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Columbus Arts Festival News

Applications Now Open for 2020 Columbus Arts Festival

September 18, 2019

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival, presented by American Electric Power, is now accepting visual artist applications. The 59th annual festival will take place June 12-14, 2020 along the Columbus downtown riverfront.

Applications for exhibiting visual artists are accepted online in 15 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal (non-sculptural), Painting, Photography & Digital Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood.

Central Ohio 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 counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union.

The deadline for visual artist applications is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

Each year nearly 1,000 artists apply for up to 270 booth spaces. Artists are chosen by a panel of experts in a blind jury process.

Applications for performing artists (music, theater, dance and spoken word), food vendors and portrait artists (caricature, charcoal, temporary tattoo and face painting) are also open. Deadlines for those mediums close at 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Food Vendors: Tuesday, Feb. 11
  • Musicians: Friday, Feb. 14
  • Authors, Storytellers, Poets: Friday, Feb. 21
  • Dance and Theater: Friday, Feb. 28
  • Portrait Artists: Friday, March 6

For deadlines and specifics regarding all applications, visit columbusartsfestival.org/apply.

Each June, the Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and consistently ranked nationally as one of the country’s best, 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 the entire family, as well as quality food and beverages, round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)

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

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.

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

The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2020 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by the American Electric Power Foundation. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, CoverMyMeds, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, L Brands Foundation, Lasting Impressions, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/Fox28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org

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