It's important to understand that there are craft shows and art shows and they are not the same. The majority of art shows and art festivals the artist must jury to be accepted into the show. This means that the artist must go through a rigorous process of auditioning to be allowed to present their artwork at the event. The majority of art shows require than an artist jury each year, once an artist is accepted there is no guarantee that they will be accepted again the following year.
The artist must also pay a fee in order to audition for each show. These fees can vary from new shows to starting out as low as $10 to the well-established shows costing $35 to $45. The fees used to pay artists to judge the submitted work. If an artist is not accepted that fee is not refunded if an artist is accepted that he is not applied to the booth fee they must pay to attend the show.
In addition to the fee, the artist must submit a certain number of digital images of their artwork, as well as, a digital image of their both. Any signatures on the artwork or signage in the booth must not be present in the images.
The artist work is judged with a points system. Points are also given for the booth shoot. To have a balanced show a predetermined number of arts per category are determined. For example, if the art show has determined that they can have a total of 10 painters then the painters with the 10 highest points will be invited to participate.
Once accepted the artist has a deadline of which time to return a signed contract and payment to participate. Fees for doing a standard juried fine art show generally range from 200 to $800 for the show. The contract sets rules that they must follow in both what types of work they will display and behavior the is expected while participating in the show.
If the artist does not meet the deadline the next artist with the most points will be invited to participate in the show.