Applications Now Open for 2019 Columbus Arts Festival
For immediate releaseSeptember 12, 2018
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival, presented by American Electric Power, is now accepting online visual artist applications. The 58th annual festival will take place June 7-9, 2019 along the Columbus downtown riverfront.
Applications for exhibiting visual artists are accepted in 15 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing & Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Painting, Photography & Digital Photography, Printmaking & Graphics, Sculpture and Wood.
Local 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: Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette and Madison.
The deadline for visual artist applications is Dec. 14, 2018.
Each year more than 1,000 artists apply for approximately 300 booth spaces. Artists are chosen by a panel of experts in a blind jury process; the jurors for the 2019 Festival are:
Michael Bush, painter
Chris Casella, photographer
Celeste Malvar-Stewart, fashion and textile designer
Greer Pagano, Chief Curator for the Pizzuti Collection
Kendra Roberts, jewelry artist
Applications for performing artists (music, theater, dance and spoken word) and food vendors are also open. 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 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 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.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, 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 Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
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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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.