Visual Arts Invitation and Instructions

We cordially invite you to apply to the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, scheduled for April 19-22, 2018, the largest, nationally ranked arts festival in the country. With a high tradition of providing top-shelf services to artists, artist awards totalling $10,500 and hundreds of thousands of affluent Metroplex buyers, MAIN ST. continues to forge new ground in terms of increased sales for artists.

Fort Worth’s signature Downtown festival features corner booth spaces, diverse artist amenities including a complete hospitality area, full dinner and reception on Wednesday evening and a complete breakfast at the artist awards ceremonies on Friday morning. We also offer at-booth lunch delivery, on-site storage, water bottles featuring refills of free chilled, U/V filtered H2O and a scheduled, stress-free load in process. We feature an array of online, print and smart phone promotional avenues appealing to a diverse and wealth-wielding public. MAIN ST. is a prime candidate for your tour through Texas and Oklahoma.

We feature a tiered application fee of $25 until August 11, 2017, $30 until September 15, 2017, and $35 until our deadline October 13, 2017.  The jury is November 1 and 2, 2017.

The notification date for Accepted Artists will be November 13, 2017.

2018 Artist Application Details

Images:

  1. Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist.
  2. Four images must be of individual pieces of a consistent body of work.

Booth Image:

  1. The fifth image must be of a single display booth of the artist's work in an outdoor, daytime setting, shot full front (side to side and top to bottom), and not at an oblique angle.
  2. Those applying in the Emerging Artist category, reserved for those artists who have never juried into a large show previously and reside in Texas, may use a fifth image of work in place of a booth slide. Simply designate one image as, “Booth Slide,” and submit.
  3. We do not offer double booths at this show UNLESS the artist is juried into the show with two or more separate bodies of work; consequently, your booth image MUST be one of a single booth display.  Double booth images will be rejected.  
  4. The booth image must show overall continuity, scale and presentation of the body of work being submitted with this application.
  5. Please be sure you do not reference either your name or your company name in your booth image.
  6. Please do not submit an image with either you or your collaborator in the booth when the image is taken. This is a blind jury – names are not disclosed to the jurors. If you or your name appear in your booth image your application will be rejected.
  7. NOTE: Failure to follow booth image parameters may delay your application or cause questions during the jury process, which may not allow enough time for a full, fair and complete review of your work. 
  8. Any changes to images we request will be made by email, and must be completed by the deadline to be considered for the show.  Applications coming in late in the process may not leave us enough time to review the application.

The purpose of the booth image is to show the artist has a complete body of work matching or in keeping with the body of work represented in the first four images, and helps identify scale of the work. In addition, any work outside of the medium and context of the images submitted that may appear in the booth shot will not be considered as being accepted by the jury simply due to the fact it has been included in the booth image.  

For image tips please go here

Artist’s Statements:

The short artist’s statement is read aloud to the jury as images are shown.  Please note processes as well as materials used, and 100 characters isn’t much, we agree; however, make it your best 100 characters and try to avoid abbreviating or using txt style as it may delay the reading and result in an abbreviated reading. 

The longer artist’s statement is mandatory, and it provides more information to better understand process, philosophy and methodology.  This statement may be utilized both during the review process (we review every application prior to the jury to check information, look at the images and double check category selection), and may also be referred to during the jury process.  The more information we have the more complete our review process may be.  

Categories:

  • Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
  • Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.  Work that starts with a photograph and manipulated by digital means must be entered in either the Mixed Media or Photography category.
  • Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
  • Emerging Artist: Designed specifically for artists who have no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork, based in Texas (emphasis on Metroplex artists). If you have participated in MAIN ST. prior to this date as an Emerging Artist, you will not be eligible to participate again as an Emerging Artist.  The application procedure and application fee are the same as the regular show; however, upon acceptance, Emerging Artists will pay a lower booth fee, have a tent provided and receive mentoring from veteran artists. Artists may only apply as an Emerging Artist Program or as a regular Exhibiting Artist - they may not apply for both.  Artists applying under both the Emerging Artist program and the regular artist program will have their Emerging Artist application returned to them automatically.  Artists must be a resident of Texas, and priority is given to those artists residing in Fort Worth and the Metroplex area. The Festival reserves the right to pre-screen emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category.  For more information about the Emerging Artist category, please go here.
  • Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.
  • Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  • Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  • Leather: Includes all works from leather. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
  • Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist. Please note two previous categories, 2D Mixed Media and 3D Mixed Media, have been combined into one Mixed Media category.
  • Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
  • Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist's hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All giclee, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are encouraged to do their own printing which has been processed by the artist, or under his/her direct supervision.  Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
  • Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on prints which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood are included in this category.
  • Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.