Bethesda Row Arts Festival Application

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CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Bethesda Row rts Festival invites you to apply for the 2017 show via Zapp (open December 2016) – Applications are available only on Zapplication. Next years’s Festival will take place in the same location as prior years, October 14 – 15, 2017. Please apply by logging in to Zapp at www.zapplication.org.

EVENT OVERVIEW

Each October, the streets of Bethesda Row, are turned into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. About 190 leading artists nationwide come to Bethesda, MD’s Arts amp; Entertainment District to showcase their work. The Festival has been recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist magazine.

Additionally, the Arts Festival offers an Art Sale benefiting the NIH Childrens Charities, children’s art activities, live acoustic stage performances, and high-quality outdoor food vendors. Bethesda Row features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries, and unique restaurants with outdoor seating.

GENERAL INFORMATION & ATTENDEE DEMOGRAPHICS

The Festival will take place Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017 on three  streets of Bethesda Row, located in Bethesda, MD (Woodmont Ave, Bethesda Ave and Elm St). These areas are closed to traffic throughout the weekend, with set-up for the festival beginning in the early-morning of Saturday, October 14th.

The fifteen media categories that are juried for the Bethesda Row Arts Festival are: ceramics, drawing/pastels, digital, fiber – decorative and wearable, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor, and wood.

The approximately 45,000 attendees come from the Washington DC-metro area and the suburb of Bethesda, one of the nation’s most affluent regions. This area is ranked 6th in the nation for the number of households attending arts/cultural events, with 38% of households attending arts events and purchasing fine arts/antiques. (Source: SRDS, The Lifestyle Market Analysis 2006) Marketing through newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and on the web, is directed to these individuals with high disposable income and interest in fine arts.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Deadline:

The application, images and jury fee should be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2017 on ZAPP.

We are not asking artists to submit booth fee payments with the application.  If accepted into the show then we will ask for payment of your booth fee.

The booth fee entitles you to one 10×10 space in the show. Each artist needs to provide their own tent. The festival recommends that you do not use inexpensive, pop-up tents, as they have the potential to be dangerous in high winds and inclement weather.

There are several double booth spaces available, which may be requested after acceptance. Booth sharing is not permitted.

Digital Images:

  • Five images: 4 of artwork and 1 of artists’ booth display are required

IMPORTANT DATES:

May 31st – Application Deadline

June 30th – Notifications Sent

July 15th – Accepted Artists Booth Fee Due

September 1st – Booth Assignments Sent

JURY DETAILS

Jurors/Qualifications:

The three-paneled jury is composed of art professionals versed in a wide range of artistic media, usually an academic and curator, as well as a working peer artist. A new jury is impaneled each year to ensure the show remains fresh and eliminate any favoritism or bias. These jurors will also be on-site at the event to serve as a standards committee and select artist award winners.

Image Review Details:

Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. The digital images will be displayed in one row showing four (4) digital images of the artwork, and one (1) image of the booth. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of one working artist and two art professionals. Each juror will view each artist