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We are beyond excited going into ArtFest Fort Myers 2022! ArtFest Fort Myers is coming back as you knew us pre-COVID, 200+ artists with a great layout overlooking beautiful Downtown Fort Myers alongside the riverfront and yacht basin. FREE to the public, NON-Gated event for all members of the Southwest Florida community to come shop your artwork. There is so much pent-up demand for art festivals and making homes ever more beautiful. Move.org names Fort Myers as a top market for first-time homebuyers, who are an estimated 31% of existing home sales. The desire for art to fill attendees’ hearts and enhance homes is at an all-time high in Fort Myers.

As we all move out of uncertain times ArtFest Fort Myers is focused on supporting artists to make new memories with collectors and bring the healing powers of art to the entire community.

  • Two-day, FREE to the public, community event, with 90,000 attendees
  • Year-round professional staff, with 20+ years of consistent management
  • New and cutting-edge art is equally at home with more traditional work
  • Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work
  • Attracting young professional families with free fun art related activities for kids of all ages
  • Encouraging the next generation of artists and art supporters with a high school art competition; sidewalk chalk competition; kids art activities.
If you are new to the idea of selling at outdoor art festivals please contact us for any support you may need – we love to help. Erin.Jackson@ArtFestFortMyers.com

COVID concerns? We will continue to monitor CDC guidance and consult our health advisors.

While we expect that outdoor festivals will be safe and “back to normal” by February 2022, we value the safety and success of all artists who participate in ArtFest Fort Myers. As for 2021, it is our pledge to artists to be totally transparent to you – please monitor our eNewsletters for up-to-date information.

We are always available and eager to talk with artists so please call us anytime with questions, suggestions or just to chat.

Deadlines & Fees

Application Fee: $35

Booth Fees
Booth Fee: Single 10 x10 is $454 + 6.5% Florida Sales Tax + $10 City Business Fee
Double booth spaces are available in limited number. Double-wide booth spaces with 20ft of frontage and double-deep booth spaces with 10ft of frontage and 20ft of selling depth.

Deadlines for 2022 ArtFest Fort Myers
  • May 14, 2021 – Application available on ZAPPlication
  • September 27, 2021 – Application Deadline
  • October 18 & 19, 2021 – Jury Days
  • October 27, 2021 – Notification of Acceptance
  • November 15, 2021 – Invitation Acceptance and Booth Fees Due (This is an estimate only at this time. It may shift later and/or include payment plans depending on CDC Guidance in November)
  • December 10, 2021 – Withdrawal date w/o forfeiture of Booth Fee (This is an estimate only at this time. It may shift later depending on CDC Guidance in November)
  • December 10, 2021 – Artist Certificate of Insurance due
  • February 4, 2022 – Artist set up, with staggered assigned times beginning at 8:30 AM
  • February 4, 2022 – Opening Night including 65 festival artists from 5 – 9 PM
  • February 5 & 6, 2022 – ArtFest Fort Myers 10AM – 5 PM

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Selection Process

ArtFest Fort Myers is pleased to return to the Projected Jury process for the 2022 festival using 4 ZAPP top-of-the-line projectors on 4 white-white screens in a very dark jury room to show artist images to their best advantage. Artist images are projected digitally (image size is a minimum of 3 feet x 3 feet), each artist’s images will be shown simultaneously, side by side, in the order you designate with the booth image on the right (last in the series) and are scored on a seven-point scale. The jurors, a diverse group of 5 experienced art professionals, are selected for their art background and for their appreciation of the value of art festivals. Our jury members vary each year and we often include a festival artist on this panel.

ArtFest Fort Myers strives to create a balanced show that represents diverse styles and techniques in the categories defined below.

Artists are selected based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the displaying artists.

ArtFest Fort Myers uses Zapplication to administer its application and jury process.

The jury is a “blind jury.” This means the jurors do not know the names or any other information about the artists.

The decision of the jury is final.

Examples of Accepted Art

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For more examples, see the online gallery. (All accepted artists are featured there.)

Please check out the Artists Tips for some helpful tips on creating a good artwork submission.

Booth image should show your booth as it is set up for exhibition at an outdoor or indoor show with your work displayed, but must not reveal the artist name or have people standing in the booth.

The Image Description and Artist Statement will be available to the jurors on their computer monitor and is read aloud for categories such as Mixed Media; Jewelry; Sculpture, etc. where the process may not be obvious. Please use the Artist Statement to convey the process used to create your work and not the inspiration behind your artwork as that should speak for itself. Use your words well, get the message into one sentence that can be read aloud in 15 seconds it is so important for your jury score.

Ninety percent (90%) of the artist spaces will be selected through the jury process. The Best of Show Artists and 2021 & 2022 Poster Artists have automatic acceptance to ArtFest Fort Myers 2022. The art festival also has the ability to invite artists of our choice. We expect, based on history, approximately 190 artists will be selected in the Jury Process with the remaining 25+/- being award winners, poster artists or invitees.

Images from accepted artists will be utilized for promotion and adherence to the rules.

A Waitlist, by category based on jury scores, will be established for each art medium of the festival.

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Category Descriptions

Ceramics – Art objects either functional or decorative of earthenware, porcelain, or tile, made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.

Digital – Pictures made with the assistance of computers. Computer Graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications.

Drawing/Pastels – Drawings are works on paper using pencil, crayon, ink, charcoal, pastels and a variety of other marking media.

Fiber – Includes non-wearable artwork from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking.

Glass – The expression of art made from blowing and fashioning glass.

