The 5th annual Joplin Arts Fest is Southwest Missouri’s premier fall fine arts festival. This juried event showcases exceptional talented 2D and 3D artists exhibiting their original artwork. The festival will once again be held in Joplin’s beautiful Mercy Park. This park is located at the corner of 26th and McClelland Blvd (physical address is 3002 St. Johns Blvd). The art festival will be held on Friday evening, September 20, 2019 from 6PM to 10PM and Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9AM to 4PM. This year’s patrons’ program will include a patron-artist reception from 5PM to 6PM on Friday evening.
Booth spaces of 12’ x 12’, are $100 which includes electricity and the cost of a Joplin City business licenses. Artists are required to provide their own tent (white tents are strongly encouraged) for the festival. Overnight security will be provided for Friday night through Saturday morning. However, each artist must be able to enclose his/her tent during this overnight period.
The Joplin Kiwanis Club in conjunction with the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC), Connect2Culture (C2C) and Spiva Center for the Arts are once again be hosting the festival. Team Dental of Joplin will be this year’s Event Sponsor. All funds raised by this festival will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Joplin to support a variety of youth related programs in the Joplin area.
- This is a juried show of fine arts—see media categories listed below.
- The jury will select those artists whose work demonstrates originality and quality.
- All work must be created by the displaying artist.
- Giclees/prints of original work may be exhibited in your booth, marked clearly as reproductions. These items may not include more than 25% of the work on display in the booth. Prints placed on cutting boards, tiles, cups, T-shirts, or other such items are not allowed.
- No-resale, market or commercially made items will be allowed. If any items are not original work, do not match the quality and/or description of the juried item(s) or any additional items not previously juried, festival staff will request removal of those items and/or the exhibitor may be asked to leave the festival. This decision will be at the discretion of the festival director. No fee will be returned.
- Any items that are not works of art for sale or part of your booth display must be hidden from attendees’ view. We are looking for a very clean, organized, gallery-type booth display. In some cases, the back and/or side of your tent may be visible; please plan to keep this area uncluttered and clean.
- All artist spaces must be set up and ready for sales 30 minutes prior to the opening of each day of the show.
- All artist spaces must remain open until 9:00 PM on Friday evening and 4PM on Saturday with take down starting only after 4:00 PM on Saturday afternoon.
- This is a family-friendly show; no works of an explicit nature, please.
- In addition to the fine arts booths, there will be a stage for performing arts activities. These performances will take place during the festival as a complement to the event.
Artists may ONLY exhibit work in their juried category. Jewelry may ONLY be exhibited by juried artists in the Jewelry category. Artists wishing to show in more than one medium may receive a coupon code (free application fee) for the additional medium(s) by contacting the festival office at firstname.lastname@example.org after completing and submitting their first application. Please, DO NOT jury the same work in different categories.
- Ceramics/Clay: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
- Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, may be displayed or sold at the festival.
- Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
- Jewelry: Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. All jewelry, produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other material should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is permitted.
- 2-Dimensional Mixed Media: 2D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
- 3-Dimensional Mixed Media: 3D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
- Painting: (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels): Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc., on paper, canvas, gesso board, etc.
- 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 any prints, which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition.
- Sculpture (Wood/Metal/Stone): Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
- Works on Paper (Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking): Printed or hand drawn works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the paper, plates, stones or screens, and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. All photogravure, photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Pastel artists should apply in Painting.
Award categories are judged on merit and outstanding achievement, regardless of chosen medium. Awards are given based on the artist’s overall presentation and are determined by on-site judging held on the Friday night of the Joplin Arts Fest. Artists must be present to be considered for the awards. Winners of Joplin Arts Fest 2019 will be automatically accepted to participate in Joplin Arts Fest 2020 unless the artist medium changes. A total of $1,700 in prizes will be awarded at the festival.
Best of Show – $400
Best Booth – $300
Best 2D Artist – $300
Best 3D Artist – $300
2D Merit Award – $200
3D Merit Award – $200
- Fine arts festival not a arts/crafts festival
- Artists hospitality lounge—coffee, cookies, & snacks
- Monetary awards
- Patron purchase program
- Overnight security
- Booth sitters available
- Drinking water delivered to your booth
- Name tages
- Booth signs
- Assistance with move-in/move-out
- Exhibit map/flyer
- Severe weather plan for festival
February 1, 2019—Applications open
May 17, 2019—Application deadline
May 20, 2019—Jury review begins
May 26, 2019—Jury Notification
June 19, 2019—Acceptance and Booth Fee Deadline
August 1, 2019—Cancellation deadline for refund
September 20 & 21, 2019—Joplin Arts Fest
If you have any questions about the Joplin Arts Fest, please call Steve Doerr at 417-529-3730 or email email@example.com.
