June 10-12, 2022

at the riverfront in the Arena District

Emerging Artist

Emerging Artist Program

Applications for the 2022 Festival will be open in September 2021.

In addition to our artist application, which is open to national and international exhibitors, the Columbus Arts Festival offers a separate application to local artists who are new to exhibiting at art fairs through GCAC’s Emerging Artists program.

The Emerging Artist program is designed specifically for artists who have extremely limited or no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at arts festivals. Artists who apply in this category must be residents of Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.

This program has been designed to help promote Central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at festivals. Last year there were 22 applications to this program and 14 artists were selected by the Festival jurors. In addition to a lower booth fee Emerging Artists also receive assistance from Festival staff on how to best present their work to the public.

Local artists who wish to be considered for the Emerging Artist program should apply through ZAPPlication™, an online application tool, by submitting four digital images of their work and one image of either 1) a grouping of their work or 2) a booth display, if possible. Artists should select “Emerging Artist Program” as the discipline category in their ZAPP application. A jury panel, selected by the GCAC staff, conducts a blind jury process, where jurors review the artists’ images and technical statements without any biographical information about the artists. The top scores, allowing for a balanced show across mediums, are invited to participate in the Festival.

For detailed information on the application process for Visual/Emerging Artists, download a complete Prospectus. For more information about the Emerging Artist program, contact Festival Director Sean Kessler by email.

Click on the following link for the Emerging Artist application: