The SAP Arts Festival Application Process

The St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a juried art fair. We appreciate the hard work and skill involved in making fine craft and art, and we aim to treat all applications equally and with care. Artists will be judged by experienced art professionals on the basis of their images and statement.

Applications

We encourage you to apply! Applications and communication are mainly done through this web site and by email. Call us at 612-564-ARTS if you need to work by phone. Applications start January 2, 2017.

All artists need to submit an application. Work must be hand made by the artist. You need to be present on the day of the festival, selling your own work.

The artist application consists of three images of your work and one booth image. A short description for each image and a brief statement are part of the application.

Photographs that show your work well are important. Images should clearly display the items to be sold; jewelry and other small items in particular must have enough detail so that we can judge the quality of the work.  If you don't have a booth image, it would be helpful to see a photo of your work laid out for display as it will be in your booth. 

Your images will be displayed to the jury on an LCD monitor at about 72 dpi. The images are displayed one at a time in the order of your application. For best results you should size your image in the long dimension to be around 2000 pixels. The monitor is oriented in the typical landscape way, wider horizontally, so images that are horizontally oriented, or at least square, will use more of the display than vertically oriented images. Images are letterboxed with a dark grey background.

Each category requires its own application. For example, if you want to sell pottery and paintings, you should enter two applications.

Note: If the majority of the work you intend to exhibit is worn as jewelry please submit your application in that category.

The Jury Process

Our jurors are chosen based on their professional expertise and years of experience working as an artist or representing the arts.

Images are projected one at a time in the order submitted while the artist's statement is read.

After the art is evaluated, the aggregate jury score is used to rank applications within each category. The jurors along with the show organizers then decide the accepted and waitlist groups in each category.

Award winners from the previous year and featured artists are pre-approved.

There are director's choice allowances in each category, up to 5% total for the fair.

After the Jury

You will be notified as soon as possible after the jury meets, which we anticipate will be by March 13, 2017. If you are accepted, you will need to pay online or send a check to confirm/save your spot in the Festival, or let us know if you are not able to participate, by March 29, 2017. If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you are not coming and will reassign the spot. 

We do not refund the booth fee for cancellations after May 1.

Costs

  • Jury fee: $20
  • Booth fee (if accepted): $130

Key dates:

  • January 2, 2017 - Artist applications accepted 
  • March 3, 2017 - Artist applications due
  • May 1, 2017 - No refunds
  • June 3, 2017 - Festival day

Thank you for being an artist! Without art and artists, how dull living would be.