ARTSCAPE 2017: Artist-Run Art Fair Application

The 36th annual Artscape, America's largest free arts festival, returns July 21-23, 2017. The festival's theme for 2017 is...

Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits! offers wondrous possibilities for festival-goers to experience the visual and performing arts in a variety of ways. For many, one of the most exciting parts of summer is taking time to engage in new experiences. Whether at an away camp or a local summer program, it’s something to look forward to all year—truly a staple of the summer season. The same goes for Artscape; it’s just not summer without it! The theme allows all involved to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new, and experience the adventure that awaits in Baltimore. 

Artscape hours of operation are Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 23 from 11am-9pm and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-8pm. Artscape After Hours returns on Friday and Saturday nights on Charles Street (from Preston Street to North Avenue) from 9-11pm. Artscape takes place rain or shine.

For the fourth year in a row Artscape invites 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 heart of the Station North Art and Entertainment District, has received numerous acknowledgements in the press for the galleries and artists represented, and is seen by approximately 40,000 visitors throughout the Artscape weekend.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 31, 2017. 

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

Have questions about applying to Artscape? Attend an Artscape Information Sessions:

  1. Thursday, December 15th; 5:30pm at Motor House (120 W. North Avenue)
  2. Thursday, January 12th; 5:30pm at Impact Hub (10 E. North Avenue)
  3. Wednesday, February 1st; 5:30pm at Creative Alliance at The Patterson (3134 Eastern Avenue)

Our Information Sessions are designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal or application for Artscape an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal, learn more about the festival’s theme, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprint that may offer inspiration for a proposal. 

All sessions begin at 5:30pm and are one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to and indicate session 1, 2 or 3. For more information, email or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.

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 administerd 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 it’s own lighting. It is recommended to bringing extra extension cords and hardware for lighting.
-Participating Galleries should 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. 

In addition participation also includes: 

-Overnight Artscape security (beyond the security patrol, the Alternative Gallery 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 desinstallation 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 20 and be completed by 11am on Friday, July 21 (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 Fair will be asked to reserve their space with an $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.

The festival is not able to provide free parking for its exhibitors.

If you have any questions about the Baltimore Artist-Run Art Fair program or application, please contact Ryan Patterson at 443-263-4338.

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.

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