Each artist wishing to show at the festival must fill out an application. Each application must be filled out completely and submitted with four COLORdigital photographs depicting the quality and style of artwork to be sold plus one COLOR digital photograph of your booth display. Pictures must be of work that is no more than one year old. Please make sure that your photographs do not display your name, business name or show you or other individuals in them.
Application may be submitted beginning February 1, 2019 and must be received no later than midnight May 17, 2019. A non-refundable application-processing fee of $30 must be submitted with the application.
Up to 60 artists will be selected for invitation. All applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection through an e-mail notification no later than May 26th. If accepted by the jury, you will have until midnight June 19, 209 to reply to confirm your acceptance/participation in the event. Failure to respond by June 19, 2019 will result in removal and an alternative artist will be selected. A pool of alternates will be selected by the jury to be invited if space becomes available. Vacancies are filled by category. The balance of the show determines the selection of an artist from the waitlist. Waitlist artists who are not invited will not be able to set up at the show, regardless of last minute space availability.
Sales Tax—Each artist will be responsible to collect and pay sales tax of 8.075%. Each artist is responsible for reporting and paying the sales tax to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Additional information concerning the reporting and paying of sales tax generated at the festival may be found at: http://dor.mo.gov/faq/business/special.php. A valid Missouri business license is require in order to obtain a City of Joplin Business License.
City of Joplin Business License—All artists are required to have a City of Joplin business license. The cost of this two-day license is included with the booth fee. The license will be included in the artist’s packet the day of the festival and must be displayed in the artist’s booth.
Contract—A completed and submitted booth fee and its acceptance by the festival constitutes a contract between the festival and the artist to use an assigned space. The festival staff has the right to assign, reassign or change any booth location. Booth spaces are not transferable or interchangeable by the artist(s). If unable to attend, please notify the festival office immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation policy—Cancellations made by August 1st will receive a refund less a $30 fee. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
Outdoor Venue—This is an outdoor venue and will be held rain or shine. Artists are required to provide their own tent for the festival. A white tent is strongly encouraged. Artists are advised to bring necessary protection to safe guard their art from the elements. The festival is held in a park with underground irrigation lines, therefore stakes can NOT be used to secure the tent. Thus, it is be necessary for each tent to be securely held in place using weights. A minimum of 20 pounds per leg is required. Because of safety reason artists not having the required weight per leg will be asked to leave the festival. No refunds will be made should the festival be cancelled because of extreme weather conditions, any factor that the festival committee has no control over, or any other acts of God. A plan for addressing safety issues due to sever weather during the festival is being developed.
Electricity—Electricity will be provided for each booth and is included in the booth fee. Each booth space is limited to 500 watts. Amps x volts (usually 110) equal watts. Most lighting, if it conforms to Fire Marshal guidelines below, is within acceptable limits. Generators are not allowed. Artists are to supply their own extension cords and power strips and must be UL approved for outdoor use. Those using electrical cords not UL approved for outdoor use will not be allowed to connect to the electrical supply.
Fire Marshal Guidelines
- Candles, welding, soldering or any open flame are strictly prohibited.
- Extension cords are to be 12 to 14-gauge wire and must be in good condition and UL approved for outdoor use.
- The use of incandescent or halogen light bulbs is prohibited. Florescent bulbs and LED lights are allowed.
- Heaters are not allowed.
There will be spaces available for up to 60 artists to display their original art. Spaces are 12” x 12’ and are $100. Corner booth spaces are $130. Included in the booth space fee is the required City of Joplin business license and electricity. Artists are required to provide their own 10’x10’ tent (4 walls are required for overnight security purposes) for the festival. White tents are preferred. All tents must be weighted down with a minimum of 20 pounds per leg to ensure the safety of those attending the festival as well as the other artists. Electricity is provided at no cost to the artist. Artists must provide their own electrical cords, which must be UL-rated, for exterior use. Artists who bring non-outdoor rated cords will not be allowed to connect to electricity. There will be no exceptions. Artists who connect to electric with non-rated cords and cause the electric grid to go down will be asked to leave, all fees forfeited, and will not be invited to return. Artists are required to provide their own lighting for their booth. You may bring a fan. Please don’t be a power-hog!
Setup and Take Down—Artists may start setting up on Friday at noon. All artists must be setup and ready for customers by 4:30 PM Friday evening and 8:30 AM Saturday morning. All artist’s booths and displays must remain in place until 4PM Saturday afternoon. All booths must be removed from the park area by 6:30 PM.