (contact The Augusta Hand Made Fair or the Augusta Saturday Market for a better fit for your work.)
      – Creators of spices, mixes or other food items (for pets too)
      – Candle Makers
      – Soap and/or skin care and/or bath product makers
  • Book authors (contact The Book Tavern at info@booktavern.com to arrange book signing events during Arts in the Heart.)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Artists must fill out our ZAPPlication and pay the non-refundable Jury Fee of $30, March1 – May 10. The application will require: FIVE high-quality images of your work and ONE of your booth, an average price point for your work, and a short artist statement. Artists will be notified of their application status via email by June 1.
 
WHAT DOES THE JURY LOOK FOR?
The jury will look at the quality of your work, craftsmanship, originality, subject matter (when applicable), booth design and decor, and overall fit and feel of your work with this family-friendly show. We work hard to curate a selection of work that is beautiful, fun or funky, and ALWAYS well-made. 
The photos you submit of your work and booth are very important.
 

Every artist should be prepared to show photos or a video of the step by step process if the Fine Arts & Crafts Market Director asks to see them at any time. The artist’s face would need to be in the photos/video and the photos would need to show the process from the beginning to the end. If requested, artist would need to provide enough pictures so that it is clear that the work is in fact being created completely by the artist applying to be in the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. We respect our artists and do not allow workshopped or buy sell items in the festival.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Entries will be considered if the submission falls within the following categories. If you are not sure, please contact festival organizers for clarification. 

  • Clay (functional ware and tile)
  • Clothing & Accessories (not jewelry)
  • Digital Art
  • Fiber (not clothing)
  • Furniture
  • Glass (not jewelry)
  • Jewelry
  • Leatherwork
  • Metalwork (functional ware)
  • Mixed Media 2D
  • Mixed Media 3D
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking/Drawing
  • Sculpture (any materials)
  • Wood (functional ware)

 

NOTE: for 2D art (paintings; drawings; serigraphs; etchings; collages; mixed media; photographs; digital art; signed and numbered limited edition prints –  limited editions cannot include more than 250 signed and numbered pieces)
For an excellent article written by Agora Gallery on limited edition prints for 2D work, please visit https://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/blog/2016/05/24/making-limited-edition-prints/.

 

Limited Edition Prints…

  • Are printed, signed, numbered and often dated by the artist.
  • Are accompanied by detailed provenance (written document detailing the type of paper, where image was made, equipment used, and additional details on the work itself–more information here equates to more value later.
  • Are all printed at the same time and will not be printed in the same manner again (size, paper, type of printing) once the edition is completely printed.

BOOTH INFORMATION

 

BOOTH FEES THAT WILL APPLY FOR ARTISTS INVITED BY JURY.

  • Single Booth Rental (10’X10′): $250
  • Double Booth Rental (10′ X 20′) : $500
  • Tent Rental: $250 (optional) 

Need help on how to apply?

Watch this information session. 

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