Visual Arts Key Dates

At a Glance (updated 7/8/2016):

Important Time and Date Information:

  • Show Dates: April 20-23, 2017 (32nd 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 15, 2016
  • Application deadline: 11:59 PM Central Time, October 14, 2016
  • Artist Jury: November 3 & 4, 2016, at the Norris Conference Center located at 304 Houston Street, 76102.  Round one (November 3) will be open to the public.
  • Acceptance notification, contract and Artist Guide e-mailed: November 14, 2016 
  • Accepted artists posted on Website: December 1, 2016
  • Artist registration packet and booth fees: Must be postmarked by December 5, 2016
  • Last day to cancel with refund: January 23, 2017
  • Load in: April 19, 2017
  • Artist Awards Ceremony and Breakfast: Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:00 AM

Application Fee (non-refundable):

  • Early-Bird Discount – received before 11:59 PM on August 15, 2016:  $25.00 per application.
  • Second Chance Discount – received before 11:59 PM on September 15, 2016: $30.00 per application
  • Regular Fee: $35.00 per application

Booth Fees:

  • Single booth, 10’ x 10’ space: $600 ($250 for Emerging Artists)
  • Corner booth, 10’ x 10’: $700 (not applicable 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:  223, including 20 Emerging Artists

Historic Number of Applications Received: Approximately 1400 applications in 2016. 

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.

Collector’s Club:  Over $60,000 is pledged in advance by members of our exclusive Collector’s Club specifically to be spent on work brought to the show by participating artists.  Collector’s Club members receive social benefits as well as certificates to use during their purchase forays. These certificates are used for art sales, and direct reimbursement is made to the artist for certificates collected.

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.  Artist’s Plaza (Sundance Square Plaza) requires remote check-in, staging and move in process.

Attendance:  Tens of thousands.