Columbus Arts Festival Launches New Website and Opens Visual Artist Applications for 2022 Festival
For immediate releaseSeptember 15, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival, presented by the American Electric Power Foundation, is now accepting visual artist applications. The 60th annual festival will take place June 10-12, 2022 in a new location, Columbus’ Arena District. Performer and food vendor applications will open Sept. 27.
Today, the Arts Festival also launched a newly redesigned columbusartsfestival.org, which offers a more responsive design, improved user navigation and easier-to-use application process for artists, performers and other vendors.
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 are encouraged to apply, and if they are new to exhibiting in Festivals to look into 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 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.
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, poets and authors), food vendors and portrait artists (caricature, charcoal, temporary tattoo and face painting) will open Sept. 27 and will be due in February and March, 2022. For specific deadlines and specifics regarding all applications, visit http://www.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, poets & authors, 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 10 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12 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.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2022 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by the American Electric Power Foundation. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Bath and Body Works, CoverMyMeds, IGS Energy, OSA Technology Partners and PNC. Media sponsors include CD92.9 and WSNY.
In 2022 the Columbus Arts Festival moves to the riverfront in Columbus’ Arena District. This marks the fourth location in the Festival’s 60-year history, starting first in 1962 on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse before migrating to the Scioto River waterfront. While the riverfront was reshaped in the early 2010s, the Festival made its home in the Discovery District before returning to the river in 2012. Now, with the growth of the Scioto Peninsula, the Columbus Arts Festival will make its home in the Arena District, filling out Long and Spring Streets along the riverfront, North Bank Park and McFerson Commons. In addition to being the home for hockey, baseball and soccer for Columbus, the easily accessible Arena District offers amenities like a variety of restaurants and stores, as well as close proximity to hotels, bike paths and parking garages, the Scioto Mile, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, downtown and the Short North Arts District. Learn more at arenadistrict.com.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council. None of these funds are used for the production of the Columbus Arts Festival.
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