Art in the Park – Springfield, MO

Post on :March 18th, 2017 | Posted By: Kim Carr | Category: Posted in Newsletters

The Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild members  welcome you to apply for the 23rd annual Art in the Park Fine Art, Contemporary Craft Show and Sale in beautiful Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri. Art in the Park was created by artists for artists with thoughtful regard for professional artists who earn their livelihood from their work. Selection by jury is based on quality and originality to maintain its reputation among artists and patrons alike as being one of the few juried art and craft shows in the region. Patrons look forward to this festival all year to collect the work of their favorite artists, become acquainted with new ones and get a head start on their holiday shopping.

We are now accepting applications through or directly on our website at

People's Choice Award winner receives a free booth for 2018 Art in the Park. Patrons vote for their favorite booth in the show to determine who wins this award. Awards of Excellence are cash awards donated by individual sponsors. These awards are judged by the participating artists on Saturday. These awards are distributed on Sunday morning of the show.


This is a great little show run by artist with a local reputation of high quality fine art and craft. It is an artist friendly show with easy setup and food provided to the artist. ~ Rodney & Judy Lemonier, Good Earth Pottery

I've been doing this show for 13 yrs and it is THE BEST! Great group and buying clients. We're a small but very talented group of artist. Some of us even host the visiting artist. Join us for a new close by show. Springfield MO. ~ Bari Precious, Precious Pots

I am fairly new to the art festival world, but can say that this art/craft fair has been the catalyst for me to do bigger shows. This small show though, brings in the highest caliber of customers that are BUYERS ... both Saturday and Sunday. ~ Sherry Haney, Dreamer Art Studio

It's great to do a show that is put on by artists for artists, where fees are reasonable, you are treated with respect and patrons appreciate high quality art and craft. Nice environment all around. I will continue to do this show as long as I am able. ~ Cathy Evans, Big Nose Creations.

Complimentary coffee, continental Breakfast, beverages and free lunch are available both days for artists and their helpers (maximum of two lunches per booth).
Drive-up Loading and Unloading makes set-up and take-down very easy. Nearby parking is available in the park.
Security provided Friday and Saturday nights.

Printed posters and handouts are distributed before the show all over town and surrounding areas. Air time on radio and TV. Print advertising.

Booth spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet on grass.
Stakes are permitted.
No electricity is available.
Artists are urged to prepare for inclement weather. There are no rain dates for Art in the Park.

A panel of three independent jurors review the images of each applicant. Jurors are artists, professionals and educators from the area who, not only understand different media and how it is created, but also have extensive experience jurying into quality art fairs with their own work and showing at art fairs on a national scale.

The Jury Coordinator assigns each applicant a number, so that he/she may be judged anonymously. To maintain this fair standard, it is important to make sure that your name, your studio name or yourself is NOT pictured in the booth image or as part of the image title on your CD.

The coordinator reads the corresponding descriptions and processes aloud to the jury as they view the projected images. The jurors are given a list of criteria to use as a guideline for judging the work. These include originality, quality and skill of execution. They score the images on individual forms and turn them into the Coordinator after jurying is complete.

Since the images and their descriptions are the only basis for judging the work, it is in the applicant's best interest to have clearly focused, well lit, professional looking images. Descriptions should be legible, specific, concise and easy to understand. Lengthy descriptions and/or biographies will not be read to the jury.

3 images of your artwork
1 image of your booth (showing your art in it)
Image dimension: 1920px wide and maximum 1920px tall
Image format: .jpg
Image file sizes: minimum 100kb and maximum 10mb
Please make sure that your name is not shown on any of the artwork or booth shot.

If you are accepted by your jurying score, you will receive an email notification by August 15. Booth fees are due by September 9 and must be paid by PayPal, check or money order by mail. You will also receive an email by with additional show information.

Jury fee: $15 non-refundable
Booth fee: $100 - members, $150 - non-members
Note on Jury fee: Juried members, please check your email to get the coupon code to waive the jury fee or call Sherry Haney at 417-848-0854.

Application Deadline: July 7, 2017 (postmarked by if mailed)
Notification of Acceptance: August 15, 2017
Booth Fees Due: by September 9, 2017
Set up: Friday, October 13, 2017 2pm until dark
Date of Event: October 14-15, 2017

To apply, go to or directly on our website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 417-848-0854 or send me an email at

Good luck and hope to see you at the show,
Sherry Haney

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