Graphics/Printmaking – Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. It involves creating a drawing or other composition on a surface other than paper, for transfer to paper through the use of a press or through impressions made by hand.

Jewelry – Ornaments, such as bracelets, necklaces, or rings. Made of precious metals set with gems or semi-precious gems or ceramic or glass or any other product.

Metalworks – Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.

Mixed Media – Includes any combination of a variety of materials to create an original work of art. This artwork may be 2-D or 3-D.

Painting: Oil/Acrylic – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.

Painting: Watercolor – Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.

Photography – Process of capturing images of objects by the action of light, then printing the images, by chemical or digital means, onto a flat surface.

Sculpture – Shaping figures or design in the round or in relief by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials.

Wearable – Includes clothing or leather goods, such as belts or purses, that can be worn.

Wood – Art objects either functional or decorative that may be hand-tooled or machine worked in wood.

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Reproduction Policy

To foster an appreciation and value of the arts in all people, including those who cannot afford original work, we believe it is important to offer attendees the opportunity to buy reproductions. As their incomes grow they will turn to original work. This transition is possible only if buyers understand exactly what they are buying and the process behind it. Therefore, ArtFest Fort Myers’ guidelines are:

All reproductions must be clearly and individually labeled as such. Labels must say “Reproduction.” This includes any framed reproductions.

Reproductions must be in signed and numbered editions.

No hand colored reproductions or enhanced reproductions will be considered “original” works; they will be considered reproductions.

Reproductions are an ancillary part of the artists display.

Violators of the spirit, as well as the letter, of this policy will be asked to remove their unlabeled reproductions. In any dispute, the decision of the Festival Director shall prevail.

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Eligibility and Rules

Artwork must be original in design and an artist may display and sell only in the media category in which his work has been accepted. Work displayed and sold at ArtFest Fort Myers must be consistent with work represented by jury images. Artists are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (i.e. posters, postcards, note cards, calendars, t-shirts, etc.) at the Festival.

Artists may withdraw from ArtFest Fort Myers and receive a refund of their Booth Fee (less $75), if a written request is received on or before November 19, 2021. No refunds will be issued after that date. ArtFest Fort Myers is a rain or shine festival. No refunds will be issued for weather or other acts of God.

Artist desiring to rent a tent and/or booth setup may do so only through Tents4Events – they supply artist style tents & equipment – tents4events.us. No other tent rental companies are allowed.

Artists choosing to sit in a chair outside of their booth in attendee walking areas, must use High Chairs Only! It is a tripping hazard and safety concern to have a lower type chair in the way of attendee traffic. This has always been our policy but it is now necessary to add it to the written rules for enforcement.

Artists must confine their set-up to the space allocated by ArtFest Fort Myers and not in any way infringe on the space of neighboring artists. Space allocations are based Fire Marshall rules and no infringements will be tolerated. This has always been our policy but it is now necessary to add it to the written rules for enforcement.

Artists are not allowed to park their vans, trailers, RV or similar within 2 blocks of the entrance areas or perimeter of the festival site at any time over the festival weekend or during set-up & breakdown preparation. This is a Homeland Security issue for perimeter of an outdoor event as large as ArtFest Fort Myers. The Festival perimeter area will be monitored for any artist vans, trucks, etc. close to the festival site. If an artist’s vehicle is found within the Festival’s defined perimeter they will be notified to move their vehicles or the vehicle will be towed.

If two or more persons collaborate to produce original work, each person must be identified on the Application. Collaborations are to be true artistic collaboration rather than business collaboration. For example, framing or printing of work does not constitute a creative partnership, and, therefore, individuals involved in those processes should not be listed on the application as a partner. No work by apprentices or employees will be accepted.

Artist and all collaborating partners must be present on-site with their booths open for business during the entire Festival. If two names are on the application, both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire festival.

Commercial agents, dealers, manufacturers or buy-sell vendors are not eligible to enter nor can they be proxies for artists.

Artwork produced with kits, castings from commercial molds, patterns, plans or other commercial means is not permitted.

Artists are required to display an Artist Information Statement in a prominent place within their booth. Materials and processes used must be disclosed in this statement.

Displaying ribbons and awards from previous shows or other shows is not allowed.

Original art must occupy at least 50% of the artist’s wall space. All artwork on walls must be framed or otherwise professionally hung. Browse bins may occupy only minimal space and must be aesthetically pleasing and not obstruct patron flow. All artwork displayed must be for sale.

Limited edition, signed, and numbered reproductions of artwork are allowed. Artist must define “limited edition” in their Artist Information Statement and must disclose their reproduction process to buyers.

Artists must comply with all safety requirements, including weighted tents, and vehicles must be parked only in designated areas.

Exhibitors are responsible for the collection and payment of 6.5% Florida sales tax.

Artists are responsible for procuring and maintaining their own liability insurance and must provide ArtFest Fort Myers with a Certificate of Insurance by December 10, 2021.

Artists may withdraw from ArtFest Fort Myers and receive a refund of their Booth Fee (less $50), if a written request is received on or before November 16, 2018. No refunds will be issued after that date. ArtFest Fort Myers is a rain or shine festival. No refunds will be issued for weather or other acts of God.

No animals are allowed in or around Artists’ booths.

Acceptance into ArtFest Fort Myers is non-transferable. Only artwork of the accepted artist may be displayed.

 

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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2022!

Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6, 2022
Opening Night Friday, February 4
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

Phone: 239-768-3602

Email: info@artfestfortmyers.com