Visual Artist Applications
The heart of the Arts Festival is the stunning outdoor gallery comprised of local, national and international artists displaying their work. Juried artists vie for approximately 250 booth spaces among more than 900 other exhibiting and emerging applicants. Big Local Artists join other central Ohio artists in the Big Local Arts Village. Caricature artists, face painters and others draw and decorate attendees throughout Festival weekend.
The best artists from around the world earn a spot at the nationally-ranked Columbus Arts Festival after competing through an annual blind jury process. Through ZAPPlication™, artists submit four digital images of their work and one image of their booth display. Jurors score each artist based only upon the artists’ images and statements. Top-scoring, invited artists receive their own booth and marketing from the Arts Festival, as well as the chance to win cash awards.
For detailed information on the application process for exhibiting artists, download a complete prospectus.
Designed for artists who have limited or no experience exhibiting at major arts festivals, the Emerging Artist Program offers both a lower booth fee and training for selling artwork at the Columbus Arts Festival. Artists who apply in this category must be residents of Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette and Madison counties.
Prospective Emerging Artists apply through ZAPPlication™, however, their fifth image must be 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 ZAPPlication™.
For detailed information on the application process for emerging artists, download a complete prospectus.
September 15, 2021
December 17, 2021
January 29-30, 2022
Big Local Artists
Artisans and makers from central Ohio can choose to apply for a shared space in the Big Local Arts Village, in lieu of applying for a juried spot. These artists pay a commission to the Arts Festival, rather than a booth fee. We especially welcome makers who offer hands-on demonstrations for attendees!