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Columbus Arts Festival News

Emerging Artist Applications Open for 2016 Columbus Arts Festival

October 29, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival is now accepting online applications for the Emerging Artist Program. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15, 2016 for the 2016 Festival.

The Emerging Artist Program is designed specifically for local 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. The program is designed to attract and excite new Columbus artists to the possibilities of the Art Festival circuit, while giving them the practical guidance they need for success.

In addition to a discounted booth fee, Emerging Artists also have display tents provided to them and receive assistance from Festival staff on how to best present their work to the public. To participate in Columbus Arts Festival through the Emerging Artist Program, artists are required to attend two “bootcamps,” where Festival staff will explain how to price artwork, how to set up displays and give general information about what artists need to bring during the Festival.

Both 2016 bootcamps (tentatively scheduled for March 19 and April 23, dates are subject to change). Bootcamp non-attendance automatically disqualifies artists from the Festival.

Artists may apply only to the Emerging Artist Program or the standard show, not both. Artists who are just beginning exhibiting at arts festivals are encouraged to apply to the Emerging Artist Program.

For questions about applications, contact Festival coordinators, Inal Elbeyli at ielbeyli@gcac.org or Kez Hall at kez@gcac.org.

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.