Visual Arts Key Dates

At a Glance (updated 5/31/2017):

Important Time and Date Information:

  • Show Dates: April 19-22, 2018 (33rd Year)
  • Artist hours of exhibition: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM on Sunday (Note: the event itself doesn't close until 10:00 PM on Thursday, 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 8:00 PM on Sunday.  Artists are invited to remain open as they wish during those later hours).
  • Application process opens: July 14, 2017
  • Application deadline: 11:59 PM Central Time, October 13, 2017
  • Artist Jury: November 1 & 2, 2017, at the Norris Conference Center located at 304 Houston Street, 76102.  Round one (November 1) will be open to the public.
  • Acceptance notification, contract and Artist Guide e-mailed: November 13, 2017 
  • Accepted artists posted on Website: December 1, 2017
  • Artist registration packet and booth fees: Must be postmarked by December 5, 2017
  • Last day to cancel with refund: January 18, 2018
  • Load in: April 18, 2018
  • Artist Awards Ceremony and Breakfast: Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:00 AM

Application Fee (non-refundable):

  • Early-Bird Discount – received before 11:59 PM on August 11, 2017:  $25.00 per application.
  • Second Chance Discount – received before 11:59 PM on September 15, 2017: $30.00 per application
  • Regular Fee: $35.00 per application

Booth Fees:

  • Single booth, 10’ x 10’ space: $675 ($250 for Emerging Artists)
  • Corner booth, 10’ x 10’: $775 (not available for Emerging Artists)
  • Double booth:  Not available, unless an artist has been accepted in more than one category, or with more than one body of work. 
  • Each artist receives 200 watts of electricity included in their booth fees. Any electricity used over and above the minimum is charged at $35.00 for each additional 200 watts. 

Number of Artists:  226, including 20 Emerging Artists

Number of Applications Received: Approximately 1400 applications in 2017. 

Jurors:  Five paid Art Professionals (local, regional or national), including two working artists.

Jury Format:  Two rounds over two days.  First round scored on a Yes/No/Maybe basis (1/2/3).  Top 50% advance into second round, scored on a 1 – 7 basis with discussion.  First round is open to the public.

Jury Process:  Images are projected (projected jury) on 48" x 48" screens by state-of-the-art projectors direct from digital media.  This is a blind jury – names are not revealed to the jurors.  Images are viewed with image 1 on the left, and the booth image on the right.  Four images of work are required, along with a booth image (Emerging Artist applicants may substitute another image of their work in place of the booth image – simply say, “YES,” when asked if your image is your booth shot).  Viewing is horizontal.  Artists are viewed in the order in which their application was received. 

Multiple Applications:  If an artist has work in different media categories, or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category, they may apply with multiple applications.  Each separate application requires a different profile within Zapplication be set up.

Cash Awards:  Up to $10,500 awarded to seven Merit Award Winners, and a Best of Show Winner.  An Emerging Artist Best of Show is also awarded.

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury:  26, including six artist advisory committee members who work year-round to help improve the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival.

Parking:  Fee-based parking is available throughout Downtown. The Festival does not provide free or reserved parking.

Load-in:  Scheduled load-in process allows ample room.  We utilize a remote check-in, staging and organized move in process.

Attendance:  Tens of thousands.