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Visual Artist Applications Now Open for 2016 Columbus Arts Festival

October 19, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival is now accepting online visual artist applications. The 55th annual festival will take place June 10, 11 & 12, 2016 along the Columbus downtown riverfront.

Applications are accepted in 16 categories of media. Artists are chosen by a panel of experts in a blind jury process. Each year more than 1,000 artists apply for approximately 300 booth spaces.

Local artists also are encouraged to apply to the Festival’s Emerging Artist program, designed specifically for artists with extremely limited or no experience in exhibiting and selling their artwork at national arts festivals. This program is open to emerging artists in Franklin and surrounding Ohio counties.

Each June, the Columbus Arts Festival, consistently ranked nationally as one of the country’s best and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, brings the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus. The Festival hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists each year. Music, dance, spoken word, theater, hands-on arts activities for all ages and quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.

For specifics regarding applications and details of participation, visit columbusartsfestival.org/apply/artist/.

Deadline for visual artist applications is Jan. 15, 2016.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.

The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite, The Sheraton Columbus, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9 and WCBE 90.5.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.