June 10-12, 2022

at the riverfront in the Arena District


Jury Process

The Columbus Arts Festival jury chooses the Festival artists at a two-day public meeting every January. Jury panelists review approximately 900 artist applications from across the country to determine the 260-285 who will be invited to participate in that year’s Columbus Arts Festival.

Artists are chosen in the following categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal (non-sculptural), Painting, Photography & Digital Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood and a category for Emerging Artists. Each year, artists who wish to be considered for the Festival apply through ZAPPlication™, an online application tool, by submitting four digital images of their work and one image of their booth display. A jury panel selected by the GCAC staff conducts a blind jury process, where jurors review the artists’ images and technical statements without seeing any personal information. The top scores, allowing for a balanced show across mediums, are invited to participate in the Festival.

2020 Columbus Arts Festival Jurors

Jacci Delaney (Glass)
David Gentilini (Painting & Curator)
Lisa McLymont (Multidisciplinary)
Jo-ey Tang (Director of Exhibitions)
Merijn Vanderheijden (Director of Exhibitions)