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.
What does the artist receive for their fee?
The artist is provided with a 10 x 10 ft area to set up their booth. The artist must provide their own tent and all display items, chairs, anything the need to show and sell their art.
The art show also handles marketing for the show but the artists also do their own marketing as well.
Validating the artist and their work
Once at the art show begins a group of jurors will come around validating that what is within the artist booth matches what was submitted by their jury photos.
There are times unfortunately, that artists have submitted photos for artwork they did not create for the sole purpose of getting into a show. They then try to pass items they have purchased as their art. The promoter of the art shows has the right to insist that that artist tear down pack up and leave the show.
Luckily, it's does not happen very often and it's sad that it does have to happen. 5 or 6 years ago there was quite a large art show in Buffalo New York where 12 Jewelers were required to pack up and leave for having jewelry that was purchased and not made by them. Fraudulent artists are put on a list that goes out through all the art shows and they will not be accepted into other art shows going forward. In addition, the true artist to pass the word as well.
In addition, if an artist is doing a show away from their hometown or perhaps even another other state they have the cost of gas, tolls, hotel and meals.
Over the years I've been surprised how many people assume that the tents are provided and the artist just move in.