Ends on February 28, 2018

ARTSCAPE 2018: Artist-Run Art Fair Application

The 37th annual Artscape – America's largest free arts festival – returns July 20-22, 2018. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) invites artists and artist collaborative groups to apply to have an artwork project commissioned and featured at this year’s festival.

For 2018, Artscape is now accepting applications for artist-run, and cooperatively managed DIY art and exhibition venues from around the country to exhibit artists they represent. This unique art fair environment is set in a parking garage within the festival footprint, right in the heart of the Station North Art and Entertainment District, and has received numerous acknowledgements in the press for the galleries and artists represented, along with being seen by approximately 40,000 visitors throughout the Artscape weekend.

In recent years, Artscape organizers have applied an overarching theme, relevant to both the arts and Baltimore City, into the festival’s creative thinking. For 2018, we’re going back to the basics…ART and celebrating Baltimore’s pop-up institution, Artscape. For “the year we didn’t have a theme” we encourage artists and festival-goers to embrace Artscape for what it is – a fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the heart of Baltimore City.


Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts – the city’s arts council, events agency and film office – Artscape is America’s largest free arts festivals, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, photography, Artscape Gallery Network and the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on three outdoor stages; a robust schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, Baltimore-proud menu of food and beverage available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $28.5 million.


Artscape takes place rain or shine, and is open from 11am-9pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, and 11am-7pm on Sunday, July 22. Artscape After Hours (Charles Street only, from Preston Street to North Avenue) is open from 9-11pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 nights.



Eligibility & Overview:

-In order to be considered for a space in the Artist-Run Art Fair, you must be an artist-run or non-profit gallery or exhibition space. 
-There is no geographic restrictions on participation.
-Galleries in the Artist-Run Art Fair intend to highlight emerging contemporary artists through artwork, prints, publications and on-site artist projects and performances.
-Galleries are encouraged to use their presence at Artscape as a promotional tool for themselves and the artists they represent. 
-While the application process will be administered through Artscape, curation of fair participants will be over-seen by an Artist-Run art or gallery space. 

Exhibition Space:

-The Artist-Run Art Fair takes place on the ground floor of the Charles Street Parking Garage (1714 Charles Street). 
-Each participating gallery will be assigned an approximately 12’ x 12’ space with access to approximately 24’ of hangable wall.
-There is electrical access but each gallery should provide its own lighting. It is recommended to bringing extra extension cords and hardware for lighting. The festival will not have extra extension cords available.
-Participating Galleries should be completely self-contained, and come prepared with all necessary tools and hardware to hang and install their space.
-Galleries are encouraged to provide their own tables and pedestals for display. 
-Folding tables and chairs are available to rent from the festival but must be reserved in advance. 

Security: O
vernight Artscape security (beyond the security patrol, the Artist-Run Art Fair will be closed and locked with a steel security gate overnight), a listing on Artscape website, a comprehensive exhibitor guide (emailed pre-festival) with helpful tips, access to over 350,000 potential visitors over three days. 

Participating Gallery Rules & Timeline:
-Accepted galleries are responsible to installation, staffing, and de-installation within the exhibition timeline.
-Exhibitors must keep their space open all hours of the festival weekend, rain or shine.
-On-site installation must occur between 10am, Thursday, July 19 and be completed by 11am on Friday, July 20 (reminder – festival opens at 11am on Friday).
-The Artist-Run Art Fair will be open 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday and 11am-8pm on Sunday, (on Friday and Saturday Charles will remain open until 11pm, but the Artist-Run Art Fair will be secured by security gate after 9pm).
-There is no fee for application. Galleries selected for the Artist-Run Art Fair will be asked to reserve their space with a $100 deposit for participation.
-Artscape does not collect a commission on any sales made by participating galleries. 
-Once you have paid your exhibitor fee, refunds are not issued for any reason.
-Exhibitors may not re-sell, share with an unaccepted exhibitor or sub-let any portion of their space. Any violation of these stipulations by exhibitors will result in expulsion from the festival, and a refund will not be given.
-By submitting an application, you agree to and accept all festival terms and conditions.

Parking: The festival is not able to provide free parking for its artists, exhibitors, and vendors.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

Have questions about applying to Artscape? Attend the information session:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6-7pm

Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224)

The Information Session is designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal or application for Artscape and/or Baltimore Book Festival an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal/application, learn more about the festivals, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprints that may offer inspiration for proposals/applications.

The information session is approximately one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to artscape@promotionandarts.org

For more information, email sfortkiewicz@promotionandarts.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.

Questions? Contact Lou Joseph, Visual Arts Specialist (via email or direct dial 443-263-4339).

The Artist-Run Art Fair is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA). Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

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